Voices: Opinion of Joseph Orozco
Dear Two Rivers Tribune,
A point of clarification: Tribal Chairperson, Danielle Vigil-Masten said at last Wednesday’s employee meeting regarding possible furlough days, “..it is not the council’s doing, it is the federal government.” It is not solely the federal government’s fault either. Place the major blame on the Congressional/Tea Party members and other non-congressional Tea Party supporters. Blame those members of the financial 1 percent. The Republicans have lost control of the Oval office for four years. They couldn’t win so they shut down the government which in turns hurts the members of the financial 99 percent, us. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the systematic use of violence or coercion to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby bring about a particular political objective as, Terrorism. Congress should not be negotiating with terrorists, they should imprison them. At home we are discussing contingency plans to address furlough days. The federal government may contract finances to the Hoopa Tribe, but they do so because that is part of America’s trust responsibility to us for taking and profiting off the land, the minerals, the water and for the taking of a way of life they never created and can not replace for us. Native people of all tribes, federally recognized or not, should be mad as hell. Here’s another atrocity they expect us to suffer. HVTC to NCAI need to stand up to the Tea Party. Clog congressional email with demands to fund all tribal needs regardless of what the rest of America does. How much of the 1 percenters’ profits came from stolen lands?
Joseph R. Orozco, Hoopa, Calif.