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Hopi Tribe Open Letter/News Release:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2019
Open Letter to Arizona Congressional Leaders
Kykotsmovi, Ariz. – On behalf of the Hopi Tribe, we urge you to work with Congressional leadership to immediately end the partial government shutdown. This shutdown violates the trust obligations of the United States government to our Hopi-Tewa people.
Agencies such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service and other federal agencies that provide critical government services to our Hopi-Tewa people are caught up in unrelated politics over funding for a southern border wall. As the unnecessary and heedless shutdown drags on day to day, the well-being of our Hopi-Tewa people hangs in the balance. It is unconscionable that our people should suffer because of the failure of the Congress and the President to enact an FY2019 appropriation. America’s longstanding, legally mandated obligation, to tribal nations should be honored no matter the political quarrels of the moment over a border wall.
The Hopi Tribe relies heavily on federal funding to provide key tribal government services, including but not limited to health care, public safety, housing, nutrition and food distribution, and social welfare services. This government shutdown destabilizes programs causing unnecessary fear and anxiety not only among our Hopi-Tewa people but others who reside and are employed on the Hopi Reservation.
The long-term effects of this shutdown will ripple throughout our villages and communities for months or even years following the reopening of the government. We implore the President and the United States Congress to end this stalemate and fulfill the special trust responsibilities and legal obligations of the federal government to the Hopi Tribe“. Emphasis our own. Original here: https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Open-Letter-to-Arizona-Congressonal-Leaders-PR-Format-Jan-2019.pdf
Hampton L. Carson “was the legal counsel for Lone Wolf in the case Lone Wolf vs Hitchcock before the Supreme Court… He lost the case… What the case established though was Plenary Power of the Congress over Native American affairs… Since then Native Americans live in “Trust” and the over-sight of Congress, they live at the whim of Congress, they are not Free, they are not a part of America, they are held separate from all others…” https://gilbertweaversatchell.org/native-americans https://gilbertweaversatchell.org https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hampton_L._Carson_(lawyer)
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Original here: https://www.hopi-nsn.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Open-Letter-to-Arizona-Congressonal-Leaders-PR-Format-Jan-2019.pdf