Hannahville Indian Community is a sovereign nation, also considered a sovereign-dependent, as we accept funding and make agreements with the sovereign Federal Governments. One of our dependent requirements of a tribe is to negotiate matters not regulated by the Federal government with State governments where Tribal governments are located. Indian gaming is a classic example of the “memorandums of understanding” tribes make with sovereign states of the U.S union.
COVID has presented a new tribal-state negotiation opportunity for tribal governments. Six of Seven tribes who originally negotiated the 1993 Federal State-Tribal Gaming Compact of Michigan arrive at a agreement to open recently. I was honored to be part of the 1993 historic negotiation event. Since that time our tribe has contributed millions upon millions of cash into state coffers. All payments from our tribe have always been paid on time, and on a monthly basis. Tribal members do not get this type of treatment for allowing the tribal government to operate a casino but that is an entirely different subject.
Today I went to my tribal government to file civil matters with a rigged court and ran into this sign:
Now I can not file any court matters without a mask, this is a blatant form of discrimination.
Yesterday I visited the Indian Health Service and mask wearing young lady demanded a mask be worn my me there as well. Politics (Politricks-thanks Dick Gregory!) were evident here as a mask wearing young lady prohibited me from entering with my significant other, with out a mask. I kindly refused and stood by our vehicle and waited. Within minutes another popular elder was allowed into the Health center to pick something up with NO MASK. A few minutes later the IT guy shows up and is let in with NO MASK. This all happening while the former chief of police was having lunch in the parking lot.
Am I thoroughly confused and disgusted yet?!!!
If COVID is so serious and our tribe succumbs to the States demands, why the discriminatory practice against people who suffer from wearing a mask? I am almost an elder here and felt completely stupid for having to wait for my partner while others received service, with NO MASK.
I would bring this up with the Chief but last time I asked him why IHS is not covering my 30,000 bill from a stroke, his reply, “Well, they pay mine!” I was thoroughly disgusted because he is compensated 2000 grand a week to look after tribal members welfare, like me, why is IHS paying his bills and not mine?
Tribal Politics are alive and well.
Thanks Governor, I can not even get served in my own community due to stupid regulations, not being equally enforced upon everyone!
We just created a new way to discriminate and become even more inefficient in deliver of services to human beings and business ventures.