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Looking Like an Indian

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When I began this journey of leadership on the Hannahville Indian Reservation, looking Indian was important to me. Looking Indian is a way to maintain identity for many tribal members. Being brown skinned, having long black hair and enjoying drinking is the image most tribal members or Indians have accepted as identifying tribal membership.

This is not the case today as many tribal members on the Hannahville Indian Reservation are meeting new challenges that prevent them from obtaining resources needed for family and personal care. Improving the tribal members health, safety and wealth has become harder to obtain as corruption erodes the intent of Indian Gaming and Tribal Investment.

This writer is a tribal member and is again caught in a system that was designed to help me as a tribal member. This system now has jailed and criminalized this member on more than one occasion. The reasoning was to protect tribal law and the intent of Indian Gaming. The matter is now heightened as tribal court, administration and management (70 percent NOT Tribal members) are issuing personal protection orders to white people. While this tribal member is told his complaints are frivolous and tribal court has not the time for a tribal members civil concerns about employment and contracting.

This same court can label tribal members in secretive meetings and predetermine tribal members position in the tribe. Irregardless of education, physical or mental well being.

The blanket of Sovereignty has been given to non-tribal members (paid employees and contractors) by our Tribal Leadership.

Tribal members have no civil recourse while white women, men and gays remain terrified of drunken Indians on the reservation. So terrified in fact that the “tribe” (70 % NON-INDIAN) has guaranteed them pay for three years.

Tribal Members still have no guarantees or civil protection from predatory behavior being perpetuated by corruption of the tribal court, administrative and managerial operators.

President Trump was correct when he told the U.S. Government that “They do not look like Indians to me…”.

I agree with him now after evaluating my own government, administration and contracted managers it appears that tribal members will never manage their own affairs.

And why?

The Chief needs his beads, trinkets and fake power.

The tribe is not tribal members, it is the tribal government and its businesses which are 70 % non-Indian.

Tribal governments need to be abolished and restricted to meet tribal members needs.

Social media is an addiction

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Addiction is a familiar topic for most and the most improved addiction is social media. Many technological communities are rising and rely heavily on social media platforms to get its products into societal uses. While viewing a recent program on a popular video streaming service, many familiar topics arose that relate to social diseases such as alcoholism.

Social Media is similar to alcoholism because in some people it causes addiction issues as they seek the next “shot” of information.

As a person who began experiencing anxiety, depression and living with alcoholic families, I am a firm believer that:

Social Media is an addiction.

Social media is causing more depression and suicide.

Social media is not worried about regulation of speech.

Social media has more protection than the people it manipulates.

Alcohol is a monster and a beast but advanced society are able to ignore the negative effects and now Social Media has joined the monster of destruction.

Social media is the divider and hider of TRUTH.

Have nice day!

Hannahville Indian Community 2016 Data

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Hannahville Indian Community is a small Indian reservation experiencing more social division. With less than 400 employable tribal members living on the reservation, poverty is still an issue as more professional jobs are created. Historically most tribal government programs give preference to tribal members. Preference standards are applied in an attempt to alleviate racial, class and other discriminatory acts portrayed upon Indian populations for centuries.

Tribal members and their governments have acquired the right to conduct gaming but this has not improved the overall economic status of the tribal member. According to the U.S. Census of 2016, the Hannahville Indian community had 167 households with 67 of those households still at or below earning 25,000 dollars per year.

When examining the employment figures from 2016 one finds that most jobs are being obtained by non-tribal members as the workforce and its employees have outgrown the employable tribal member population by more than 2 to 1 as employment exceeds 850 employees. The structure of many of the departments we find the number non tribal members exceeding employed tribal members.

Evaluation data used by government and management officials employed by the tribal government indicate that most departs are not comprised of many tribal members. The data provided indicates most departments in the casino (enterprises) and community (government) are employing mostly non-Indian people. This contributes to the lower wages paid to households of tribal members living on the reservation.

According the the 2016 US Census report numbers most of the 186 jobs held by tribal member in the Hannahville Indian Community are low level positions in arts and entertainment. Education places second with employment of tribal members while Public administration comprises of 22 tribal members. These people are largely responsible for the employment investments, policy and legal authority and enforcement. These tribal members are representative government officials where educational standards and other policies are not applicable. Many sitting tribal members representatives are now government executive members who are exempt from prosecution when manipulating and abusing social systems.

Less than 6% of the tribal 186 people had a Bachelors degree or higher in 2016. This number has increased as this tribal member has also obtained a bachelors degree in business management but no room at the inn, so to speak, as tribal corruption and underhanded politics are rewarded with pay raises, bonuses and merit increases for mostly accountable personnel, who employ 1 tribal member.

The next evaluation is to demonstrate how many women are comprised of salaried positions in tribal government offices such as health and accounting.

Entrepreneurship in Indian Country

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One of the U.S. policies led the Indian SelfDetermination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (Public Law 93-638) authorized the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, and some other government agencies to enter into contracts with, and make grants directly to, federally recognized Indian tribes. This established a strong base for tribal government to conduct economic development activity on federally recognized tribal reservations. This policy gave way to bingo operations on tribal reservations in the 1970’s but then The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was enacted by the United States Congress on October 17, 1988, to regulate the conduct of gaming on Indian Lands. IGRA establishes the National Indian Gaming Commission and the regulatory structure for Indian gaming in the United States.

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