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Jordan’s Principle

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8 responses to “Jordan’s Principle”

  1. OuyangDan

    Oh, wow.

    I will have to look into it, but I don’t know that the US has an equivalent to this. I know things like this happen w/in Tribal Nations in the US, but I don’t know how often. I should write to my Tribal Rep again to find out.

  2. Jayn

    I’m sorry to say that I’m not remotely surprised. Any issues dealing with aboriginals in Canada tend to be FUBAR by all appearances.

  3. Jadey

    Ugh. The BNA [British North America] Act gave the federal government jurisdiction over indigenous people in Canada (and, very importantly, over THEIR LAND), but the moment that this becomes more WORK than PROFIT, somehow it’s up to the provinces (hence the failure to help manage the water and sanitation in so many communities). Never mind that neither level of government is appropriate (the provinces lack the resources, the feds the geographical proximity, and both lack the motivation and understanding), and both have gone out of their way to undermine and disable* indigenous communities over the last 150+ years.

    * I mean this in the sense of the way that society goes out of its way to disable some people’s bodies and enable others; I think it can be applied to these societies and communities as well, particularly when one considers how Canadian legislation was used to restrict and attack all indigenous ways of life and create problems where there were none. Not in the sense of disability as a plain perjorative.

  4. the fat nutritionist

    The only part of this post I could laugh at was “my post-racial utopia of a country,” because I live in Canada too.

    What a ridiculous and sad state of affairs.

  5. Lis

    But Anna, dontchaknow that FN have worse health outcomes because they practice poor hygiene?

    (I am being very bitterly sarcastic here; I’ve heard that as a real excuse that, for example, FN are a jillion times more likely to get H1N1. I work with FN in my job. I see how thoroughly the system screws them over. And I see how everyone else blames them for it.)

  6. Dorian

    I’m also Canadian! And I also had a bitter laugh to the reference to our “post-racial utopia”.

    It’s something I’m only just beginning to explore as it relates to my identity and sense of self, but I’m Métis. I have passing privilege–I look pretty white–but I am Métis, and so stuff like this…hits pretty hard. It’s important to talk about it, though. So thanks so much for this post.

  7. LeeLee

    The tribal systems in the US are pretty screwy. Not all tribes are federally recognized. The ones that are still all over the map, in terms of health care and other services, but members of one tribe can use another federally recognized tribe’s services. My husband and child are both Cherokee, but we didn’t live in the Cherokee Nation. We lived very near the Choctaw Nation, but drove 35 miles to use the Kickapoo clinic. Although they got good care there, they have the privilege of being non-rez Indians (most Native Americans in Oklahoma refer to themselves as Indians – I really like “First Nations” a whole lot better than “Native American.”) Rez folks usually start out life at a health deficit, for a host of reasons, and it goes downhill from there. Cherokees are an urban tribe, with their nation overlapping with downtown Tulsa. But they have their own racial issues, namely the stripping of the Freedmen, descendants of Cherokee-owned black slaves, of their tribal rights and membership.

    We ran into some medical payment issues for prescriptions once when Medicaid and the Nation were battling over who was supposed to pay. Fortunately, that came up after we had the medicine in hand. God only knows what happens when someone is hospitalized.

  8. kaninchenzero

    Yeah, things are Not Good here south of the border either. We’ve got the famous problem with tribal criminal justice systems being prohibited from enforcing the law when the perpetrator is someone from off the reservation. The feds are supposed to do that but it’s not exactly a priority so something like nine in ten women living in some reservations have been sexually assaulted. (Rape culture, what?) The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been sued several times for mismanagement and embezzlement of mineral lease royalties and other land-use payments that should have gone to the tribes: billions of dollars have just fucking vanished. The Makah people whoops! aren’t actually allowed to hunt whales even though they have treaty rights to do exactly that. But when did we ever keep a treaty with the indigenous people.

    But it’s awesome being an American Indian. They got all that casino money, all kinds of special tax rights and shit, it’s great! At least you’d think from watching TV. They don’t show the communities with fifty percent unemployment. The people who are just gone because they were deliberately exposed to smallpox. The people who were evicted from the Yosemite Valley because John Muir wanted it ‘unspoiled by humans’ even though they’d lived there for hundreds of years before he came along — and became the pattern for national parks and indigenous peoples for the century that followed. Which information was notably absent from the Burns hagiography.


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