This could happen to you!
Remember this Card Carriers, that the following can happen to you also!
Second Class Native Americans
The Winnemem had previously been a federally recognized tribe but the U.S. government withdrew their recognition.
The Winnemem tribe, removed from their land to build a dam.
Most of their sacred places were permanently flooded.
The ones that are left are on federal government claim land.
The very federal government that did its best to destroy Native Americans and culture is now the legal arbiter of the identity of the descendents of the people it did not quite succeed in exterminating.
President Obama endorsed the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, but only included federally recognized tribes.
The federal government supplies a great many things directly to individuals, bypassing the tribes, simply for being minorities.
Unless they are second class Native Americans.
Isn’t it time for the federal government to treat everyone the same regardless of race or ethnicity?