Archive for Friday, July 29, 2011

Governor appoints Native American liaison

July 29, 2011


— Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday announced the appointment of Chris Howell as Native American liaison.

Howell, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and a Lawrence native, will work to ensure that Native American concerns are addressed in state policy decisions, the governor’s office said.

He will also coordinate communications between tribal governments and state agencies. Kansas is home to four Native American tribes: the Kickapoo, Prairie Band Potawatomi, Sac and Fox, and the Iowa.

“Native American Kansans play a very important role in our state’s history, culture and economy,” Brownback said. “It is essential for them to have a direct line into the governor’s office.”

Howell has worked in state government for 19 years, most recently as chief operating officer for the Kansas Arts Commission. Brownback de-funded that agency in a veto.

Howell will be paid $65,000 a year in what is a new position, according to the governor’s office. Several state agencies, including the governor’s office, are sharing in the cost of Howell’s salary, the governor’s office said.


geekin_topekan 6 years, 8 months ago

Boy, why not just rename Haskell back to its roots as Haskell Institute? "Kill the Indian, Save the Man" BB's CHristianizing of the Indians rings way familiar if you read early Native American literature. Next thing you know BB will make powwows, the SUndance and the sweatlodge illegal. For those of you who want to defend the COnsitution's clause on freedom of religion, the history of oppression concerning Native religion should make your blood boil.

deec 6 years, 8 months ago

$65K to hire a guy to talk to representatives of 4 tribes? I thought Kansas was broke.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 8 months ago

Spending a few $million on toadies at the top pretending to be doing something is a lot cheaper than the $hundreds of millions it would cost to really do something, and it provides the Koch brothers, et al, with major tax breaks so they can shift even more jobs out of Kansas, out of the country.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 8 months ago

Or GBB could pay $30K for the position and get someone with no talent.

I'm concerned more with the SIZE of government, not with the pay. You get what you pay for in the job market, so I'm glad they are paying "competent" wages for position as critical as that one.

deec 6 years, 8 months ago

Well, Brownie's done a heck of a job growing the size of the administration with all the new jobs for cronies he's created. And why do you "get what you pay for" as long as it's tax-sucking talking head "administrators" but not when its secretaries, teachers, accountants, janitors et. al. Those workers, many argue, should be content with whatever crumbs the government deems adequate to keep the mice at work. And what about working for the Arts Commission makes this person qualified to interface with Native Americans? Surely one of the other existing positions in the administration should be able to add these duties. After all, we allegedly live in the age of downsizing and doing more with less.

geekin_topekan 6 years, 8 months ago

NL_NR, Though you live in a world of ignorance, this should help you out: There are no "welfare handouts", the US government is bound to monetary payments by law-- written by white men of days past. Hide on reservations; is a stipulation of those same laws. Guaranteed land is pretty plain and simple. What is amiss is that those monetary payments and promised health care and education are distributed in amounts that are near-equal to what the law says when they were written. The US gubment needs to adjust to fit the reality of today's needs.

Feel free to go up to Haskell and ask around using the same language, I am sure you will "no longer hide" in the reservations offered in this forum.

KaiserSoze 6 years, 8 months ago

65K? That's all he got for negotiating with Brownback to sell out the Kansas Arts Commission and shut it down.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 8 months ago

How can someone from the Pawnee tribe be a liaison for the Potawotomie, Kickapoo, and Sac and Fox tribes?

Mike Ford 6 years, 8 months ago

in 1986, the Salina Burial Pit was closed as a tourist site. For years, this appointees ancestors were on display for the monsters who conquered them to view at $5 a head. Finally after much protest the site was sealed and the ancestors were repatriated to the Pawnee and Caddoan peoples. The Pawnee, Caddo, and Tunica-Biloxi tribes were the main reasons why the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 was passed by the US Government making universities and states return the remains of the ancestors to their descendants for proper burial. The Kansas Unmarked Burials Act of 1989 was passed directly because of the Salina Burial Pit. The Nebraska State Historical Society made it's mark desecreting Pawnee community sites in south central Nebraska while the KSHS did so on the Kansas side. Nebraska Politician Ernie Chambers fought with the Pawnee people against the NSHS to make the NSHS give the ancestors back to the Pawnee people. The Pawnee people and other Caddoan peoples like the Wichita, Tavoya, and Yscani peoples lived in Kansas thousands of years ago. The Arikara people split from the Pawnee people almost 800 years ago and went to North Dakota. Kansas was originally the domain of the Caddoan people before the Kaw, Osage, or Otoe peoples came here. Pawnee people made mounds and pottery like the other Caddoan peoples who came from Louisiana where I lived in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. They made the Spiro Mounds in Oklahoma that were desecreted and the artifacts are in museums around the country. I say all of this because I can't how with a clear conscience this person can work for a governor who advocates the desecretion of the Haskell wetlands with the potential of remains being uncovered in the 32nd Street route of the SLT. I went past the Ocmulgee Oldfield mounds near Macon, Georgia that were threatened by a bypass recently. I'm saying start respecting us or deal with the consequences of your actions. I actually applied for this job almost a decade with a recommendation from a local politician. I doubt I would've been paid as much and I wouldn't have accepted such a large salary. The job was eliminated until this appointment I guess. I also realized I couldn't work for a state that uses an Indian hating US Supreme Court to gain taxation rights on tribal lands in the Wagnon V. Prairie Band Gas case and has an attorney general's office that does nothing except harrass tribal governments that existed before the State of Kansas did. Notleft_Notright.... do you know who Ross Swimmer is? he was a Tsaligi sellout to the Reagan Administration 20 years ago. We don't need sellouts. That's how tribes lost this continent to immigrants and their Nahollo anumpuli and their Nahollo shilombish ikhana. Ish ikhana?

Mike Ford 6 years, 8 months ago

Ross Swimmer is a Cherokee leader who was appointed by President Bush to talk down the amount in the Cobell settlement from $26 billion to $794 million like any good sellout he spoke against his own people. By the way, Mr. Obama signed off a $3.2 billion settlement for over 500,000 individual money account holders led by Blackfeet tribal member Eloise Cobell for over a decade whose money was mismanaged from the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887 to this day. You sound like an American first and a tribal member second. I'm a Choctaw descendant first and an American second. I'm surprised you don't know your own history.

Mike Ford 6 years, 8 months ago

nice reply from a know that the way of avoiding intelligence and facts that people like you use today? people like you say idiotic things and that call the people who confront your idiocy's too short to attack others because they're smart.

KaiserSoze 6 years, 8 months ago

Why is there even a need for a liaison? There hasn't been one for years. Just a dog and pony show for the guy who shut down the Kansas Arts Commission. He negotiated a do-nothing job for himself since he is a do-nothing state employee.

Mike Ford 6 years, 8 months ago

I remember a person who was from one of the four tribes who got this job and acted like it was a big deal and was proud of being a potential Bush appointee. It's always nice to remind the unknowing that the GOP are a state's rights party and they see any rights for tribes as an affront to state sovereignty even though states and tribes are both sovereign dependants of the federal government as perscribed in the commerce clause of the US Constitution. States stole land little by little from tribes here in Kansas beginning with the Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854 and then used statehood and the 1866 punishment treaties that the Five Tribes signed as loyalty to the Confederacy to force the Kansas tribes like the Peoria, Ottawa, Quapaw, Sac and Fox of the Mississippi River, Citizen Band Pottawatomi, and Miami, to move to Indian Territory in the 1860's. Tribes like the Kaw, Osage, and Otoe-Missouria were forced to move to Indian Territory in the 1870's and 1880's. As I'm writing some dimwit repubs are trying to rewrite gaming legislation in the IGRA act. Anytime tribes get justice these people cheat as they've always done. Abrogating treaties after the Lone Wolf V. Hitchcock case of 1903 and using plenary power to repeatedly screw over tribes. Again, this job is window dressing. This state has attempted gaming with one casino in Dodge City and the one in Frontenac has been tabled since the Quapaw tribe built Downstream and cut off the revenue the state was envisioning there. Of course since this state is wanting to extort from any potential partner no one is willing to play victim on the state's behalf.

Mike Ford 6 years, 8 months ago

name calling and ignorance of your own history is no way to go through life. Since much of this history is available to those who actually study and learn it looks like you're neither a reader or a studier. SO SAD.....

Mike Ford 6 years, 8 months ago

Can you spell or pronounce natchitoches or atchafalaya or alluwe? oh that's right you champion the english language. Chahta imanumpa ish anumpuli hinla ho? nice looking dumb avatar....I bet you have no problem with Indian mascots... how nahollo of you....

Mike Ford 6 years, 8 months ago

i knew you were a simpleton and this comment affirms it.

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