tuschkahouma (Mike Ford)


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Opinion: Law puts child’s race above welfare

undue American colonialism. The law was created to stop cultural genocide i.e. the loss of identity and culture. Since most Americans immigrants descending from Colonists have very little concept of culture they're oblivious to the damage from their actions. Language and culture immersion classes are big right now to undue American colonialism. Icwa came about because these people dont know when to stop.

September 3, 2015 at 1:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Law puts child’s race above welfare

George Will ignores three centuries of cultural and physical genocide that indigenous people of North America suffered at the hands of White people. Blood quantum was created by White people to bring about paper genocide. Ask Virginia tribes victimized by eugenics about this. The US Supreme Court case Santa Clara V Martinez allowed tribes to determine membership criteria in 1978. The ICWA stopped the black market adoption push by churches to grab native children and divorce them from their culture. Amnesia concerning this dark history serves conservatives well in their denial.

September 3, 2015 at 11:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rebuilt 31st Street now open from Ousdahl to Haskell

This is the era of historical and cultural disconnect. This road destroyed an area where the United States Government and Protestant denominations played out the "Killing the Indian
To Save the Man" assimilation policy from 1884 to the 1950's. The laundering of this land
out of Indian hands was part of the dispossession and assimilation policies of the European
immigrants to the indigenous land and the initiation of the assimilation policy barely a century
after the American Revolution in 1884. Christian denominations beat the culture and language
out of the tribal students in the late 19th century. The students went to the wetlands here as they went to the fences near the edge of the Chilocco Indian School Campus near Newkirk, Oklahoma to escape White assimilation.

I haven't been to the wetlands since the fall of 2012. I will never go there again. I have hundreds of pictures of what the American culture of obliviousness and denial has destroyed.
I have a painting of myself in Choctaw traditional attire my Dad painted in an area now destroyed. I saw wetlands like these used to be where I grew up along the Calcasieu
River in Moss Bluff, Louisiana and in the Atchafalaya Basin in the late 1970's.
This area was home to the Pomona Phase Culture, the ancestors of the Pawnee people,
the Kaw and Osage people, the Shawnee people, and all of the Haskell students.
Ask the Oregon tribes about Celilo Falls destruction or the Kaw people about the flooding of the Waconda Spring for a reservoir or the destruction of Kaw Chief Fool Chief's village
that was destroyed by an intersection project at Menoken Road and US 24 between Topeka
and Silver Lake, KS recently. President Obama is being pressed to put 1.9 million acres in federal protection for five tribes who are tired of desecration by atv riders and looters in what is known as the Bears Paws area in Utah. The Utah GOP Representative Rob Bishop called the potential antiquities protection of this area "Crap". I remember the same tone at KDOT
hearings concerning the SLT a decade ago. Na Dene people have been protesting the DOD land swap of Oak Flats, a sacred Na Dene area in Arizona going to DC and leading protests
and confronting GOP Arizona Representative Gosar about his flippant/racist comments towards the Na-Dene people while selling out to the Multi-National mining company Rio Tinto.
This area has been destroyed. I will remind the oblivious public of this from now on. Mistakes are great educational tools so get used to it. You'll never hear this version from Baker University or it's biologists. Once broken the consequence is being reminded since no one listened to begin with.

August 8, 2015 at 7:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Local patients, health care providers relieved by Obamacare ruling; GOP vows to keep fighting

Between May 27 and today I've recovered from vertigo. I had an emergency room visit with cts and mris. My hospitalization cost seventeen thousand dollars. My aca bcbs silver plan covered all but twenty nine hundred dollars of this bill. I've paid two thousand dollars of my deductible already. Im not part of the large write off the LMH leader spoke of. Im responsible for my bill and care due to aca helping me. Stop the ignorance and lies about aca. Caring about people is a good thing right?

June 25, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Socialistic move?

I always love the disconnect conservatives have with reality. Some people clutch their judgement and their interpretations of religion and use them as a weapon against the people least capable of defending themselves against baseless attacks. Being an agnostic I have no side in this discussion but as a grown preacher's kid who saw religious judgement that sounded so much like this letter when I lived in Louisiana and Mississippi that I quit religion I have to call out this attitude when I see it. The God I was taught about as child before religion was perverted by greed and racism growing up in the south cared about everyone rich and poor. People were forgiven. The helpless were helped. The blind could see and the poor were
fed. There was none of this damnation nonsense. If people have boundaries and go to religion fine. If people have no boundaries and use religion as a boundary and judgement tool you get letters like this one. If churches can invite conservative aligned politicians like one here in Baldwin City does then a large group of moderate and liberal concerned religious leaders can do the same for the betterment of society. Besides it was George W. Bush who pushed faith based initiatives to get churches to help the poor because the Conservatives were going to throw poor people and mentally ill people under the bus then as they're tying to do now and as they've done since Reagan. If you ignore a problem and judge what purpose are you serving?

May 24, 2015 at 12:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell suspends football program, possibly others, to cut costs

Also in states like Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, California, and Oregon states get millions in compact (shakedown) money from tribes. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma generates 1.6 billion dollars into the Oklahoma economy. Oklahoma shakes down 38 tribes that it stole land from for sooners to have land between 1887 and 1906. CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO ITS JOB AND FUND INDIAN COUNTRY OR GIVE LANDS BACK.

May 22, 2015 at 11:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell suspends football program, possibly others, to cut costs

There are so many uninformed and borderline racist comments on here that education is needed.

Firstly, The US Congress has plenary powers over Indian Affairs in the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. Congress appropriates funds to tribal services to pay for the lands they took in the last 225 years so that you all could have the lands you live on. You all should go
to Kaw City, Vinita or Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and thank the Kaw, Shawnee, and Delaware
tribes for the lands they were forced to cede away between 1825 and 1869 by acts of he US
Congress so that you all have your lands to live on. The monies the US Government paid to
tribes in treaties is appropriated by the Congress to pay for Indian services. All of this welfare
talk many of you use is total nonsense. The treaty money is held by the US treasury and released by congressional appropriation. The problem since forever is that the US Congress
doesn't take it's job seriously with Indian Country unless it's stealing lands or attacking tribal sovereignty. The US Congress took it's job seriously with the Indian Removal Act of 1830,
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, The Dawes Allotment Act of 1887, and House Resolution 108 (Termination) Act of 1954. All of these acts either stole millions of acres of lands from tribes or did away with federal recognition for hundreds of tribes between 1954 and 1966.
When land theft is involved the US Congress is expedient. When paying for this theft the
US Congress is slow. It also doesn't help when obstructionist voters send obstructionist candidates to do obstructionist work in DC which is Job #1 for the GOP for the last seven years running. If you're one of the obstructionist votes who send these seat occupiers to DC to do nothing you should be held accountable for the funding issues at Haskell. After all
Congresses job is to fund programs unless certain people want dysfunction to thwart function.
Some of you champion this right?

Secondly, it's not the gaming tribe's responsibility to take over the treaty obligations that the US Government has neglected. Few of you understand the heavy foot of colonialism and the fact that tribal gaming has only been in effect since the late 1980's. Your country had almost two centuries to wantonly destroy the infrastructure that existed before you and you're going to allow tribes less than thirty years to economically overcome the loss of 90 million acres of land to the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887 alone and thirty years of tribal gaming to overcome the mess and upheaval your culture has created. REALLY????

May 22, 2015 at 11:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Wreck highlights infrastructure needs

Can the little men living under the bridge who scare people ever answer a question or do they just do what little men under the bridge do and use words they don't understand like complex?
I love seeing 2016 GOP presidential candidates using nonsense words when there is no intelligence to answer a question either just like on here.

May 19, 2015 at 12:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Wreck highlights infrastructure needs

Keep up your complaining long enough and youll take us back to the article's of confederation. Please forget nearly bankrupting this country after the US Civil War with big government land acquisition GOP style stealing indian lands for the railroad barons for pennies on the dollar. I hope the amnesia cart has been tipped over.

May 18, 2015 at 8:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Insurance choice leads to charity plea

Gee you must be watching all of those Ron Paul paid advertisements warning about a bigger fail in the future nonsense. Better grab your tin foil hat.

May 17, 2015 at 9:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )