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  •  The tribal elders that came to see me (7+ / 0-)

    have some concerns, many dealing with spiritual issues related to the fracking sites. They spent a great deal of time showing them on Google Earth and pointing out potential problems. They are not happy with tribal leadership.

    •  I became aware of some of that. (8+ / 0-)

      And yes, there were those in the Tribe who thought there should not be any (none) oil & gas activity in that area. As with oil & gas development in California, my opinion is that elections have meaning. If people vote to limit or prohibit oil & gas activity, either directly or by electing people who control it, that's the last word, seems to me.

      The Blackfeet Tribe holds frequent elections for tribal leadership. The entire community gets involved and participation is energetic and very close to complete.

      I met a Game Warden who had tribal elders in his immediate family. I met them. They had different concerns with regard to activity in the area, both oil & gas and tourism related. The Blackfeet Tribe lacks financial resources because the US Government has in the past and continues to ignore its obligations.

      Like a lot of other Tribes, the Blackfeet voted in record-breaking numbers for our President.

      He needs to remember that.

      It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

      by Fishgrease on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 04:35:26 PM PST

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    •  I CAN tell you the folks who set rules (4+ / 0-)
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      with regard to the environment and those areas set aside as spiritual or historical sites, are very thorough and very good at their jobs. I wish most Non-Native-American officials were half that well-informed and good at implementation.

      Planned wellsites, roads and other infrastructure were removed from the agenda and that was the end of them.

      Of course, there's two sides to every issue and my opinion of those officials wasn't shared by everyone in the Blackfeet Tribe.

      I'm kinda biased. These are my fishing buddies.

      It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

      by Fishgrease on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 04:44:37 PM PST

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    •  And the people dead set against development (3+ / 0-)
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      are no less worthy of respect.

      They had a protest where they walked from one end of the res to the other. 30 or 40 miles. They walked.

      White people drive to protests and then drive home without any regard what that does to their credibility.

      The Blackfeet walked. Much respect.

      If I hadn't been 1400 miles away at the time I'd have walked with them.

      It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

      by Fishgrease on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 07:04:27 PM PST

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