Hau Ghost Warrior and everyone who cares regarding the plight of the American Indian (past and present). I have sent a few emails to Obama regarding the atrocities committed upon your great people. I have finally received an email in response (I don't know if the "prez" actually wrote it). This is what they sent:
Thank you for writing. I have heard from many people concerned about issues affecting Native Americans, and I appreciate your perspective.
Native Americans’ dynamic spirit and heritage are integral to our Nation’s rich history and essential to our future prosperity. As we confront our most pressing challenges, we must address the struggles and aspirations of Native Americans, who have suffered disproportionately from poverty, high unemployment, and poor health for too long. To improve living conditions and ensure fair representation, I am committed to strengthening and building on the nation-to-nation relationship between the United States and tribal nations.
My Administration has acted on this commitment, and we will continue to stand with Native Americans. I worked closely with Congress to secure more than $3.1 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for tribal set-asides. On reservations across our country, these funds are supporting housing and energy efficiency grants, Early Head Start programs and school repairs, and health facilities and policing services. I also called for significant investments to help Native communities address pressing local needs. While funding increases cannot make up for past deficiencies, I am determined to work with tribal leaders to reevaluate our spending priorities and include Native Americans in the national dialogue.
Listening to and learning from Native American leaders, my outstanding team of experts will also help foster a respectful partnership, and they will remain actively engaged in the development and empowerment of Native American communities.
As we renew the United States’ promise of opportunity for all, I am working to bring Americans of all backgrounds into the political process. For more information on this and other important issues, please visit http://www.WhiteHouse.gov
. Thank you, again, for writing.
Barack ObamaAnybody care to offer any opinions or comments?
I also sent an email to buffalo soldier asking him why he sent the seventh cavalry to Wounded Knee on May 1, 2010 but have not received an answer regarding your right to honor your ancestors on your Sacred Land without the harassment of that government that continues to torment you.