Tribal leaders gather at Interior: Obama is the “first American Indian president”

posted at 8:21 pm on December 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Little noticed in all of the continuing fiscal-cliff hullabaloo today, the Obama administration held their annual White House Tribal Nations Conference with the Department of Interior on Wednesday — and if ever there was a specific, targeted example of the long-term results perpetuated by the type of persistent big-government help the Obama administration wants to keep going, America’s Indian reservations are it.

Over the past four years, through tribal consultation and the White House Tribal Nations Conferences, President Obama and his Administration have worked to ensure that tribal leaders are directly involved in setting policy priorities. Today, President Obama is hosting the 2012 White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior.

This conference continues to build upon the President’s commitment to strengthen the government to government relationship with Indian Country, by providing invited leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration.  In conjunction with today’s event, the White House released a report, Continuing the Progress in Tribal Communities,” that examines the President’s agenda and how this Administration, by working together with tribes, has made a difference for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The report highlights:

As I wrote after this same conference last year, the Obama administration (like the administrations before them) is never short of showy ideas for the ways in which they’re going to “help” America’s tribal Indians, yet somehow, nothing on Indian reservations ever seems to actually progress. Indian reservations have been under the government’s thumb for centuries, and yet many of the most miserable, poorest areas in America with the lowest standards of living and life expectancies are on Indian reservations.

The inconsistent rule of law, the many regulations, the insecure property rights — in short, many of the ingredients necessary for doing business and economic growth — mean that reservations are more like enclaves of socialism scattered among a land of plenty than sovereign nations. American Indian tribes together are the largest landholders in the United States, and their lands are sources of abundant natural resources like oil, gas, timber, and minerals — but the government holds many of their lands “in trust,” cough cough.

The federal government, however, has never been in the business of eliminating the need for government, so they’ll keep the welfare checks coming and never make the suggestion that Indian tribes privatize their land — despite President Obama’s 2008 pledge to end the practice of “lip service to working with tribes while taking a one-size-fits-all approach with tribal communities across the nation.” Yeah, right.

President Barack Obama spoke to the White House Tribal Nations Conference of Native American groups at the Interior Department Wednesday. The chairman of the conference, Brian Cladoosby of the Swinomish Nation, reportedly suggested that Obama is the first “American Indian” president.

“Think about it for a second,” Cladoosby said, according to the pool report. “The president loves basketball. He has an Indian name, he knows what it’s like to be poor and he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. And his theme song is ‘Hail to the Chief.’ I think he definitely qualifies as the first American Indian president.”

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So that’s where he got the idea for all the “stimulus spending”, another losing night at the Bettalottaway Casino.

M240H on December 5, 2012 at 11:04 PM

His father was a goat-banging coward who deserted his wife, his mother was an unnoteable descendent of bongo-thumping primitives, and the man himself is a complete fool who shouldn’t have been elected DOG CATCHER.

And THIS is the man you’re all going to gather ’round and praise as the first representative of your kind?!?!? My opinion of you just went down another couple notches.

MelonCollie on December 5, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Two Dogs F-cking.

/old, bad joke

Ward Cleaver on December 5, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Sherman1864 on December 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM
…(didn’t see you there!)
KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

The Indians and I had a conflict of opinion unfortunately. I was so misunderstood….I meant well, tho’.

They didn’t like me in Georgia much either.

Sherman1864 on December 5, 2012 at 11:15 PM

This all must be because Obama campaigned on abolishing Columbus Day.

Left Coast Right Mind on December 5, 2012 at 11:15 PM

This is how it started

LegendHasIt on December 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM

When was Obama ever poor? This guy has just hoodwinked everyone.

Hummer53 on December 6, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Well, he does have high cheekbones.

vinceautmorire on December 6, 2012 at 5:16 AM

As someone who has native blood, and grew up next to a rez, I have just one thing to say.

Enough. Just, enough. That was over a century ago. Enough with the special treatment. Enough with the demands for more from the govt.

Yeah, your people were screwed by “whitey” many moons ago. But for crying out loud, enough already.

I get tired of hearing about it. Yeah, you may have lived in harmony with the land, but you sure as Hell didn’t live in peace with the other tribes. Native tribes did the same thing to each other that every other race and nation have done.


DStreete on December 6, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Buck Farack.

Nutstuyu on December 6, 2012 at 7:39 AM

First American-Indian President.
First African-American President.
First gay President.
First mentally-handicapped President.

Yup, it all makes sense.

Aizen on December 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM

You forgot:
First genius President.
First Muslim President.
First black/white President.
First good father President.
First best husband President.
And many, many other firsts that I can’t be bothered with.
We mustn’t forget. The first GOD President.
And the best ever for the history books…. The first President for life. You know it’s coming but just don’t want to admit it because it’s too horrible to think about. Like I said way back in 08. If you want to see the future America look south to Venezuela.

If you are over 55 you will never know another President in your lifetime.

Frank Enstine on December 6, 2012 at 8:17 AM

As someone who has native blood, and grew up next to a rez, I have just one thing to say. Yeah, you may have lived in harmony with the land, but you sure as Hell didn’t live in peace with the other tribes.
DStreete on December 6, 2012 at 6:04 AM

As someone who has native blood I almost agree. The really didn’t live in harmony with the land. At least from the history I know of my tribal heritage they were blood thirsty and took every advantage of the land that they could. If they hunted an area out they moved to another area. They didn’t care about being one with nature. Form me it’s just another elite liberal myth of the noble savage.

Frank Enstine on December 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

They live in sovereign nations surrounded by our sovereign nation and have the highest rates of alcoholism, unemployment, and domestic abuse. They are told by their leaders that every rock, tree, gully, hill and mountain is sacred so it must not be developed. They have been held apart from the rest of the country by the govt and are handed checks, think walking around money, before elections. Ken, if things are so great on the rez, why does our church still send boxes of clothing to a kids school in ND?

Kissmygrits on December 6, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Frank Enstine on December 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Yeah, the noble savage….

Just recently, some card carrying tribe members that I know, were on FB, b!tching about how their landclaims checks were being cut to a lower amount… All I could think was, “Geezus, take care of yourselves already.”

Noble savage. Yeah, giant welfare community is more like it.

DStreete on December 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM

First American Indian president? Well, he does have the “slaughters wagon-loads of children” credential.

CrustyB on December 6, 2012 at 10:33 AM

A little vote buying PR that the RINOs failed to do.

The psychologists call it the principle of reciprocity: That is, you do a little favor for someone, and they will feel compelled to do something for you – – EVEN IF THEY DON’T PARTICULARLY LIKE THE PERSON DISPENSING THE ORIGINAL FAVOR.

Studies show this over and over.

Why on earth the RINOs in the establishment GOP don’t have an army of shrinks and dirt diggers (opo researchers on democrats) I will never know.

But it may be beyond that. They really need an army of psychological operators from the army to start making some input into this clown act of a party.

kens on December 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Museum Indians. Who cares what they think?

zoyclem on December 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Was that white lady that was just elected there. She should represent the Cherokee nation right?

Hummer53 on December 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

“Hussein” is a North American name?

If you are over 55 you will never know another President in your lifetime.

Frank Enstine

Not unless he martyrs me!

Olo_Burrows on December 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

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