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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Yep!…Pot Head too!

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

…why is the cowboy hat missing all of a sudden?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:26 PM

…what were they all smoking in their pipe?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

…Bmore?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Fire water!

Sherman1864 on December 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM

…angrymike?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM

…oh this could have been fun again!

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM

…taken too much time…should have gone for a couple of dozen…get over here guys!

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM

no

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM

record

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM

will

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Poor bastards

Mason on December 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM

He has an Indian name? He knows what it’s like to be poor? WTH?

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM

be

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:31 PM

While Rubio and Ryan are talking about outreach to poor and minorities they should be going to Indian reservations as well as the inner cities.

Mark1971 on December 5, 2012 at 8:31 PM

“set tonight”…it told me to “slow down your’re posting to fast”
…oh!

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Did Obysmal drive some buffalo over the cliff in a show of solidarity?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

He has an Indian name? He knows what it’s like to be poor? WTH?

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 8:30 PM

…Barack? or is Obama some kind of drum?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I remember watching a speech that Russell Means gave when he ran for VP on the Libertarian Party ticket. He talked about not letting the entire USA become one big Indian reservation.

Mark1971 on December 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

1/32nd Cherokee?

malclave on December 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Huh? America’s FIRST foreign-born, gay, mulatto, muslim, Native American? Something is definitely wrong here – this is very confusing.

Pork-Chop on December 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

…he knows what its like…not to work?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I demand clarification!!!!

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Yet another smooth talking foreigner gulling the locals into believing him… I would have thought Native Americans would have learned their lesson by now…

ajacksonian on December 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Is the Cherokee Nation still preventing blacks with Cherokee blood from becoming citizens on the reservation?

Mark1971 on December 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

He has an Indian name? He knows what it’s like to be poor? WTH?

Cindy Munford

He smoke’em crack pipe.

xblade on December 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

(fixed – see how confused I am?)

Huh? America’s FIRST foreign-born, gay, mulatto, muslim, Native American president? Something is definitely wrong here – this is very confusing.

Pork-Chop on December 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Pork-Chop on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Obama is an Indian Giver..

Electrongod on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

“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.”

Same logic that made Bill Clinton the First Black President, well before Barack Obama.

malclave on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Department of the Interior lesson:

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”
Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus ends today’s lesson in Irony!

right2bright on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Does this mean that the next Democrat President will be half Native American? Maybe the son of a Venezuelan national?

Count to 10 on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Dances with Deficits.

Rambotito on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

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.

Don’t forget the IHS? Its almost as efficient as healthcare through Tricare/VA!

Eprider on December 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Chief Givmemor

right2bright on December 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Heck, 15 minutes into the discussion and no Fauxahontas jokes?

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Tribal leaders gather at Interior…

Call me a racist but when I saw the title, my first thought was “It’s about CBC, isn’t it?”

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

and the ? should be a !

Eprider on December 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

He’s everything to everybody,, huh. Except us hard working white dudes. We’re the slaves now.

wolly4321 on December 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

xblade on December 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Ah, of course.

Cindy Munford on December 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Tribal leaders gather at Interior…
Call me a racist but when I saw the title, my first thought was “It’s about CBC, isn’t it?”

Archivarix on December 5, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I thought it was another story about MSNBC visiting the White House…

right2bright on December 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Department of the Interior lesson:

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever, to 46 million people.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”
Their stated reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus ends today’s lesson in Irony!

right2bright on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Yes, but animals don’t vote.

They have PETA and the Sierra Club to do that for them.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 5, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Chief Throwing Bull

right2bright on December 5, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Dances with Deficits.

Rambotito on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Spewing Bull

predator on December 5, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Taxumseh

Mark1971 on December 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Cladoosby’s jokes are right up there with my dad’s.

LASue on December 5, 2012 at 8:49 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 “Swinomish Nation?” This has got to be from the Onion, right?

doppelganglander on December 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

WTF is with everyone in the democrite party wanting to be native American all of the sudden. You’ve pretty much got their vote locked too.

Scratches head.

hawkdriver on December 5, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Oh, it’s a name contest.

Little Beaver!

hawkdriver on December 5, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Those items highlighted in the report seem to all fall under the category of giving away tax dollars.

Last I looked, most Native American tribes were rolling in dough from their casino ventures. Do the rest of us really need to by them broadband access?

LASue on December 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

…was the new Senator from the state of “Tax our tushes” their…with her high cheek bones?

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

“Think about it for a second,” Cladoosby said, according to the pool report.

OK.

“The president loves basketball.

And this has exactly what to do with anything?

He has an Indian name,

No, he doesn’t. He has a conjunctioned African/Islamic name, of a type rarely found in the sort of “authentic” culture he and progressives in general swoon over.

he knows what it’s like to be poor

Compared to who? Donald Trump? He’s an upper-upper middle-class Buppie, who’s never had an actual job (including his tenure in academia and politics)- or, apparently, needed one.

and he hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

That being the Chicago political machine. On that, we agree- he’s imported its methods to DC.

And his theme song is ‘Hail to the Chief.’

Which has been around a bit longer than he has.

I think he definitely qualifies as the first American Indian president.”

I think this qualifies as prima facie evidence that as bad as our public schools are, reservation schools (which are run by the Federal government) must be even worse. Especially in the history department.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Over the fiscal cliff with…

Preezy Geronimo!

Fallon on December 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The Last of The Bohicas?

hawkdriver on December 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Dances with Deficits.

Rambotito on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Spewing Bull

predator on December 5, 2012 at 8:43 PM

No, no, it’s S#itting Bull

sadarj on December 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Sits in Bath House

tom daschle concerned on December 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Erika, great article, just a typo here you might want to correct (see bolded word below):

Indian reservations have been under the government’s thumb for centuries,

A better way of saying this would be to change “centuries” to “well over a century”.

IIRC, the US Govt has been dealing significantly in the business of reservations and handouts only after the end of the Civil War, where the first large scale reservations were in what is now Oklahoma and Montana.

I realise this may seem like a nitpick but it’s all someone on the Left will need to have a license to ignore the gist of the article.

BTW don’t forget how well the Dept of Veterans Affairs has also handled healthcare issues. Between Indian Affairs and Veterans Affairs, the grim future of healthcare in the US is writ large for anyone who wishes to see the horrible truth of it…

Wanderlust on December 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Check out this page at Opensecrets.org. It’s their first mashup of state and federal donations, combined.

Follow the money.

tbrosz on December 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Dances with Deficits.

Rambotito on December 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Thread winner.

Wanderlust on December 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Orwell

petefrt on December 5, 2012 at 8:58 PM

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 Colostomy 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.”

…they’re all nucking futs!
I’ve never seen knee pads in any costumes as part of the Native American heritage!

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Chief Pants-on-Fire

A Balrog of Morgoth on December 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Surely there’s a trophy, or a plaque, or a medal that goes with this title.

Ok…I’ll stop calling you all Shirley now.

Left Coast Right Mind on December 5, 2012 at 9:06 PM

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

That’s odd, I thought Calvin Coolidge was the First Indian President?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

He’s our first TEATER president.

These idiot cult followers just get dumber and dumberer……but now that I think about it so do the gop!!!

Nevermind.

Latch on……Big Chief has biggum Teatum.

PappyD61 on December 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Reservations are nothing more than human zoos. Put there in care of FDR. Build homes in the middle of nowhere and keep them there with a small stipend. Terrible way to treat people.

BullShooterAsInElk on December 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Just wait till those poor Native American’s find out that Obama “Speaks with Forked tongue”.

SWalker on December 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Chief Big Teat.

Chief Vera Baker song

Chief Republic Killer

Americas Chicken

Beyonce Wipum

Just a few suggestions.

PappyD61 on December 5, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Border Patrol Officer Biran Terry is dead.

S.O.G. Special Forces, Sgt. Jerry Michale Shriver is still MIA from the Vietnam War.

The four heros of Bengazie are fresh in the grave.

But for the grace of God go any one of U.S..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Chief in Chief.

He’s about as smart as a bird.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM

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

And what particular Kenyan Tribe does Hopey Talks Out of Both Sides of Mouth Hail from………………………

canopfor on December 5, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Old dirty blankets.

Bad Medicine.

Pine Ridge Reservation is where these commie Democrats what U.S. all.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Sits in Bath House

tom daschle concerned on December 5, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Sits on laps in bath house.

Solaratov on December 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

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

Well,even if Chief Changey the Fairness has North America Status,
and comes and go’s across the United States and Canada freely,

I still want to see his Birth Certificate,before he enters Canada,
or re-enters US of A!

canopfor on December 5, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Reservation splendor coming to the rest of the US soon!

besser tot als rot on December 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Do they get free Obamaphones?

PattyJ on December 5, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Reservations are nothing more than human zoos. Put there in care of FDR. Build homes in the middle of nowhere and keep them there with a small stipend. Terrible way to treat people.

BullShooterAsInElk on December 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Yes and no, zoo’s yes, perpetually drunk, no reason to strive, small stipend look it up money flows bigger and bigger, everyone knows when the checks go out.

MontanaMmmm on December 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Did Obysmal drive some buffalo over the cliff in a show of solidarity?

onlineanalyst on December 5, 2012 at 8:34 PM

As long as there wasn’t a white buffalo.

docflash on December 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Chief Pants-on-Fire

A Balrog of Morgoth on December 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

That’s gonna be in the top ten..

Galt2009 on December 5, 2012 at 9:26 PM

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I hear you my brother! Its gotten a tad bit more difficult since HA put the speed regulators on the comment box. Lol! Keep up the good work my friend, and thanks for making me smile. Lately there has been a real premium on smiles. ; )

Bmore on December 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Speaking of alledged Indians……………..

She Going to be,in….Big Tent Banking OverSeerer

Updated December 4, 2012, 7:09 p.m. ET

Warren Expected On Banking Panel
********************************

WASHINGTON—Elizabeth Warren, the bank critic who will become the junior U.S. senator from Massachusetts in January, is expected to gain a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, three Democratic aides said.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) is also expected to get a seat on the banking panel next year, according to a senior Senate aide.

Decisions on committee assignments won’t be formally decided until early next year after the entire Senate Democratic caucus votes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) makes recommendations to the caucus, who then vote on his choices. It is rare that rank-and-file lawmakers would ever vote against a recommendation made by Mr. Reid, who works closely with committee chairmen in determining assignments. Still, the early stance on Ms. Warren, a Democrat, demonstrates the pressure her supporters have put on party leaders in the weeks since the election.(More….)
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323401904578159440815151984.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

canopfor on December 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Chief Pants-on-Fire

A Balrog of Morgoth on December 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

A Balrog of Morgoth:Yes,very nice,it sure do fits!!

canopfor on December 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Load in Pants…

Seven Percent Solution on December 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Bmore on December 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Hey, B hope things are going better for you, miss day’s gone by:)
Koolaid knows I lurk nowdays, sorry nothing much good to say, working on taking care of my yungun’s.
Priorities.

MontanaMmmm on December 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Chief wampum giver. taker. redistributor. printer. borrower.

Awwww eff it.

antipc on December 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I actually AM part Cherokee. (really) It pisses me off. I’m not a hyphenated American.

Barky claiming any even slight understanding of my background and roots in this country…*spits*

wolly4321 on December 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Maybe Hopey can trick the GOP into a Fiscal Cliff Deal….with
beads or……….(I’m kidding–snark)!!

White House Press Secretary: GOP Fiscal Cliff Plan Is ‘Magic Beans And Fairy Dust’
video
4:14 pm, December 4th, 2012
***************************

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/white-house-press-secretary-gop-fiscal-cliff-plan-is-magic-beans-and-fairy-dust/

canopfor on December 5, 2012 at 6:20 AM

canopfor on December 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

“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.”

Our president. Hey how are ya, Hey how are ya.

Axe on December 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

“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.”

Let me guess. Cladoosby is the Native American equivalent of the surname Biden of English origin.

DaveDief on December 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Don’t forget about the Alaskan Natives, and their protectors, the Alaskan Native Corporations, who have no oversight whatsoever !

40 years of broken promises and lives draining away by the time they become young adults, all the while Don Young, Lisa Murkowski, previously Ted Stevens ruled the roost.

Why do you do it ? She said, “Well, they’ll do it anyway, so I may as well get paid.”

When they go off the “reservation”, they get pounded, a la Joe Miller.

Read more here.

williampeck1958 on December 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I’ve seen what the bereau of Indian affairs has wrought here in AZ. To even suggest that he who eats dog did a single thing to help them is simply insulting.

wolly4321 on December 5, 2012 at 9:53 PM

As I report at my blog Original Pechanga’s Blog Some tribes in CA are practicing apartheid and segregations.

Some who have been invited to President OBama’s White House have destroyed the heritage of 25-75 percent of their tribes. He doesn’t care as long as they contribute.

originalpechanga on December 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Obama plays chief to the Injuns and the ME burns.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Bmore on December 5, 2012 at 9:27 PM

…hang in there my brother…enjoy the holidays!
…(and the peach cobbler!)
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on December 5, 2012 at 10:12 PM

With all those lady parts and all, before you know it, Obamuh will qualify as the first woman president, too.

stukinIL4now on December 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM

“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.”

An “Indian” name? He knows what it’s like to be poor? Since when?

Did anyone check and see if this guy wasn’t giving Barry a knob job?

GarandFan on December 5, 2012 at 10:19 PM

He’s Red
He’s Black
He’s whatever you want him to be
He’s Baraaaaaak!

Mimzey on December 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Chief Muzzie.

Fires of Egypt

Chief Cash’Em out

Prince Jug’Um Ears

PappyD61 on December 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

And his theme song is ‘Hail to the Chief.’ I think he definitely qualifies as the first American Indian president.”

.
Oh, I get it. Tongue in cheek.

ExpressoBold on December 5, 2012 at 10:46 PM

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