European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jul 7 1968, Page 14

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - July 7, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseFor some indians life Here where the More prosperous Sioux have moved into sleekly modern Homes. Nana to work with. But in the process i developed a paternalistic attitude. But the times have changed the emphasis has shifted Robert l. Bennett an Oneida India from Wisconsin and the second Indian to head the Bia was appointed by president Johnson in april 1966, with him came the revolution in Bia think ing. I told the indians when i came Bennett said that i was going to put them on the spot. I told them the were going to have to work. I told them their problems were their own not the Bureau of Indian affairs. I said we were Here to help but not to do everything for them. I expected a lot from them. I be had no serious major accomplishments in the Las two years have been in the Field of education which eats up 70 per Centof the Bureau s $270 million budget. Vocational training geared to the whole family has been established i cooperation with private Industry at Madera calif., and philadelphiamiss., in which indians Are taught skills that will enable them to live of the reservations. Another program has gone into operation at Roswell n.m., with an initial enrolment of 65 families. Clearly with 742,000 indians on reservations projects involving 65 fam Ilies Are not enough. Bennett and Thebia Are pinning their greatest Hopes on the leadership of tribal govern ments. It is obvious that an efficient tribal government formulated in most in stances on the order of a City Council is the most potent Force in relieving Indian problems. In most cases tribe with poor governments Are the tribes with the worst housing the most Crip pling unemployment and the weakest spirit. Clyde Warrior does not look like the Type of Man who could cry red he looks Indian enough a Pon Ca with thick Black hair and dark skin but he is a lumbering heavy Man the possessor of an ample paunch and Large spectacles. This state he said recently i worse than the South. You can feel the tension when you walk Down the streets of this town and meet a White Man. You re a Lazy Drunken incompetent net. And indians Are going to tear the whole thing Down. I just Hope that whatever is left standing is better than what we have at 28, College graduate Clyde warriors a Leader. For two years Warrior has to i the president of the National South. Council an organizations t ,.by him and another Young Mil ant Indian Mel Thorn ill Cugh the strength of the organize-wsj.1 Recert months War a handful of in to we there Power advocates Nana Mel Thorn left and Clyde Warrior hey Call for red Power i think we Learned bitterness i school Warrior said sometime when we were Young. It All goes Back to school. You knew you did t fit. Economically you did t fit socially Youdin t fit. There was t a year that i did t quit school at least Are sensitive people usually they know they re on the outside. Eighty seven per cent of the Ponca Here drop out of school because of you have All these stupid educators running around wringing their hands. They can t figure out Why All these Indian kids drop out. They figure it must be something wrong in the indians. Or they look at this Little India Grade school out Here and figure some thing must be wrong there. But the never understand. I guess it goes Back to the relation ship indians have with White people. Indians have been Content to set around and take guff from White people. They All figure that they la come out of it someday that the Day for the Indian will re turn t,0 Warrior the situation in which indians find themselves today has been partly the fault of indians themselves those indians who have become educated through the Beneficence of the Bureau of Injian affairs and who have joined the Bia or otherwise be come a part of the system that has worked against indians Boot lickers Warrior Calls them with slow quiet Calm then spitting the words with venomous deliberation classic Indian Finks. Give pm a Job per diem to go to conventions and be Indian leaders for the Bia. Snap you fingers and they stand up and answers do not come easy to Clyd Warrior. I used to hate White people he hate them with Good reason. I went around hating them for i realized it was t the White peo ple i hated it was the bureaucracy the institutions they created the education the system that i hated. You know they ought to kick out every one in the Bia who is Over 30 years old. Their ideas All come Fromback in the 20s. That s what they were taught to do. Plus you have a lot of racists and incompetents. And the Struc Ture creates a neurotic almost insane attitude toward joining the main Stream you have All these maniacs this in the children in schools. Take an Indian with no education and House full of kids and people say hell he s incompetent. He can t eve manage his own life let alone run a government or a tribe. That s what Thebia s been saying for years. He s too stupid to do it for himself so Well Doit for him. The system perpetuates this think ing. It s so easy to justify it. And it be comes easy for the Indian too. He says m just an Indian. I can t do any bet Ter. Well that s his the Indian s prob Lem. He should be made to do better. Give the tribes the Money and let the spend it. They la make mistakes sure by they la learn responsibility the stars and stripes

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