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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Indians Are On Cocaine: A Republican Perspective

The following is from Guest Blogger; Peter Moulson.

Those eager beavers who attended the hearing on Indian water rights in the House Energy and Agriculture committees may have taken aback by two voices pushing hard against the validity of Indian water rights. Apparently the Cocaine habit that Indians have from their dealer, the Feds, means they have too much of “our” water--so let’s get the water back from the Indians.

Rep. Ezzell (R-Roswell) said that the federal government’s fiduciary duty to honor its treaty obligations to Native Americans is “like a cocaine habit that we Americans just keep paying for no matter what.”  What? Break Federal law to steal water rights for unspecified others?  We asked Rep. Ezzell if she would repeat her comments for us:

Of course anti-Indian language has been used for many, many years. It’s all about the fact that we want whatever land and money that is not yet “ours”. The intriguing linguistic connection here is that the Feds are at fault for feeding cocaine to the Navajo Nation (in this case), and if we white folks don’t take their water (just to make things equitable) the world will be out of balance. The new balance will be provided by our Republican lawmakers if we give them the chance. Here is Rep. Bratton (R-Hobbs):

Of course they were both trying to make a bigger point, which was that the Navajo should not get any special benefit from federal water infrastructure investment in NW New Mexico because they didn’t pay for it, “we did.”

January 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM in Government, Guest Blogger, Native Americans, NM Legislature 2012, Water Issues | Permalink



You know what this reminds me of? Israel's attitude about water that, according to international law, belongs to the indigenous people.

Water + climate change = increasing conflicts.

Posted by: Lora Lucero | Jan 25, 2012 6:43:34 PM

Whoa, now this is crazy. The federal government is addicted to its fiduciary responsibility to tribes?!

So all those times our schools were falling apart or Indian Health Service ran out of medicine or water just needed to be hauled, the US government was just what, playing hard to get?

Apparently, Rep. Ezzell feels its ok to use these kinds of derogatory terms to describe native citizens of the state. Exciting her base with language that likens native people to addicts or freeloaders is despicable. Rather than reflecting on the long history of treaty obligations and subsequent broken promises we get political gamesmanship. Shameful.

Posted by: Keegan King | Jan 25, 2012 6:46:32 PM

Consider that the Native Americans were pushed onto the land that seemed the most worthless at the time-- now the Navahos have all that low-sulfur coal, I bet some of these anglos would take that away from them if they could.

Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Jan 25, 2012 7:30:02 PM

Lately the Republicans have taken on a disturbing ethos of disposable humanity unless they are unborn.

Posted by: qofdisks | Jan 27, 2012 2:29:41 AM

Racism, plain and simple. Ignorance = Republican party. Sad day for New Mexico and Sad day for Democracy.

Posted by: Renaldo Chapman | Jan 27, 2012 11:05:32 PM

With those types of comments-YOU do not deserve to represent NM. not sure who voted you in to office...aliens?

Posted by: Shay | Feb 24, 2012 1:36:27 PM