Port, tribes battle over port site
#1 Jul 26, 2008
So, are there ANY tribal members who will be affected by the loss of income the failure of the Arlington dump may cause?
If not, I'm afraid they leave the impression that tribal people don't care what happens to the rest of the citizens of the county as long as the tribals have nothing to lose. If so, then a similar knee-jerk "I don't care about your tribal issues either" reaction is generated in return from those affected by this attitude. This is the way long-standing hatreds and prejudices are generated and encouraged to grow.
How many tribal people take advantage of the fishing rights in the exact area where the dock/bridge/whatever was to be (and partially is) located? "Yeah, well, we have the right to fish there" isn't a reasonable argument to convince those who may lose their livelihood.
Weighing the pros and cons, couldn't the work go on?
I'm from western Oregon, all I can say is, "What is WRONG with you people!" There isn't a whole lot the people of Gilliam county can do to develop their economy...most of the land grows huge fields of wheat (not big on jobs) or lies fallow as the cattle ranchers collect government payments (what's up with that?). Maybe the U.S. Govt. should take some of that rancher-welfare cash and pay the tribal people for the piece of property the dock is on...problem solved. I wish it was that easy.
Big cities need dumps and Arlington (like other areas nearby) provides that service on what was probably government subsidized unused land. Lose that dump and they'll be coming to YOUR rural area elsewhere in Oregon to dump their garbage. Check it out, Arlington has an excellent waste management solution and we need to support them from the rest of Oregon.
I believe in Tribal rights, but they too have to live in the present world with their neighbors and hopefully can work out a solution that benefits ALL the citizens of Gilliam county.
The rest of Oregon is watching.
#2 Feb 4, 2009
Before going off 'half-cocked,' have you checked into the 'rest of the story' as to if the land was government unused land before Arlington built their great money maker? People are anxious to put indegenous people like Native Americans in the present, yet at the same time, the federal government and the United States Supreme Court wants them to stay under the agreements made in 1493 with the first treaty called the Doctrine of Discovery that has kept them in the past, and not al by their choosing unless they want to be completely assimilated.
#3 Feb 6, 2009
I said "government subsidized"(as in private)land. The vast majority of the land in Gilliam Co. is privately owned and many of the ranchers let their land lie fallow and collect "rancher welfare". Yes, I have researched it. Did you actually read my post? We have a powerful tribal presence here on the coast. Arlington and Columbia plateau native peoples could seek to form cooperative and mutually advantageous relationships with the other peoples of their region as the coastal and Warm Springs tribals have done rather than "go off half cocked" and alienate the very neighbors they live with. In the past, Oregon coast Native Americans were marched off to a "concentration camp" reservation where many were systematically starved to death. We all have stories (murdered Chinese miners, Japanese Americans imprisoned in WWII),etc. Stupid, bitter, ugly relationships of the past are no excuse for continuing animosities in the present and alienating your neighbors.
#4 Oct 2, 2009
Its so great to hear there are still people out in the world who have compassion upon their fellow man. I myself have thought of what it would be like to be in that position. Instead of following the trend of criticising the working people, Id like to get honest and take a good look at whom is making all the accusatory and derogatory statements? Probably those fighting to keep medicare records inaccessible, the folks who seem to know your families net worth to the exact cent, those who know it all but when asked for an official statement, havent seen a thing. You know all those who lack morals, lie and cheat for a living, all the while convincing your peers and those that dont know any different that indeed, we the working people , are to blame. I honestly remember when people worked hard everyday to come home to dinner on the table, kids playing and quite evening watching T.v. When families saved for a year to buy a kis dirt bike, and it stayed in the barn till you to threw it away, when moms and kids walked to families house to visit without fear, and the truth was all there was.
Somewhere along the way, this country has become the horror story we sat around on Sunday afternoons discussing following a good preaching about the rapture. Its hard still to look around and realize i am living in the last days. Honestly , i dont know if we can change this nation. We can certainly try, but as individuals i encourage you all to hold on to those things you were taught " FROM THE BEGINNING". When all these things began to take place in my life , i saught after God and his wisdom. He spoke unto me one night after a lenghthy tear filles prayer and said
"Pray, Pray, read the word, and pray even more."
This, my friend is a charge that will prove to be most rewarding.
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