Lawmaker wants to preserve American I...

Lawmaker wants to preserve American Indian languages

There are 44 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 24, 2008, titled Lawmaker wants to preserve American Indian languages. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A state senator says American Indian languages could become extinct unless language immersion programs are renewed.

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John

West Bend, WI

#1 Jun 24, 2008
Sounds like a waste of tax dollars to me. If the language is so important, shouldn't the tribes be trying to preserve it themselves? They are a sovereign nation, why are we getting involved with their language.
Super LIb

United States

#2 Jun 24, 2008
How to waste money 101. Thank goodness we have a surplus to pay for this idea.

“it takes a lot to laugh...”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#4 Jun 24, 2008
They were here first, get over it!
The Last Word

Schaumburg, IL

#5 Jun 24, 2008
Rockin John wrote:
They were here first, get over it!
Great point Rockin' John and what exactly have you done to show them their seniority? I assume you bought some land and donated it to a local tribe, something like that, right?
NoBS

United States

#6 Jun 24, 2008
The casinos profit must be way down if they are asking for our help with this.
Open eyes

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jun 24, 2008
Why not preserve it? It is a part of American Culture and history. Unlike Spanish - we all will be speaking espanole soon enough cause people don't want to speak english, and we all know that we must cater to the minorities.
Tired of it all!
Andy

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jun 24, 2008
Sorry native americans, take a number...the muslims are the minority of choice in the spotlight right now.
Archie Anderson

AOL

#9 Jun 24, 2008
There are 495 different native dialects,Truly 100% American, It is very worth perserving for All Americans. I would be happy to help keep this heritage for the 100% Americans.
The elders still have knowledge and authenticity of this language,
In 1917 the last two carrier pidgeons in captivity refused to mate,died and became extinct, they once flew in flocks three miles wide and twenty miles long. This seems important to America. Native Americans reported for their countrys service, served with honor many heroically, No one has even seen a native American burn or disgrace their nations flag.
Come on folks, we need to keep our heritage safe for the new Americans and should not lose it.
BTH

Hopkins, MN

#10 Jun 24, 2008
That is something for the tribes to do. I'm not too keen about paying for the cultural heritage of a people where I don't have equal legal standing in certain areas of the state. It's not the state's position to finance cultural preservation of a sovereign nation. They have their own money. Let them finance it. Of all the financial difficulties and cutbacks presently facing the state, this is at the bottom to the list.
concerned citizen

Center City, MN

#11 Jun 24, 2008
John wrote:
Sounds like a waste of tax dollars to me. If the language is so important, shouldn't the tribes be trying to preserve it themselves? They are a sovereign nation, why are we getting involved with their language.
absolutely!! total waste of money. You elects these stupid fools. If we had this philosophy we'd all be writing in hyrogliphics (spelling?)
Archie Anderson

AOL

#12 Jun 24, 2008
Priorities ?

Our legislature has "handed" one billion dollars to non profits with little or no oversight.
As I write thousands are being spent by anti smokers in small towns on a "Butt brigade" activists are crawling around on their hands and knees collecting and tabulating cigarette butts.

Is this a priority for state taxpayers? there was is and never has been aproblem funding activists that make their only desire to "stir the mud"

I would rather see tax money spent on our heritage rather than unhappy drones with nothing in their life except "Cigarette butts" Ya think?
The Lab Rat

Boise, ID

#13 Jun 24, 2008
Archie Anderson wrote:
There are 495 different native dialects,Truly 100% American, It is very worth perserving for All Americans. I would be happy to help keep this heritage for the 100% Americans.
The elders still have knowledge and authenticity of this language,
In 1917 the last two carrier pidgeons in captivity refused to mate,died and became extinct, they once flew in flocks three miles wide and twenty miles long. This seems important to America. Native Americans reported for their countrys service, served with honor many heroically, No one has even seen a native American burn or disgrace their nations flag.
Come on folks, we need to keep our heritage safe for the new Americans and should not lose it.
Are you pullin our legs Archie?

Just a thought here....Wounded Knee.

When the Tribes pony up the same percentage of taxes I pay yearly, on their casino profits, THEN they have access to funding. Until then, nope, not a dime.

Yes. the past was bloody, and bitter, on BOTH sides (ask any Sioux historian how they feel about the Chippewa, Ojibwe, or Anishinabe!) but until EVERYONE decides the past is past, and we are ONE nation (including the abolition of former treaties giving preferential treatment to some and not others) then the Tribes are on their own, just as is everyone else.

The Lab Rat

“it takes a lot to laugh...”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#14 Jun 24, 2008
The Last Word wrote:
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Great point Rockin' John and what exactly have you done to show them their seniority? I assume you bought some land and donated it to a local tribe, something like that, right?
I spend money at the local tribal casinos. What have you done besides posting a pithy comment?
The Last Word

Schaumburg, IL

#15 Jun 24, 2008
Rockin John wrote:
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I spend money at the local tribal casinos. What have you done besides posting a pithy comment?
What gave you the impression I had done something? I didn't and wouldn't make the moronic post, "they were here first"
So, before the casinos came into existance, how did you demonstrate your support?
Archie Anderson

AOL

#16 Jun 24, 2008
Lab Rat:
The Ojibway chippewa anishanabi drove the lakota from the state of Minnesota territory. There is deep hatred that exists even today between the elders of the tribes, the youngsters have no idea.

Natives are like snowflakes there are no tribes exactly the same, especially economically, there are 1200 homeless in Red Lake while each member of the midewonkan souix that run the Shakaopee casino each recieve over i million dollars per year per member. One member bragged on the KSTP Barbara carlson radio show of stuffing $1500.00 down the shorts of a male stripper. I don't know how truthful the caller was, but mentioned that she could not say how much she recieved.
I am a chamukamon that was born and raised in the harsh north woods where poor white people and the natives had almost everything in common.
Maybe that is why I appreciate the history that belongs to each of us. I think it has great value to us.
The Lab Rat

Boise, ID

#17 Jun 24, 2008
Archie,

That is exactly my point.

Get rid of the treaties, that are a boon for some, and a curse for others.

They are nothing but divisive.

Bury animosity of the past, to preserve the future. I don't see a viable alternative.

The Lab Rat

“it takes a lot to laugh...”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#18 Jun 24, 2008
The Last Word wrote:
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What gave you the impression I had done something? I didn't and wouldn't make the moronic post, "they were here first"
So, before the casinos came into existance, how did you demonstrate your support?
The many relief angencies that had outreaches that targeted Native American issues benefitted from regular contributions.
Archie Anderson

AOL

#19 Jun 24, 2008
Lab Rat:

I have to agree with you and respect your view. Remember this quote by James Watt secretary of the interior under Pres Reagan?

"what the government of the United States has done to Native Americans is living proof of the failure of socialism" Of course that cost him his job but i think it has somre truth to it.

I traveled our country from coast to coast and border to border and got a good look at this great country we live in, and got to meet as many as i could over a cup of coffee and spend hours talking about "it all" Mescelaro Apaches and Navajo in New Mexico to the longshoremen in Brooklyn and the Nez Perse from your neighborhood around couer de alene I have decided that we Americans have nearly the same desires in life, no more no less so somehow our history needs to be kept intact so the future us's will know where to go and where NOT to go. As you proably guessed I am an old fart just making some noise about how I see it.
The Last Word

Schaumburg, IL

#20 Jun 24, 2008
Rockin John wrote:
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The many relief angencies that had outreaches that targeted Native American issues benefitted from regular contributions.
Wow, writing that check is really a sacrifice, not to mention tax deductible.

“it takes a lot to laugh...”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#21 Jun 24, 2008
The Last Word wrote:
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Wow, writing that check is really a sacrifice, not to mention tax deductible.
You are funny, and you still have not faced the fact, they were here first, now move on and get over it!!

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