Apache Tribe lands nearly $1M

The Mescalero Apache Tribe will benefit by nearly $1 million out of $3.69 million allocated last week by the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Native American Housing Block Grant program. Full Story
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JMH3

Tularosa, NM

#1 Mar 4, 2009
Hopefully this will get done. Under Sara Misquez' administration the last money for housing was...."LOST"
mountain

Barnesville, OH

#2 Mar 5, 2009
Won't take but a couple of days to put it in their pockets and it's all gone.

Geez, that place sucks.
NM daddy

El Paso, TX

#3 Mar 5, 2009
Are you sure it's for housing? I hope this is not tax-payer's money.
Ron Jeske

United States

#4 Mar 5, 2009
NM daddy wrote:
Are you sure it's for housing? I hope this is not tax-payer's money.
Grants from HUD are taxpayer money. They come from the federal government. Just hope that the money goes to retrofitting utility operations or making improvements in housing to make things more energy efficient. The tribe should not waste it on anything not related to improving housing and utility services.
Concerned in Mescalero

Orogrande, NM

#5 Mar 5, 2009
If new homes are built they will go to either the Mescalero housing dept. or Tribal Councils children or relatives as it has in the past. And the tribal people who really need these homes will get the hand-me-downs from the fore mentioned. This also goes with any renovations done to existing homes. Its to bad that there is no one honest enough to prevent this from happening. Maybe Mr. Teague should keep a watchful eye on this project since it involves a large sum of money.

Since: Oct 08

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#6 Mar 5, 2009
Let's see they have a casino and they are considered a sovereign nation but they still mooch of the government of the US. What a great deal!
the phantom

Barnesville, OH

#7 Mar 5, 2009
Out on the Navajo res, there are beautiful Indian housing homes sitting there empty, while white teachers at the nearby Indian schools live in substandard teacherages or have to commute many miles from the nearest town because if you ask if you can rent one of those Indian Housing units, the answer is NO, not to white teachers, even if you do teach at the Indian school a mile down the road where our kids go to school. Screw them, they don't need any more housing. That money won't go for housing anyway.

The reservations need to be closed and eliminated.
House of Critters

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Mar 5, 2009
the phantom wrote:
Out on the Navajo res, there are beautiful Indian housing homes sitting there empty, while white teachers at the nearby Indian schools live in substandard teacherages or have to commute many miles from the nearest town because if you ask if you can rent one of those Indian Housing units, the answer is NO, not to white teachers, even if you do teach at the Indian school a mile down the road where our kids go to school. Screw them, they don't need any more housing. That money won't go for housing anyway.
The reservations need to be closed and eliminated.
Okay, raise your hand if you have actually been in a home on the Mescalero reservation...oh, look at my lone hand wavingin the breeze.

They need better housing. Hopefully this money will be used as it is intended.
Cactus Flower

Alamogordo, NM

#9 Mar 5, 2009
Oh boy a new thread and now posters can stir up hatred towards the Native Americans.
clark

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Mar 5, 2009
Many people's businesses are failing, many more have become unemployed, but I don't see the government doing a damn thing to help them. You only seem to get handouts if you are black, brown or red.
the phantom

United States

#11 Mar 5, 2009
I'm stating facts, not stirrin' up hatred. You are undoubtedly a bleeding heart liberal.

Would you rather have someone living in an unoccupied home on the res., or teens breaking into it, doping, drinking, and building bonfires on the floor?

If your res. housing is a pigstye, did you make it like that, or was it that way when the gov't. gave it to you?

Gov't never has given me a house, but they give them to you.

That money in Mescalero will go into the pockets of tribal administrators and gov't. contractors.

It's no different that other reservations.

In Newcomb, teachers live in filthy substandard teacherages, while in Naschitti, 15 miles away and part of the same school system (CCS) Indian housing is nice, confortable, and adequate, with many homes vacant since the day they were built.

Can't rent one. It's TRIBAL housing, not teacher housing. Same bunch will come down to the HS bellyaching about how their babies are being treated and educated though.

Ever notice how an Indian man who is with a white woman is a hero, but a white man who is with a pretty Indian woman is a no good SOB taking unfair advantage of an Indian maiden?

That's life on the res.

Just facts.
House of Critters

Alamogordo, NM

#12 Mar 5, 2009
the phantom wrote:
I'm stating facts, not stirrin' up hatred. You are undoubtedly a bleeding heart liberal.
Would you rather have someone living in an unoccupied home on the res., or teens breaking into it, doping, drinking, and building bonfires on the floor?
If your res. housing is a pigstye, did you make it like that, or was it that way when the gov't. gave it to you?
Gov't never has given me a house, but they give them to you.
That money in Mescalero will go into the pockets of tribal administrators and gov't. contractors.
It's no different that other reservations.
In Newcomb, teachers live in filthy substandard teacherages, while in Naschitti, 15 miles away and part of the same school system (CCS) Indian housing is nice, confortable, and adequate, with many homes vacant since the day they were built.
Can't rent one. It's TRIBAL housing, not teacher housing. Same bunch will come down to the HS bellyaching about how their babies are being treated and educated though.
Ever notice how an Indian man who is with a white woman is a hero, but a white man who is with a pretty Indian woman is a no good SOB taking unfair advantage of an Indian maiden?
That's life on the res.
Just facts.
Stereotype much? Assume much?
Cactus Flower

Alamogordo, NM

#13 Mar 5, 2009
House of Critters wrote:
<quoted text>
Okay, raise your hand if you have actually been in a home on the Mescalero reservation...oh, look at my lone hand wavingin the breeze.
They need better housing. Hopefully this money will be used as it is intended.
I have been in reservation housing many times (however, not the Mescalero reservation) and was always amazed at how much they did with so little.
Kioki

Ashburn, VA

#14 Mar 5, 2009
House of Critters wrote:
<quoted text>
Okay, raise your hand if you have actually been in a home on the Mescalero reservation...oh, look at my lone hand wavingin the breeze.
They need better housing. Hopefully this money will be used as it is intended.
I just read the thread, count my hand as well.
Yes they do need housing help, but like anywhere else if it's not monitored it gets abused.

Since: Oct 08

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#15 Mar 5, 2009
House of Critters wrote:
<quoted text>
Okay, raise your hand if you have actually been in a home on the Mescalero reservation...oh, look at my lone hand wavingin the breeze.
They need better housing. Hopefully this money will be used as it is intended.
why don't they take the money from the casino's to take care of the problem or is it just some fat cats making a killing and ripping everyone else off.

Since: Nov 08

Rio Rancho, NM

#17 Mar 5, 2009
Cactus Flower wrote:
<quoted text>I have been in reservation housing many times (however, not the Mescalero reservation) and was always amazed at how much they did with so little.
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Definitely! I 'love' how so manyposters here are trying to paint all tribal members (of all tribes, even) with the same brush. Just like all us white chicks are the same, I suppose. I don't know much about the financial dealings of the current tribal leaders, I just know there are people struggling to make ends meet, who need safe housing for their families. There are valid financial and cultural reasons for them to stay on the reservation, but many are living with situations handed down by their parents and their parents before them. It's hard to break the cycle when everything you see around you says nothing will ever change. Knowing your kids will be warm, your toilet will flush, and nobody will have to sleep on the floor can make a big difference in how you face the day!
my2sensefromalam ogordo

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Mar 5, 2009
Well, at least the money will be spent here in the U.S. I resent all the dollars that are sent all over the world when we have such a critical need for assistance for our own citizens; homeless families. street beggars, addicts and mentally ill being ignored, etc... In my opinion (hoping to hear others) we should be helping our own people first. Having said that, yes, I understand that there is fiscal abuse on the reservations. So how about if we (or they?)begin to resolve some of those issues instead of buying the "things will never change" excuse that is so often heard?
John Miles

Washington, DC

#19 Mar 5, 2009
I have no problem with reservations getting assistance from our Fed Govt, my tax dollars, if the money is used for critical needs, for the purpose the money is granted for. However I do know that there is alot of dishonesty, abuse of federal funds,and waste within the Tribal Govt's. I also believe that because Reservations consider themselves sovergn govt's that this is used as an excuse to use federal funds the way they want to instead of what the purpose of the funds were for. I want close monitoring of my tax dollars that go to Reservations.
woo fung poo

United States

#20 Mar 5, 2009
If reservations are indeed sovereign , Then indeed they should be sovereign without federal aid and laws .
Bouncer

Montgomery, AL

#21 Mar 6, 2009
Just use the millions they make from the casinos!

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