Kevin Abourezk: Indian Country asks Obama for $5.4B
"It's a bold move. Asking the federal government for billions of dollars in taxpayer money to bail out a group of people suffering from the failing economy.

Never mind the fact that, unlike the Wall Street brokers who dug themselves a financial pit and dove in with eyes wide open, this group of aspiring bailout-ees did little to nothing to cause their current economic pains.

Never mind that the last group to win a bailout did so by flying to Washington, D.C., in a fleet of corporate jets they later strategically traded for hybrid vehicles and promises to work for free in the coming year. For those sweet nothings whispered in the ears of federal legislators, General Motors and Chrysler LLC walked away with $17.4 billion.

Now comes the boldest plea for a bailout yet: Indian Country wants $5.4 billion for schools and bridges.

Can you hear the righteous indignation? The shouts echoing in the U.S. Capitol chambers for Indians to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and take their rightful place in line behind the fat, overpaid auto industry and Wall Street CEOs?"

Get the Story:
Kevin Abourezk: Native Group Asks for $5.4 billion (RezNet News 1/8)

Related Stories:
Kevin Abourezk: Looking back on a year in limbo (12/19)
Kevin Abourezk: A bailout for Indian Country (12/11)
Kevin Abourezk: Optimism on Indian health bill (12/5)
Kevin Abourezk: Frank LaMere celebrates in January (11/26)
Kevin Abourezk: Daschle's chance to prove it (11/21)
Kevin Abourezk: Stereotypes and Thanksgiving (11/14)
Kevin Abourezk: Ceremony honors tribal veterans (11/7)
Kevin Abourezk: Native voters flex power at the polls (11/4)
Kevin Abourezk: Means shifts sovereignty stance (10/30)