For Immediate Release
Jayson O’Neill, (406) 200-8582
On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a Reminder of Trump’s Disastrous Record and Land Manager’s Overt Racism
Trump's Administration assaulted rights and sovereignty; supports official with documented bigotry towards Native Americans.
WASHINGTON - Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day—a day when we celebrate the rich history and culture of Indigenous peoples across the United States. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has a four-year record of undermining and assaulting Indigenous peoples’ history, rights, and sovereignty. And Trump’s top land manager, William Perry Pendley, who is apparently still serving as the illegal de facto acting Bureau of Land Management director, not only has a terrible, corrupt public lands record—but also has a documented history of racism and bigotry towards Indigenous people.
- Illegally revoking protections for the culturally significant area that was Bears Ears National Monument;
- Opening the sacred Chaco Canyon area to oil and gas drilling;
- Assistant Sec. Tara Sweeney potentially leaking sensitive data and attempting to swindle COVID relief money from tribal governments;
- Building a vanity border wall through areas sacred to Indigenous people;
- Corrupt Sec. Bernhardt’s overt attempts to strip the Mashpee Wampanoag of their sovereignty and rights; and
- Ignoring a judge’s ruling and the law on known bigot Willam Pendley’s illegal charade.
Critical legal cases and rulings that impact Indigenous peoples’ rights, tribal sovereignty and their lands could also take a dark turn if Trump places corporate activist Judge Amy Coney Barrett onto the nation’s top judicial court. Barrett is a professed disciple of the late Justice Scalia. The former justice sided against Tribal interests 86% of the time, according to an analysis by the Native American Rights Fund.
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