Native Americans Criticize Bush's Silence

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    Native Americans Criticize Bush's Silence
    By Ceci Connolly

    Washington Post
    Friday, March 25, 2005

    MINNEAPOLIS, March 24 -- Native Americans across the country -- including tribal leaders, academics and rank-and-file tribe members -- voiced anger and frustration Thursday that President Bush has responded to the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history with silence.

    Three days after 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed nine members of his Red Lake tribe before taking his own life, grief-stricken American Indians complained that the White House has offered little in the way of sympathy for the tribe situated in the uppermost region of Minnesota.

    "From all over the world we are getting letters of condolence, the Red Cross has come, but the so-called Great White Father in Washington hasn't said or done a thing," said Clyde Bellecourt, a Chippewa Indian who is the founder and national director of the American Indian Movement here. "When people's children are murdered and others are in the hospital hanging on to life, he should be the first one to offer his condolences. . . . If this was a white community, I don't think he'd have any problem doing that."

    "I hope that he would say something," said Victoria Graves, a cultural educator at Red Lake Elementary School on the reservation. "It's important that there's acknowledgment of the tragedy. It's important he sees the tribes are out here. We need help."


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    Why am I not surprised! :rolleyes:
     
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    Do you mind if I post the entire article? I'd prefer to do that.
     
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    Its not about posting the whole article or not, ITF, its about the fact that this article listed a problem, angry Native Americans, and then ANSWERED their issues, Bush's spokesperson's statement AND the fact that Bush plans to discuss the issue in his weekly radio address. But, for some unknown reason :rolleyes: you choose NOT to include that VITAL information when you created a thread that, the way you posted it, shows Bush to be insensitive to these peoples plight.

    If you had posted the responses from the Bush Administration, it would have appeared intellectually honest. Now, whether you intended to or not, it just looks like you wanted to bash Bush and in doing so posted only the sections of the article that interested you, rather than posting the lines that Sir Evil brought forward and most people found...exposing that your thread is nonsense...Bush did address and will address the school shooting in MN.

    The Native Americans were upset with the "lack of Bush response," but the Bush Administration addressed the issue and will continue to...thats what this article states. So whats the problem? Where's the story? Why was this worthy of a thread?

    What I find hysterical about your carefully chosen sections is the fact that if Bush had gone on television, made a statement, offerred a prayer for the families of the students and the students themselves, liberals everywhere would scream that he was exploiting the pain of the people for a publicity stunt while still others would be screaming that by highlighting these incidents in the national news, by Bush giving it so much time it just incites other troubled children to try similar actions in order to get attention...once again, Bush can't win for losing.
     
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    That lame excuse would fly if you had not completely skipped a relevant paragraph. Why did you purposely skip paragraph 5 when posting the partial article and then paste paragraph 6 instead? Seems to me like you thought it would look nicer to omit a portion hoping nobody would follow your link.

    Either way the point is worthless as the title of the article itself is answered within the article.
     
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    That's a pretty lame response! I posted the link and I'm sure from the response here that most people followed that link and read the entire article. Now are you demanding the "right" to "edit" any article I post in the future and would you like me to carefully "edit" any article you and others post in future? Quit whining!
     
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    Bush decries school rampage; critics question delay
    By Adam Entous

    26 Mar 2005
    CRAWFORD, Texas, March 26 (Reuters)

    U.S. President George W. Bush broke his public silence on Saturday about the deadliest U.S. school shooting in six years, touting the government's response "at this tragic time" after some American Indian leaders complained he paid little attention to the rampage.

    Bush's delayed public reaction to the shooting stood in contrast to his swift and high-profile intervention this week to prolong the life of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman in Florida whose feeding tube was removed.

    "We are doing everything we can to meet the needs of the community at this tragic time," Bush said in his weekly radio address one day after calling Floyd Jourdain, chairman of the Red Lake Chippewa tribe, to offer his condolences to the shooting victims and their families.

    Clyde Bellecourt, a Chippewa Indian who is the founder and national director of the American Indian Movement in Red Lake, said Bush's response came too late. "He should have been the first one to reach out to the Red Lake Indian community," he said.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N25629433.htm
     
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    Truth you got caught picking and choosing, man up and admit that you picked out the few paragraphs that support your Bush hating agenda, don't be a pussy.

    Most here, if in their article is an opposing viewpoint or two add that to the ones they show in their post.

    But what should we expect? Your nothing but an intellectual fraud anyway. Your time is growing short here.
     
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    Nothing but Injuns begging. What would they like Bush to do, give them each 100,000 dollars for pain and suffering?

    Hey here is a better idea, do what alot of injuns are doing these days, putting down the whiskey bottle and opening up a casino.
     
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    Just like 911 families want $$ and the OKC bombing victims are looking to $$ as well. It was a tradgedy but not of national significance. It would be more appropriate for the Governor to address it. Or since Indians purport to be a series of nations within a nation, the tribal chief.
     

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