Monday, November 22, 2010
In light of the revelations in Cobell v Kempthorne regarding theft of tribal royalties and leasing revenues by corporations in collusion with the Department of Interior, it's clear that tribal sovereignty has little hope of surviving the economic turmoil brought on by the Wall Street heist of 2007-8. As the crisis intensifies, predation and scapegoating can be expected to escalate as well. Without an adequately funded independent communications infrastructure, tribal governments are at the mercy of the corporate media, which in turn represents those interests committed to further plundering tribal resources. As the only power remaining to tribes is that of moral sanction, making their case through mass communication is essential.