Tell me human lives matter in politics & I'll agree, with reservations. In particular "Indian Reservations" would be an important exception these days it seems.
Dispite dire warnings from N.Y.State Troopers that attempting to collect N.Y. State tax on cigarettes sold (to non tribe members buying) from Native American stores could result in "violence and death" N.Y. Governor David A.Patterson has vowed to enforce $4.50 per pack NYS sales tax on cigs sold to non- Indian customers as soon as September 1st, Wednesday 2010.
All Tribes have refused to collect what appears to them to be an Out of Jurisdiction tax.
The western idea that United States citizens who are under bank, municipal, state, federal, corporate, jurisdiction and can therefore not act in free commerce with Indian Merchants is as foreign today to Native American Life and thinking as the private, state and federal ownership of property was in 1794 when they first signed treaties with the Great White Father and his minions.
But, can we say that Ethno-centrism is the reason Governor Patterson is stepping up the kind of rhetoric which can only be percieved as bellicose to Tribespersons state wide, even nationwide?
There was a saying I read on a noted educator's wall back when I worked as a civil servant for the State University of Old Westbury in Long Island N.Y. It said "A lack of proper planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part".
It can be said that New York, & the United States are experiencing an economic down turn, the likes of which have not been seen since the great depression.
After making ethanol out of corn instead of hemp & allowing the drugs in Alcohol & tobacco to excape regulation by the FDA dispite their lethal hazards for so many years, and after living under a system of Aportionment re: the U.S.Constitution yet implementing systems of non- aportioned taxation on wages and income alike for decades & devolving from a Constitutionally prescribed specie of money to fiat currency & debt; does this now warrant war?