Trump’s War on Native America: Proposed 2019 Budget to Eliminate Tribal Programs

During the first week of his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for both the finishing of the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and green-lighting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, both of which had been strongly opposed by Tribal and 1st Nations. It was perhaps a signal from the Trump administration, and their policies to come, of a war on Native America that now includes a call for the elimination of numerous tribal programs.

On February 12th, the Trump administration released his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2019. While final say and approval over the budget sits with Congress, the President’s proposals are taken seriously by many members of Congress and send a strong signal for the planned direction the administration.

Programs slated for elimination:

  • The Indian Community Development Block Grant program under the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • The Department of Labor’s Indian and Native American Program
  • The Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program
  • The Johnson O’Malley Program (Indian education funding)
  • The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Programs slated for reduction:

  • The Native American Housing Block Program
  • Programs under the Bureau of Indian Affairs slated for reductions include; Job Placement and Training, Social Services, Welfare Assistance, Rights Protection Implementation and the Division of Human Services’ office responsible for enforcing provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Additional programs that are disproportionately serviced by Native families slated to receive cuts:

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps
  • Medicare

In addition to the above assaults on Tribes, last year Trump also removed federal protections for the Bears Ears national monument and approved off-shore drilling along the east and west coasts. Both actions were, and are, heavily opposed by Tribal Nations.

by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle- Lakota)

Matt Remle (Lakota) is an editor and writer for Last Real Indians and LRInspire and the co-founder of Mazaska Talks. Follow @wakiyan7

12 thoughts on “Trump’s War on Native America: Proposed 2019 Budget to Eliminate Tribal Programs

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  2. Why don’t you do this shit to white people like damn I see poor white people who live off food stamps Medicare like fuck. FUCK TRUMP instead of trying to send people back to their country maybe he needs to find someone to build a fuckin Mayflower and send his kind of people back ugh this makes me so mad we are barely surviving on what little his old white fagget ass gives up like damn haven’t your dn people do enough to us now this, this is bullshit fuck off trump you don’t know what it is like to struggle cuse everything came to you on a gold platter you stuck up rich pissy bitch

    • All of you tribes racking in thousands of dollars in gaming profit revenue funds, band together and move forward as one to educate why these cuts should NOT happen. Also, support (donate/lend) other tribes with some of your funds so they can become self sufficient like you all have become. Fire those tribal and Bureau incompetents so they can’t continue to collect a check for non-performance.

  3. Stop sending billions of dollars to mollify numerous “allies” in the Middle East. Repurpose some of those billions here with indigenous peoples. Repurpose some of it to save the lives of people right here in the USA who are in need every day. Dedicate some of it to the science of creating electrical energy at a low cost. Disenfranchise to “Gun Lobby”.

  4. If thats the case, our Tribal Leaders need to go Washington D.C. and inform Congress that the Indian Nations will send our ambassadors to request Foreign Aid from Countries outside of the USA Bountries. To exercise our Sovereign Immunity as a separate Independent Indian Nation and began negotiations with other countries. I believe other countries will gladly receive our delegates from our Tribal Nations.

    • You are on to something there. The US Constitution limits the powers of States to make treaties but provides no barriers for Tribes to engage foreign nations… unless you believe that the Federal Government is providing protection for the tribes??? and if that is the case, can you show me an instance of protection today!

      Article 1, Section 10: No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it’s [sic] inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

      In 1924 there was created a Blanket citizenship of the remaining Native Americans who were not Citizens of the USA. This was not done by the
      request of the Tribal Nations themselves, but by “Friends of the Indians.” This was an act of “Naturalization.” ask your grandparents if they ever got a Certificate of Citizenship with the United States. I am willing to bet that never happened. According to INS (now USCIS) rules, one cannot be forced into citizenship, or made to be a citizen without their knowledge or request. So again I think you have something there.

      Many Tribal Nations refused Citizenship because it would lead to subjugation and loss of sovereignty. And guess what.. IT DID!

      I reviewed many treaties between the US and Tribes and I found an interesting fact. Very Few Treaties have an acknowledgement clause that the Tribes agree they are within the Territorial Limits of the United States! Now ask yourselves how is it possible for a non Indian to purchase land in Indian Territory and it then becomes subject to a foreign Jurisdiction of State and County, yet if a Tribal Citizen purchases land off the reservation (Outside of Indian Country) that land remains in the exclusive jurisdiction of the County and the State! Something to ponder.. no?!

      I think it is time for the stronger tribes with economic strength and contiguous land reserves to form a coalition of Tribes to work in direct support to build up an infrastructure in which all the tribes can become self sustaining through a sharing of resources that benefit all in concern. And yes, explore the treaty making that the US had abandoned with the tribes, and declare aboriginal sovereignty and the right of survival as a People Separate from the USA due to continual violations of Treaties. This will hurt a bit in that everyone has a right to terminate their allegiance with the country of citizenship and especially when the Government is imposing conditions of life designed to destroy the (Native) communities, in part or whole. I read that on the UN Convention on the prevention of crimes of genocide…

      Article 2 of the Convention defines genocide as

      … any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

      (a) Killing members of the group;
      (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
      (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
      (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
      (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
      — Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 2[4]
      Article 3 defines the crimes that can be punished under the convention:

      (a) Genocide;
      (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
      (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
      (d) Attempt to commit genocide;
      (e) Complicity in genocide.
      — Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 3[4]
      [direct from Wikipedia…]

      Again I agree with you, John Allen. SO Everyone Check their Treaties, and look for the Certificate of Citizenship for Indians… Everyone else that is Naturalized gets one.. Looks a wee bit like discrimination to me!

  5. Trump don’t care about no one but himself. He doesn’t know the real struggle Americans have. His priorities are making him and his family filthy rich. Destroying anything Obama did because Trump in a sick way is obsessed with him (Obama). He has only been in office for a little over a year and has manages to screw up our country, when we though it couldn’t get any worse. How much longer do we have to watch this circus before something is done to stop him? With all the corrupt bulls#!t he is doing to our country, he’s has to be working for the devil. Not unless he is the anti-Christ himself. So sad we all have to suffer while he plays his stupid games at our country’s expense.

  6. All these programs one the money is in the hands of Tribal council members and tribal government officials are not for the benefit of all enrolled members but are deeply subject to “WHO YOUR RELATED TOO” and “of course tribal embezzlement” which is very common. Too cut funds would “NOT”affect the vast majority of any native nation.

  7. This is pretty devastating.
    Our president was so little knowledge and backgrounds and how the rest of the country in the rest of the world lives can make Monumental proposals which took generations to build, and to take it away from the most devastated is truly a part of the genocide. Make America native again!

  8. These actions by Trump are inexcusable, highly biased slights that call for massive opposition. He has a long record of opposing tribal rights. He is unfit to be president.

  9. The end to the Indian ways and culture and our horses.. Where would America be without all of them.. Turning America into a shit hole for sure

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