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The big Indian shakedown(5 posts)

The big Indian shakedownmohair_chair
Sep 9, 2003 2:59 PM
There's a bill in California, SB 18, which is supposed to protect sacred American Indian sites throughout the state. Governor Davis, who has become the biggest political whore in the history of politics, says he'll sign it, even though he already vetoed it once.

What SB 18 does is establish a secret list of all the American Indian sacred sites in California. Seriously--it's secret. So secret, there's a $10,000 penalty for revealing anything on it. What makes a sacred site? The Native American Heritage Commission gets to decide.

It gets better. If you want to develop land in California, the Indians have the power to decide that whatever you are doing is too close to their sacred site, and you have to come up with ways to "mitigate the cultural damage." What is too close? In the first version of the bill it was five miles, but now there is no limit. NO limit.

Is this insanity or what?

It's a total shakedown for land developers, which includes companies and ordinary people who want to build a home on land they bought. Since the sacred sites are secret and there is no limit on what "too close" means, it's impossible for anyone to know in advance that they are infringing on a cultural site. It's not hard to imagine what will start to happen. The Indians will wait until development gets underway and money is committed, then pounce and demand "cultural mitigation." By law.

Plus, what the hell? Since when did the government get into the business of protecting one religion's sacred sites? What if the Catholic Church asked for the same treatment to control land around their churches?

It's true insanity.

http://info.sen.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_18&sess=CUR&house=B&site=sen
Indians: What's their beef, anyway!? (nm)czardonic
Sep 9, 2003 3:10 PM
Yeah, it's not quite genocide, but its close.... -nmfiltersweep
Sep 9, 2003 3:36 PM
damn cowboys, if they would have finished the job...Bruno S
Sep 9, 2003 9:37 PM
we would have any of these problems now :-)
It's nice that they have finally learned to play........MR_GRUMPY
Sep 9, 2003 6:32 PM
the white man's game.........real well.
We could always declare them a danger to us "real" Americans, and put them in camps.................Wait, we already did that.