[NA-Discuss] Indigenous Peoples Fellowship Program

Peter Knight ptknight at gmail.com
Wed May 29 18:22:36 UTC 2013

Wow! Quite an education for me!



On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM, Eric Brunner-Williams <
ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> The Thompson text, already submitted and so beyond recall, only refers
> to employment data from Nunavut, and that only from 2001.
> For those not familiar with the administrative law scope of the
> Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND), the
> term "Indian" refers to Status Indians defined by the Indian Act of
> 1951, subsequently modified by the Constitution Act of 1982, and
> subsequently modified, extending Indian Status to Indian Women who
> previously lost that Indian Status upon contracting marriage to a
> non-Indian, by amendment in 1985. The scope of DIAND is modernly this
> larger class of Status Indians, First Nations (governments with which
> the Crown entered into treaties, e.g., the Numbered Treaties), Inuit
> (not restricted to the Inuit population of Nunavut) and Metis.
> For those not familiar with the administrative law scope of the
> Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (DoI, BIA), the
> term "Indian" refers to Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and their
> citizens, Native Alaskans and Native Hawi'ians. The form of "Federal
> Recognition" consists of Treaty Tribes, Indian Territory Tribes
> (extinguished between the Oklahoma Statehood Act and the Principal
> Chiefs Act), post-1870 unratified Treaty Tribes, Native Corporations
> formed under Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Native Hawi'ians,
> and modern Executive, Congressional and Judicial Acts, Public Laws,
> and Rulings establishing, or re-establishing, government to government
> relationships, e.g., the Maine Land Claims Settlement Acts of 1980 and
> 1995.
> While territorially large, the Inuit population of Nunuvut comprise a
> less than half of the total Inuit population (Greenland and Russia
> excluded), and less than 0.5% of the First Nation, Metis, and Inuit
> population claimed by Canada, and only one of the 630 Native
> Governments with government-to-government relations with the
> Government of Canada. Another 566 Native Governments have
> government-to-government relations with the Government of the United
> States.
> Personally, I'd prefer to offer greater detail, as the decision to
> revise the eligibility criteria of the Fellowship Program may be
> referred to the Board and Corporation Counsel, and as it would, if
> entertained, alter the status quo, be subject to critical review by
> parties interested in restricting the existing distribution of travel
> support to the North American Region to NARALO's Chair, its Secretary,
> and an occasional additional person. Interests in regional
> under-representation could come from regional resident for-profit or
> governmental participants, or from others with a property interest in
> a finite share of the status quo distribution of travel support that
> may be reduced if the Fellowship Program eligibility rule were modified.
> I would also, and this was an issue over which there is a history of
> difference, address the fact that the larger Indigenous Language
> populations in the United States are those speaking Nahuatl, Maya,
> Mixtec and Zapotec, and who do not fall within the administrative law
> scope of the BIA, but cannot be presumed to have no interest in access
> to the internet, or that their interest is met elsewhere.
> Authorship has responsibilities, for style, tone, intent, and
> misplaced commas. There is no one right way to plead the case that a
> rule intended to benefit a class or a category has unintended, but
> curable consequences.
> Eric Brunner-Williams
> Eugene, Oregon
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