Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Eagle Butte

The Chairman’s Corner

Chairman Harold C. Frazier statement regarding Partial Government Shutdown

Yet again the United States government has shutdown services due to the inability of government officials to run it. I have been told that all of this is due to a wall that the President of the United States wants to build. I condemn the actions of the President of the United States and the Federal government.

If the President of the United States wants to build something that would make America great again, then he should build bridges. Build bridges to span the division that the President’s spoiled-child rhetoric has created. Build bridges between people, cultures, societies and nations and if that is too hard for him, then at least build bridges in our aging infrastructure of roads. The President of the United States should quit trying to build a wall that would have been better served at Plymouth Rock in 1492.

The truth of the matter is that the Native American people will suffer during this partial shutdown. The United States’ treaty obligations to native nations is the first thing to be thrown out the door during this shutdown. Indigenous people are not immigrants to this land. Have we not suffered enough because of the immigrants the United States brought to this land?

We understand that this shutdown is a big issue. We are researching to gather as much information we can about what federal agencies on Cheyenne River are affected by this partial shutdown. We are gathering data to determine what kind of help to give our tribal members who may be affected by the shutdown and are working on contingency plans for important issues like food, utilities, and emergency loans.

It is difficult to get the data that we are looking for, when government agencies are not answering their phones, and when there are no federal workers at the office to give information and statistics.

Our People should know that there are things that are not affected by the federal shutdown, such as CHIP, LIHEAP, BIE, Medicare, Medicaid, Tribal Health, and Tribal DOT. We will release information as we go through this partial government shutdown together. For more information, contact the CRST Chairman’s Office at 605-964-4155.