UN says that America has to give Mt. Rushmore to the Indians
(Daily Mail)–A UN human rights official is urging the U.S. to turn over control of lands considered to be sacred to Native Americans, including the site of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, unveiled his recommendations in Geneva on Friday after completing a 12-day visit to the U.S. where he met with representatives of indigenous peoples in six states. The fact-finder also had a chance to meet members of the Obama administration and briefed the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, but no member of Congress agreed to meet with him. ‘I have heard stories that make evident the profound hurt that indigenous peoples continue to feel because of the history of oppression they have faced,’ Mr Anaya said in a statement. For over a century, he said, the government had seized lands and resources from Native Americans, removed children from their families and communities, caused the loss of languages, broke treaties with tribes and oppressed the indigenous peoples on the grounds of racial discrimination ‘The sense of loss, alienation and indignity is pervasive throughout Indian Country,’ Mr Anaya said. He welcomed the U.S. decision to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010, reversing a previous vote, but said that more must be done. Mr Anaya’s findings will be included in a final report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council. While not binding, the recommendations carry moral weight that can influence governments.
Pretty ballsy move here by the UN. I mean where do these guys get off huh? Citizens of every other country in the world can’t get to the US fast enough and they have the audacity to say we have to give our most beautiful landmark back to some Indians who don’t even want it. Sounds like some petty jealousy there. And hey…I sympothize with the Indians. I really do. But I mean come on, I think the statute of limitations has run out on this shit. You don’t see me over here asking for a hand out from the Queen of England because they were selling food abroad while millions of Irish starved during the potato famine. Let’s just let bygones be bygones already. Yeah the Indians don’t “own” the land anymore, but at least they get to be Americans. All is well that ends well I think.
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