“It’s a crime, it’s a war, it should be stopped,” said Rachael McDaniel, whose daughter, Shona, is battling cancer.
“We’re being told that our bodies are worthless.
That our souls are worthless,” she said.
“These people, they are taking away our resources, our jobs.
We are being told by our doctors that we have cancer and our bodies will be destroyed.”
In 2016, the FBI reported that the state had lost $1.2 billion in tax revenue from Native American revenue, and that “many tribes are suffering from loss of economic, cultural, and spiritual resources, as well as significant declines in traditional income sources.”
In a statement to the Associated Press, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division said the federal government “has repeatedly stated that the United States will not tolerate discrimination against tribal nations in any way, and has taken strong enforcement action against the criminal conduct of law enforcement officials who violate tribal law enforcement priorities and are not in compliance with tribal law.”
The AP also reported that some tribal governments have threatened to sue the FBI and the Department of Interior, which runs Indian Country, if the agency doesn’t stop its campaign against Native Americans.
“I have been in the reservation for 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel and others said the FBI’s actions against Native American leaders are part of a larger effort by the Trump administration to take Native Americans back from the United Nations.
“They are trying to get us back to the reservation, and they are trying have us removed from this land,” she added.
“That’s what this war is all about.
It’s not about race.
It is about destroying our country.
It will end in our own hands.”
The AP’s Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.