We received this alert today. The resolution is from July of last year but it appears as though this petition was recently started - the comments are all from the last two days. There is also a link at the bottom to another petition to amend the 1971 law to provide protections for all free roaming wild horses and burros.
Please sign and pass along to your groups.
NCAI Sells out to White Mans Greed
Sign the Petition : 738 Letters and Emails Sent So Far
This is a letter of protest submitted by a 1/4 blood Native American who is "all Indian" at heart,...in OPPOSITION to the Resolution submitted to the United States Congress by the which was initiated and instigated upon them by a few special interest politicians (Rep. Sue Wallis, (R) Wyoming & (former) Rep. Charile Stenholm, (R) Tx.) both ranchers who strongly support simply because their BIG $$$ meat and ag industry supporters / special interest groups do and now they want to exploit our Native American Brothers and Sisters for this purpose. They are figuring since the American People wont let them build horse slaughter plants on U.S. soil then they will build them on Indian lands. They tell the Indians that there is much money to be made in slaughtering horses and that they will be "poor no more," and the NCAI listens and believes. How foolish can they be to believe "The Great White Father" when he says he is going to "do good things" for them? Have they not learned through history that the white man is a liar and a thief who cares nothing about the welfare of the red man except for what he can take from him or how he can further exploit him or his resources somemore? Although the NCAI by no means speaks for the majority of all , and in fact are opposed and NOT recognised by most, they have come out with this resolution in support of horse-slaughter "as if" speaking for all. They most certainly are not. In it, they "pray," to the government,..."invoking the blessings of the Great Spirit" upon their efforts, for permission to build horse slaughter plants upon their lands and pray also for a contact with the government to kill "excess" wild horses for them.
The entire text of the NCAI Resolution is below, and you can be sure Sue Wallis had a hand in this and in fact it sounds as if she wrote it out herself; we have read some of "Pro-Slaughter Sues" other pro-horse slaughter resolutions and the language (propaganda)is her signature mark;
Resolution #NGF-09-017 - June 14-17, 2009
TITLE: Opposition to Any/All Anti-Horse Slaughter Acts, Also Supporting a Tribal Amendment Allowing Tribes to Establish Horse Slaughter Facilities within Their Jurisdiction
WHEREAS, we, the members of the National Congress of American Indians of the United States, invoking the divine blessing of the Creator upon our efforts and
purposes, in order to preserve for ourselves and our descendants the inherent sovereign rights of our Indian nations, rights secured under Indian treaties and agreements with the United States, and all other rights and benefits to which we are entitled under the laws and Constitution of the United States, to enlighten the public toward a better understanding of the Indian people, to preserve Indian cultural values,
and otherwise promote the health, safety and welfare of the Indian people, do hereby establish and submit the following resolution; and
WHEREAS, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was established in 1944 and is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments; and
WHEREAS, the Tribes of the Northwest have for many years spent countless man hours and funding protecting and re-establishing the ecosystem from degradation;
WHEREAS, the Tribes of the Northwest are home to over 20,000 head of unclaimed/feral horses that are overgrazing and destroying the rangeland of the
northwest reservations that are damaging spring developments, stream bank restoration, fish habitat and culturally significant plants; and
WHEREAS, various political co-sponsors have introduced and reintroduced legislation into the House of Representatives (HR 503) and Senate (S 727) amending
the 1970 Horse Protection Act (HPA) to prohibit the showing, transport or sale of horses that have been subject to any painful process to accentuate their gate; and
WHEREAS, the Federal Government has a trust responsibility to protect the interests of Tribal Nations as well as a duty to implement laws passed to benefit those Tribes, yet it failed to consult or communicate with any Tribes prior to taking position
on HR 503; and
WHEREAS, the horse market represents a significant market that reservation horse producers need to sustain their livestock operations, in the productive utilization of tribal and allotted lands; and
NCAI 2009 Midyear Session Resolution NGF-09-017
WHEREAS, the Northwest Tribal Horse Coalition (NTHC) is adopted as a subcommittee of Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) and requests the Department of Interior,Bureau of Indian Affairs provide a funding source for horse management practices.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the NCAI supports a tribal amendment to any legislation pertaining to horse slaughter, authorizing Tribes to establish horse slaughter facilities within their jurisdiction; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NCAI supports a request for development of a line item specific for management of overpopulation of horses from the Department of Interior;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NCAI calls on the Department of Interior/Federal Government to support the Tribes position opposing legislation that bans the
slaughter of horses for human consumption; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this resolution shall be the policy of NCAI until it is withdrawn or modified by subsequent resolution.
The foregoing resolution was adopted by the General Assembly at the 2009 Mid-Year Session of the National Congress of American Indians, held at Conference Center Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, New York on June 14-17, 2009, with a quorum present.
President / ATTEST:
Resolution found here, on the NCAI website; http://www.ncai.org/fileadmin/ncai_events/midyear2009/NGF-09-017.pdf
Remind the NCAI of the story of "Horse-Slaughter Camp" where, during the 1840's, the U.S. Cavalry captured a band of Palouse Indians along with a large herd of their prized horses. The Indians were horrified when the soldiers began to mercilessly slaughter their entire herd of 800 horses. To save bullets, the babies were clubbed in the head. Here is an excerpt from a witness to the massacre;
The defeated Indians wondered what nature of mankind could kill horses -- stallions, geldings, mares, and colts -- in such a cold-blooded manner? They never forgot the horse slaughter. "What monsters could do such a thing," they thought.
The majority of Americans, INCLUDING Native Americans, are against the slaughter of our American Equines for any reason. Slaughter is a horror reserved for food-chain animals only. Americans do not eat horsemeat, do not need to eat horsemeat and are opposed to the slaughter of any American horse, particularly our wild ones that are supposed to be protected from slaughter according to the provisions of the Wild Free-roaming Horses and Act of 1971.
We resolve to oppose the "offical" pro-horse slaughter position of the NCAI and ALL OTHERS by signing our names to this petition;
Thanking the United States Congress in advance for any consideration they may give to the will of the majority of the people who oppose horse slaugher over the special-interest few who support it.
*PLEASE ALSO SEE our petition calling for an amendment to the Wild Free-roaming Horses & Burros Act to include protections for ALL of Americas Wild Horse & Burro Herds;
Thank you signers for caring!