Friday, August 6, 2010

Geopolitics: New Indian Nation

I based the above map on a National Atlas of the United States with Bureau of Indian Affairs and other Federal Agency lands color-coded.

I modified the map to outline (bright red with black border) my proposed plan to join independent American Indian reservations to make a continuous corridor from Mexico to Canada. Reservations were joined over 95% of the time via lands already under US Government Federal control rather than private lands. Cities were avoided in private lands.

Basically, I believe that any people that fall under their own nation should have access to contiguous borders (island nations would still share cultural boundaries rather than artificial ones). I mentioned this in a past post on Palestine, but I will reiterate my stance through a separate example: American Indians.

Indian reservations are considered separate nations, yet money generated through mineral rights on their lands are used by the government with only about one-sixth (or less) going to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and of that amount, much is spent on bureacracy aimed at perpetuating the functions of that agency.

In 1871 the United States passed a law that essentially stated all past American Indian treaties to be null and void, which paved the way for a major land grab in the East and forcing Indian tribes west. Further treaty breakages are detailed by the American Indian Movement (AIM).

American Indian lands could be almost completely joined through using Federal lands, thereby causing limited disruption of land use and avoiding conflict between the general public, but giving a greater future to American Indians after centuries of neglect and abuse, as well as allowing a continuous corridor (albeit often narrow) from Mexico to Canada.

For what it's worth...

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