Monday News Roundup: Ute Tribe Strikes Back at Biden Order, and Why is Tulsi Still a Democrat?

 by David Blackmon

Why does the Biden Administration hate Native Americans? – On Sunday I wrote about the negative reaction by officials in New Mexico to China Joe Potato Head Biden’s order halting all oil and gas leasing and permitting actions on federal lands for 60 days. The Land of Enchantment’s officials turn out not to be so enchanted with the idea of shutting down the industry that funds about half of the state’s annual budget. Go figure.

Well, New Mexicans are not the only ones who are more than a little irritated by the new administration’s rash action. See, the Biden ban also applies to oil and gas activities on Indian lands, lands from which massive volumes of natural gas and oil are produced every day in the U.S., and which provide the life’s blood financially to many Indian tribes and nations.

One of those Tribes is the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, most of whose lands are located in Utah. Over the weekend the Tribal leaders made their displeasure known, sending a letter to Scott de la Vega, the Acting Secretary of Interior:

Here is the text of that letter from the story at DailyWire:

The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation respectfully requests that you immediately amend Order No. 3395 to provide an exception for energy permits and approvals on Indian lands. The Ute Indian Tribe and other energy producing tribes rely on energy development to fund our governments and provide services to our members.

Your order is a direct attack on our economy, sovereignty, and our right to self-determination. Indian lands are not federal public lands. Any action on our lands and interests can only be taken after effective tribal consultation.

Order No. 3395 violates the United States treaty and trust responsibilities to the Ute Indian Tribe and violates important principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination. Your order was also issued in violation (of) our government-to-government relationship. Executive Order No. 13175 on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, and Interior’s own Policy on Consultation with Tribal Governments.

The order must be withdrawn or amended to comply with Federal law and policies. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We look forward from hearing from you.


In my professional life, I spent about a decade as a company point person in relations with an array of Tribes and nations across the Mountain West. During that time, I personally witnessed dozens of instances in which the federal government under both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush grossly and intentionally ignored and violated the rules of sovereignty cited in the letter above. The callous disregard for and indifference towards Tribal rights evidenced by employees of those administrations was truly breathtaking to behold, and served as a stark reminder that the federal government’s abuse of the rights of American Indians did not end with the death of Buffalo Bill’s Wild Wild West Show.

Here we see the abuse and disregard starting up again on the very first day of a new administration. Despicable.

Why is Tulsi Gabbard still attaching herself to the Democrat Party? – It’s a great question, since she departs from the Party’s approved dogma on so many matters. Yes, she isn’t a perfect fit for the Republican Party’s approved dogma either, but she certainly would be far more at home with the populist views of Donald J. Trump.

Over the weekend, she appeared with Jesse Waters on Fox News to discuss China Joe Potato Head Biden’s apparent intent to turn Washington, DC into a permanent police state. You can bet her messages were not pre-approved by San Fran Nan or Chuck Schumer.


I find myself agreeing with Tulsi Gabbard most of the time, and I’ll bet most of you do as well. Can any of you say the same of Mitt Romney? Mitch McConnell? Liz Cheney?

Tulsi Gabbard is clearly in the wrong political party. If he really does want to maintain and grow a political movement of his own, Donald Trump would do well to reach out to Ms. Gabbard to see if they can’t form an America First, anti-globalist partnership. There are the makings of a truly viable third party effort here.

Here is what hard-hitting journalism is going to look like for the next four years:

Sure glad to know that China Joe had a bagel, but what about his morning bowl of tapioca pudding? Did his handlers get that to him on time? That’s what America truly needs to know, because missing out on his morning tapioca makes China Joe grumpy.


In a just world they would all be fired and Chicago would start over from scratch. – Remember when Americans could accurately praise their school teachers for being so dedicated to making sure their students learned what they needed to learn to be prepared for real life? Yeah, those were good times, weren’t they?

Those times no longer exist, of course, as has become increasingly evident across the country during our national panic over COVID-19. Nowhere is the shift in teacher attitudes more blatantly apparent than in Chicago, where unionized teachers voted to stage an illegal strike rather than follow orders to return to actually teaching kids in classrooms instead of loafing through “online learning” exercises in which few are actually learning a damn thing:

From the story at the Chicago Sun Times:

Chicago Teachers Union members have voted to defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans and continue working from home Monday because of health and safety concerns.

City officials had said in recent days they would view the collective refusal of in-person work as a strike, but in response to Sunday’s vote results said they will delay the scheduled return of thousands of teachers and staff until Wednesday “to ensure we have the time needed to resolve our discussions without risking disruption to student learning.”

The CTU’s move to reject in-person work marks the culmination of a months-long fight between the union and the nation’s third-largest school system over how and when to reopen schools during the pandemic — a disagreement that threatens to plunge the city’s education into deeper turmoil if a deal isn’t reached over the next few days.

“So what does this mean? It means the overwhelming majority of you have chosen safety,” the union told teachers and staff as they announced the vote results. “CPS did everything possible to divide us by instilling fear through threats of retaliation, but you still chose unity, solidarity and to collectively act as one.”

About 86% of the 25,000 rank-and-file CTU members participated in the electronic vote over the past three days, with 71% favoring the rejection of in-person work in an unusually close vote for CTU labor actions. When the CTU voted to strike in 2019, 94% of members who voted chose to walk out.


Now, there is zero “science” or “data” about COVID-19 that supports this illegal union action. You have roughly the same chance of contracting the viral gift from China while hunkered down in your basement as you do while in a grade school classroom. In fact, we have seen studies that your chance of getting it at home are far higher, depending on where you live.

This illegal action is nothing more than an organized effort to institutionalize distance learning on a permanent basis. That’s what it is, and if officials in Chicago and other cities throughout America don’t start dealing with such illegal actions harshly, that is where we are going to end up as a society.

If you think your kids weren’t learning much in school before COVID came around, just wait until they’ve gone through several years of this kind of “education.”

This action and others like it simply cannot be allowed to stand, because what we have been doing to our school children for the last 11 months is nothing more or less than child abuse.

That is all. (Click to Source)

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