The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Meanwhile, at the United Nations... precious little media coverage, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples passed, but over the opposition of the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. And while the United States and Canada gave the usual vapid, mealy-mouthed, diplomatic excuses, Australia at least had the huevos to be brutally honest about the reasoning underlying the votes of all four nations: opposition to tribal sovereignty and support for continuing cultural genocide.

"There should only be one law for all Australians and we should not enshrine in law practices that are not acceptable in the modern world," said (Australian) Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough.

Tell it like it is, Oz.

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