Poverty On Reservations

I have to say that this was a very difficult video to make. I want to be clear that the main reason I made it was to rasie awarness, and show the pandering of Obama to the Native American Community. 

As to the problem of Poverty and unemployment on alot of our reservations, it is a undenable fact.  With 70% unemployment and no running water, the conditions are unexceptable.  Our Policticians have ignored this problem for to long.  The meare promise of “Change” does not make it so.  We need someone who will stand up for all peoples rights. 

I have to admit, that until recently I was not aware that they problem was so widespread.  I am a mixed blood, from the Eastern Cherokee Band.  However, I have lived my entire life in White America.  Both my parents were mixed race.  Both from a German immigrant fathers and Cherokee mothers.  However, my mothers family choose to live as whites, and “pass”.  My fathers was slightly different, they choose to live white, and simply ignore my grandmother and her “strange ways”, as the rest of the family called it.

Poverty was not something I knew, as A young child. This was due to my parents living within the white community, I had little contact with my Native Heritage.  My earlisest memeory of this, was when my father took me to the burial mounds in Southern Ohio.  I was about 5, and not really interested.  But that day my father told me things, that I still carry with me to this day. 

He showned me the mounds, and we looked for arrowheads.  The place was called Flint Ridge, and pieces of flint could be found lying all ove the ground.  My father held up a small piece of flint, and then he said, “never forget where you came from”. 

I have to say at the age of 5, I had no idea what he was talking about.   It was only when I got older I understood the meaning of his words. 

It was my fathers words, that lead me on a journey into History.  I have learned alot along the way, some good, some bad.  Through the Rolls, I learned who some of my family members were, most of them I have never met. But most of all, I have learned who I truly am.  

it is heartbreaking for me, to see Native Americans fooled again by a politician.   This has happened so many times, like a circle that never ends.  The problems on the Reservations, will not go away by a politician making promises. The issues are real and affect real people.  Until we have someone who will stand up for us, and do something, nothing will change.

It sadens my heart to think of the young people who are being so mislead by Obama.   The promise of “hope and change’ is very appealing, to those who are in such despeate need.  But hope and change are not the answer to our problems.  We need real solutions, to real problems. 

It is the goal of Native Americans Against Obama, to educate all who will listen.   I hope we can at least, inform voters of the truth.  I will not tell anyone who to vote for, but can only hope as a voter they will learn as much as possible and think before you vote.

Debi McLeod

Granddaughter of

Lillie Starr

Eastern Cherokee Tribe


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