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house Bill H.R. 91

Should the Bureau of Indian Affairs Work With Columbia River Tribes to Improve Sanitation & Safety Conditions at Fishing Sites?

Argument in favor

While the federal government moves forward with a plan to fund permanent public housing for the displaced Columbia River Treaty tribes, there should also be improvements made to the unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the tribes’ treaty-protected fishing sites.

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04/28/2019
Yes, but should focus on cleaning of all public waters, not just fishing sites. If all public waters were cleansed of toxic contributions, the healthy fishing would be a result of clean water for all animals and humans and environment.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/28/2019
Cooperation. What a nice idea. The BIA overseeing this rather than the tribes directly could mean improved oversight and fairness for all involved. Good to see House and Senate have identical bills.
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Lisa's Opinion
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04/28/2019
These are basic needs. It should have been done long ago, Perhaps I missed something but How do children study with out electricity, we keep groups of people down with out sanitation and the means to improve overall health.
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Argument opposed

Rather than having the Bureau of Indian Affairs administer the funds to tribal groups that carry out the improvements and conduct oversight, the funding should be transferred directly to the tribes.

Rebecca's Opinion
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04/29/2019
Native peoples should be able to make the decisions affecting them. The BIA is top heavy with bossy types; not well known for their empathy. I do not imagine good outcomes just infringement on tribal rights. Give them the money, advise as they ask for it. End of story
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Laura's Opinion
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04/30/2019
Before you vote, please look closely at the details listed. Click on “Why Vote No” and “Why Vote Yes”. A Yes vote leaves the oversight in the hands of the BIA, which is known to be problematic on many levels. A No Vote leaves oversight in the hands of the tribe, with further oversight committee to assure funds are properly used. I also agree that all waterways should be addressed. Lastly, to those of you who say, “make them fix it, it’s their own fault”. The clean up is NOT the result of native doing - do your damn research. And to those who say “Stop with reparations, none of those living today were harmed” - YOU ARE STILL LIVING ON STOLEN, LAND. Give the land back to the rightful owners and we can then talk about ending reparations!
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Larry's Opinion
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04/29/2019
This reparations to the native Americans business needs to come to an end. No one alive today had anything to do with the mistreatment of the Indians, and by helping them, we are only enabling dependency, which ruins their lives.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed April 29th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 396 Yea / 18 Nay
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

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    Yes, but should focus on cleaning of all public waters, not just fishing sites. If all public waters were cleansed of toxic contributions, the healthy fishing would be a result of clean water for all animals and humans and environment.
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    Native peoples should be able to make the decisions affecting them. The BIA is top heavy with bossy types; not well known for their empathy. I do not imagine good outcomes just infringement on tribal rights. Give them the money, advise as they ask for it. End of story
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    Cooperation. What a nice idea. The BIA overseeing this rather than the tribes directly could mean improved oversight and fairness for all involved. Good to see House and Senate have identical bills.
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    These are basic needs. It should have been done long ago, Perhaps I missed something but How do children study with out electricity, we keep groups of people down with out sanitation and the means to improve overall health.
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    We took enough from the indigenous people of this continent. I have no problem with any legislation that helps them. I’m not an advocate of retribution, but I do believe their generosity was taken advantage of, and, in some cases, brute force was used to take their land. If we can help them keep their proud culture well and prosperous, l’m all for it.
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    Before you vote, please look closely at the details listed. Click on “Why Vote No” and “Why Vote Yes”. A Yes vote leaves the oversight in the hands of the BIA, which is known to be problematic on many levels. A No Vote leaves oversight in the hands of the tribe, with further oversight committee to assure funds are properly used. I also agree that all waterways should be addressed. Lastly, to those of you who say, “make them fix it, it’s their own fault”. The clean up is NOT the result of native doing - do your damn research. And to those who say “Stop with reparations, none of those living today were harmed” - YOU ARE STILL LIVING ON STOLEN, LAND. Give the land back to the rightful owners and we can then talk about ending reparations!
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    I’m all for helping out the First People tribes. It’s past time to undo some of the damage we did as colonialists.
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    👍🏻👍🏻 Columbia River Treaty tribes 👍🏻👍🏻 While the federal government moves forward with a plan to fund permanent public housing for the displaced Columbia River Treaty tribes, there should also be improvements made to the unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the tribes’ treaty-protected fishing sites. SneakyPete........ 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 4*28*19.........
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    I’m not saying “yea” or “nay” on this one. It’s because of who supervises the funding. I’ve been on reservations, worked on some. Unfortunately, they are like third world countries within the United States. Like third world countries, the agencies and leaders misuse funds. The Native People deserve better housing, schools, healthcare, clean water, etc. I’m just not sure I trust anyone with the money to see that it gets done and not line more than a few people’s pockets.
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    Native Americans are one of the poorest communities in the United States and living in the worst living conditions in the country. This is the very least that the government can do! Also, housing for these tribes needs to be rebuilt ASAP!
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    I’m all for the needs of our Native Americans!
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    Sounds like a good idea to me. The more people work together, the better the chance for better relationships.
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    A worthwhile effort.
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    Tribes are an independent nation, but water cleanliness and safety affects all of us. Both governments should work together to ensure safety for all
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    This benefits us all.
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    Of course. My guess is that this should have been done long ago.
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    Absolutely. This needs to be a joint effort. Everyone contributing and everyone benefiting. And this is a great role model about bring people together for a greater good.
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    Conservation is good
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    This reparations to the native Americans business needs to come to an end. No one alive today had anything to do with the mistreatment of the Indians, and by helping them, we are only enabling dependency, which ruins their lives.
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    Honor your word, obey treaties
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