Anti-Indianʼ advocacy group plans two-day Riverton event
WIND RIVER RESERVATION, Wyo.—Northern Arapaho leaders expressed dismay that the City of Riverton will host an advocacy group known for its efforts to destroy Native American tribal rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
“For me, it is disappointing that Riverton’s response to the Tribes’ May 6 ‘Mending Fences’ symposium is a divisive, anti-Indian group that spouts offensive rhetoric and legal theories blatantly distorting Native American law,” said Northern Arapaho Business Council Co- Chairman Ronald K. Oldman.
The Citizens for Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) and its sister organization called the Citizens Equal Rights Foundation (CERF) will offer a conference on June 14-15 at the Fremont County Fairgrounds, according to an announcement. The group is also offering a closed-to-the-public “special, focused workshop for elected officials, key staff, legal counsels, and law enforcement” on June 13 at Riverton City Hall.
The events appear timed to inflame anti-Indian sentiment just as the State of Wyoming, Devon Energy, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and others are attempting to terminate 170,000 acres of reservation land in central Wyoming, Northern Arapaho leaders said.
Last month, the National Indian Gaming Association, one of the preeminent national Native American associations, issued a unanimous resolution opposing termination of the 170,000 acres.
Referred to as “anti-Indian” and “hate groups” by commentators, CERA and CERF host similar conferences across the country. The events are ostensibly to promote equal protection under the law by eliminating tribal sovereignty. However, commentators insist that CERA and CERF ￼￼recklessly distort the Constitution to serve their true racist agenda.
Actually, U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 2 reserves the President’s power to make treaties with Tribes, and Article 6 of the Constitution requires that existing treaties remain “the supreme Law of the Land.”
In addition, CERA’s position that tribal sovereignty undermines states’ rights is easily debunked by Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which reserves to Congress the power: “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.”
“CERA’s dangerous ideas hark back to deeply harmful United States policies promoting Native American assimilation and termination of tribes and reservations,” Northern Arapaho Business Councilman Dean Goggles said.
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