Regarding the Monday letter, “City should not sell land to tribe”: The writer is “stunned”? The United States federal government took, swindled and stole the land from the native people, and signed treaties with them, seeding all their lands where all cities, towns and municipalities are located today.
The native ancestors had the vision then to include hunting, fishing, water and sovereignty rights in the treaties for future generations. This was not a hand-out, as the writer perceives, it was a negotiation between two sovereign nations.
The writer believes that native people put on reservations are handed that privilege. It appears to be his belief that they should be “good little Indians” with a “handed citizenship” of the United States of America.
If the writer really believes in the government and society goes hand in hand, to build a stronger nation, then cities like Stanwood should look very closely at who they let sit on their city councils.
The United States government, city of Stanwood and the city of Arlington and society will build a stronger nation without negative and racist input.
HAROLD JOSEPH JR.