The evil spawn of “dark lord Vader” aka Dick Cheney – “Liz Cheney is very upset that the Indigenous people whose land was taken have interfered with the people who took the land.”
Native tribes and their supporters on Friday defended their push for the continued inclusion of the grizzly bear of Yellowstone National Park on the endangered species list after evil Republican Liz Cheney claimed the protection of the bear violates the so-called “Western way of life.” (Better known as manifest destiny or cultural and physical genocide)
The magnificent grizzly bear was officially returned to the list created by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on Tuesday, nearly a year after a federal judge found that the Trump administration had exceeded its authority when it attempted to remove the species.
“I would remind the congresswoman that at the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition an estimated 100,000 grizzly bears roamed from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast…Now there are fewer than 2,000 grizzly bears and our people live in Third World conditions on meager reservations in the poorest counties in the U.S. Does she really want to talk about ‘destroying’ a ‘way of life’?”—Tom Rodgers, The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) sought to allow trophy hunters to shoot the Yellowstone bears, whose population in the park is just over 700, and to open up the public lands for fossil fuel industries. Native tribes including the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes joined with the Humane Society and Wildearth Guardians to fight the administration.
When the bear was officially returned to the list this week, Wyoming Republican and Trump suck-up Liz Cheney claimed that the so-called “radical” groups were “intent on destroying our Western way of life” and had pushed for a rule that was “needless and harmful to the ecosystem.”
The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC), which testified at a congressional hearing in May on the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act, took issue with Cheney’s suggestion that her fellow hunters and oil company profiteers desire to capitalize off of the demise of the grizzly bear should trumps the heritage of native tribes and the need for biodiversity.
“So, in striving to protect our culture, our religious and spiritual freedoms, our sovereignty, and our treaty rights—all of which are encapsulated in the grizzly issue—we are ‘destroying’ Cheney’s idea of the ‘Western way of life’?” Tom Rodgers, a senior adviser to the RMTLC, told Native News Online.
“I would remind the congresswoman that at the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition an estimated 100,000 grizzly bears roamed from the Missouri River to the Pacific Coast,” he added. “That was all Indian Country. Now there are fewer than 2,000 grizzly bears and our people live in Third World conditions on meager reservations in the poorest counties in the U.S. Does she really want to talk about ‘destroying’ a ‘way of life’?” asked Rodgers.
Progressive congressional candidate Mckayla Wilkes was among the critics who took to social media to slam Cheney’s comments, calling them “absolutely surreal” considering the centuries-long and continued destruction of Native tribes’ “way of life” by numerous government policies.
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Just in case Examiner readers have forgotten the Great Grizzly Bear commonly roamed free in California at the time of statehood
The California grizzly bear (Ursus arctos californicus) is an extinct subspecies of the grizzly bear, the very large North American brown bear. “Grizzly” could have meant “grizzled” (that is, with golden and grey tips of the hair) or “fear-inspiring” (this is actually spelled “grisly”). The last known physical specimen of a California grizzly was shot and killed in Fresno County in 1922.
Two years later, the last wild California grizzly was spotted several times in Sequoia National Park and then never seen again. So-called “Civilized man” had made California’s official animal officially extinct by 1924.