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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-10-06 11:33 AM
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an american Indian Embassy in Wash. D.C. ?

Group revives idea of an American Indian embassy in Washington

A Minnesota group is reviving the idea of having an American Indian embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which owns the Mystic Lake Casino, has put up $1 million in challenge grant to buy a building on the Massachusetts Avenue - known as "Embassy Row." The goal is to raise $12 million dollars to buy the building to house the National Congress of American Indians - the nation's oldest American Indian advocacy organization.

Supporters said having an Embassy of Tribal Nations in the country's capital will help recognize the reality of Indian sovereignty.

Vernon Bellecourt and other American Indian Movement leaders from Minnesota floated the idea when they occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington in 1972.

Bellecourt said he is glad to see it being revived, as long as "it does something for Indian people and it's not just another building with a name."

a super idea

taking and demanding ownership of their nations
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