According to Mashu White Feather, the US government consistently finds ways to “get our treaty lands.”
According to US laws, the government has to prove that private lands are needed for public use in order to be able to use them.
“One thing that just happened recently: Senator McCain took the sacred land of the Apache tribe in Arizona, which is the Oak Flat community. They took very sacred land … and they attached this land on to a military bill, that went through Congress. Because one part of the bill passed through Congress, the land was taken away,” he pointed out.
According to the US Census Bureau, almost 3 million people exclusively identified themselves as American Indian and Alaska Native in the 2010 population survey.