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    US Gov't Seeks to Seize Sacred Lands of Native Americans - Cherokee Elder

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    The US government consistently tries to take away traditional, sacred lands under the custody of Native Americans established by official treaties, Cherokee Elder of Bird Clan Mashu White Feather said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — “All the treaties between US-government and Native Americans, the number of which is up to around 600, have all been broken, and not by our people,” the Cherokee Elder, who is on a visit to the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk in western Siberia, told RIA Novosti.

    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.

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