Tuesday, March 29, 2005

SCOTUS: The resemblance to "scrotum" is not a coincidence.

The Supreme Court ruled today in the case of City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation of New York, finding against the Oneida Nation. Color me surprised. This is nothing less than a blind continuation of the racist assumption that Indians only possess sufficient land rights to transfer ownership to whites, and no more.

I was briefly amused by the notion that passage of an unspecified amount of time is apparently sufficient pretense to extinguish a claim, I was under the impression that laws and rights are perpetual unless somehow revoked or ceded. Apparently if you're an Indian nation there is a yet to be clearly defined statute of limitations, after which any previous fucking by the US cannot be unfucked. I'm not a lawyer, should that be "de-fucked?"

I once had a conversation with a hysterically funny friend of mine from one of the Pueblos and a melanin challenged person, who kept going on and on about the Constitution in the context that it carried some sort of vast and immeasurable historical weight. My pueblo friend finally said "You keep going on about the Constitution as though it's been around along time. Two hundred years? I own a metate older than that."

One thing which Americans in general and the SC in particular fail to appreciate is that we've been here for thousands of years. Or since the Creation, whatever floats your boat. The two hundred years Ginsburg points to aren't even a drop in the bucket.