#221658 - 03/26/0507:49 PMPres. Bush, Why Don't You Like Us??
Native Americans across the country -- including<br>tribal leaders, academics and rank-and-file tribe members -- voiced anger<br>and frustration Thursday that President Bush has responded to the<br>second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history with silence.<br><br>Three days after 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed nine members of his Red Lake<br>tribe before taking his own life, grief-stricken American Indians complained<br>that the White House has offered little in the way of sympathy for the tribe<br>situated in the uppermost region of Minnesota.<br><br>"From all over the world we are getting letters of condolence, the Red Cross<br>has come, but the so-called Great White Father in Washington hasn't said or<br>done a thing," said Clyde Bellecourt, a Chippewa Indian who is the founder<br>and national director of the American Indian Movement here. "When people's<br>children are murdered and others are in the hospital hanging on to life, he<br>should be the first one to offer his condolences. . . . If this was a white<br>community, I don't think he'd have any problem doing that."<br><br>The reaction to Bush's silence was particularly bitter given his<br>high-profile, late-night intervention on behalf of Terri Schiavo, the<br>brain-damaged Florida woman caught in a legal battle over<br>whether her feeding tube should be reinserted.<br><br>"The fact that Bush preempted his vacation to say something about Ms.<br>Schiavo and here you have 10 native people gunned down and he can't take<br>time to speak is very telling," said David Wilkins, interim chairman of the<br>Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota and a<br>member of the North Carolina-based Lumbee tribe.<br><br>
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