by Lonnie Guthrie
May 25, 2004
I have to agree with Ms. Hawkins assessment of the bickering being done by a few KIC tribal council members. Despite this, the only real problem I see is when there is a public reply. This reply is exactly what these people were looking for. These are the same individuals who were involved with protesting the controversial firing of a few KIC employees a year ago.
Again the only reason why this was such a public issue is because KIC officials " fed the flame", by publicly acknowledging and contesting this protest. While KIC's reply to this protest may have been great to help a political career of a non tribal member - as has been the theme with so many movies (the white man who saves the native people) - it made the native population look like idiots.
If ignored, the bickering done
by these individuals would only make the paper once and be quickly
forgotten. I hope that both sides of these debates would keep
in mind that everything you do reflects upon the entire native
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.