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Native American Veterans Deserve Equal Treatment

I am just a Native American retired army veteran who has a story to tell. It concerns the taxes that most states deducted from the military pay of Indian Veterans. The story is not new but very few know of it. All these veterans deserve this money be returned.
The SSCRA of 1940 was a federal law put in place to protect all servicemen and their property from unfair and shady mistreatment while they wee away from their homes serving in the military.

A section of this act specifically prohibited states from imposing an income tax on the military wages of Native American Indian veterans if these veterans claimed Indian Lands as there homes when they joined up. Everyone knows that if Indians work and live on the reservations or tribal trust lands that they do not pay state and local taxes. The SSCRA states that Tribal veterans will be taxed as if they were still on tribal trust lands.

Even though this federal law was enacted in 1940 our relatives who served in the armed forces were illegally taxed by the state their tribe was located in. The SSCRA mentioned double taxation but DD 2058 ( state of legal residence certificate to determine the correct state of legal residence for purposes of withholding state income tax from military pay) was not available until 1977. This means that states were not only taxing military pay but double taxing in some cases. State governments run off of income taxes.

If a veteran happened to be stationed and earning wages in more than one state in a tax period they were undoubtedly taxed by all states involved. DD form 2058 was invented in 1977 to stop this illegal double taxation however their was no mention of the illegal taxation that states were deducting from the pay of Native American Indian veterans.

These tribal veterans by law were exempt from any state income tax because they did not lose their tribal trust taxation status simply by leaving the tribal lands to comply with military orders. A separate form DD 2058-2(specifically for Native Americans), was not introduced by the department of defense until July of 2002. This form when signed exempted Indian veterans from state income taxes .

Native American Veterans were always exempt from state income taxes through countless treaties with the United States government and the SSCRA of 1940.
A bill HR 5275 ,The Native American veteran Pay restoration Act ,was introduced into the 108th congress to correct this mistreatment and repay these veterans but it went nowhere and was never heard of again.

Simply by introducing this bill the government admits to this broken promise and illegal act .Thousands of veterans deserve that this money be returned.
The stimulus bill resolves a six-decade dispute over their U.S. service
By Amanda Ruggeri
Posted March 13, 2009
Tucked between allocations of $150 million to states for nursing home construction and $90 million for passport agencies, one provision in the 1,079-page federal stimulus bill has nothing to do with creating jobs—but it does settle a 63-year-old battle.

The provision compensates Filipino veterans of World War II, survivors now in their 80s and 90s, with lump-sum payments

of $15,000 if they are U.S. citizens or $9,000 if they are not. The cost, $198 million, doesn’t add to the bill’s total cost because the funds were appropriated last year. Still, some critics complain that this doesn’t belong in a stimulus bill and that the funds should go elsewhere. One better use of the money could have been for underfunded veterans’ programs, says Dennis Cullinan, legislative director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The issue dates back to 1941, when the Philippines was under U.S. control. President Roosevelt conscripted members of the Philippine Army into the U.S. military to fight Japan. By the end of the war, as many as 430,000 Filipinos had fought under Gen. Douglas MacArthur, including 60,000 in the 80,000-soldier Bataan death march. In 1942, Congress recognized Filipinos’ service by promising them benefits equal to those of U.S. veterans. But that was reversed by the 1946 Rescission Act—some say for financial reasons, others say because of racism. “We made a promise, and then we did not carry it through,” says Democratic Rep. Bob Filner, who has fought for the compensation for 17 years.

One sentence in the 1946 act especially smarted: the claim that their service wasn’t “active.” Tell that to Amadeo Urbano. “We were so active in harassing these Japanese,” says the former guerrilla, now 85 and living in Arlington, Va. “But when victory was won, we were forgotten.”

Bills to provide full benefits have been introduced since 1989. All were defeated, including one last year. The one “small victory,” says Ben de Guzman of the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity, was that Congress appropriated the $198 million to be released at a later date. Some opponents objected to paying nonnationals while programs for American veterans went underfunded.

Some cited concerns that the measure could open the door to other claims. Advocates counter that, of the soldiers of 67 nationalities who fought for the U.S. military in World War II, all but the Filipinos have received equitable benefits. Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, who sponsored the stimulus provision authorizing the funds’ release, doesn’t dispute one of the critics’ points. “This is not a stimulus proposal. It does not create jobs,” he said on the floor. “But the honor of the United States is what is involved.”

Some sacrifices were made to win passage. One was a clause saying acceptance of the payment constitutes “a complete release of any claim against the United States.” Another was disbursement as a lump sum, which totals far less than American-born counterparts received in monthly benefits over their lifetimes.

But more important, say many veterans, is at long last setting the historical record straight. The provision declares that their service time “is hereby recognized as active military service.” Says Urbano, “What is most important is our recognition—we are now considered veterans of the Second World War.”

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Cap & Tax

Today, this  a bill passed the house, it now goes on to the senate.  Call washintong, send emails tell them not to pass this!  Today, as the economy is in meltdown, this only adds to the misery. 

This bill will keep us, in a permanant state of poverty, unemployment and higer taxes.  Obama has kept his promises, he has not raised taxes on 95% of Americans.  But this is a hidden tax, and we all will pay for it.

In his own words, BEFORE Obama was elected, he said he would do this.  He would force us not to use energy.  Don’t get me wrong, it would be great if we were ready to change over to green energy.  But the truth is, we are not.  If you work in the coal, oil or gas industry, and still have a job you won’t for long.

This will only add to the miserys we have today.  How long we will let Congress and Obama, ruin our country?  There will be no way to turn this around, once it is signed into law.   Please contact your Congressmen, now!  Guess who gets rich from this bill?  Thats right, Acorn, and Wallstreet will get lots!  Goldman sacks and everyone on wall street, it is another bail out for them, basied on the backs of us! 

Please do not let Congress turn America into one big Indian Reservation!  Poor, and unemployed!

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Reality

This is a guest writer for NAAO.    Thanks to the writer for allowing us to us his article. His name is rog mcleod.

 

I am a white man who is thougroughy disgusted by the treatment of American native people. Promises and tereaties have been broken fron the start. It follows through. It’s  been a long time since the natives of this country had a voice. Now is the time to voice yourselves! Like I said I am white but I am totally  disgusted on how my ancestors treated native Americans. My  ancestors were sneaky and underhanded people. I am the opposite of that. The US government has once again turned its back on you. In 1787 it was said that all native people would have free health care courtesy the government.  It has not come true. So for 220 years a promise or treaty has not come true. Native Americans living in the  USA have been shafted! Again! Native American people, stand tall and fight for what was promised to you 220 years ago! You have the right to do it. I will stand by you when you stand up! I am a white man but I know a bit about history and I understand the history and that’s why I will stand with you in victory!

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The research from this video, have been very dissapionting. The fact that Hillary and Bill were tied to Saul Aliskny came as a shick to me. But the truth must be told and I did that. I honeslty thought that the only good democrats in the past 100 years were FDR and The Clintons. Wilson, was the worst in years, but I was not prepared for this.

I have to admit, I am ashamed of my party, and myself for still being a democrat……

The second Revolution

I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about the “tea parties”. So, much has been said about these lately on FOX news, that I felt it was time.   I comend, Jackie she knows who she is, for all the time and work she put into this movement.  I like most of our sat and watched Glen Beck wipe away his tears, from the pride and sorrow he felt for this nation.  Like most of you, it was very moveing when he spoke about how we are not alone.

For me, and most Native Americans it is a bittersweat time, we lost our country, land and most of our heritage, to this country.  But, it is still ours, and we see it that way.  I comend the courage of all who take part in the “tea parties”.  For it takes a speical kind of person to stand for what they believe in. 

This is like a rebirth, for this nation, one that is overdue.   According to our beliefs, life is a circle, going round in a endless loop.  History repeats itself over and over.   This is like the second American Revolution, and we must all stand strong, and tall against all odds.  So today, I want to encourage all to stand for what we believe in, and do what must be done to acieve our goals.   This country was founded on principals, ones we cannot forget.  

Also, thanks to Jackie you know who you are…..

Where do we go now?

I cannot begin to tell you what a agonizing decision, this was for me personally.  I am sure not everyone will agree with me, but would like to give a explaination of this stand. This group and blog have always been about making sure the truth is told about Obama.  Thus, keeping him as far away from Pennsylvania ave as possible.   I think tonights speach at the convention, by Hillary, is the last horrah for our beloved party.  I see this as a by gone era, one that will only exist in our memories.  Many of the members are not democrats, they are independent or not affiliated.  But I have always stated I am a third generation democrat.  To this very day I am still registered as a democrat. 

This video was my goodbye to all those great leaders who have come before.  Today, is a sad day for me, and many others.  But we have all worked hard, for one goal, no obama.  Now, in order to achieve this goal, it must be done without Hillary.  So, we now have a choice, McCain or a third party.  I am sure many will choose the third party.  I honesty like the third party candidates, but know that in a race that is tied, dead even, that the only way to keep Obama out is t fight back with someone who can win. 

Third parties in the U.S. never do really well, just due to not having the means that the major two parties have.  I respect John McCain, and I trust him.  I cannot say the same for Obama.  I may not agree with everything he says or does, but he is the better of the choice between Obama and McCain.  Those are my personal thoughts, and may not be the same as my readers.  I understand that, and know that they must do what they think is best.  But I want everyone to know, that this is about all tribes, nations and all americans. Country frist, party second……..

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