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CFL Nationals 2008 Released

05/01/08 05:39:32 pm

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Resolved: That the US Government should increase social services for indigenous peoples in America.

Foreword: The US Government has had a unique relationship with its indigenous population for decades. In 1831 Chief Justice Marshall defined American Indian and Alaskan Native tribes as “domestic dependent nations.” When the federal government removed vast expanses of land from the Native Americans by force, it promised to protect the right to self governance and provide for the health, education, and economic well-being of tribal members. Today there is an undeniable disparity between the standard of living of America’s natives and that of the general population. The question the resolution poses is how should the federal government proceed to effectively address the needs of its native communities? Should the government simply direct more money to Native American social service programs, or is the answer to development more creative, and less expensive than that?

Congratulations on making it the CFL national tournament. Feel free to join the “Public Forum Debate” facebook group and contribute to the ongoing discussion on this topic. Direct any questions on the files to that forum or to Good Luck at the tournament, I look forward to seeing the majority of you at the NFL national tournament next month!

Michelle Schmit


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