I was posting to this topic and haven't participated in a couple of days. Why? Because I have been evaluating the posts by BJRadford. I was surprised that she would take the approach of posting here.
I have talked with the real BJ, she is a very direct and knowledgeable businesswoman. The posts on this thread are somewhat knowledgeable but are very coy, NOT the directness or knowledge that she would have. Posts are usually reflections of someone's personality.
It's really me! Anyone who wonders - call me at 568-6457 and I will verify - tough to escpe this gravelly voice I have! Thanks for the compliment.
I would agree that my posts are somewhat guarded. I have stated, I run the risk of posters thinking I speak for the Nation, which I do not. I'm sure you can understand. If you worked for a controversial company would you not think carefully before posting about them?
I also, again as I have already said, really think that this is a great opportunity for people to voice their opinions and maybe even vent. I don't feel a need to do either.
I have been frustrated over the years at the assumptions people make about the Nation. What I percieve to be a lack of desire to learn the facts, just a willingness to assume that because they disagree with the Nation's position, the Nation must do everything wrong (at least in their opinion!) I entered the forum to hadle those issues.
I have learned things as a result of my involvement here, which I am always anxious to do, and for that I thank the posters. The thing I do find frustrating about this arena is the anonymity of the posters. I realize that's the point, but I am a direct person - I'd be happy to know anyone's identity who is willing to offer their's up!
I do believe that the poster is employed by by the Cayugas, but not the real BJRadford.
It would have been nice if you could have separated your post and HighC's post, no worries, I figured it out.
I'll be honest, for as much I post on here about the Cayugas, to some (Harley, Izzy, RG, reilly, and others) it really sounds like I hate them and as some would say - RACIST!
It's not that. . .its just the way you (BJ) and your company come across. Just a few points that make me feel this way:
-I honestly cant see where your millions of $$$ in profit has helped any tribe members besides the top level tribal government leaders. Let's not forget the lawyers, you have provided an outstanding paycheck for all the lawyers you keep busy. I cant even keep track of all lawyers you hire, as I hear a different names all the time.
-The only reason you push so hard for a reservation status is to continue selling cigs and gas.
-Everything is about the handouts and taxbreaks, the tribal governments are always looking for the next handout or the next tax break. Dont get me wrong, I feel overtaxed but I do understand that taxes are needed for this country to survive (the tax money that is wasted is another story). If you dont understand how come taxes are needed. . .good luck driving to Rochester or Syracuse on any highway as a bridge might be rusted out and your car goes careening off the edge.
-The tribal governments never seem concerned with their heritage until it comes time for payback of what happened 200 years ago.
-I know people that have a strong native american heritage and they choose not to live on a res or be part of this give-me give-me look for hand outs and tax break operation. They live normal lives, work normal jobs and they pay what the government tells them to pay.
-I could support your stance on the outrages taxes IF you werent putting so much time and effort into making it about a select group of people. This select group of people isnt even native americans-it's TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS!
-Many of the people on this forum that support the so called "tax free right" of the tribal governments only do so because it saves them money on cigs. If the tribal govs sold only tax free dreamcatchers, I am willing to bet your support wouldnt even be HALF of what it is. This probably wouldnt even be in court if dreamcatchers were being sold. You know cigs and gas are a hot item and know the profits are OUT OF SIGHT-this is what fuels the Cayugas drive and financial means of fighting this in court.
-I am surprised the tribal governments dont open stores that sell fireworks as they are 200% sure they are right that NYS laws do not apply to them
-The world has changed immensely in 200 years. Doctors and scientist had little knowledge on the side effects of smoking. This is 2009, a lot has changed and we are less ignorant of many things. I really think its time the native american tribal governments join the rest of society IN 2009, not the 1700's.