Cutting through the double-speak, coded
messages, when media speaks about Indian Country Issues and when Indians
speak to Media about Issues.
Dictionary: Media Speak/Speak Media
Here's a Guide to the Subtext in Media: Buzz words, phrases
that play well in soundbytes, but which actually say nothing, is either
a sport or an art form but both the media and the Tribe do this dance
to the same music, on and on.
Children Are Our Priority:
This means that we have been abusing our children, robbing
them, raping them. We know that sounds bad so we will assure you that
they, those sweet, vulnerable little children, are our priority. But
we can't define how we treat them as our priority.
Not to be confused with Tribal Leaders and Program Directors
who take expensive trips to conferences, usually in resort towns, all
expenses paid, and that means plenty of recreation and bring a guest,
on the Tribe's tab. Itemized expenses are never turned in, and money
is never accounted for because, even though 'Children' are the Priority'
living the high life off the money intended for their care and keep
is so easy.
Children Are Sacred:
When used by corrupt agencies, it means "How dare
you question that we place babies, children, young kids, into the hands
of known pedophiles!"
When used by People Who Know and Understand the ramifications
of Child neglect, abuse, endangerment and are battling to get them
real help and protection, it is a Plea from the core of their being
to all Human Beings who should hold the same values. Know the
Complex/ Too Complex:
It means: We can't really justify why we (Native Leaders/All
other Agencies/ All levels of Federal, State County Government) we
have ignored the crimes being committed. We cannot tell you why we
have ignored the pleas for help. We cannot tell you why we have allowed
these crimes to continue. We really don't want you asking us because
you might find out that we have also been complicit, compromised, or
that we have been bribed or that we are just plain incompetent.
See: "Sovereignty" , also "Children Are
When a Journalist, Criminal Investigator does not want
to take seriously the statement or testimony of someone who claims
to have been beaten, threatened or raped they look for a reason to
discredit that person rather than to look into the claim. Typically,
that person is or has been an alcoholic/drug addict, school drop-out,
so anything they say has no weight or value if considered against the
'more credible' (regardless of corruption) Tribal Official, Justice
Department, Police, etc.
Credibility Gap essentially is used to discredit anyone
who is Native American, living on the rez and is not in an official
capacity. Mostly, the readers, viewers, juries, already preconditioned
with racist stereo typing of Native Americans, just nod in agreement.
Apparently used by those representing corrupt Tribal
Governments when referring to any attention given to serious matters
such as Child abuse, rape, corruption. As was pointed out by commenter
Topics: ThompsonReader sez:
"Who ever wrote this letter claims that there
has been a media frenzy. Are you kidding me? Two kids were found
tortured and killed and stuffed between some mattresses and there
were a few newspaper articles, a couple blurbs on the local news
. Then nothing for a year. If those were white kids found in an
expensive home in Fargo or Grand Forks, then you would see a media
frenzy. The fact is that someone on that reservation wants everyone
to turn their heads and stop looking so they can go about whatever
it was that they were doing before. No one out there is demanding
answers because they know that there is a lot of stuff that will
be discovered that they want kept secret. I smell a rat."
So, that pretty much explains how 'Media Frenzy' can
mean anyone actually talking about, discussing on any public level,
these very real issues that should concern us all. Subtext: "Don't
Further on the same topic, different
page: FlyingNurse sez:
"Whenever an organization, any organization
blames a whistle blower, they are in fact admitting guilt. If the
whistle blower’s claims were false, they would have attacked
them on those grounds. By saying the person with the candle (the
one who dispelled the darkness and shed light on the subject) is
the problem, they are in fact saying they do not deny the charges,
they are just angry over getting caught."
These are records that were based on real existing children,
but with birth dates changed slightly, or different second/Last names
being used in order to secure more government funding for programs
that will go directly to those who are running the programs, or to
family and friends. See 'Fraud' and 'Embezzlement' in any other dictionary.
Privacy, Protecting the Privacy of Children:
This is both a sword and a shield to prevent people from
asking questions about child abuse, neglect, rapes and murders, citing
"Privacy" as if protecting the children from the embarrassment of being
murdered. In truth, this phrase is used to protect those who are illegally
fostering children, having custody of children.
Bonus Round: Citing "Protecting the Privacy of Children"
has been used to prevent questions/answers regarding the embezzlement
of funds from those same children, and their family/friends using fraudulent
records to claim funds for children. See also: "Phantom Children".
Generally used by media when speaking about Native American
Issues and needing to belittle, diminish both the issues and the people
(usually Native Americans) who are protesting the wrongs being done
or the serious issues such as corruption, drug addiction, unemployment
and abuse. When you hear anyone in media using those terms, they
want you to treat the story as a joke.
Perhaps the most abused word when it comes to First Nations
Issues. Sovereignty was supposed to give Native Communities a certain
amount of autonomy so that they could pursue their own land uses, their
own economic plans, their own religions and to an extent, their own
education and governance. It was intended as an interface between The
United States and the Native American Nations, essentially the Nation
within a Nation cogs and gears.
But it has been used to obscure, cover up and rationalize
all levels of crimes against Indian Peoples, by their own Leaders.
With the SLN Tribal Council voting, "In the Name of Sovereignty"
to remove the photos of convicted sex offenders from the public buildings,
they were saying that "We as Indians, will protect pedophiles,
rapists, at the expense of the community. We are for Sex Offenders."
Other Tribes are outraged by even the thought of doing
that. Which then brings us to the question: "How do we define
Sovereignty? Are we one Nation within a Nation? Or are we more than
300 Separate Nations within One Nation with more than 300 different
definitions of Sovereignty for each Nation?
What is needed is for All First Nations Leaders to gather
in a Congress and vote on what, exactly, Sovereignty means and how
it is defined for all First Nations.
But for now, it means: "We protect sex offenders.
Our people have no rights to seek legal recourse for any crimes or
offenses we as their leaders, or our families and friends, commit against
them personally or as a community."
That is where the people who were doing their jobs were
fired for pointing out corruption and abuse in their particular department
or agency. The Director of that program, department or agency then
cries that they are 'understaffed' and 'need more money' to 'better
handle the situation'.
In particular, the therm is used as a euphemism to mean:
We fire anyone that points out we are doing something illegal. Give
us more money and feel sorry for us because we are 'understaffed'.
Usually followed by "Children are our Priority".
There are more phrases that are used and abused, and we
can, if necessary, update our little dictionary as time goes on. But,
from what I have read in the Comments sections listed above-- most people
are already wise to all of this. Most people are not fooled and no one
is bullied by being called 'racist against Indians' because they
are demanding these urgent situations be dealt with, expeditiously and
for the children to be safe.