Thursday, December 13, 2012

Jewish Tribal Rights

Did you know, and I did not, that there are 566 federally recognized Tribes in the United States?

I learned that from remarks made at a White House Tribal Nations Conference.

There, on December 5, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal S. Wolin had outlined proposals created in consultation with tribal leaders that build upon the Administration’s commitment to finding solutions that work for Indian Country.

"Country"?  There's a second country in the United States?

He also mentions "nations".

Later, he uses “the Native American community.”

Wolin also noted that the Indian tribes possess:

...unique social, cultural, and economic issues
Odd, though, that he doesn't mention religion.

I would think that we native people to the Land of Israel should, at the least, and, of course, much more, be granted the status accruing us as a nation in our own tribal portions of our homeland in comparison to the Indians native to the North American continent.  And with that status recognition, fulfillment of rights, as agreed to by the United States in December 1924.

After all, the US participated in an administration-wide review of the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This review ultimately led to the President’s announcement, during his remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December, that the United States supports the U.N. Declaration.

And our tribal status goes way back:

Joshua Chapter 18

1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled themselves together at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them. 2 And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance. 3 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel: 'How long are ye slack to go in to possess the land, which the LORD, the God of your fathers, hath given you? 4 Appoint for you three men for each tribe; and I will send them, and they shall arise, and walk through the land, and describe it according to their inheritance; and they shall come unto me. 5 And they shall divide it into seven portions: Judah shall abide in his border on the south, and the house of Joseph shall abide in their border on the north. 6 And ye shall describe the land into seven portions, and bring the description hither to me; and I will cast lots for you here before the LORD our God. 7 For the Levites have no portion among you, for the priesthood of the LORD is their inheritance; and Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan eastward, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave them.' 8 And the men arose, and went; and Joshua charged them that went to describe the land, saying: 'Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come back to me, and I will cast lots for you here before the LORD in Shiloh.' 9 And the men went and passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven portions in a book, and they came to Joshua unto the camp at Shiloh. 10 And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD; and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions.

That occured about 3350 years ago, based on letters found, written by Abdi-Hiba, Governor of Jerusalem, to Pharaoh Amenhotep IV (1378-1367), requesting aid from Egypt in fighting the approaching Hebrews. A letter states the following:

“Why do you not hear my plea? All the governors are lost; the king, my lord, does not have a single governor left! Let my lord, the king, send troops of archers, or the king will have no lands left. All the lands of the king are being plundered by the Habiru. If archers are here by the end of the year, then the lands of my lord, the king, will continue to exist; but if the archers are not sent, then the lands of the king, my lord, will be surrendered.”



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