The banner story in today’s Argus-Courier titled, “Distrust Brewing Over Tribe’s Land” recalls this cartoon I did back in 2004, when the issue first arose. Tribal Chair Harvey Hopkins was quoted as saying, “I feel like (the mistrust) stems from a lack of understanding about our ways. We’re a regular government…” Given how Washington treated Mr Hopkins ancestors 100 years ago and, in point of fact deals with us today, his allusion to government trustworthiness isn’t very comforting. Despite the fact that the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park has to be siphoning off millions of dollars from River Rock Casino, Mr Hopkins asks us to believe that his tribe only wants to build “ball fields and tribal housing” on the last – and southern-most – available plot of native-american trust land between Rohnert Park and San Francisco.
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