Helene Gaddie: ‘This Is our Sovereign Right To Protect Our People’ | Craig Melvin | MSNBC

Helene Gaddie: 'This Is our Sovereign Right To Protect Our People' | Craig Melvin | MSNBC 1


Helene Gaddie, the Executive Director of Generations Indigenous Ways joins MSNBC's Ali Velshi to discuss how the coronavirus is affecting Native American communities. Aired on 11/30/2020.
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Helene Gaddie: 'This Is our Sovereign Right To Protect Our People' | Craig Melvin | MSNBC

54 Comments on "Helene Gaddie: ‘This Is our Sovereign Right To Protect Our People’ | Craig Melvin | MSNBC"


  2. Checkpoints are customary in many countries around the world. They aren’t practical in urban areas with heavy traffic but in many parts of the US, checkpoints would serve those communities well.

    • Harold Cunningham | November 30, 2020 at 4:40 PM | Reply

      The problem is the strange way this virus operates. You can have no symptoms and spread it far and wide. Not saying checkpoints are worthless tho.

  3. Everyone has been abandoned to deal with this pandemic the best way they can, so their check points shouldn’t be “controversial”. Let them be. 🤎🤎🤎
    Her shirt! 👍🏾😁💜

    • Absolutely! I’m appalled that it would even become an issue, especially since they’ve been hit so hard with Covid19! My oldest 2 daughters are half native American, their from the Kumeyaah tribe in Baja Ca. So I know how native Americans in this country are unfortunately treated..it’s sad.

  4. We cannot drink the oil == we cannot eat the CoVid ==== Natikuya Oyasin——-

  5. Rhimera lemuse | November 30, 2020 at 4:45 PM | Reply

    Reservoirs for the reservationists, clean water not oil revenues for the rich and privileged!

  6. Don’t look to the “born-again” deficit hawks for any aid, _they blew their load on a cash giveaway for those stricken rich people and corporations_

    • Bonnie Gonzalezvuyf | November 30, 2020 at 10:01 PM | Reply

      Some people conquer with germs.
      Some people conquer with guns.
      Some people conquer with false realities and outright lies. The United States needs to stop doing all three immediately.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Hope you can heal completely and not have any lasting effects from it.

  8. 84% of Indians died with the creation of America. I live in SD, of Irish. Danish and Swedish descent and I feel for and support these people.

    • @Richard McKinney Puhleeze! Democracy, human rights, etc. are a European invention. Yes, Caucasian dudes gave them to the world, as pretty much everything else that has been beneficial to humanity, from penicillin and the Internet and the pacemaker! Besides that, only the Chinese invented something important – the wheel.

    • @Karen Piotte This!

    • @Don Balladurio I realize you’re trolling, and I don’t have time to answer you at length– I sincerely have more important stuff to do tonight.
      So I will just choose your first example.
      You evidently aren’t aware that the American form of democracy was just as inspired by the Iroquois federation as it was ancient Greece and parliamentary Britain.
      They had six member states and a constitution with 117 articles.
      Their confederation had been in existence for hundreds of years by the time the Founding Fathers thought of breaking away from England.
      Benjamin Franklin invited representatives of the Iroquois nation to the Constitutional Convention as advisors.
      When they arrived, they reportedly looked around, and asked with surprise, “where are the women?”
      It took us a long time to catch up with them in terms of democracy.

    • @melissa saint Yea. Sure. And the technology for the Internet was discovered in Sitting Bull’s backpocket too : )
      Whenever someone doesn’t spew out the political correctness kool aid they must be ‘trolling’. Smh

    • @Don Balladurio oh no, I assume you’re trolling because I looked up your comments on other channels, and you’re basically being a jerk on a wide variety of topics ☺️
      Of course, “trolling” doesn’t mean you are saying things you *don’t* believe.
      It just means you’re enjoying trying to get people upset.
      And as for the Iroquois Confederation and their presence at the Constitutional Convention, by all means, don’t take my word for it. It is history, look it up for yourself.
      Now I really do have to go, though…have the best night you can!

  9. Helene I’m not in America but my thoughts and prayers are with you all xx

  10. Some people conquer with germs.
    Some people conquer with guns.
    Some people conquer with false realities and outright lies. The United States needs to stop doing all three immediately.

    • If they ever stop doing those 3 things, they wouldn’t be the United States

    • Rather a self righteous attitude as the Spanish took smallpox infected blankets to Latin America. I also would note that social media, which you are using , has been primarily responsible for the false reality and lies. I would love to see it banned, but folks like you get to take advantage of the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution. About the guns–the
      US has had to bail Europeans out of a few wars I believe. I also note that UN soldiers from the Netherlands deserted Bosnians to slaughter by the Serbs .. You are right–if you will not help yourselves or others you do not need guns.

    • Thank you for making this statement… the past 4 years has shone a blindingly bright light on so much that is wrong with our country.
      *We need to get focused & fix what isn’t functioning properly.*

  11. When trump loses at anything, there is always some one else at fault. Fraud or being cheated or being treated unfairly are charges he usually asserts to be true even when they obviously are not. He is relentless.

  12. This is America 2020 need clean water, health care, houses,What a bloody disgrace the richest country hang your heads in shame.NZ

  13. I have lakota blood, and I know how these wonderful people have suffered. Wear a mask and save a life.

  14. Why are we always helping Israel while our Natives live like 3rd world conditions in America?

  15. I am very sorry what you are going through. Thank you Helene Gaddie and everyone in you organisation. I hope you get relief soon.

  16. America was brown for over 10,000 years before any Europeans pilfered them.


  18. Very well presented with clear acknowledgement the first nations struggle. Her T Shirt contained powerful messages to all of America – racism must end.

  19. At least Ali Velshi is one of the few journalists that does stories like this which are ignored by the rest of the bigtime corporate media. The pandemic has opened the door for the public to learn about long-standing problems of indigenous and other communities which have been neglected.

  20. God Bless the Native Americans and pray that this is the last Presidency where their needs are not met.

    • All for that – and about time.

    • …..lol. Gawd that’s is the most naive statement I’ve ever heard. It’s our government. 150+ years of being screwed over. You naively think the next 4 years are going to change that. How old are you…9?

    • @David F After massacres and genocide and theft of land I doubt four years of anyone at the helm can make things right. I am not a Native American but I would sure like to see some effort made to move in a positive direction. And no I do not have the answers.

    • @John Zeszut..agreed. Thank you for seeing the problem though. Natives have no voice at this point. It seems at this point only a few tribes even care to have one. Moreover tribes that earn through gambling enterprises don’t even want a voice for real change anymore.

    • @David F I hope that things will somehow improve and maybe even one voice in the crowd might call attention to those who have been wronged.

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