Fox News contributor John Stossel was on Fox & Friends March 24 to discuss high-paying government jobs that recently appeared in The Daily Caller. Among several complaints involving government spending, the journalist criticized the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as the money the government spends supporting Indian programs.
The BIA has for decades been no stranger to criticism, but Stossel’s framing of the matter has caused alarm in Indian country.
“Why is there a Bureau of Indian Affairs?” Stossel asked with incredulity. “There is no Bureau of Puerto Rican Affairs or Black Affairs or Irish Affairs. And no group in America has been more helped by the government than the American Indians, because we have the treaties, we stole their land. But 200 years later, no group does worse.”
On March 25, Stossel hosted a one-hour special on Fox News Channel, during which he featured an entire segment devoted to bashing government funding for Native programs. Context was largely non-existent, which has outraged some Native Americans.
More to come.