Bury My Heart At Kansas City Masterpiece®…
From the same column that brought you Steve Biegun (below) we see that the US Government is lying to the Native Americans…again:
Last week’s reception at the Interior Department for newly confirmed Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs David W. Anderson promised to be nothing less than the culinary event of the new century. That would be because Anderson is the Dave of Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que fame. These are indeed excellent ribs.
And the department’s top floor reception area offers spectacular views of the mall. Anderson also arranged for a fine blues band, the Janine Wilson Group, to entertain and, being a barbecue connoisseur himself, contacted his former company to bring in the food for event. (Ethics rules require that he pay for all the food. Even though he founded and headed the company, he’s no longer with it, so a donation of food would have been considered a gift.) But when everyone — including many Indian leaders from throughout the country, Secretary Gale A. Norton and former secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. — went upstairs, they found . . . nothing. The music was great. The food? A no-show.
A most chagrined Anderson apologized profusely, and the next day, while speaking at the National Congress of American Indians here, promised to hold another event — this time with food. He then listed everything he had ordered — the whole Famous Dave’s menu, to protests from the audience that everyone was getting hungry all over again.
The problem was “a breakdown in communication,” Interior Department spokeswoman Nedra Darling said.
Then everyone was sent home with some beads and trinkets….