|While billions of dollars flow into non-profits and tribal governments, those who need it most are being ignored. Photo: Dine' volunteer Bitahnii Wilson delivers firewood and water to isolated Dine' elderly and disabled in need.|
By Brenda Norrell
The rich get richer.
The salaries of the heads of non-profits in Indian country are shocking.
"Philanthropy is always about power," writes The Guardian.
The power to control, and the power to conceal. This is what is obvious in our investigations of non-profits in Indian country, and the Defense spending bill which resulted in the expansion of the Fallon bombing range in Nevada, which Paiute leaders had opposed, and Myron Dewey died trying to prevent.
We began our investigation into non-profits after being asked to, by Natives who live on the land, and those who have spent their lives in the movements.
First, there were shocking salaries, and the flow of millions each year into small non-profits in Indian country. Then there were the more sinister -- the wannabes, frauds, grant mills, and the power of sexual abuse by one CEO with a non-profit salary of $1.2 million in Alaskan health.
There was also the scam of non-Indian CEOs who stack their boards with Natives, then prevent them from making decisions or seeing the financial records. There was the revolting, like the out-of-control rats in the food bank pantry in Ajo, Arizona, for Tohono O'odham elderly.
No one likes to be scammed by people posing as volunteers, who are actually giving themselves annual salaries of $100,000.
And for others who provided the direction into these investigations, there was the injustice of seeing the movements --- born of sacrifice, blood and tears -- and the traditional ways, turned into ATM machines by the users, a process that is enhanced by professional grant writers, self-promotion on social media and deceptive reports to the United Nations.
These non-profits are protected by their attorneys who are in the unethical position of being paid to cover up fraud. The grant writers often use others' names and research without their knowledge. The grants range from $100,000 to $50 million in Indian country.
So, we continue our investigations and continue to call out the media who sit by in silence -- while also getting million-dollar grants.
In the Guardian article -- on how the non-profits benefit the rich -- it points out that “no amount of charity in spending such fortunes can compensate in any way for the misconduct in acquiring them.”
In Indian country, two of the most popular non-profits for social causes obtained their money by coal mining and power plants on Navajoland, and the other by building railroads, railroads that were the cause of displacement of Native people, and genocidal massacres.
It is always about power, as The Guardian wrote.
Our separate investigation into the expansion of the Fallon bombing range in Nevada, led us to the electronic warfare being experimented with by the Navy Seals there, along with bombing and live ground fire. It is a frightening look at microwave-directed energy which can deflect missiles.
Electronic warfare, it turns out, is a select military experiment, which is also carried out at Fort Huachuca Army base in southern Arizona, on lands at Wilcox Dry Lake and Gila Bend. Who knew.
It's all about power and concealment, a poisonous type of deception that uses self-promotional spin.
And it is about the collapse of the media in the United States, which has a comfortable seat, plagiarizing and rewriting online, without ever leaving their easy chairs.
The Money Pump: Non-profits in Indian Country -- In our article, "The Money Pump," we show a few of these non-profits, and their huge salaries and stockpiled revenues. Some of the most deceptive are not listed because they stay in business by threatening lawsuits when there is the threat of exposure. https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2022/07/the-money-pump-non-profits-in-indian.html
Non-profit Tax Records -- The tax records are free at ProPublica Explorer, which has a search engine. At Citizen Audit, which charges a fee now, there is additional information, including the contracts and grants going to family members, and non-profits flagged for unethical conduct. Here's ProPublica https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/
The Guardian: How Philanthropy Benefits the Super-Rich
Censored News: Live Fire and Electronic Warfare -- Myron Dewey Died Trying to Prevent It
Copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News
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