Is it me, or does the string of Pine Ridge tribal ‘bans’ seem a little too much like what happens in middle eastern countries, as they’ve first banned the attorney of the man accused of spilling beer on kids, and now have banned the Rapid City Journal because they wrote a headline that angered them? (and later apologized for)
From a past issue of USA Today:
The Moroccan government has banned an issue of the French magazine L’Express International, claiming it insults Islam in articles exploring the relationship between that religion and Christianity.
Information Minister Khalid Naciri said Sunday that he had no choice but to ban the current issue because of the offensive nature of the articles it contained. The minister said the kingdom’s press code allows the government to shut down or ban any publication deemed to offend Islam or the king.
And from the Argus Leader, yesterday:
The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has approved a resolution banning all businesses on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from selling the Rapid City Journal after the newspaper published a headline the tribe found objectionable.
Tribal spokesman Kevin Steele told KCSR-AM that the ban will stay in effect until the newspaper apologizes for a headline that questioned whether a group of Native American students stood for the pledge of allegiance at a Rapid City Rush hockey game.
The last time I checked, tribes were governed by federal law. But, apparently the OST governing council doesn’t think the bill of rights applies to them, specifically freedom of the press.
What are your thoughts?