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  •  as are church owned real estate (2+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, Mannie

    Do some googling...Churches are robbing local municipalities of much more tax revenue than Indians are.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 04:55:05 PM PST

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    •  I just wish I could read a big picture diary here (1+ / 0-)
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      about Native Peoples...and the income disparity between tribes, and the politics involved that would elucidate a topic that most people, such as myself, could understand.  

      I appreciate the action diaries about supporting food banks and propane gas...but there seems to be something else going on here.  I'm not a big fan of tribalism, no matter what continent.  It hasn't worked well in Africa...it hasn't worked well in the Middle East...it doesn't work well anywhere.  Not even here in the U.S.

      What is going on, in the Native Peoples, that moves away from tribalism and towards humanism?  Solidarity?  

      I'm not asking that as a rhetorical question...I ask it as a White guy who simply doesn't know, and suspects that it is necessary.  Is id happening?  Is it increasing?  Decreasing?  Are the Native Peoples coming together?  Or are they holding each other at arms length?

      THIS IS A DIARY I WOULD LOVE TO READ.

      Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

      by Keith930 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 05:07:41 PM PST

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      •  I appreciate the rec, Ojibwa...but could you write (2+ / 0-)
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        this diary?  And if you already have, and I missed it, could you link to it?

        Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

        by Keith930 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 05:48:36 PM PST

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        •  Bigger cities will benefit (1+ / 0-)
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          Hi Keith,

          As I have been given to understand, tribal nations with casinos near the largest cities have the most economic benefit to band members.

          Detroit, Milwaukee regions have casinos which are more effective in revenue than rural casinos, more  or less.

      •  I don't have vast experience in this, but (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't see this situation:

        What is going on, in the Native Peoples, that moves away from tribalism and towards humanism?  Solidarity?  
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        Are the Native Peoples coming together?  Or are they holding each other at arms length?
        My experience is that there is a unique identity but that members are open to members of other tribes.  Actually, the word "tribe" isn't used all that much, in my experience. "People" or  "Nation"  is more common.

        I've never seen or heard, "Hey, you're not Lakota, you're Comanche, get lost."  Or "Hey, we Cheyenne have got to stick together against the Kaw."   I mean, just not even anything at all like those sentiments or attitudes even in minute amounts.

        What is more pervasive is the constant, omnipresent oppression and discrimination practiced by white people against all NDNs.   The complete lack of a desire or motivation to address the past wrongs which have led to awful conditions today.  That is really nothing to do with "tribalism," but everything to do with reality of being NDN today.  

        This is just my personal experience.  I'd be happy to hear of others.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:46:21 PM PST

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