dumberthanb4 wrote:Oh I'm well aware of the tricks used to reduce blood quantum. The Miami are poster children for that manouvre which is why they don't take blood quantum into consideration. 80% of the tribal roles were torched by the feds long before the days of computers in order to ensure the Miami would not be federally recognized.
Yes and isn't it shaking how many people are unaware of these unjustices? They just automatically assume all Native people are taken care of. When many tribes will never be federally recognised, or even recognised by other Native American Tribes. Its pathetic to say the least. Look at all the conflict the souix community in Black hills have had, oh I love the black hills. Love it. That and deadwood gambling
Just think, my cousin, she is the only child in the family that is not enrolled, why? Her mother died before there was enrollment in Mille Lacs, you have to first have a parent enrolled. Distgusting under those circumstances. Talk about out of the loop. Last time the cheif of the trib was over at my home for conversation, I had almost kicked them out and backed them up to the door. For telling me that enrollment issues should not affect anyones self worth or involvement in the community. Yet they will not recognise anyone whom is not affiliated in membership in community meetings, desicions, or otherwise, they will specifically ask that you only ask questions and speak if you are a band member. The elders never wanted gaming for ndns, they said it would lead to things wrong and not part of the way of life for native people. They were right. But people assured them they would take care of the elders first...hmm thats why most tribes are putting up fricken nursing homes? cmon now!
If you ask me, I hope they eventually allow state run casinos to support all tax payers. Native Americans are misusing their means. We need a wake up call, and if the tribes are not already in bad shape from bad investments that fell through with the economy, its going to happen otherwise. Somet ribes however invested in governemnt backed investments which were not popular among the rest. Saved Mille Lacs butt. St croix on the other hand is verge on bankrupt, as are others. No money.
I was'nt speaking of the traditionalists you speak of but I know and have butted heads with them and I don't like them any more than you do. ( it's so tempting to name names )I was speaking of a very small element within the native communities who are real humans who are balanced with the past and the present and the future. The REAL traditionalists who know that humans should not stagnate. Unfortunately, they are the minority within their own people. They do exist though and I can't thank them enough for existing. Had it not been for them, I would have died long ago.
Thank you for clarifying that, you must understand why I had said those things. Most people do not refer when they are speaking ...to the REAL traditionalists. Or even know anything about them, cool you do if I may say.
Yes I agree that the people need to take responsibility and not wallow in despair but it's much easier said than done. There gets to be a saturation point. That point is different with every person.
Oh believe me, I know what you say. After so long things are going to even themselves out. I try my hardest to live by example, that is how I feel I can help. Take care of myself, my own mind, and accept that challenges that come along with it. Embrace and move forward.
The monetary compensation depends on the tribe. many of the larger tribes do not fall within the 1%. It depends on how high profile the tribe is, but 1% was the majority number 10 years ago. Like I said, I'm out of the loop.
Im going to do some research on this, I'll let you know.
Thanks so much for adding your thoughts on all this, sounds like you have gone through alot.