posted on Oct, 15 2008 @ 07:43 PM
Here in Canada, they are called First Nations people, or Anishnaabe.
"Nish" for short.
There is a flip side to the coin.
While there are some stuck on reserves that live in poverty, there are many that live the high life.
I live in a city with many natives, and a reserve on the border.
This is what I see.
Natives that come off the reserve, to go to college or university, completely government paid for, as well as housing and living expenses, paid
They come in new vehicles, buy new furniture, and dress in the latest fashions.
Their children have all the most expensive toys.
They walk into any store, and pay no tax on anything.
They stay here till their courses are done, then go back to the reserve either well educated enough for a good job, or back to the home built for them
by the band council, no charge, with monies earned from the Native run Casino just south of me.
The reserve on the edge of town, gets all the business from selling cigarettes cheaper than anywhere else.
Where they mistreated years ago?
Yes..I believe so.
Now...not at all.
As for religion, I have seen very few keep up with the "OLD WAYS" unless there is a special occasion or a POW WOW.