Originally posted by Violater1
I also find it interesting (even for a gobrmnt subsidized reservation), all of the new buildings and infra-structure in Dulce. The improvements go Way
Beyond the financial assistance that most reservations receive.
I hear that a lot. I don't know if I should be offended or not. Because we're indians and gov't subsidized apparently we don't know how to make
new buildings? Also, for anyone who thinks I've ever received a dime from the gov't can kiss my brown ass.
First off, a lot of jobs that are gov't subsidized are received from grants and grant writing like any other non-native place.
I do understand WHY people say this, but it's always half cocked.
Remember, we are one of the FEW tribes that have oil on our land. We have our oil drilling company (JAECO) and our land is leased by oil drilling
companies so they are allowed to drill on OUR federal land. We also have one of the few water sources running right through our land. We have water
deals with surrounding areas as well as MANY more income generating deals. We're not just a bunch of poor old injuns. Having worked as the business
manager at the high school I understand how we have money for the school. Allow me to digress a bit.
When a bond issue is passed on the reservation the members of the tribe aren't taxed on the land, the tribe is AND more importantly, the oil
companies leasing the land. They pay to small tax which leads to money for capital. There's not a oil company that will walk away from millions of
dollars for a %1 tax. Anyone who's worked in school finance knows that capital payments can only be used for permanent fixtures. Meaning we can't
pay teachers salaries, buy books, chalk, etc, BUT that money can be used for a new school cafeteria, gym, etc.
If you wonder how they can afford the nice new school buildings? This is it.
If you wonder why there's a new tribal administration building? You've obviously never been to Dulce and saw the OLD administration building that
was there for over 25 years.
The government screwed up when they gave us these rocky mountains that aren't fit for farming, with harsh winters and isolateyd environments, the
didn't know about the oil. Ask the navajo (sorry) Dine about the awesome eastern, NM land they received and how fertile that is and how long the
government expected them to survive. Ask them how that deal with the gov't to provide the basic necessities (like running water) is working out. Ask
white needle-man how well the federally funded medical care is working out. I kinda dig that name now that you've told me what it meant.
Again, this is off the point, I just like putting some things to rest.