posted on Oct, 30 2012 @ 02:31 PM
Thank you Wrabbit for your post. Being Native American myself, it never ceases to amaze me how most people still only know one side of the story, if
anything at all about our past. So, thank you for your time, your thought and concern to post this story here.
I'd like to suggest a book for anyone interested in knowing more about Native American's past to read. It's:
"Bury My Heat At Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown.
History (his story) books are written by the "winners" and are always one-sided. Mr. Brown investigated well known events in American history and
found what happened from the Native American's side, or what led up to the incident. It puts a whole different perspective on many events from what
we have been taught.
As to the discussion of casinos - remember because reservations are separate from the US they also do not receive the help other places do. If you
look at the unemployment, homeless, poverty and health conditions numbers, you'll find reservations are worse off than the poorest inner city
ghettos. Their only help comes from individuals and churches, not the government. Casinos have helped on all the reservations in jobs, building health
facilities and education. Most are overseen by the elders and the profits go to the betterment of the tribe as a whole. Sure there may be some
exceptions, but the majority have helped the tribes. Maybe they help take back America, one nickel at a time.
Again - thank you Wrabbit. It meant a lot to me and my Native blood isn't Nez Perce. Blessing to you.