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Published: Monday, Jan. 20 2014 11:43 a.m. MST

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kiddsport
Fairview, UT

Having worked and lived in and around Native American reservations, my personal observation is that the division between tribal and non-tribal, and now it appears even within tribes, is exacerbated by a separate-but-equal notion whose time has come to discard. The tribal cultural heritage can still be maintained while mainstreaming into America's vibrantly diverse society. We have seen in our history the assimilation of formerly sidelined nationalities- Irish, Asian, Hispanic, African, even at times European, such as Germans, Polish, and Italians. What lingers with all groups to one degree or another are those who want to divide us by pitting one group against another or by attempting to gain preferential treatment for their victim status- real or perceived.
Tribes that have been most successful are those who have embraced free enterprise and self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, those who built their well-being on the mirage of the casino enterprise are seeing the dark side of that business where greed and envy magnify natural human weaknesses.
It is time to graduate American Indians to the mature status of the everyday citizen. Those who say they cannot handle that only display their lack of understanding.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

With today's DNA tests, determining who is a member of a tribe should not be a problem. Take the test. If the test shows that you are related by blood to members of the tribe, then you have sufficient proof to claim membership.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

This issue is not about individuals or tribal disputes, its a loophole glitch in how the governemnt has chosen to establish tribe and who's who. By all definitions then this tribe still has the power of independence with no treaty with the US government therefore the nation is not dissolved, but open to be its own nation without and federal access to their lands. The land is still theirs by eminent domain and a tribal ancestry is the final rule of law as to their identity. They can reclaims all lands any americans is occupying or used without tribal permissions or contract. The tribe can declare its own member's and conditions.

This is an opportunity for them to renew their tribal rights since the government has no treaty with them its an open book. Unlike other immigrates, natives are an independent nation not under the control of our Constitution or bill of rights as declared by previous government conciliation's to native americans and treaty agreements.

thunderbolt7
DUTCH JOHN, UT

Disenrollment from Native American tribes is racist, but it is instigated by the US Govt, which designated special & separate status to Indian tribes. Wouldn't it be nice if inhabitants of the USA considered themselves "American?"

Swartzy
Arlington, TX

as long as there are reservations, there will be poverty, and greed. Casinos gave them money but it hasn't really raised their level of living. Alcohol and drugs are so prevalent that it is an every day occurrence. We are really keeping them in servitude by letting them believe they are still warriors on their tribal lands. Those days are long gone, and will never return. What happened to the Indians here in the US was horrible, but we are still doing it to them today by letting them destroy themselves and all the in fighting. I grew up in Arizona and was on the reservations many many times. The money really isn't helping that many of them, what a tragedy. It sounds cruel, but we need to cut off all Federal aide and make them pick themselves up and make something out of their situation Living on Federal funds is not the way for a people to prosper. Main stream the Indian people and make them a part, a proud part of America , and help save the Indian. Other wise they will not survive.

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