Greg Bell: The reservation system poorly serves Native Americans

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  • Constitution Defender Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 8, 2018 2:41 p.m.

    For those who read this article, here are two simple questions to ask politicians-state and federal...questions so simple, they are hard:
    1. Where is the proclamation ratified by the voters to amend the United States Constitution to make the health, welfare, safety and benefits of a select group of U.S./State citizens distinguishable because of their "Indian ancestry/race?"
    2. Where is the Statutes at Large for the existence of U.S.C. Title 25-INDIANS?

  • Constitution Defender Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 7, 2018 7:22 p.m.

    There is no such thing as an "Indian reservation" under the United States Constitution!

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Aug. 4, 2018 11:01 a.m.

    The reservation system poorly serves Native Americans?

    Billions of dollars has been spent for schools, housing, food, etc.

    How is this poorly serving Native Americans?

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Aug. 4, 2018 4:59 a.m.

    @patrioticAMERICAN: "The tragic history of Native Americans makes a mockery of today's citizens who claim immigrants are taking over our country."

    On the contrary. The actual and cultural genocide of indigenous peoples--from Australia to Peru to Canada--serves as a stark and poignant example of the dangers of unlimited, uncontrolled immigration.

    The long string of the United States federal government breaking its treaties and promises to the American Indian tribes, including on going mishandling of Indian assets by the federal government is a powerful reminder that minority, rural groups are at risk when urban, culturally foreign groups have power over their homeland.

    I condemn both past and current mistreatment of American Indians. I do not claim how to possibly do right by these peoples at this time other than it is clear the segregated, socialized reservation system is not serving them well.

    And I learn from history to avoid repeating it. Subjecting my posterity or culture to anything like what the American Indians or Australian Aboriginals have endured would be gravely foolish. So I want border security & immigration control, and local control of rural lands.

  • Moon Beam Magna, UT
    Aug. 3, 2018 8:18 p.m.

    To stevo 123, it isn't a "do over" but a "do right" by these people. Perhaps the best way to describe it is to remind folks about how the Mormons were driven out of their homes and came to a desert that even the early trappers felt was uninhabitable. Should the Mormons now ask for a "do over"? I seriously doubt that any Mormon would ask for that. But just as it is with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, these people deserve to be treated on an even playing field. There is not one (I repeat, NOT ONE) reservation that even remotely compares to most American communities, and their opportunities for advancement. So I repeat, this is not a "do over" but a "do better" issue.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Aug. 3, 2018 3:43 p.m.

    The Native Americans were shunted off to the worse of the worst, now that they have some thing of value on the Rez, it's "let's have a do over". I say no.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 3, 2018 12:15 p.m.

    I bet if we give yet another trump tax handout to billionaires, the Native American Indians will benefit. After all, handouts to rich people always trickle down to workers and native Americans, right repubs?

  • Moon Beam Magna, UT
    Aug. 3, 2018 11:26 a.m.

    No more Bears Ears Monuments to "protect" places where Native American Indians hunted. Let them sell their so called reservations (places of banishment) and help them join us in the twenty first century, where they can achieve great things.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Aug. 3, 2018 11:22 a.m.

    Invisible Hand is absolutely correct. I would add that the American Indian deserves much better than this. It was the Native American Indians who taught the pilgrims how to survive. It was Native American Indians who befriended Mormon Pioneers. Conflicts arose between Indians and Whites because their culture, their way of life, and their homes were threatened. The white people did what they needed to, but those times have changed. We can do much more to uplift and integrate these people before their culture is entirely lost, and they become extinct.

    Aug. 3, 2018 11:16 a.m.

    The sad irony is that as someone whose Native American ancestors (Powhatan) were never given or placed on a reservation, I feel blessed.

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 3, 2018 11:02 a.m.

    The tragic history of Native Americans makes a mockery of today's citizens who claim immigrants are taking over our country. Millions of acres of N. American lands were stolen & millions of it's people killed by our imported diseases & battles & forced marches that resulted from our belief in "manifest destiny", & laws like Andrew Jackson's "Indian Removal Act" (1830) & his military support to help Georgia steal Cherokee lands after gold was discovered there, resultung in the deadly "Trail of Tears" march in 1838.

    I have ancestors from both sides of the aisle, but the vast maj. of them were white settlers, & the way tribes (most of them peaceful) were decimated & disenfranchised, makes me ashamed.

    I don't know what the answer is to help them climb out of their poverty & powerlessness, but I think it involves actually helping, not ignoring, them. Like the KSL news spotlight I saw a few wks ago, highlighting how some people & orgs were working to bring electricity to individual homes (yes--here in America!).

    And the Bureau of Indian Affairs? Congress should change its name, & pass a law saying it's director & most of its staff have to be Native American. That would be a start.

  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    Aug. 3, 2018 9:55 a.m.

    The condition of the American Indians is made much worse by the reservation system in which nobody can own land privately. While we claim to be a bastion of free market capitalism, we force these people into the squalor of a form of communism. The US government failed to protect them in the 1800s and ever since has kept them in a state of dependency that must end.