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Indian Tribalism in the United States
by Calvin L. Hunt, M.D., Klamath Falls, posted to KBC November 1, 2007
(Dr. Hunt sent this 'letter to the editor/book review' to the Herald and News, Klamath Falls, but the editor refused to print it.)
The following facts and information are taken from a book titled Going to Pieces: The Dismantling of the United States of America authored by Elaine D. Willman, MPA, who is of Indian heritage and has traveled extensively throughout the USA, visiting Indian tribal people. She lives in Toppenish, Washington.
Tribal governments insist upon identifying themselves and being treated as "separate nations." There are 562 tribal governments controlling entire regions and states. Our federal government is wondrously benevolent toward preferential funding for Indian tribes, such as separate tribal governments, health services, educational programs, housing, gambling monopolies, separate tax benefits, and tax exemptions.
Enrolled members of tribal governments are dependent upon their tribal government, who decides who gets housing, tribal jobs, and who may get a small "per capita" allowance. The Indian Child Welfare Act usurps rights of enrolled tribal members, transferring their parental rights to tribal government. Tribalism as a governing system must not replace Democracy.
Resident tribal members are exempt from both the sales tax and use tax on passenger vehicles, snowmobiles, off-road vehicles, and modular and mobile homes.
Gambling revenues buy Land, Lobbyists, Litigators, and Legislators. Very little of huge funds pouring into tribal coffers actually trickle down to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for tribal families. Tribal households continue to experience poverty and squalor on reservations. Tribal members who are on the Tribal Council or in strong leadership positions benefit by the current system of Tribalism. "Trust" land purchased by tribal members immediately goes off the tax rolls, and you and I pay the tax. Fueled by gambling revenues, increasingly tax-exempt tribal retail and alternative Indian business ventures are eroding the sales tax and property tax revenues available to host counties unable to compete with the advantaged tribal businesses.
Tribal governments are systems built on Collectivism and Socialism, with needs of individual members placed far behind the needs of a tribal government. Individual U.S. citizens must assert their Constitutional Sovereignty and control privately controlled lands, natural reserves, and energy systems. Federal Indian policy is top secret, developed privately between Indian tribes and the federal government. The Federal Indian Policy is nothing more than a federally funded and endorsed form of racism and segregation. The Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 lacks enforcement and provides no viable protection to individual American Indians within their reservation.
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 creates a gambling monopoly for tribal governments with no enforceable requirements that gambling revenue be directly distributed to upgrade the quality of life of impoverished enrolled tribal members.
This act is behind significant conversion of fee land (taxpaying) into Indian "trust" land (non-taxpaying), fast-tracking vast lands back to tribes and prime interstate-exit lands for new tribal casinos. Large urban areas are the new targets. Congress set in motion the opening of over 411 mega-million-dollar Indian casinos with 100 more looking for startup in California alone.
Race must never again be a basis for federal, state, or local government policy . Regional economies and local businesses, now unfairly put at a disadvantage by special tribal tax exemptions and regulatory exceptions, must be returned to a level playing field.
(Dr Calvin Hunt was a medical doctor, later specializing in allergies, in the Klamath Basin until retirement.)
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