The most destructive addiction to afflict American Indians isn’t alcohol; it’s government help, as John Stossel explains:
The U.S. government has “helped” no group more than it has “helped” the American Indians. It stuns me when President Obama appears before Indian groups and says things like, “Few have been ignored by Washington for as long as Native Americans.”
Ignored? Are you kidding me? They should be so lucky. The government has made most Indian tribes wards of the state. Government manages their land, provides their health care, and pays for housing and child care. Twenty different departments and agencies have special “native American” programs. The result? Indians have the highest poverty rate, nearly 25 percent, and the lowest life expectancy of any group in America. Sixty-six percent are born to single mothers.
When Indians escape the welfare reservation, they take advantage of the free market’s opportunities to succeed like other Americans.
Consider the Lumbees of Robeson County, N.C.—a tribe not recognized as sovereign by the government and therefore ineligible for most of the “help” given other tribes. The Lumbees do much better than those recognized tribes.
Lumbees own their homes and succeed in business. They include real estate developer Jim Thomas, who used to own the Sacramento Kings, and Jack Lowery, who helped start the Cracker Barrel Restaurants. Lumbees started the first Indian-owned bank, which now has 12 branches.
The Lumbees’ wealth is not from casino money.
“We don’t have any casinos. We have 12 banks,” says Ben Chavis, another successful Lumbee businessman. He also points out that Robeson County looks different from most Indian reservations.
“There’s mansions. They look like English manors. I can take you to one neighborhood where my people are from and show you nicer homes than the whole Sioux reservation.”
From the liberal point of view, this success cannot be tolerated.
Despite [or rather, because of] this success, professional “victims” activists want Congress to make the Lumbees dependent — like other tribes. U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), has introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, which would give the Lumbees the same “help” other tribes get — about $80 million a year. Some members of the tribe support the bill.
Of course they do. People like to freeload.
The price of a ticket on the socialist gravy train is your wealth, your freedom, and the right to call yourself a man. Anyone who wishes Indians well should want them to rise above the status of domesticated animals on the Big Government farm.
On a tip from Kevin in Auburn, WA.