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Apr 06 2012

Do-Gooders Aim to Round Up Indians Escaped From Reservation

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.

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  • http://www.henrypbabcock.com Henry

    A government solution looking for a problem…

  • Chris in N.Va.

    Dem Plantation Masters are a jealous, ruthless group who do no take kindly to any of “those people” (du jour) who are so uppity as to not recognize their eternally dependent Dem-voting block in the “natural order of things.”

    The Overlords have spoken.

  • Chris in N.Va.

    “their eternally” ==> “their destiny as an eternally”…

  • Tom Jones The 9th

    “The price of a ticket on the socialist gravy train is your wealth, your freedom, and the right to call yourself a man.”

    PERFECT!

  • wingmann

    Tom Jones The 9th says:
    April 6, 2012 at 11:10 am
    _________________

    Dave sure can bring it huh?

  • Spider

    It has always been the govt.’s plan to completely eradicate the American Indian and steal “all” their land, not just what’s been stolen so far. It’s another very clear example of how the govt. can help you to death.

  • Alxandro

    Fast forward five years and youll hear Natuve Americans say:
    “White man stole our land, black man stole our casinos.”

  • Bob Roberts

    Uh oh. As you point out, they’re bankers, part of that evil “1%” we’ve been hearing about. I expect the government might be paying a lot more attention to them in the future, as a result, if Obama and the Democrats have anything to say about it.

  • JamesJ

    Indian reservations are the epitome of the welfare state.

  • JamesJ

    The American Indian introduced the world to tobacco….the ultimate revenge.

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