Very clear article that dispels alot of myths about indian gaming. I have often heard of tribal presidents stealing millions of dollars but the ones stealing millions of dollars are the state governments. It also shows that even though rez indians don't pay state taxes their casino does. So, why do state employees get pensions and tribal employees not get a pension? Are tribes just cheap employers? I work with alot of tribal members and I know 95% don't have anything set aside in their 401k for retirement. Its sad to see an elder living off social security when they worked for the tribal government their whole life when you compare them to state employees that gets retirement benefits. Another issue not mentioned in this article is the trust funds that are created by per capita payments. I have a two children under 5 years old and they both have more than 50 thousand in their trust. I can only imagine what their trusts will be when they turn 18. So, if you live in a small rural town and every year you see a crop of young tribal members buying brand new Escalades you might get the impression that the tribal members are getting rich off the casinos(well, they would be if they didn't spend it on escalades and frivolous things).
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 23:01