I have to agree with you a 110%. My people are La. Cajuns, and we never swore alligence to, but swore at the government. My outlook to this is, on the one hand you have some whites (as you've stated) that want out of the "Indian business", but then you have others that understand that...in this age of Native American own/ran casino's all over the country, there are millions to be made here. I remember, when driving over the road (rigs), it was a common practicce to hit the res for cigerettes, jewerly because it was so cheap. Until they realized the going price for a lot of their products. The same can be said for the casinos. Here in Minnesota (yeah that's another story) you have the Ojibwa who own a lot, if not all, of the casinos in the state and I believe some on the Gulf Coast. Now, along with the Navajo, Cherokee, Choctaw you would think with the money they make, conditions would be better for their people. I just don't know. But without the elders, any group including the whites, will lose a large part of their history. This is why I try and pass down to my grandchildren what my life, their great grandparents and great great grandparents was like coming up in this country. Loving the land and all that's on it. Guess that's all we can do.
Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 08:04