We have to be honest about our governments. The role of government is provide infrastructure, proctection and order to its citizens. Tribal governments aren't equipped to do these unless they are receiving federal subsidies or gaming revenue. Tribal governments would be more legitimate if they taxed their members to provide services to members. If that were the case, open the rolls up to everybody that wants to be a member because they will be paying for services. Instead tribal governments are just groups that are in charge of dispensing inheritance or treaty rights to tribal members. So, just like an inheritance, it will eventually run out. Unless tribes find a way to make tribal members responsible to their government. I think tribes should start by paying to support their spiritual leaders or traditional chiefs. Its sad when the traditional chief can't make ceremonies because he has to work at the smoke shop.
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 14:25