True, an economic downturn amplifies the adverse effects of hundreds of years of historical policies and programs aimed against Indians. However, its a stretch to contend that Indians of any single economic class are being singled out by the Feds during this Great Recession. This tends to stray from healthy skepticism to unhealthy paranoia. Your writings on Indian government and politics have more intellectual rigor and authority than this piece which dabbles into socio-economics. Your arguments defining the Indian "middle class" seem forced. Perhaps, even a great legal mind has it's limitations? Indians will feel the impact of this ecomomic downturn harder than any other demographic, period. This has been true since statistics on health, jobs, income and wealth have been tracked in Indian Country. If anything, we Indians will be forgotten and overlooked in government recovery efforts. And I'm not sure which is worse, outright policies of attack or the silent oversight of neglect.
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 05:37