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Post time 2011-10-14 22:32:59 |Display all floors
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               It is about time that every household in America should start paying rent & loyalties to

Native people who had given up way too much and receive too little in return for their land   and


resources on it , for the past 500 years or so.


The following ABC News was reported on YAHOO on Oct 13, 2011 -

        Little Tashina Iron Horse, is 6 years old, a chatty and vivacious first grader, and she tells us she wants Justin Bieber to be her boyfriend. If she could, she’d ask President Obama for “Fresh water…and bubble gum…and a backpack.” She wants to grow up to be a police officer, a career choice inspired by her mother Bobbie, who works long hours as a security guard.

Tashina lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where most of the 30,000 to 40,000 residents identify as Oglala Lakota Sioux and boast of a rich cultural history and deep-seated spirituality. Located in the southwest corner of South Dakota, Pine Ridge is one of the 565 federally recognized Indian Nations in the United States. It is also one of the poorest.

Pine Ridge residents live amid poverty that rivals that of the third world. Forty-seven percent of the Pine Ridge population lives below the federal poverty level, 65 percent to 80 percent of the adults are unemployed, and rampant alcoholism and an obesity epidemic combine with underfunded schools to make it a rough place to grow up. Tashina lives in government housing in Manderson, 30 minutes north of downtown Pine Ridge. She lives with her grandmother, parents, siblings and uncles – sometimes up to 19 people live in the three-bedroom house, which has seen better days.

In the decades following President John F. Kennedy’s pledge to fund public housing projects on American Indian reservations, a construction boom began in Pine Ridge. Today, most of these units built in the 1970s and 1980s are in varying degrees of disrepair – a result, critics say, of steep cuts to the Housing and Urban Development budget made by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Public housing dollars today are largely spent battling black mold in reservation housing rather than constructing new homes.

Amid the despair, there are youth across the reservation — like Tashina — who are breaking through the hopelessness with huge dreams and powerful stories. So that she can be a competitive dancer at the pow wows, Tashina sports beautifully hand-crafted outfits made by her Uncle Matthew. Matthew is a senior in high school who lovingly hand-sews and beads Tashina’s pow wow regalia: shawls, moccasins, hair pieces, and dresses. At the pow wows, Matthew is constantly at Tashina’s side: practicing with her and helping her get into costume.
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Post time 2011-10-15 11:47:54 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2011-10-15 11:45
Wasn't there a news recently: Record number of Chinese applying for U.S> visas'?  ...

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But you do the contrary.

Why you chose to find job in China and refuse to leave?

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Post time 2011-10-15 11:50:19 |Display all floors
Originally posted by barbarianmo at 2011-10-14 22:32
... and rampant alcoholism and an obesity epidemic combine with underfunded schools to make it a rough place to grow up.   ...

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This policy resembles those in Australia.

Maybe China need to learn from them on how to silent disturbing noise.

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Post time 2011-10-15 19:55:59 |Display all floors
The problem with most reservations are alcohol and drugs.  The issues are more of a social-psychological nature.  On paper, native americans have far more advantages than the average american who does not get free healthcare or college.  

the problem is with the mentality.  And threads that I see on this forum is exactly the kind of stuff that adds insult to injury.  The constant portrayal of native americans as victims help enforce the negative attitudes and a feeling ofhelplessness.  Its amazing that when we think of native americans we get thisimage of how they were 400 years ago.  We can't let go of it.

If you really want to support native americans, how about just showing somerespect?  How about we let them live in the twenty-first century like everyoneelse gets to?

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Post time 2011-10-15 21:21:18 |Display all floors
Originally posted by JFenix at 2011-10-15 19:55
The problem with most reservations are alcohol and drugs.  The issues are more of a social-psychological nature.  On paper, native americans have far more advantages than the average american who d ...
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QUOTE:  If you really want to support native americans, how about just showing somerespect?  How about we let them live in the twenty-first century like everyoneelse gets to?


In what way ?



It seems that indigenous Aboriginals and Maoris have something in common then with the N.A Indian ..........

Drugs and alcohol ............

Is it in the DNA .........  ?

Or their past ............   

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Post time 2011-10-15 21:32:28 |Display all floors
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Its real bad in some places.  I've read before that at pine ridge 9 out of 10 were alcoholics.  And it doesn't stop with alcohol.  

I've been in touch with my estranged husband.  He told me they passed medical marijuana in upper michigan.  So now all his relatives get prescriptions and getting the government to pay for everything.

And when you have alcohol and drug abuse as the norm, it just makes it all the more difficult to get away from it.  Its in your family, your neighbors, etc.

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Post time 2011-10-15 21:36:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by JFenix at 2011-10-15 21:32
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Its real bad in some places.  I've read before that at pine ridge 9 out of 10 were alcoholics.  And it doesn't stop with alcohol.  
I've been in touch with my estranged husband.  He told m ...
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The first part leads to the question as to whether wider society should just ignore or accept their problem as unsolvable .........

Given that HR means people have the right to self-destruct .........


And that may well be, but again   ..........

Do you think it is in their DNA ............  ?

Or their past ............

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