In civics class a few weeks ago i learned somthing very intresting.
We we talking about how our state (SD) actually has two types of governements. The 'regular' government (eg. Govenor, Lieutenant Gov., Sec. of State, Senate, House of Legislature, etc), and Tribal Government. I dont know exactly how we got onto this subject, but who knows. I found out that a tribe in SD has BILLIONS of dollars that the federal government is holding in an account waiting for them to take the money. Reservations in south dakota are usually desolate places. Poverty strikes everywhere. Its a well known fact about this too. They refuse to take the BILLIONS of dollars for this reason....
I'll first start out by telling you how they got the money. The fed. government wanted land. Well, it was reserved land for the N. Americans. The government game them two choices 'sell' us the land, or be forcefully removed. Well, the government just gave them maney, and said they had bought it. When really, they just MADE them sell the land to them. In lieu of this, they refuse to take the money.
I think this is really stupid on their part. They could better the lives of THOUSANDS of N. Americans with this money. They know they are never going to get their land back, why not take the money and make better lives for all of them? Build better school, hire police (since the city police dont have the right to do stuff on the "Res", so any offence the FBI has to look into), and improve life, insted of living in some of the worst poverty in the united states.
They seem like total idiots to me. Yes, they did get their land taken away from them unfairly a while back, but still. I do feel sorry for all the people who live outthere in the poverty, whith no choice. Gangs run rapant out there, there are alot of alcoholics out there too. They NEED to take the money before life becomes too unbearable out there, and who knows that will happen then. They need to forget how the money was 'given' to htem and TAKE IT!!! Make good lives, insted of making more bad ones whenever some kind is born into that type of enviroment.
Any one agree with me that they should take the BILLIONS of dollars? Any other thoughs/questions/concerns?