“We”, those of us alive today, did not take anything away from anyone. This method of “historical guilt” has been used to intimidate people.
Promoting inequality will never right a wrong. Inequality creates conflict and when inequality is being promoted by our own government, people should be outraged. Taking away rights of non-Indians in an attempt to correct injustices occurring over a hundred years ago, and allowing special privileges to anyone, including “Indians”…most of unproven ancestry… is a recipe for chaos.
Current BIA policy says that if a federally recognized Indian tribe wants to “reclaim their aboriginal land,” they have a right to do so. Across the Country, Indian tribes are using their claim to Indian ancestry to demand that they have a right to take back what was “theirs”. In New York, this claim has clouded the property titles of thousands and thousands of non-Indian citizens.
In addition, putting land into federal “trust” then entitles “Indian” tribes the option of more gambling monopolies. The Santa Ynez Band has one casino, and per their state compact is allowed 2 casinos.
History is our lesson. Current Indian policy is repeating a bad time in history only in reverse: non-Indians are now having their rights taken away because of bad policy. Historical guilt has been used to silence people. “Indian” tribes scream racism if non-Indians object. Since when is it racism to expect equal protection?
The ramification of promoting separatism and special privilege for some, but not others, is stunning. Different treatment of minority groups and women has been systematically eliminated in the United States. Americans have lost their lives defending equal protection of the law. The current federal process promoting separatism in the name of historical guilt can only be understood by politicians’ greed for gambling dollars.
Citizens must take the time to fully understand the implications of giving up their right to equal protection. Once you lose that right, it is a very slippery slope and gambling dollars are ”greasing” the slide. If you are one of the people who say “they” should get whatever “they” want because of what “we” took away from them, think long and hard. Realize that your support of “Indian” casinos and gambling because of what “we” took away from “them” is in money lost by low income households. In 1999, the bipartisan National Gambling Impact Commission found that 80 percent of gambling revenue comes from households with incomes of less than $50,000 a year.
Also realize that crafty attorneys and immoral officials are adept at taking even one “small” special privilege and using it for massive corruption.