If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average and why gang violence affects American Indian youth more than any other group, do not look to history. There is no doubt that white settlers devastated Indian communities in the 19th, and early 20th centuries. But it is our policies todaydenying Indians ownership of their land, refusing them access to the free market and failing to provide the police and legal protections due to them as American citizensthat have turned reservations into small third-world countries in the middle of the richest and freest nation on earth.
The tragedy of our Indian policies demands reexamination immediatelynot only because they make the lives of millions of American citizens harder and more dangerousbut also because they represent a microcosm of everything that has gone wrong with modern liberalism. They are the result of decades of politicians and bureaucrats showering a victimized people with money and cultural sensitivity instead of what they truly needthe education, the legal protections and the autonomy to improve their own situation.
If we are really ready to have a conversation about American Indians, it is time to stop bickering about the names of football teams and institute real reforms that will bring to an end this ongoing national shame.
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About the Author
The narrator of over 100 audiobooks, Christa Lewis has been nominated for an Audie Award and earned multiple Earphones Awards for recordings that have become Audible bestsellers. Christa is a classically trained actress and graduate of Boston University's actor training program.
Table of Contents
Introduction What Does America Owe Indians? vii
Part 1 The False Promise of Sovereignty
Chapter 1 Someone Else's Responsibility: Property Rights as Native Rights 1
Chapter 2 Money Instead of Freedom: The Loophole Economy and the Politics of Poverty 47
Part 2 "White people call it nepotism. We call it kinship."
Chapter 3 Unprepared: A Narrative of Victimhood 81
Chapter 4 Walking in Two Worlds: The Weight of Indian Identity 105
Part 3 Who Will Stand Up for Civil Rights?
Chapter 5 Equal Protection: The Tribe vs. the Individual 145
Conclusion Native Americans as Americans 169
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lots of description, not much prescription. Lots of complaining about people far away in Washington making decisions for the res, but then the author is someone far away as well. Fast paced, and a good overview of several tribes, but lacking insight past a few interviews. She describes one side of the river as brightly lit, full of commerce, and the other side is dark and full of run down trailers. Yet the author may not understand that many Indians do not want to be like the white people and the urban "poverty" of consumerism and dismal knowledge of the land. Yes, this is disproportionate to the rampant addiction and abuse on the Rez, and the author describes well enough to be the saddest part of the book. Go live on the res if you care. Live there for 40 years and help instead of complaining.