TRIBAL LIFE SHOWS WHAT BIG GOVERNMENT WILL DO

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Liberals like to claim that we need bigger and bigger government. The biggest amount of proof of the failures of the liberal dream happens on reservations. The benevolence of the white father has been anything but. The tribes were once proud people who lived as one with the land. Now, the members of the tribes who live on the reservation are in situations that resemble some of the poorest nations on Earth. This is what the liberal dream really is.

How much Indian land and money the Feds control

The federal government controls amounts of land and money that is supposed to be owned by the tribes to the tune of billions, per this Bureau of Indian Affairs press release.

The federal trust responsibility, which originates from the unique, historical relationship between the United States and Indian tribes, consists of the highest moral and legal obligations that the federal government must meet to ensure the protection of tribal and individual Indian lands, assets and resources as well as treaty and similarly recognized rights. Among their responsibilities, Interior agencies oversee $4.7 billion in trust funds derived from managing 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface mineral estate held in trust for individual Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. Eleven million acres belong to individual Indians and 44 million acres to tribes. Interior administers more than 119,000 leases for the use of these lands, including oil, gas and mineral extraction, water and energy development, timber harvesting and grazing.

How Native Americans live

Here, via Native American Aid, is how life is on the reservations.

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American Indians (2003, Center for Disease Control).
  • Due to the link between heart disease, diabetes, poverty, and quality of nutrition and health care, 36% of Natives with heart disease will die before age 65 compared to 15% of Caucasians (2001, HHS Office of Minority Health).
  • American Indians are 177% more likely to die from diabetes (2011, Indian Health Disparities).
  • 500% are more likely to die from tuberculosis (2011, Indian Health Disparities).
  • 82% are more likely to die from suicide (2011, Indian Health Disparities).
  • Cancer rates and disparities related to cancer treatment are higher than for other Americans (2005, Native People for Cancer Control).
  • Infant death rates are 60% higher than for Caucasians (2001, HHS Office of Minority Health).

That is just health concerns. Housing and employment is just as bad. How much better would their lives be if the government would get out of it. It is propaganda gold for our enemies.

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