Letters to the editor: No special favors for tribes
- Another Anti-Indian Racist Voices Their Opinion.Your Swift and Exacting Responses To This PaperWould Be Appreciated.The link to the article is:http://www.dailypre ss.com/news/ opinion/dp- 80934sy0jul29, 0,5540594. story?coll= dp-opinion- editorialsLetters to the editor: No special favors for tribes
July 29, 2006
Reference the article "Va. tribes' recognition bill: A step to
sanction?" July 19. Just because someone is of American Indian descent
doesn't mean he should be segregated from mainstream society and given
his own government. It is an ethnic identity, not a political one.
When you create a government for one group, based on race and
ancestry, you discriminate against all others without that heritage.
Federal dollars handed out to tribes for health care, education and
housing do not grow on trees. They are taken from taxpayers who
provide these things for themselves without expecting the government
to pay for them.
There is discrimination going on here, but it isn't against American
Indians. They already have access to all programs available to all
citizens - equally. What they are asking for is a privilege they would
deny others not like them.
As for casinos, no tribe has written an ironclad document vowing they
or their progeny would never go into gambling. If this generation of
tribal leaders doesn't want a casino, that doesn't mean the next one
will follow suit.
And if Virginia does want casino gambling, it should vote to allow
anyone of any ethnicity or heritage to open a casino - all under the
same state rules.
North Stonington, Conn.
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