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Letters to the editor: No special favors for tribes

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  • Thomas Greywolf
    Another Anti-Indian Racist Voices Their Opinion. Your Swift and Exacting Responses To This Paper Would Be Appreciated. The link to the article is:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30, 2006
      Another Anti-Indian Racist Voices Their Opinion.
      Your Swift and Exacting Responses To This Paper
      Would Be Appreciated. 
       
       
      The link to the article is:
       
       
      Letters 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.

      Betty Perkowski

      North Stonington, Conn.


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