One of the most important human experiments in history is going on now. Indian tribes are getting vast troves of money from gambling casinos.
The issue came up because a few blogs back I brought up the fact that the homeless refuse to join our society and should be treated the way we treat our American Indians. Put them somewhere out of sight.
Every reservation I have visited (many) had unpainted houses with a washing machine in front, a trailer, a brand new Ford F-150 pickup, no paved roads, no sidewalks, no street lights and no gutters.
The experiment: money to tribes on reservations.
So how did five Washington State tribes deal with their new influx of money?
- One tribe built special facilities for the elderly and schools for early education and care.
- Another paid for expensive university education for all who wanted it. Nearly all came back to the tribe; some with new blood, spouses.
- Still another bought adjacent land to increase the size of the reservation.
- One started buying businesses to create more money.
- The last one created special schools for training medical and dental semi-professionals that are badly needed on all reservations.
What else of importance? All five tribes started suing each other over fishing rights. None of the reservations put money into painting houses, paving roads or changing the existing residential conditions.
Reality: the natives pretty much like the way they have been living.