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  •  What???? (19+ / 0-)

    As an Alaska Native/Native American I have never heard of this

    "Banannas" (yellow on the outside and white on the inside).
    Did you mean Apple(Red on the outside, white on the inside)??? It makes me wonder about the knowledge behind the rest of your statements.

    As to your other points, I am curious about the group you sat in on.  There are certainly Natives with that attitude, but not the majority.  And this attitude can be found in any impoverished group.  

    I am also curious as to why you think it is the responsibility of Native groups to sacrifice what they have when it is not at all practical.  In an ideal world, they could help out each other, but in the real world, no tribe or band has enough money to help another to any significant extent.

    Do you give up everything except the bare necessities to help out impoverished white people? Do you expect any other race to do this besides Natives?

    Even though Canadians have this wonderful reputation as kind caring people, there is a lot of racism toward the Native people there.

    In the United States in 2012, the total budget for Indian Affairs amounted to about $2.5 billion.

    Oil subsidies are over 4 billion dollars.

    We are not are own worst enemies and more than Black people or Hispanic people are their own worst enemies.
    That is a ridiculous statement.

    more later...

    ~*-:¦:-jennybravo-:¦:-*~

    by jennybravo on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:56:04 PM PST

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    •  So very sorry.... (0+ / 0-)

      As I said, I agree with the statement as it pertains to the United States.  Aboriginal groups in the US have been very poorly treated.  

      But, this hasn't been my experience in the interior of B.C.

      Here I live in a town that is almost entirely on Cree land.  There are many different Cree nations (bands) here.  Some are larger than the others.  Those with more resources, horde them.  Those with few resources, are pushed to the margins of prostitution, alcohol and poverty.

      They don't even reach out to help their own people here.

      Those who avail themselves of opportunities are considered "traitors" to their race.

      I am sympathetic to people who want to live better lives and who do not have opportunities to do so.

      I have less sympathy for those who are given opportunities and reject them.

      Like it or not, we live in a world that requires we be educated to certain standards.  If you refuse to accept that and want to just sit around all day watching the clouds go buy, then you have made a choice to accept that you will have no job.

    •  Good gawd (9+ / 0-)
      In the United States in 2012, the total budget for Indian Affairs amounted to about $2.5 billion.

      Oil subsidies are over 4 billion dollars.

      Talk about twisted priorities.  This is despicable.

      I was a peripheral visionary. I could see the future, but only way off to the side. ~ Steven Wright

      by Bugsby on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 02:30:21 PM PST

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