November 12, 2006

Critic befuddled by sovereignty

Sovereign nations are just Indians organized into organizations

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Oh, wow, writerfella just LOVES ostensibly informed idiocy such as was exemplified in this enraged article. Poor baby! A patent attorney tries to take on the real world and endeavors to tell the rest of us that he has found the better mousetrap.
One, his major sin in writerfella's eyes, is that he misspells 'ads' as 'adds'. Two, he says that gambling benefit for the public 'would be the same regardless who owned the gambling casinos.' Of course he must be in possession of records that show how much casinos in Nevada and New Jersey have benefitted the public in the other 48 states.
Three, he says that "Indians claim separate 'nation' status when it suits them'. Just which Native tribes does he know of who deny such status also when it suits them?
"And rights of American citizens when they think it is helpful for some purpose'. Besides being vague, he apparently does not know that 'the blanket laws' of 1920 and 1921 declared Natives as being US citizens, whether or not they wanted it.
And he completely avoids discussing state compacts with Native tribes that result in the payment of casino income percentages to the state as a result of the compacts.
And the he says that because Natives have ancestors who go back in time, they should be no different from other Americans who also have ancestors who go back into time. Yeah, if somehow 500 years compares favorably with 20,000 years at the least estimate American scientists will allow.
His worst flight of ignorance is that the "billions" of dollars of casino income benefit "several thousand Indians" and have they not then become affluent enough in one single year? The census says there are 4 million Natives in the US including Alaska, but only certain tribes operate casinos. There is no benefit or per capita distribution of profits to people in tribes that do not operate casinos.
BUT he is right in one particular aspect: tribal individuals have become enriched and empowered because of tribal casino incomes. Just look at the Oneidas and the Cheyenne-Arapaho and the Pequots, among others.
It reminds me of the Monty Python skit about the penguin on top of the television set. "Perhaps it came from the zoo?" "Which zoo?" "How should I know which zoo, I'm not Dr. bloody Bronowski!" "Who's he?" "He's a man who knows everything!" "Hmm, I wouldn't like that, it would take all the mystery out of life. Anyway, you can't stamp it with 'Property of the zoo'! You can't stamp a huge lion!" "They stamp them when they're small, or when they molt." "Lions don't molt!" "No, but penguins do. There, I've run rings around you logically!" "INTERCOURSE the penguin!"
Which is a lot more logical (and entertaining) than Mr. Casino Castigator ever could have been. Ah, college educations, you just can't hope to find them in your next box of Cracker Jack...
All Best
Russ Bates