By Lizz Carroll
DiversityInc received seven comments from readers who said this had to be an error. We have researched Copeland’s statement, and spoken with her, and are issuing a correction. And we apologize for not checking the facts before airing the video.
For the record, Copeland did not intend to mislead anyone or further any stereotypes.
"My humble apologies to all if I misspoke,” she said. “I attended a conference in San Diego in 2006, which offered an off-site visit to a nearby tribal community. One of the speakers, who was a tribal leader, did use the $50,000 figure during his presentation, but I certainly should have verified the same before repeating the comment. I should have not left the impression that this practice was broadly applied."
So, one tribe...or "many of the young people." Money from gaming...or money from a 200-year-old treaty. That the well-educated Copeland misheard and misstated the facts shows the pervasiveness of the myth that Indians are unfairly rich from government handouts.
For more on the subject, see The Essential Facts About Indians Today.