Skip to comments.Liberals Gamble Away Indians' Future
Posted on 05/18/2004 8:44:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Washington has continued its blind policy of selling American Indian rights out to non-Indians during the 21st century. Most recently, the nations government has stepped on tribal rights to make room for the corrupt Indian casino business.
I said as much at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, May 12, I was invited to speak to leaders of Citizens Equal Rights Alliance, United Property Owners, Upstate Citizens for Equality, and One Nation. These organizations represent over a quarter of a million Americans citizens who have personally lost money, property, business, and basic civil rights as the result of aggressions by the Indian casino industry. (Not to mention the income counties and states lose to tax-exempt Indian casino business.)
As an American Indian, a Comanche from Oklahoma, I care about the public image of the Indian. I value being Indian. Though my tribe isnt guilty of encroachment on anyones rights, it is a vital concern to me that, nationally, the Indian casino industry is destroying the pride and meaning of being Indian.
I therefore have a stake in the cause of these American citizens organizations that met in Washington. Ive called myself an American Indian patriot since I began writing as a FrontPageMagazine columnist, speaking for Young Americas Foundation, and managing my own website, BadEagle.com. Therefore these citizens organizations called me to Washington to talk with them, and to them. I wanted to know how they really feel, and what their real goals are.
Of course, most Indian leaders regard these organizations as the enemy, especially those Indian leaders involved in the casino industry. CERA is serious threat. This group has a history of attacking tribes, said David Simmons, Director of Policy and Research for the National Indian Child Welfare Association. In a typically anonymous and inflamatory editorial in Indian Country Today, all these groups are called anti-Indian organizations, and hate groups, focused on destroying the bases of Indian sovereignty on the basis of United States law.
But these groups are not anti-Indian. They are anti-casino.
Theyre against the federal government forcibly setting up a casino in their face when they didnt want it. Theyre offended that the federal government shows preference to syndicated contractors and managers, morally crippled politicians, and a handful of criminally-minded tribal leaders instead of honoring the rights of honest American people. They feel betrayed when federal government completely denies the very idea of equal protection under the law, and suspends the whole concept of private land ownership.
These citizens organizations are against the idea that through this syndicated, politically corrupt gambling industry, irresponsible Indian leaders suddenly acquire land and have power and jurisdiction over American citizens who have owned and developed that same land for generations, and have paid taxes on their lands, properties, and businesses for decades.
They are against the idea that their rights as American citizens should be taken from them, and that the federal government should declare them foreigners on what was their own land.
Indeed, they dont want what happened to Indians to happen to them!
And why should they? Its their people that created America, not Indians. Only a diabolically self-righteous liberal politician would take America out of the hands that created it, and give it to those who either lost it, or never had anything to do with it.
But this is whats happening. Its really an internal war, not between Indians and whites, but between whites and other whites. It is a desperate power struggle, and Indians are being used by liberals as the arrowhead to strike deep into the heart of American values.
Yet the white blood flowing is the purest Ive ever seen. These citizens I met in Washington have no resentment towards Indians. There wasnt the slightest trace of animosity, nor a hint of anger or racism toward Indians
I heard rather a noble cry for America, a heartfelt prayer for the country.
That set my heart aflame. I was proud of them. I was proud to be with them. In a way, I was proud that Indians are the catalyst of a fundamental American reformation.
Casinos are ruining Indian country and America. Casino politicians and businessmen are the ones who are anti-Indian and anti-American. Skip Hayward and his Mashantucket-Pequot Casino club for Negroes have done more damage to Indian Country than Christopher Columbus ever imagined. The black Indians have made the very claim to be Indian a joke. And their casino precedent has spawned more social disease in America than pox-infected blankets.
Dr. David A. Yeagley is a published scholar, professionally recorded composer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies. He's on the speakers list of Young America's Foundation. E-mail him at email@example.com. View his website at http://www.badeagle.com.
I live in SE Ok, am married to a Chickasaw and am father to 4 tribe members. The Indian "casinos" seem to be more than welcomed by nearly all of the non-indian residents in this area that I come across. They have brought a lot of money and jobs to this area, with the vast majority of the dollars coming from Dallas- Fort Worth. This part of the country is booming largely because of the tribes. Unemplyment is below 2% in this county and construction of all kinds is booming. Just don't see the problem here.
This is so true. My fellow citizens and I are being held hostage here in Santa Ynez by the Chumash Tribe. If anyone dares criticize the casino they are accused of racism. The Casino has literally destroyed our beautiful rural valley. And it is a steamroller. There is no way to stop it.
Please re-read the article in full
We live in a beautiful little valley. Now there is a HUGE cement building sitting at the enterance. The tribe does not have to adhere to local zoning or building laws. They do not have to pay taxes.Our little rural roads are congested with city folks coming in to gamble. Crime has sky-rocketed. For the first time we must chain down our lawn decorations and lock our cars in front of our homes. We have bums walking around town.
There is also a problem because our casino also has restaurants and a hotel, neither of which have to pay taxes so other hotels and eating establishments cannot compete.
As for creating jobs, we live in Santa Barbara County and the jobs offered by the Chumash average about $9.00 per hour. If you don't believe me, visit their web page. No one living here can afford a job like that so most of the employees are bussed in from Lompoc and Santa Maria. Just more traffic and more pollution, all because of the Casino.
They typically don't pay state income tax, but must pay federal, fica, etc.
"typically"? If they work off the rez they most certainly do pay state taxes.
And "typically", most work off the rez.
Having seen the lifestyle of the tribes in Southern AZ before the casinos and after I think anybody that's anti-Indian casino is just dumb. There might have been more "pride" in them before the casinos but they were the poorest people in the state. Pride isn't very good at fixing your roof or putting food on the table.
"...nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."
If the contention above is true, than why do not the "American citizens" exert their rights?
Because it's more than likely another example of people who, having had problems, blame others for their misfortunes rather than admitting they made mistakes.
I could be wrong, though.
May 6, 2004
Trump Named In Inquiry On Financing Indian Groups
Donald Trump and other major casino investors have quietly spent tens of millions of dollars to help Indian groups in Connecticut finance campaigns aimed at winning federal recognition as Indian tribes, according to testimony on Wednesday before a House committee.
The disclosure, made before the House Committee on Government Reform, gets to the heart of a major concern of critics who say private investors like Mr. Trump are bankrolling the efforts of would-be tribes in the hopes of grabbing a share of the Indian gambling industry. Federal tribal recognition allows Indian tribes to build casinos.
The most detailed testimony about the partnerships between private investors and would-be tribes came from Jeff Benedict, the founder of the Connecticut Alliance Against Casino Expansion, a nonprofit group made up of citizens, civic leaders and businesses.
Mr. Benedict testified that four major financiers, including Mr. Trump, had spent nearly $35 million in Connecticut alone helping several groups win tribal recognition from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Arguing that the situation in Connecticut is part of a larger pattern of abuse, he cited statistics showing that 291 groups nationwide are seeking federal recognition as tribes and that an estimated two-thirds of them have entered private deals with investors who want a cut of the $15 billion that is wagered annually in Indian-run casinos.
But Lyle Berman, whose company has spent about $4 million in helping the Nipmuc Nation in Connecticut petition for federal tribal recognition, offered no apologies for trying to become the tribe's partner in any future casino operation.
Moreover, he said that his company was performing a valuable service by helping the Nipmucs pay for the expensive legion of historians, lobbyists and lawyers they need to help them navigate the complex tribal-recognition process.
Mr. Shays said that Mr. Trump and Tom Wilmot, a shopping mall developer who is a partner of the Golden Hill Paugussett, a would-be tribe based in Trumbull, Conn., had declined invitations to appear before the committee. He said that in light of the testimony that was given yesterday, the committee would press for the two men, along with other investors bankrolling would-be tribes in Connecticut, to appear.
''These are huge numbers,'' Mr. Shays said. ''We need to know what this money was spent on, and we are going to find out.''
Other speakers at the hearing included Richard Blumenthal, the attorney general of Connecticut who is leading an effort to overturn the federal government's recent recognition of three tribes in his state. Mr. Blumenthal expressed concern that private investors who are bankrolling would-be tribes are having an ''undue influence'' on the recognition process.
Mr. Blumenthal and others who appeared before the committee also called on the federal government to require private investors to disclose, among other things, the amount of money they spend on behalf of groups seeking tribal recognition.
Critics of the industry, in and outside government, have long complained that neither the would-be tribes nor the private investors who back them are required to disclose such information.
''If this committee does nothing more than implement rules of disclosure, it will have made a tremendous contribution,'' Mr. Blumenthal said in his testimony. In his testimony, Mr. Benedict said the major investors in Connecticut included Mr. Trump, who spent about $9.1 million helping the Eastern Pequots; Mr. Wilmot, the shopping mall developer who invested at least $10 million assisting the Golden Hill Paugussett, a group based in Trumbull; and Frederick A. DeLuca, the founder of the Subway restaurant chain, who also invested $10 million in the Golden Hill Paugussett.
But Mr. Reardon, the lawyer for Mr. Trump, said his client had been open about his work with the Indians. ''Neither Mr. Trump nor his organization has hidden the fact that they have supported this tribe.''-end-
FYI - in 2002, the leader of the Golden Hill Paugussett 'tribe' signed an greement with Bridgeport city council leaders that would give the group 300 acres of land in Bridgeport along I-95 to build a casino complex. The agreement was/is contingent upon the group's Federal Recognition. In exchange for the 300 acres, the group would agree not to file land claims on 750,000 acres in Connecticut - approximately 1/4 of the total land mass in the state including the entirety of Fairfield County, New Haven County and Litchfield county.
Some traffic impact studies have been conducted to determine how I-95 and Rte 15 would handle having a casino (or more than one since there are many 'tribes' vying for the same real estate)the size of Foxwoods or the slightly smaller Mohegan Sun built in Bridgeport along what is one of the most heavily-travelled stretches of I-95. You can view one of the studies at: www.swrpa.org/pdf_files/CasinoFinalReport.pdf
All told, I-95 is barely able to sustain current traffic and is already the main artery to the two casinos further up the coast. As it is a major trucking artery to points north of NYC and the Port of Newark, citing a casino in Bridgeport has the potential to be devastating well beyond .
My reference is specifically the Indian-owned casinos.
Did and was less than clear in my response. My only intent was to point out that the Indian casino problem isn't neccesarily a problem everywhere it is in existence. The tribes in this area (Chickasaw and Choctaw) have been paying property and sales taxes voluntarily. The problem is that this gives them a lot of influence in the local and state political process because they are not neccesarily required to make those payments and will point that out on occasion. Speaking only for what I know, and don't dispute others experience.
Fair enough. However, the casinos themselves are essentially government-owned and run "businesses". In theory, the Indians have sovereignty, which means that as a seperate government they don't owe the state squat. And more power to them for that. The fact that they enter into compacts with the states and pay the state percentages of the profits should be viewed as being to their credit, imho.
The individual employees, though, DO pay the same payroll taxes and such athat you or I do.
Good, because that's how it is supposed to be. Tell ya what - instead of bitching that others may pay less in taxes in some instances, why not fight for lower taxes for everyone?
Why can't I own a casino ?
What's stopping you? The state? So demand change.
I don't begrudge anyone's income. I don't like it that there are several classes of American citizenship.
Even if those classes are there because of our Constitution? Heck, at that point Indians were not citizens - it wasn't until sometime after WWI were we given citizenship (and it was mainly awarded because of how Indians served in WWI and such...).
However, the "classes" only exist because of the Constitution, and the federal treaties drawn up (pre-citizenship) based on that document...
I suppose if one were inclined one could try for a constitutional amendement to change it. :0)
They do not have to pay taxes.
There are certainly many taxes other businesses must pay which Indian businesses on "Tribal" lands DO NOT PAY.
I believe that property taxes to the respective city/county is just one item.
Payroll taxes must be adherred to IF the employee lives "OFF THE RESERVATION".
Income taxes to each state is a different issue. Each state is trying to set up their own deal.
Normal building permits, adherance to zoning, etc., falls by the wayside, as this land is now considered "Tribal lands", even if recently purchased for the sole purpose of building a casino.
Until you have had one of these monsters shoved down your throat, don't be so ignorant of the problems they drag along with the "new jobs".
Bottom line- If YOU want to build a casino, YOU WILL pay permits, go thru enviro inspections hoops, have to hire (sometimes) employees at a wage that matches local union rates, workmen's comp, insurance, and on and on and on. The regular business CANNOT compete with the "Indian" business on the same level playing field. The level playing field doesn't exist when "Indian" businesses are concerned.
Why can't I own a casino ?
There is actually a casino here is Calif that is owned by a "tribe" which consists of exactly ONE member. Not very close to the Webster's definition of a TRIBE which I grew up learning.
As soon as you can show me, constitutionally, where the states have ANY authority over tribal lands, businesses etc... then I'll agree with you.
Until then, suck it up and get over it.
I'd like to see documentation on that, because personally I think you are full of crap - any tribe that had one member would have long ago lost recognition and been considered an extinct tribe.
Now, post proof.
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