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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni View Post
    But what if they wish to continue to speak their first language,
    How would they be prevented from doing that without special legal treatment?
    honor cultural traditions,
    If the "cultural traditions" violate general laws (drug use, collecting eagle feathers, ritual torture of minors to point of pain-induced hallucinations) the laws should be rethought - either these things should be allowed for everyone or Indians should not be allowed to do them either. Indians and non-Indians should be equal before the law.

    live as a family group?
    How would they be prevented from doing that without special legal treatment?

    Why should they not be able to have what white people take for granted?
    No reason whatsoever. But if a "white" town (or a "black" one for that matter) becomes unsustainable because for example a mine that employed many people in the town closes, most people would lift anchor and move elsewhere. But Indian reservations enjoy special privileges regarding taxation, extra welfare etc. that artificially induces people to stay put. Easier to subsist on BLM largess than to move I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni View Post
    Native Americans are US citizens.


    In the US, one is allowed to retain dual citizenship. One can be a UScitizen and also have citizenship in say, France or Denmark. Is that ‘double dipping?’
    Not the same matter altogether, because Indian so-called "nations" are not treated like normal sovereign nations, because they really aren't.
    If you are dual US-French citizen you still pay taxes. You still have to follow all federal laws. You don't effectively get veto powers over infrastructure projects promised by a major-ish presidential candidate.

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    We wouldn't want apartheid now would we?

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    Canada has also treated first nations people horribly. I like the idea of offering them total independence. Or at least go mostly in that direction at a provincial/state level, as Nunavut has.

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    https://www.uaf.edu/tribal/112/unit_...tancsa1971.php
    Alaska may have found a better way.However,our history is much different than down south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    It'd be best just to do away with the reservations. Let the tribe divvy up the land to members. On the reservation there is no private land and you can live on government benefits. Shockomg, life is lousy. I wonder the comparison between those living on the reservation and those who left.
    There's also the issue of alcohol.

    In the Old World alcohol has been around for a long time, those who are especially susceptible removed themselves from the gene pool. The New World hasn't had that genetic weeding.

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    Why do NA need to be managed?

    Seems as if in these modern times they want to live in a bubble on reservations and have things taken care of.

    Here in the Seattle area a tribe took control, brought in investment and construction, and pulled itself up. If you live on a reservation removed from development then odds are you will be poor. Go to school and mainstream odds are you will make money.

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