By TIM GIAGO
Condensed by Native Village
FACT: Many reservations in the west are isolated from the mainstream. Their casinos are barely surviving, and tribes struggle to keep their doors open. Closing them down would mean the loss of jobs, which are rare on Indian reservations.
MYTH: Indians get monthly checks from the government.
FACT: Indians only receive the same government checks as non Indians: social security, retirement. or welfare.
FACT: Every paycheck issued to an American Indian has all of the usual taxes taken from it. If items are purchased off the reservation, not one penny comes back to the rez.
Like all Americans, Indians struggle for the few scholarships available to them. It is the 30 Indian colleges scattered throughout the reservations which provide the opportunity for a higher education.
FACT: This is not charity, but an obligation. It is payment for the millions of acres of land written into treaties between sovereign nations.