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Indian economic success hurts non Indians

Over the years newspapers in the 35 states in which Indian tribes are located often have carried articles and editorials complaining about special rights and so-called “economic advantages” of Indians. The basis of some of these articles is blatant racism and prejudice. But mostly the remarks are due to ignorance about American history and law, as well as the real economic impact that tribes have on the local economy. History has proved over and over again that while Indian economies are fragile, they provide important fuel for the regional economy. Said another way, the region would suffer economically if the tribes were not there, or if they were there as “individuals” without the benefits of the federal-Indian trust relationship.

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