First off Atleo is one of the more moderate Chiefs. He's not all about the status quo. He doesn't run his reserve like his own personal little fiefdom. It's got nothing to do with education on the part of the guilty Chiefs involved and everything to do with greed brought on by autonomy.<quoted text>
What the hell man? Sean Atleo, the Grand Chief before him, and most of the other native leaders are business people, lawyers, college professors, accountants, etc. They are supposed to make good money. A lawyer charges clients $200 plus per hour, about the same price of an escort for a good shag for 1 hour. How can these chiefs be broke? Where did their money go?
It's much like any other situation with a govt. Some actually do try to do their best, some are just corrupt.
There are many reserves in Canada where the money is well spent. Some are even quite independent, operating profitable industries that are entirely band owned.
Unfortunately, even some of them aren't good examples. One of the big noises within INM is more say on environmental issues. I dunno about in the US but for decades up here the left has been REALLY pushing this whole "guardians of the environment" mysique about the FNs.
A few years back, salmon fishing on the West Coast was temporarily halted because of shrinking stocks. This meant ALL fishing. However, the Natives in the area argued that they relied on the salmon for survival. So being naive, the govt permitted them to keep fishing salmon. Problem was, it was a COMMERCIAL fishing venture, something that wasn't intended to be allowed as one of the other commercial fishing boats could fish salmon.
There have been similar instances where temporary bans on hunting certain animals didn't include the FNs, so they continued exploiting the animals for commercial gain. They didn't give a shit about the environment as long as they could keep making money.
The BIGGEST hurdle for any FN with a brain is realizing that the moment they dare to suggest that not all of the problems lay outside of the Native community, they'll be labelled an "apple" by the peanut gallery.
So even when the moderates do speak up, they're drowned out by racist rhetoric.
And charicatures like Spence are a symbol of a problem that's far too rampant in the First Nations' hierarchy.