Native Americans need our help

Native Americans need our help

There are 17 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Dec 7, 2010, titled Native Americans need our help. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The Indian people of the Sioux Reservations are in desperate need of donations for propane stoves and propane.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Lowell Sun.

townie

Nashua, NH

#1 Dec 7, 2010
"I find it ironic that American Indians must depend for their very survival on a government that crushed them."

I get the irony but these Native Americans are not the same Native Americans who were "crushed" by our new, European style of government. The Native Americans who first encountered Europeans were not prepared for what was to come. They did not understand the concept of owning land. They considered land to be a comodity like air aand water. Its there. You use it.

The Native Americans of today understand our modern society. Unfortunately, many of them understand it well enough to figure out how to use government intitlements to propagate their dependency. As a group, they are at no more a disatvantage than any other ethnic group. According to the Constitution of the US, today's Native Americans are citizens of the US with all the rights and privaleges that come with it. They have all the same opportunities as anyone else. This much I know.

What I don't know is why so many of them prefer to live in poverty on the reservations rather than leave and make a better life for themselves. The fact that reservations still exist is more the fault of the Native Americans than it is the US government. Native Americans should abandon the reservations and assimilate themselves into modern society. They do not need to stay on a reservation to hold on to their native culture. Many ethnic groups in the US celebrate their own cultures while participating in modern society.

I think many Native Americans are more desparate for motivation to join up with modern society than they are of donations.
AIM

Mississauga, Canada

#2 Dec 7, 2010
Libertarian

Bedford, MA

#3 Dec 8, 2010
townie wrote:
"I find it ironic that American Indians must depend for their very survival on a government that crushed them."
I get the irony but these Native Americans are not the same Native Americans who were "crushed" by our new, European style of government. The Native Americans who first encountered Europeans were not prepared for what was to come. They did not understand the concept of owning land. They considered land to be a comodity like air aand water. Its there. You use it.
The Native Americans of today understand our modern society. Unfortunately, many of them understand it well enough to figure out how to use government intitlements to propagate their dependency. As a group, they are at no more a disatvantage than any other ethnic group. According to the Constitution of the US, today's Native Americans are citizens of the US with all the rights and privaleges that come with it. They have all the same opportunities as anyone else. This much I know.
What I don't know is why so many of them prefer to live in poverty on the reservations rather than leave and make a better life for themselves. The fact that reservations still exist is more the fault of the Native Americans than it is the US government. Native Americans should abandon the reservations and assimilate themselves into modern society. They do not need to stay on a reservation to hold on to their native culture. Many ethnic groups in the US celebrate their own cultures while participating in modern society.
I think many Native Americans are more desparate for motivation to join up with modern society than they are of donations.
Ever been to Mohegan Sun? or Foxwoods? WOW are you clueless.
Rob from Lowell

Charlestown, MA

#4 Dec 8, 2010
blah blah blah - we don't care lady we got our own problems and concerns to be worried about.

Every group who claims to be in need always expects everybody else to give give give.

Donate to this group, donate to that group, donate to this charity, donate to that charity.

NO! Enough is enough.
Why ask Why

Holden, MA

#5 Dec 8, 2010
Rob from Lowell wrote:
blah blah blah - we don't care lady we got our own problems and concerns to be worried about.
Every group who claims to be in need always expects everybody else to give give give.
Donate to this group, donate to that group, donate to this charity, donate to that charity.
NO! Enough is enough.
Well said!! poor people can be obnoxious at times but yet we are forced to tolerate them.
sad

Mississauga, Canada

#6 Dec 14, 2010
EGrimm

Cheyenne, WY

#7 Dec 14, 2010
Gee maybe they should not have ripped all the copper and other recyclable metals out of those nice houses the government (American tax payers) built for them!! NO one should have pity for anyone who create their own problems!!
sick of punks

Wellesley, MA

#8 Dec 15, 2010
What the heck are all the casinos around the country that these dolts run supposed to do? I thought that they were supposed to be a source of revenue that would prevent this from occuring. They want total independance from the rest of the country, UNTIL they want something.

“Indigenous”

Since: Feb 11

Sacred Land

#9 Jul 25, 2011
It's a shame that white folks post alot of trash. Truth is..is that their really low life scum of the earth.
Mr Krinkle

Easthampton, MA

#10 Jul 28, 2011
Sicangu Nation wrote:
It's a shame that white folks post alot of trash. Truth is..is that their really low life scum of the earth.
It's truly sad that most Americans cannot make the connection to what happened to our Native brothers and sisters and the direct correlation to todays so called real world. This man in the video below won my heart last fall. From myself who is part Cherokee to you, I wish you peace and love. Pahana is here, he found himself about a year or so ago after all these years of struggling and trying to figure out what is the cause of this dismal state of the world. He could not compete nor blend in with materiality even though he understood how important he really is. We should have lived the Indian way, the only way, through spirit and sustenance. May the purification period not take from you for you are true in your heart and mind. Big changes to come. May Konkachila shine over you my friend.
This man is a real hero!

“Indigenous”

Since: Feb 11

Sacred Land

#11 Jul 29, 2011
Mr Krinkle wrote:
<quoted text>
It's truly sad that most Americans cannot make the connection to what happened to our Native brothers and sisters and the direct correlation to todays so called real world. This man in the video below won my heart last fall. From myself who is part Cherokee to you, I wish you peace and love. Pahana is here, he found himself about a year or so ago after all these years of struggling and trying to figure out what is the cause of this dismal state of the world. He could not compete nor blend in with materiality even though he understood how important he really is. We should have lived the Indian way, the only way, through spirit and sustenance. May the purification period not take from you for you are true in your heart and mind. Big changes to come. May Konkachila shine over you my friend.
This man is a real hero!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =g7cylfQtkDgXX
Thankyou for your comments and the video. Peace :)
Little Blue Alien

Williamsburg, MA

#12 Jul 31, 2011
Redistribution of wealth cannot annex your ills America. Eisenhower and The Greys sold you all out thinking technology was the answer when all it has done is make everything expensive and kill the spirit within you. Technology has crippled Mother Earth and is making your world broke, don't you forget it. Destroying The Native American way has done this country and planet no favors as well. This is Hopi Land and it is the direct link and correlation of all that is wrong with your planet. I would have pity and sorrow for you America but I cannot feel. Can you?

“Indigenous”

Since: Feb 11

Sacred Land

#13 Jul 31, 2011
Little Blue Alien wrote:
Redistribution of wealth cannot annex your ills America. Eisenhower and The Greys sold you all out thinking technology was the answer when all it has done is make everything expensive and kill the spirit within you. Technology has crippled Mother Earth and is making your world broke, don't you forget it. Destroying The Native American way has done this country and planet no favors as well. This is Hopi Land and it is the direct link and correlation of all that is wrong with your planet. I would have pity and sorrow for you America but I cannot feel. Can you?
Yes I can feel the pain. And I hear what you are saying. Peace my freedom friend....

Since: Aug 11

Schaumburg, IL

#14 Aug 3, 2011
How much?

I mean, how much money do they need? How much is enough? What would be fair?

Native Americans get more money from the Federal government than any other ethnic group on the planet...yet they are the poorest. Didn't I recently hear about a multi-billion dollar Native American law suit settlement? What did I do to them? Why should I pay?

So I ask again, how much?

“Indigenous”

Since: Feb 11

Sacred Land

#15 Aug 3, 2011
BlackStack wrote:
How much?
I mean, how much money do they need? How much is enough? What would be fair?
Native Americans get more money from the Federal government than any other ethnic group on the planet...yet they are the poorest. Didn't I recently hear about a multi-billion dollar Native American law suit settlement? What did I do to them? Why should I pay?
So I ask again, how much?
Why don't you shut your dirty mouth and just be fluckin' quiet.

Since: Aug 11

United States

#16 Aug 3, 2011
Only if you can answer the question.

“Indigenous”

Since: Feb 11

Sacred Land

#17 Aug 3, 2011
BlackStack wrote:
Only if you can answer the question.
Shh...

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