It's hard to make anything 'Aboriginal' anymore since everything has been commercialized only thing left is use of their own band logo to confirm that it's made by a Aboriginal otherwise, economic development on the 'rez' does take savvy and careful consideration to balance traditional values and provide gainful employment. It can be done but needs experience hands at the helm
Thank you very much! I have a lot of Cheyenne and other tribal blood in me and so I feel close to this subject and really regret that people are still stuck in the last century with their really racist comments sometimes. I think it is a social problem in the U.S. that people who are not educated about it, actually FEAR poverty - and then of course they have to accuse those who live in poverty of being lazy and no-good and on and on. They often say "I'm not asking for charity and I'm poor" and they miss the whole concept of charity. So allow me to just say that CHARITY when practiced from the heart is a gift that is given without being asked. It comes from our human compassion for others because we understand that everybody needs help sometimes. Helping others help themselves is the highest form of charity. We recognize someone has a need and we seek to fill it, even if we, ourselves, don't have much. In this way we feed our own spirits as well. It isn't about who has more or less, its about human abilities and human need. Its about feeling love for our fellow humans and understanding.
(stepping down from soap box now) Thanks for listening. I needed to remind myself that people who are insensitive are pretty needy in actuality!
Mega1 Bless you a thousand times for your true and compassionate reasoning. You have given my precise feelings and beliefs in your comment...only much more eloquently than I may be able to. When I see a real need, I never wait to be asked. More importantly, I prefer to give anonymously, because I don't believe giving from the heart requires recognition. It is quite simply, the thing we are meant to do.
@coutoure, because in certain areas the location and the funds the tribes are not that wealthy. A lot of them are in bad houses, have their children steal from them, don't have proper health care, or hospitals, or schools. Even transportation is limited. In some areas in my state yes there is reservations that are doing well. Again it has to do with location.
Hey fellow-hubbers.....Wes would like you to know that he is not intentionally absent nor ignoring this forum site. He has been banned once again, due to the actions of an ignorant & unstable individual. It appears this person has become involved with HP, particularly our forums, as a means of unloading inner turmoil caused by the demons of psychotic episodes. All we can do is hope the self-loathing and anger stage subsides in the near future. Thank you for understanding
Hattie - Thanks for the honest explanation. Sometimes on the forums, others assume the worst when we ask an honest question. My comment about 'owning their own land' was not meant to be sarcastic but a real perspective. It may not be the best land but it can't be taken away from them like ours can. (Not discounting history, let's talk about today).
I'm not taking sides, but I never understand why people would rather live without than take advantage of living within the rest of society. The answer I always come up with is that there must be something good there. Like the traditions they maintain. Whatever it is, it's now there choice. I also don't understand how it is that they are still without what they need. Can someone explain this?
ha ha, I would explain, but you'd have a whole research paper in a forum. Wish I still had my sources, but didn't keep them due to I graduated in August. I know if you looking under native american poverty, Native american poor, or homeless a bunch of stuff will show up. Here is one link I still have, but not sure if we're supposed to put any links in here. If not sorry! http://articles.cnn.com/2009-08-13/poli … M:POLITICS
Dear Wes ~ What a wonderful gesture to announce this project to the Hubpages family. Just as schools and classroom teachers request scraps and supplies to make successful projects, and textile lovers who have stashed away cupboard and closets filled with unused materials that can all go to a worthy cause.
I agree Mega, did a research paper on this, and the Government has made sure the Native Americans are taken care of, and suffer greatly. Hope one day they will be given more than what they deserve after what has been taken from them.
oh mean not take care of suffer greatly. They have many obstacles even if they do have their own government and council, I'm not allowed to promote my hubs on here, but I had written one some time in the summer on the topic, the research is all over the internet about how most native Americans are in poverty and welfare. Some of it is because of there own beliefs and how they feel towards our Government. The Government has not done them justice for the price they have paid since the beginning.
Long ago, NA peoples weren't allowed to leave the rez @ all cut off totally from the outside society till residential schools started up they learned what the nuns and staff of these places taught including abuse n they bring it back to their rez n teach THEIR kids, who also go to residential school n learn some more from nuns n staff, n so forth. A few generations later, what was truly learned? besides abuse n not allowed leave the rez this has to be overcome first hence all the talk about the 'healing journey'. does that help? if not, yes, google it, you'll find all sorts info. I think rez's need a mocassin telegraph again send stuff n news good job though, build awareness.