The Loophole Economy Is No Jackpot for Indians
This is always the end run in socialism: poverty, and destitution.
More after the break.
When on long kayak expeditions up in the Inside Passage, it becomes clear there are three general property ownership regimes. The first is fee simply ownership with full utility hookups, these homes are beautiful, and well maintained. The second is probably fee simple but with no substantial access to utilities, these are mostly fishing shacks, or short weekend get-a-way shacks. They are maintained but old, and fairly rough. Then there are what the Canadians call First Nation lands. The homes here are communally owned. No matter how new, they look derelict, and ramshackle, often abandoned, frequently burned out, defaced, and vandalized. These are homes with prime ocean front views, full utilities, roads, and amenities. But they are not owned by the people who live in them, and so quickly fall into disrepair.
This is always shocking. All of the way up to the First Nation border the homes will be beautiful, and likely very valuable. But once the border is crossed, all of that ends. It becomes Detroit with slapdash constructed Ranch style homes, which are mostly abandoned.
"While a step in the right direction, these changes don’t go far enough. The entire scheme of holding land in trust for Indians needs to be re-examined. Economic progress cannot happen without property rights. American Indians must have the same rights and freedoms as all Americans."