Thursday, March 02, 2006

they don't all have casino wealth

It's kind of pathetic that Native American tribes have to now lobby to counter the new image that all of them are rolling in casino riches. I've visited reservations in South Dakota and New Mexico, and it clearly isn't the case. I've seen the situation described by Chester Carl and not just on Navajo reservations.
Chester Carl , chairman of NAIHC and executive director of the Navajo Housing Authority, and tribal housing leaders yesterday talked about overcrowded living conditions, substandard housing, lack of adequate heating and clean water, and isolated conditions.
And the de facto Bush administration wants to zero-out funding for the National American Indian Housing Council. Clearly, American Indians need to find some oil to get any traction with this administration.