A number of Twitterers are all atweet about a 1993 video that is making the rounds in which Trump argues with the Indian Affairs Committee about their discriminatory practice of giving unlimited gambling licenses to anyone claiming Native American tribal heritage, and most being exempt from taxation. If one looks at the various articles dating from that time frame, the consensus of the media was in agreement that this was an unfair, discriminatory practice that was being corrupted for fraudulent purposes by people claiming Native American heritage that was ‘questionable’.
Many Native American tribes are common, but today there are 572 federally recognized tribes in the US and hundreds more applications pending. Only half of those tribes are associated with reservations, and some tribes boast membership of just a couple hundred. Prior to 1970 when the Indian Affairs Committee was formed, over 20 states had zero Indian population whereas today that population magically now ‘exists’ and is privy to millions of dollars of subsidies and government entitlements.
For example the Ho-Chunk tribe claims membership of about 7000 Native Americans. They operate ‘SIX” casino’s, and own about 4600 acres of land – ‘in trust”, nontaxable. Not privileged? Not discriminatory?
The first Native American casino was established in Florida in the 1970’s by the Seminole Tribe and was recognized in a Supreme Court lawsuit in 1979 that stated the state had no jurisdiction to regulate the activities on a reservation. Nor could the state tax the profits.
The law states that Indians do not pay taxes on any revenue generated from land held in ‘trust’. In addition, given that ‘tribes’ act as separate and distinct governments, tax revenue is given to them, not the state or federal government. Therefore, when the gambling licenses became fodder, the enormous creed of corruption rose as well. As long as the ‘tribe’ is the licensee, the profits are not taxed.
Enter – mafia, cons, and frauds to manage ‘said property’.
Trump recognized this duplicity and took it to court. The number of ‘recognized Native America Tribes’ suddenly rose from a handful to nearly 600. Coincidence? Hardly.
It was this hypocrisy, this discrimination that Trump fought in the 1993 video that the left is going crazy about given his Pocahontas comment regarding the fake Native American – Elizabeth Warren. She, not Trump, corrupted and connived. She, not Trump manipulated and defrauded. And yet, the commentary would be about the ‘derogatory terminology’. Not the misappropriation of funds via false and misleading statements… aka, Elizabeth Warren.
In 2009, the revenue from Indian reservation gambling was estimated to be over $26.5 billion annually – not taxed. The actual number cannot be determined since it is non-reportable, but it is said to represent upwards of 43% of ALL gaming revenue in the US today! I’d say that deserved a Congressional hearing! Rather significant. But discussion – is not – politically correct, because the Native Americans are all, to this day, devout victims and we are all, to this day, perpetrators of the most vile. What seems to elude the perpetrator victimhood is that this would mean that every EU citizen is also responsible since our ancestry is predominantly from the EU. Oddly, despite this fact, Europeans instead chastise Americans as though this ancestry does not exist… they exclude themselves, although they are us according to genealogy and thus are the core perpetrators.
IN 1993, the year that Trump’s video was made, the New York Times was vocal about the heinous evolution of the gambling initiatives that were so discriminatory and hypocritical, stating in fact that “Indian tribes that have taken advantage of the law have found it to be highly profitable.”
The NY Times goes on to delve into the discrepancy in attempting to determine if in fact a person or persons, or ‘tribe’ is in fact legitimate stating that records of identity are difficult if not incomplete, if not impossible to verify.
Which might explain why and how Warren was able to con her heritage, which was subsequently proven to be faked.
Why is it so important?
Because, the Federal government and the state governments have adopted rather largess subsidies and monetary awards for those who thus identify. And of course, no one would dare take advantage of those ‘awards’, ever…
FYI: Years ago while on a trek in Sante Fe with a girlfriend we bar hopped with a ‘Native American’ who confided that despite the fact that both his parents were well endowed physicians, making six figures each, because he was of the Native American percentage he was given; free college for eternity, free room and board, free monthly stipend, and more. When he decided one semester to take his ‘stipends’ and travel throughout Europe at our expense, once discovered, his wrists were slapped and he was told, “no, no, no, don’t do that again…” and put back into college for his 8-10th year.
IS THIS A PROBLEM? Yes. Is it a politically correct topic? Apparently NO.
What the 1993 video reveals is a failed government agenda that attempted to right a heinous wrong perpetrated centuries ago for which we are supposed to pay into eternity. What Trump attempted to expose – was The Swamp that had taken control of that legal glitch – aka, the mafia. And somehow – today, the story told is altered in the hopes that the 1993 media will be squelched…
But what is even more absurd about the entire hoopla is the fact that Elizabeth Warren’s actual heritage is Reed and Herring, both of which are rooted in English and German genealogy, both of which were instrumental in the wars against the Native Americans … therefore, she should be made to pay for the errs of her ancestors. Not to mention faking an identity to steal funds that could have been used by real Native Americans…