Yes, and it would be funny if it weren't so sad:
The US "annexation" of native American land has resulted in once proud tribes such as the Lakota becoming mere "facsimiles of white people," said Means.I'm going to say something a little politically incorrect because it needs to be said.
Oppression at the hands of the US government has taken its toll on the Lakota, whose men have one of the shortest life expectancies -- less than 44 years -- in the world.
Lakota teen suicides are 150 percent above the norm for the United States; infant mortality is five times higher than the US average; and unemployment is rife, according to the Lakota freedom movement's website.
American Indians are by far the worst off minority in the United States. And it's not because of U.S. government oppression, at least not in the last several decades. And it's not because they are a minority, it's because of their reservations and the culture they maintain on those reservations. No, not their proud heritage and ancient traditions, it's their complacency on those reservations --getting that check, the free truck, and the free housing from the tribe. What's the point of work if your basic needs are covered? With all that free time those energetic adolescents are hardly aching to brush up on their algebra. Same for the 20-somethings. That's why you don't find liquor stores on reservations, it's hard enough keeping bored kids out of trouble.
If the American Indians truly wanted to help out their people, they would rid themselves of reservations and its accompanying lifestyle by ending the dependency they've maintained; they would cut off the handouts. They would fully integrate with the real world --the U.S. and global economy.
But don't hold your breath.