Essay on Reparations for Native Americans

1881 Words Nov 18th, 2010 8 Pages
Collin Brooke
Term paper
Native American Reparations: Pro or Con?
The subject of paying some sort of reparations to Native Americans is a hot topic, and views range from the popular Fox News commentator Glen Beck who is very against reparations to the University of Colorado former Professor, Ward Churchill who is for reparations. President Obama himself has also put of his input on the topic with speeches both during the Presidential campaign and after his Inauguration. This paper seeks to present both sides of the argument and conclude with my own views of this issue.
“It has been said that America will never be right until they right themselves with the American Indian. America must now seize this historic opportunity to
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The Native Americans have already been the outcasts of American since the first European stepped foot on this land. The want the same rites that all other American citizens have.
In summary, to make the critical investments necessary to improve all facets of Native American life would be a true form of reparations that would not only benefit individuals living on reservations, but our American society as a whole.
The Case “Against” Reparations
The case against reparations main argument is that this nation has already done enough and granted the Native American special rights. Native Americans do live on their own lands (reservations); are self-governed (Indian Sovereignty); and while the government does not specifically give them money, because they are self-governed, they are not subject to the same tax laws as other US citizens. Also, many tribes have opened their own "casinos", called "Indian Gaming Centers" on their reservations, which bring in millions of tax-free dollars of money for some tribes. These are special rights that many Americans do have that non-Natives do not. Isn’t this a sufficient form of reparations?
The notion that current generations should pay for what their ancestors may or may not have participated in, is absurd. Reasonable economic valuation is not possible. How would you possibly calculate any form of reparations, the argument goes.
Nearly every tribe and nation on earth