Why Native Americans Can Legally Grow Pot

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To make up for centuries of abuse, the U.S. government gives preferential treatment to Native Americans when it can. A new law allowing them to grow and sell marijuana on reservations may help stimulate revenue, but is it enough?

Learn More:
Indian Affairs: Why Tribes Exist Today in the United States
http://www.bia.gov/FAQs/
“From 1778 to 1871, the United States’ relations with individual American Indian nations indigenous to what is now the U.S. were defined and conducted largely through the treaty-making process.”

One-In-Four Native Americans and Alaska Natives Are Living in Poverty
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/06/13/1-in-4-native-americans-and-alaska-natives-are-living-in-poverty/
“Native Americans have a higher poverty and unemployment rate when compared with the national average, but the rates are comparable to those of blacks and Hispanics.”

The Social and Economic Impact of Native American Casinos
http://www.nber.org/digest/feb03/w9198.html
“The negative changes include about a 10 percent increase in auto thefts, larceny, violent crime, and bankruptcy in counties four years after a casino has opened, and an increase in bankruptcies within 50 miles of a new casino.”

Myths and Stereotypes About Native Americans
http://webserv.jcu.edu/education/ed350//Myths%20and%20Stereotypes%20About%20Native%20Americans.pdf
“Most non-Indians don’t know a great deal about the first peoples of the Americas, Mr. Fleming avers. But what’s worse is that much of what they do “know” is wrong.”

Affordable Care Act a Hard Sell for Native Americans
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/15/stateline-obamacare-native-americans/2986747/

U.S. Department of the Interior: The Federal Trust Doctrine
http://www.doi.gov/pmb/cadr/programs/native/gtgworkshop/The-Federal-Trust-Doctrine.cfm

American Indian Tribes Free to Grow and Sell Pot – As Long as They Follow Federal Laws
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/11/indian-tribes-can-grow-and-sell-marijuana-on-lands

Watch More:
How Many Isolated Tribes Still Exist Today?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdqJBQgdFdA

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