When I first heard about the honor tax I was intrigued with the idea, but since: 1. I already pay federal and state taxes which a portion of are returned to tribal peoples in myriad ways, and 2. the place I was born and raised is being consumed by casinos which raise plenty of money (usually addicts' money), I don't really see the point of the tax.
To honor someone does not require a cash transaction, it's a state of being and living. People today idealize that it was all so much better before white people arrived, but they don't realize that tribes didn't always get along in a utopia. There is no perfect culture. Land and resource squabbles are common in every society. Until the area tribes can honor one another, and can come up with a map that they can agree on (since where I live I've heard opposite tribal viewpoints) I think we're all just a bunch of broken arrows.
May we put down our bows and really listen to one another. Then we need to learn to forgive each other, really forgive, and then find ways to move on in support of one another. Great Spirit help us all!
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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