Opinion: Quit being sovereign and just become Americans

"I have become concerned because of recent developments where our Sovereign Nation neighbors are taking profits from their gaming business and going into competition with non-sovereign nation businesses. If we can't compete with our sovereign neighbors in the gaming business, how can they, by law, compete with non-tribal citizens in non-gaming business?

As is too often the case, the problem lies squarely at the feet of our federal government. "Washington" allowed sovereign nations to remain within our borders long after the "Indian Wars" were over. Now, we "allow" these people a portion of our taxes and ask nothing in return. Our sovereign neighbors, like many who receive money for nothing, begin to think they have dominion. Our sovereign neighbors have all the rights we do plus extra rights as a sovereign nation. Sounds kinda' like Congress.

Disenrollment, really? Are they going to deport their disenrolled members from the sovereign nation? What's to become of them? Where will they go? Are they to become simply Americans like the rest of us or do they have to immigrate? How sad."

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