AUGUST 1, 2000 The following is the Republican Party's platform on Native Americans. The federal government has a special responsibility, ethical and legal, to make the American dream accessible to Native Americans. Unfortunately, the resources that the United States holds in trust for them, financial and otherwise, have been misused and abused. While many tribes have become energetic participants in the mainstream of American life, the serious social ills afflicting some reservations have been worsened by decades of mismanagement from Washington. In its place, we offer these guiding principles:
- Tribal governments are best situated to gauge the needs of their communities and members.
- Political self-determination and economic self-sufficiency are twin pillars of an effective Indian policy.
- Private sector initiatives, rather than public assistance, can best improve material conditions in Indian communities.
- High taxes and unreasonable regulations stifle new and expanded businesses and thwart the creation of job opportunities and prosperity.
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