Blogger Lori Potter has a nice piece on what's happened to the Mashantucket Pequot and how they all bear responsibility. It's a story that will fit many California tribes. Take a look
Perhaps the most tragic outcome of this entire experience would be to purposely ignore how and why certain decisions were made that inevitably brought us to the place we are today. How does one tiny community – known for extravagant wealth – now find itself reeling from an enormous debt, bringing them back to “square one” after twenty years of exorbitant spending?
We need to face the truth:
The truth of every decision made out of rivalry and envy.
The truth about striving and contending for what we believed was our “fair” share.
The truth of wanting to have ownership of things we could never truly own.
The truth of wanting to be in complete control.
The truth of allowing outsiders to take control.
The truth of being afraid to speak out and risk being labeled “troublemaker”.
The truth of wanting to be the center of attention – to be admired, noticed, or celebrated.
The truth of feeling entitled; gaining something at the detriment of others that was never earned.
The truth of saying “yes” to anything that might preserve one’s wealth or position.
The truth of the illusion of unity rather than building authentic unity.
Read the rest of Lori’s post here