The MORNING SUN has an editorial on Saginaw's decision to cut of per capita from their tribal felons.
We wrote about how Pechanga celebrates their child molesting felon:
http://www.originalpechanga.com/2010/03/pechanga-tribal-council-honors-man-who.html and they have more than their share of felons on their per capita list.
Kudos to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Council for its move to cut off killers, kidnappers, rapists and other felons from per-capita payments.
Most people off the reservation don’t understand the concept of per-cap, but it’s not hard. The Tribe is analogous to a huge, extended family. That family is in business.
The business enterprises – the casinos, the hotels, the restaurants, golf course, water park, real estate – could be considered family businesses. It’s obviously more complex than that, but that’s the basic principle. Per cap is a way for the Tribe to distribute the profits of Tribal business enterprises to the people who own them – the Tribal members.
Just like any other family, there are bad actors. A few Tribal members have committed horrible crimes. The federal court in Bay City and the Tribal court in Mt. Pleasant are far too busy.
No family has an obligation to support brothers, sisters or cousins who turn their backs on what’s right, who do evil things.
Likewise, the Tribe has no obligation to support evildoers.