now we are all Indians. many proud Americans brought up on the false history pushed in our schools scoff at the tragic state of Native Americans as a group of people once truly proud people in the US. Many don't know, remember or care about the Trail of Tears, systematically broken treaties, and all the other steps in the attempted genocide of a people. It has recently been found that the government has failed to pay to the Native American Individual Trust accounts on an order of $300 Billion, leaving native Americans in poverty and sickness while Oil Rigs and lumber operations run in their leased land that the government was to manage. Now the native Americans have joined in a class action suit and one 2 milestone decisions showing that the government failed to provide accounting of the money and that the native Americans are due compound interest for the unpaid funds. With the help of senator McCain, they are close to arriving at a settlement with the government for $27.5 billion. I wonder where that money will come from .. taxes perhaps? I sure as hell hope it isn't in blankets or government bonds! But now after the theft of the Native American lands the supreme court is allowing state governments to steal your home! They call it eminent domain but it has been upheld that if it is deemed as benefiting the greater good and more revenue for the municipality a state or city government can take private property to transfer to another private interest irregardless of blight.
As O'Connor wrote: "Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. ..The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms."
She was joined in her opinion by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, as well as Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. These days make strange bedfellows