User talk:Ken Conklin

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Indian law commentary moved out of Isn't the Morgan Report racist?

Indian law is based on negative stereotypes which many Indian groups seem eager to embrace

The laws of the United States governing Indian tribes today are based on negative stereotypes from the same period of time as the Morgan Report. One stereotype is that Indians are of inferior intelligence and childlike; therefore they need a paternalistic Bureau of Indian Affairs to protect them and hold their money and land in trust for them as wards of the government. Indian tribes cannot be trusted to own land because they're likely to sell it for a pittance and squander the proceeds on liquor or trinkets; and non-Indians are prohibited from buying tribal lands without the express permission of Congress, for fear those ignorant savages will be taken advantage of. How ironic it is that hundreds of Indian groups are seeking federal recognition because they strongly desire to be treated in accord with such demeaning stereotypes!