Life on a Zuni Indian Reservation....
My friend is a High School teacher on an Indian Reservation in New Mexico.
The link below describes his experiences during this first year on the job.
He's been telling me about his students, their lifestyles, the suicide rate, the alcohol problems; I had no idea just how bleak their future really is.
I thought some of you may be interested in reading it, and I posted the link below.
an excerpt which raises some valid points....
"Obama got rid of Camp X-ray at Guantanamo Bay. If I had access to him, Iíd try to convince him to get rid of the reservation system next. This is the twenty-first century. A system devised to accommodate westward migration by white settlers during the last third of the nineteenth century hardly seems viable or worth perpetuating now. Blacks donít live huddled in former slave quarters across the South. Hispanics donít remain cloistered in rural sections of the Sunbelt picking fruit as in decades of yore. Consequently, these groups are visible to mainstream America and have made strides via their voting strength, increasing economic clout, and by generally assimilating into society. Meanwhile, Native Americans basically remain invisible to mainstream America, safely tucked away-often by their own choice-in the economic and aesthetic cesspool that is the Rez."