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Is the White Culture the Right Culture?

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Tuesday Night's 6:30 Point Of View topic was all about the Native American culture. Host Chris Berg started the show by asking how did Native Americans go from one of the most industrious people on the planet to one of the ghost-government-enabled peoples of the Americas?

Native Americans have the highest poverty rate and unemployment rate in the nation. On North Dakota's Standing Rock reservation, over 40% of the people right now live in poverty on that reservation. The Spirit Lake reservation recently experienced unemployment rates over 40% as well.  The three affiliated tribes experiencing the exact same thing, until they saw massive up tick in jobs thanks for to the oil and gas industry in north Dakota.

According to a recent study, Native Americans have a higher rate of alcoholism than any other ethnic group in America. Also Native American suicide rates are as much as 10 times higher than other populations in the U.S.

Joining Chris Berg to answer the question was  the longest serving three Affiliated Tribal Chairman Tex Hall and Spirit Lake nation member and sister to tribal chairman Molly McDonald.

Below are some excerpts of the conversation that occurred on Wednesday's show. You can watch the discussion in its entirety by clicking the video above.

Berg: Your thoughts on how did Native Americans go from being one of the most self-sufficient people ever on the planet to being highly enabled by the U.S. Government?

Hall: Well, Chris, that's a great question. It is true. A couple hundred years ago, you know, we were totally self-sufficient. And I know that our tribes, we grew up along the bottom lands of the Missouri river. When President Jefferson said to Lewis and Clark the secret of your mission is to spend winters with the Mandan and Rickaree Indians because they have a huge economic base built several hundred years ago. We were bigger than the city of St. Louis.


6:30 Point of View is an interactive and controversial opinion-oriented talk show on KXJB (Channel 4) in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota.

 

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