Along with or in some cases instead of investing tribal monies into gaming, why not invest in our tribes futures, by investing in (often most quoted) our “most valuable resource, our children/students.”
Many TEDs/Indian Educators are aware of the great needs but few are able to convince tribal leadership and tribal membership that an investment in our children will have greater returns than any of the current per capita distributions and some of the short lived limited tribal services.
Our tribal educators need courage and encouragement to go against the grain of status quo tribal policies. Our tribes have become too dependent on external funding (from Head Start to College Scholarships) to serve our tribal members when they need funding and support.
Here is a great article on why it is so important to invest more in our education.
Quinton Roman Nose, Exe Dir