The Government of the United States has a long history of trying to destroy the Sioux Indians, and the Sioux have a long history of resistance. As Oglala Sioux Tribe president John Steele reports, the latest attack on the Sioux by the US comes in the form of the IRS, which, contrary to domestic and international law, is attempting to tax tribal benefits like housing, health and education.
While those of us outside Indian country gird ourselves for US Government attacks on our benefits like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, we can take a lesson from the Sioux on resilience and determination in fighting the corruption of the American republic. The time may not be far off when seniors and the disabled will have to join Native Americans in defending democracy in this country.
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