Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Condition. Discussion »
Congress returns to Washington today after being off for five weeks.
Congress should be greeted with letters, emails and faxes by American Indians from across Indian country proclaiming our dismay that Congress has allowed several tax incentives designed to attract private development and jobs in Indian country to expire. Still others are slated to expire unless Congress acts.
American Indians from across Indian country proclaiming our dismay.
Here is a list that should be brought to the representatives and senators about this unfinished business that greatly negatively impacts Indian country:
Unless these tax incentives are extended, tribal governments' ability to attract private capital and create new jobs for tribal members and neighboring communities will be greatly diminished.
Large reservations, such as the Navajo Nation and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, year after year report more than half of their citizens are unemployed. On some smaller reservations, over 80 percent of their tribal residents are unemployed.
Indian country needs the tax incentives to attract private capital and jobs.
In a Guest Commentary published by this publication last Friday, Attorney Gabriel Galanda writes:
“Indian country must speak out against the expiration of federal Indian country tax incentives, and about being marginalized by both parties in the national tax policy debate. If politicians really care about the Native vote and the well-being of Indians, they should put their money where their mouths are, in the form of federal and other tax relief for Indian country.”
The Native News Network concurs with Galanda. Please forward this Commentary on to your representative and senators today.
posted September 10, 2012 9:30 am edt