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Robert Winner

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Name a large area of the United States that has no electricity, running water, or sewer, and still fights things like Bubonic Plague.

Electricity is a basic necessity in most people's lives but one that is considered a luxury on portions of the Navajo Nation. Across the 27,000 square-mile reservation that extends into Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, an estimated 15,000 homes do not have electricity and few have running water or sanitation.

Reservations are run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and have had billion dollar budgets for over a hundred years and yet the residents still live a 1800 lifestyle with no electricity, running water, or sanitation needs for many of the population. They still suffer from diseases that ravished Europe in the 1300's called the Black Death or Bubonic Plague. Diabetes, cancer, alocholism, child molestation, etc ... are rampant.

With the continuing big budget and lack of progress over a century and a half should the concept of Reservations be continued or should these people be assimulated into society.

This is probally the greatest government failure in terms of loss of revenue and forsaking a whole section of society.

What suggestions would you make to better the lives of the American Indian.

http://news.yahoo.com/navajo-families-receive-electricity-first-111219547.html

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