Top 5 Misconceptions I had about Native American Reservations

By: Angelo Boone

● I would see people walking around in hide skin and feathers. Indians on the reservation wear normal clothes just like everyone else. They listen to the same
music, play some of the same sports, and have a lot of the same interests. I did not see one person wearing something considered “Indian.”
● Indians were a group of people in the past. Native Americans are still here today. The only time I remember learning about indians in school was in history class. They were talked about as if they did not exist today, but that could not be further from the truth.
● All Native Americans wish to stay on their reservations. Some Natives do in fact wish to stay where they culture lies, however, many would like to pursue higher education and different lifestyles, but are unable to leave due to lack of financial
support. Many of the kids I talked to on the reservation have ambitious goals of going off to college far away from where they have grown up. They know that the odds of that happening are slim do to the high rate of high school dropouts, but despite those statistics many still dream big.
● There are only a handful of reservations that exist today. There are 326 Indian reservations in the United States. I had so little knowledge of the reservations that I thought that there could not be many of them. I was wrong! There are a ton of reservations and even more tribes. Each reservation is a little different and each has their own set of issues they are trying to deal with.
● All Indian reservations are wealthy off of casinos. This was the one I was probably most wrong on. Although it is true some reservations have casinos, many do not. Most reservations live way below the poverty line and struggle to make ends meet.

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