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Coming back from Spring Break

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 by bansal6

It was the end of a relatively relaxing spring break. I was on my back to Illinois from Cincinnati on a Greyhound bus. On the bus, I met this cool guy, named John, who was sitting right next to me. I told him about the AIS class I was taking and he told me that he was part Native American – actually 3/8ths Native American. His dad was half Indian and his mom was 3/4ths Indian. It’s kind of confusing how the lineage stuff works. Anyways, he told me he belonged to the Micmac tribe located mostly in the New England area. I learnt a lot of stuff about Indians from him. For example, the highest earning casino in the United States is in Maryland. You would think it would be somewhere in Las Vegas. That is because the casino in Maryland is owned by Indians and is not taxed. Taxes absorb a large percentage of casino revenue. There has been controversy over Native American casinos being so successful and earning a lot of money. But from my chat I learnt that only a few Native American owned casinos are established and that the income from these casinos is distributed among every member of the tribe. Apparently, this was part of an Indian law. So people who didn’t contribute to the business were getting money for free. I thought that was unfair but then again I am not in a position to question the customs.

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