Posted By: Vulcan (#3087)
Date/Time: Sun Aug 9 17:47:25 2009
Subject: Controversial Paper Published in Ute Nation

The Ute Nation - A study in a failed state

Of all the nations born in the wake of the awakening, none are so tragic as the Ute Nation. The home nation of Daniel Howling Coyote, leader of the Native American Nations, the Native Peoples George Washington, the Ute Nation was a land of promise and prospect in its foundations.

Unfortunately, a series of mistakes early in its founding and the prideful nature of its rulers has crippled the nation and set its future in the stone even as its foundations are set on the sand.

A nation with four major urban hubs, (Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Provo and Reno/Tahoe), it should have a robust interdependent economy, with the Salt Lake and las Vegas Valleys providing agriculture and capitol for the development of the rest of the nation, the taxes of the heavily industrialized SLC and the sky-high profits of the Vegas nightlife supporting the development of the smaller communities.

In a perfect world, the Ute Nation would be a powerful factor in politics, but it's not a perfect world. Instead, the initial council of chiefs of that nation ejected every Anglo from the land. Never mind that the economy would collapse, never mind the lack of trained, capable Natives to run the services, never mind the exodus of capitol, Anglo's were exiled.

Save in two important cases. The Mormon Church of Salt Lake City provided much support and solidarity to the Native American Nations in the days of the Awakening and was granted sovereignty over Salt Lake City and its surroundings, as the largest Anglo Reservation in the world, A world within a world run by the Economic Theocracy of the industrious Mormon Church.

The other was Las Vegas, with its important resources of liquid capitol and liquid water at Hoover Dam. Granted Anglo-Reserve status as well, Las Vegas's economy rolled on. But in keeping with the nature of the Indian reservation system of the United States, neither of these two massive economic engines paid more than the barest hint of taxes to the Ute Nation.

The result was that nearly 50 percent of the GDP of the Ute Nation was untouchable by the Ute Nation, creating fantastically wealthy sub-nations to which the skilled Anglo's flocked, leaving the countryside devoid of farmers, mechanics, doctors, teachers and everything else that a people need to be more than a third world nation.

The countryside's infrastructure crumbled, towns disappeared and the Native People lacked the capitol to do much more than survive. The aristocracy, centered around Provo and enjoying the splendor of SLC, ignored the problem, proud and haughty that the Native Spirit would sustain them.

They are very wrong, and the continued economic drought that wracks the nation is proof of it. The nation's GDP has not fallen in 30 years, but that is only because the official numbers include the growth of the Anglo reservations. If you subtract those figures from the official releases?

It's frightening. The GDP and population of the Ute Nation has shrunk by 3-10 percent every year for the last 30 years. Some of this is offset by economic support from the Pueblo Corporate Council, military support by the Sioux Nation and agricultural support from the Salish-Sidhe Nation, but the reality is those nations enjoy more progressive policies for racial integration.

The Ute Nation, as a nation, cannot survive the next decade in this form, and will collapse unless Provo learns from its mistakes. The Ute nation must engage in a forward thinking policy to lure settlement an engages in a concerted effort to lure settlers, not just Native, but Anglo as well. The infrastructure of the nation must be rebuilt and corruption must be actively combated, not just accepted as part of life. There must be the reclaiming of sovereignty from Las Vegas and Salt Lake City and and -equitable- taxation leveled no matter the uproar from the Anglo reserves.

- Professor Jonathan Three-Eagle, Brigham Young University.

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