Video Emerges Of Donald Trump Insulting Native Americans

The usually-opinionated Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been notably silent about the recent mass arrests of water protesters in North Dakota, likely because of his many financial ties to the DAPL pipeline. However, a 1993 video of Trump complaining to Congress about tax breaks given to Native American casino operators may provide some context to how Trump feels about Native American rights.

Ironically, Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns have been an oft-repeated criticism from his opponents, with one report revealingthat it’s possible for him to have dodged 18 years worth of federal income taxes after reporting a $916 million dollar loss in 1995.

The legal precedent for Native American tax breaks began in an 1831 Supreme Court ruling which officially labels Native American tribes as “domestic dependent nations.” This designation stems in part from an acknowledgment that most of Native American land was either stolen or cheated from them by European settlers and later the United States government. The ruling allows the tribes a limited amount of autonomy separate from that of the average contemporary American citizen.

The question of tax breaks was addressed more directly in the 1976 case of Bryan v. Itasca County, when a Native American couple fought a small tax on their mobile home in Minnesota which was located on tribal land. This case was also fought all the way to the Supreme Court, which was ultimately ruled in the Bryan’s favor. As a result, it was determined that states do not have the right to tax Native Americans that live on reservations, later paving the way for tribes to open gaming establishments without being taxed, so long as they operate on tribal land.

Finally, it is important to note that while Native American tribes and their wholly owned corporations are exempt from income taxes,individual Native Americans still pay federal income taxes for income made outside the reservation.