Are the native american tribal nations still "in a state of pupilage"? That was the term used to describe the relations between the USA and the Indian nations in Cherokee Nation v State of Georgia. If they are in a state of pupilage, we're not doing a very good job of it. If they are not in a state of pupilage, there is an entire legacy infrastructure of legacy paternalistic arrangements that the US government maintains that needs to be dismantled. That infrastructure is making the indians both dependent and poor.
We can't have it both ways and both not take seriously the responsibility of this pupilage and maintain a useless and too often counterproductive paternalist infrastructure. That's not just stupid, it's evil.
My personal preference would be to normalize indian lands and grant them more powers to run their own affairs with the responsibility of living with the consequences if they foul up, just like the rest of us. But that's a conversation that we all should be having, but we aren't.
Another one for the stack of reports for Citizen Intelligence.