Are culture and poverty connected?

The New York Times published an article on October 17 that states that ideas connecting poverty and cultural issues are being raised again after being considered too politically dangerous to discuss for the past several decades.

Is the poverty of Indian Country in the United States a result of American Indian cultures and cultural beliefs?

I have researched and written on this subject several times over the past decade. I argue that economic prosperity and individual and family entrepreneurial activities are not anti-Indian or anti-Indian cultures. In fact, my research shows that native peoples across North America supported themselves, their families, and their communities and cultures through hard work and intelligent economic endeavors for thousands of years. Private, individual initiative, entrepreneurship if you want to use that word, is nothing new to American Indian cultures.

For example, check out my 2001 article in the University of Oregon Law Review.

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