In Benson, Arizona, I interviewed Sergeant Jashawa Cloud with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He said he travels among the 26 Native American Reservations in Arizona as an investigative police officer. He said a major factor in creating problems on some Reservations are: the casinos. Sgt. Cloud said with the casinos come “mobsters, prostitutes and other vice related activity.” He said it’s his opinion the Native Americans don’t need fast money, but rather sustainability. That is, the establishment of more local businesses that pay a fair wage… Sgt. Cloud, who is from the Osage Tribe, said at the time Columbus came to America there were some 6 million Native Americans spread through 700 tribes. Now there are 200 tribes and less than 500,000 Native Americans — spelling one of the largest cases of ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide in the history of mankind. (“Manifest Destiny,” he laughed.) However, Sgt. Cloud said he is actually hopeful. He said there is reason for optimism that more Native Americans are now learning about (and incorporating into their lifestyles) the stuff of their native roots. And there are Americans (“Indianists,” as he called them) who are now also learning about, and incorporating, some of the Native American ways into their lifestyles. Note: It is our belief that it was God’s design that the Europeans and the Native Americans, from the beginning, were to learn from each other. And in so doing, the synergy would have created a tremendously improved society that mixed the best of environmentalism, spirituality, tribal community building… Yet because of greed, this was pretty much all circumvented. However, it’s still not to late to build such a society.