Editorial: Chickasaw Nation leads way with smoking banThursday, April 15, 2010
"The Chickasaw Nation’s decision to ban smoking in almost all its properties can be a model for all tribes to follow.
Tribes collect a lot of money from their smoke shops.
And this could have a very negative effect on revenue for any tribe that would copy the ban. But, it is something that needs to be done.
Native Americans have a high rate of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other health issues.
It is in the best interest of all tribes to get their citizens to stop smoking and curtail the effects of second-hand smoke."
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Second hand smoke isn't good for anyone. Neither is first hand smoke. The health problems associated with smoking are horrendous. However, smoking is a part of Native American culture. Is smoking a God given right? Can't a reasonable solution be found?
The next Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, allegedly won't even give tobacco as a gift. She allegedly reused to give out tobacco to the Nonners and Sagamores of the tribe, when it was announced by the Council of Elders of her appointment as Chief. Her reason allegedly was health reasons. She allegedly gave corn instead. What do you think?