Re "Many Indians Exempt From State Taxes, Fees," July 25: Since childhood, the continuation of both Indian reservations and the legal concept of "tribal sovereignty" in the United States has appalled me. As with slavery, the holocausts and genocides, the religious intifadas, crusades, inquisitions and witch hunts and the ethnic internments and "cleansings," this system too seeks to differentiate mankind to achieve inequality for the purposes of exploitation or dominion. This failure to fully and equally integrate all Americans into the whole of society is a corrosive abomination that will continue to poison and corrupt our governmental systems and defy our ongoing attempts to form a more perfect union.
Your article on the effects of Native American sovereignty on California government was excellent in showing how this originally corrupt system has been and will continue to be misused. A federal commission should be established to orchestrate the long-overdue demise of this fatally flawed, duplicitous system. It is time to end the treaties and tribal sovereignty and to distribute the reservation lands among each of the individual legal owners who, henceforth, would be subject only to federal, state and local laws.
Robert M. Beard
Casino dollars seem to flow back into the general community, as well as to needy tribes. To whatever extent a "free ride" exists for Native Americans vis-a-vis taxes and fees, it is very much their due after the white man's initial appropriation of their lands and years of broken treaties.