IamA Native-American and i grew up on 3 different reservations. AMA!
hi, i'm 22 years old and grew up on 3 different reservations in the US. two in the midwest and one in the southwest. They all had similarities and differences in each of them. my parents thought it was important for me to grow up on the reservation. i think a lot of times people have some misconceptions about reservations or native-american people. just thought i'd do AMA and see if i can answer a few of your questions.
My Proof: http://imgur.com/HnnRVZB
edit: i'll get back to your questions later so you can keep asking if you want. also, i'm trying to speak only about my experiences. Native-americans are diverse with over 560 federally recognized tribes.
edit again: i probably answered your question if has to do with using native-americans as mascots and views on gay people. i'll try to answer questions that havent been asked. didn't realize this AMA would get so much comments. its overwhelming, but i promise i'll try to answer.
ENDING: i guessed maybe 100 people would actually comment so i overestimated the amount of people. i probably would have included one my native friends to help out. im sorry i didnt get to your question you can message me and i'll try to get back to you. TO the nice people, i appreciate you all. To the mean people, i wish you well. if i havent asnwered, feel free to message me. i'll answer serious in depth questions if you want. also, google is an excellent starting point bc i dont know every information possible.
conclusion: i grew pretty normal compared to every day americans. i lived in two story house that we owned. most natives on my reservation lived in housing that was based on income. some of them are shitty. we dont have enough housing so people end up living with relatives. we have buildings, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations.. there is not a lot to do. i live an hour away from anything that could be fun. we dont live in teepees (tipis). our roads are paved. we have government but its not affective and has no real power. i dont get college paid for or receive monthly checks. English is my first language. i still have my traditional belifs. i dont hate white people. There are problems with alcoholism on the reservation and drugs. There are also good things. people are generally really close with each other. if a kids/people need help we generally try to help and take them in. powwows are fun and we have some good food too. anybody can go to powwows. more people are going to college. we are diverse group of over 560 composed of different languages. some reservations experiences more economic growth than others. we have similarities and differences.
tl;dr sorry, i wish i was more prepared. also figuring out how to work reddit was interesting. i hope you have gained some knowledge because that was the whole point for doing this AMA.