IAmA Native American of the Potawatomi tribe that receives benefits from my tribe.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what benefits Native American tribal members receive. I would be more than happy to answer questions about how the system works. Along with other general questions about modern native Americans.
Edit: Tribal ID: imgur.com/a/8dcxPK1
Edit: I am going to try to respond to everyone just be patient I wasn’t expecting so many people to be interested.
These are my experiences as a Potawatomi member, all tribes run things their own way
Edit: to amend previous statements, Native American tribes do receive money from the government in the form of grants. How much each tribe receives depends on various factors. This money is to be spent in social services, it is not going into any individuals wallet. It is given to tribes via the treaty that states that the US government has to pay reprimands for stealing our country. The US is basically paying long overdue rent.
Common Question 1: Do all tribes have these benefits?
Answer: No, some tribes are well off due to mostly revenue from casinos, the MAJORITY of tribes are poor
Common Question 2: Trust Funds?
Answer: Members get a trust fund they can access when they turn 18, they get a partial chunk on their 18th birthday, then smaller chunks every year until they turn 28, and get everything. If you graduate a four year college you get all the money immediately.