The U.S. government has been bankrupting Indian nations for years through a bureaucracy that takes care of them cradle to grave. Native Americans who leave the reservation/tribe do just fine in income, careers and health. Not so those who live on the government teat. And it isn't just Bureau of Indian Affairs, it's also U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Agriculture all of which have special and overlapping programs for native Americans. Their own schools, their own courts, their own police system, their own transportation and road system, their own child welfare agencies, their own medical service, plus all the foundations and charities that employ thousands "helping" the Indian. Truly, they are not treated like other Americans--they are over treated. And it hurts them, keeping them in child-like dependency, but with monetary gain for leaders and government employees.
“The $3.4 billion Cobell settlement, named for Elouise Cobell of Browning, Montana, resolves a class action lawsuit over billions of royalties lost from the accounts of individual Indians.”