Video emerges of Donald Trump insulting Native Americans: ‘Why don’t Indians pay taxes...I do!’

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is not usually one to withhold his opinion, but this has been the case with the recent mass arrests of water protesters in North Dakota. 

He has kept oddly silent on the issue, perhaps because of his many financial ties to the DAPL pipeline. But this 1993 video of Trump in which he complains about Native American casino-owners being given tax breaks shows his real feeling towards the minority group.

The video shows Democratic Representative George Miller asking Trump “Is this you, discussing Indian blood: “We’re going to judge people by whether they have Indian blood whether they’re qualified to run a casino or not?”

This is in reference to comments made by Trump in a radio interview with Don Imus where Trump said “I would perhaps become an Indian myself. I think I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations.” Imus himself was later fired for calling a women's basketball team “nappy-headed hoes”.

Trump confirms that he stands by his previous comments.

“That probably is me, absolutely,” Trump said. “Because I’ll tell you what. If you look, if you look at some of the reservations that you’ve approved, that you, sir, in your great wisdom have approved, I will tell you right now — they don’t look like Indians to me. And they don’t look like the Indians … Now, maybe we say politically correct or not politically correct, they don’t look like Indians to me, and they don’t look like Indians to Indians.”

Miller responds “Thank God that’s not the test of whether or not people have rights in this country or not — whether or not they pass your ‘look’ test.”

Trump later lets loose on his disdain towards the situation.

“You’re saying only Indians can have the reservations, only Indians can have the gaming. So why aren’t you approving it for everybody? Why are you being discriminatory? Why is it that the Indians don’t pay tax, but everybody else does? I do.”

The irony of it all being there has been rumours circulating about Trump's apparent tax-dodging, with one report suggesting he dodged 18 years worth of federal income taxes after reporting a $916 million dollar loss in 1995.

The history of legal tax breaks for Native Americans began in an 1831 when a Supreme Court ruling decided to officially label Native American tribes as “domestic dependent nations.” This law came in part from an acknowledgment that most of the land was stolen or cheated from the Native Americans by European settlers and then the US government in the first place.

The 1976 case of Bryan v. Itasca County was when the law on tax breaks for Native Americans was cemented.

The case involved a Native American couple who were fighting against a small tax on their mobile home in Minnesota which was situated on tribal land. 

The case went all the way to the supreme court and was eventually won by Bryan. 

In the end it was determined that states do not have the right to tax Native Americans that live on reservations, which paved the way for tribes to open casinos without being taxed, as long as they were operating on tribal land.

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