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Letter: Why don't the feds pay Red Lake school building?

In responding to the March 23 letter, "Clean up misconception on taxes, fees and Indians," the writer states that the native Americans are paying for the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by the Europeans and other immigrants and she will still be paying ...

In responding to the March 23 letter, "Clean up misconception on taxes, fees and Indians," the writer states that the native Americans are paying for the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by the Europeans and other immigrants and she will still be paying taxes until she dies. Welcome to the real world.

The ideal to dispel the misconception that native Americans don't pay taxes and every native living on the reservation pays taxes.

This is the best news I have heard for years. Otherwise, my Minnesota taxes and fees would be a lot higher, if the reservation wasn't paying their fair share of state taxes. Beltrami's property taxes benefit every child in K-12 education, busing, school buildings, colleges, area technical colleges, roads, fire, police protection, libraries, hospitalization, welfare, fuel and food assistances, legal advice and burial expenses. In addition, paying state sales taxes on electricity, telephone, TV, computer, appliances, furniture, cars, boats, motors, oil, propane, gas, car license, tobacco, parks, the 2 percent Minnesota health care tax on dental bills, etc.

Now, I feel much better about paying my Minnesota income tax again. It's a relief to know this information.

Now, I have to write my representative and apologize for my incorrect information where I thought that the reservation did not pay state income tax, property tax, sales taxes on cars, boats, appliances, furniture, electricity, phone, T.V. oil, propane, etc.

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I guess I did not get "unmisinformed" by Mr. Desjarlait on how much Red Lake has put of their own money toward their own education. What was the reservation's share of the $21 million plus for the Jourdain-Moe college?

Last year, Red Lake's superintendent promised that if he didn't get what he wanted he would be back this year. Do any of you know how many millions Red Lake received last year?

I must be amiss because the July 29 paper showed that the reservation schools have not met the educational standards. The federal No Child Left Behind Act must not apply to the federally created reservation. When schools don't meet the standards, the federal government comes in and takes over. Only two out of 27 scores were above 50 percent and they were 50.7 and 50.1 percent. That is not passing. So, what is going on here? Where are the feds?

Eldon Leino

Bemidji

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