I mostly like to move toward decolonization and think about how things could be if the world was more just. But sometimes you have to meet people where they are, which may not be the same place I am at when it comes to tribal nations and tribal people.
So let me get this out of the way: Yes, American Indians pay taxes.
I have to say this because, apparently, many people think they don’t.
I don’t know where they get this idea, but here’s the thing: Most tribal people are dual citizens. That is, they are citizens of their tribe and citizens of the United States. Thus, because they are American citizens, they have all the rights and responsibilities any other American citizen has. Paying taxes is one of those.
So don’t go around believing Native people don’t pay taxes. As American citizens, they most certainly do.