Rights to buy and sell reservation land could help end Native American poverty

    by Naomi Schaefer Riley, The Atlantic
    Thursday, 11 August 2016 10:22 BST

A U.S. flag with an image of an American Indian horse rider flies next to a roadside jewellery stand on the Navajo Reservation, by a remote section of the Grand Canyon near Little Colorado River, Arizona June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Native Americans have the highest rate of poverty of any racial group in the United States - almost twice the national average.

Could enhanced property rights - to buy and sell reservation lands - provide them with a way out?

As things stand, reservation land is held “in trust” for Native Americans by the federal government. The Atlantic's Naomi Schaefer Riley argues that creating the right to own and trade land would allow them to build equity and reap the rewards that come with it. 

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