Greed as Gospel: As one of the most economically disenfranchised groups in the United States, wealth has never been something the American Indigenous have ever had to consider. We’ve yet to feel the trickle-down effect from affluent religious groups or billionaire philanthropists in our communities—all that money, and people are starving and homeless all over the world? Shame on the one-percent.
The only link to be made between the highly religious and non-religious wealthy; is that people with wealth have taken care of themselves and their own circles, that’s for certain. If you’re not connected to wealthy groups, financially you’re on your own: literally, figuratively, religiously, and spiritually. Unless you can do something for them or they want to take your land or water, then you may temporarily be a friend.
Historically, there’s always been institutional disparities and classism throughout the religious ranks were people with next-to-nothing have always looked upward to culpable hierarchies for support and prayer—like it or not, greed is a religious tradition. Congratulations religious rich people everywhere, you have the ability to help so many and you don’t…
Brian “BB” Melendez, is a Northern / Southern Paiute – Western Shoshone: Community Leader; American Indian Spirituality Scholar; and Practitioner of Great Basin Indigenous Custom(s) and Culture(s); CEO / Problem Solver of Lucentree, LLC; Creator of Mahkwuhoo (Guided-Meditation); and Host of the Coffee with an Indian, Tribal Podcast.