The Native American People, who were established in the Americas well before the European conquistadors came in pursuit of glory and booty, were a private lot. Estimated to number 60 million in 1492, they were soon outnumbered by the Europeans who were estimated to be 70-80 million strong. These Native Americans filled most of the pleasant waukee (Algonquin word for land) with over 10,000 different cultures. Over time they adapted to the terrain, fauna, and flora of their particular area and thrived. Trade was established and celestial clocks invented to determine the seasons. Roads were built and temples were erected to pay homage to some sort of deity that was invented to explain all that was unexplainable. They mirrored many European behaviors and, thus, fell into the general classification of Humans. The only major difference was their immune systems. The Native Americans were decimated by the European diseases and their numbers and cultures dropped dramatically. In the United States, just over 5 million Native Americans representing 574 tribes exist today and bring up the question: why didn’t Native American diseases kill European settlers? The answer is they do, but at a slower rate. European people lived in dense urban surroundings that promoted infections spreading quickly, whereas Native Americans were dispersed lightly over the continents in small groups. They had not perfected disease transmissions like the Caucasians. However, in time, these adaptable people learned from the White Man and promoted a new disease upon their enemies. It took decades to perfect, but now the scourge is spreading across the land, amplified by the White Man’s own legal system to distribute it. This disease sickens people emotionally and financially and leaves in its wake, broken shells of the family structure. This devastating plague is known as gambling. Revenge is best served cold and dished out at roadside, reservation establishments known as casinos. Yummy! 

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