Mac McClelland reports on the broken justice system on Native American reservations and why many hire their own "bruisers-for-hire":

[Ruben is s]ix foot three, 225 pounds. Neck like a waist. Friendly as you please. When I pointed to each of the healed-up gashes on his fists and asked what they were from, he replied, "Teeth. Teeth. These are all from teeth." He charges $1,000 for every one that he knocks out of a person's head. It's the same price for each bone he breaks in a face, a practice that's cost him a couple of knuckles. ...

The rate of violent crime among Native Americans is twice the national average (PDF); on some reservations, it's 20 times higher. ... A quarter of American Indians live below the poverty level; Ruben is on food stamps. His casino royalty check last year was for $8.

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