It is a very sad thing to see to ANY group of people. But on the other hand, it's beyond our control. The only ones who are able to make a change are the people who set the rules and the people who the problem affect. Sadly, not too many people are trying to push forward for change (on either side of the fence), so when you combine laziness and inconsideration with dependancy, you have a group of folks who are pretty much stuck in social limbo.
There are black people who are dependant on the government as well, but that's only because for ages, we were taught to do so. Granted, we've had civil rights for along while now, not much has changed as far as progression of our people due to that dependancy. Only the 'educated' black people are willing to make a change. We don't face genocide, but we do deal with a LOT of the same issues.
So, before anyone says that we don't understand what the Native people are going through. Remember, you may have been killed and had your land taken from you, but we were taken from our land and killed on the way and following arrival here. >_< We're fighting the same struggle, one just moves at a faster pace than the other.