We also see, again in Oklahoma, as described by Daivd Grann's book, Killers of the Flower Moon., an National Book Award finalist. Briefly, oil was discovered on the Osage Native American reservation in the 1910's, enriching the members of the tribe. Immediately the new wealth attracted a wide variety of people seeking to exploit this new resource:
- merchants selling luxuries at exploitative prices.
- "guardians" appointed to manage the money of "incompetent Indians".
Unfortunately in cases where government action or inaction creates opportunity for illicit gain, we don't lay the traps in advance; we try to recover after the fact.