David E. Wilkins

April 04, 2015
BY:
David Wilkins
Historically, Native nations were bounded but inclusive socio-cultural communities that prided themselves on maintaining distinctive religious-cultural identities while also incorporating--whether through force or invitation--individuals from other...
March 20, 2015
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David Wilkins
In 1854, Chief Seattle spoke to a group of early settlers. “Your dead cease to love you and the land of their nativity as soon as they pass the portals of the tomb and wander away beyond the stars,” he said.
March 02, 2015
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David E. Wilkins
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
July 30, 2014
BY:
David Wilkins
On July 2, the tribal council of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde held a special meeting to allow their citizens an opportunity to testify for or against a proposed emergency enrollment ordinance whereby the Council sought to delegate its...
May 16, 2014
BY:
David E. Wilkins
In 1851 an exasperated Hugh Swinton Legare, the U.S.
November 07, 2013
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David Wilkins
I have followed with keen interest the divisive issue of disenrollment of tribal members across Indian country. It is a complicated and depressing subject but, regardless of individual circumstances, the protection of sovereignty is rightly a...
June 04, 2013
BY:
David Wilkins
Disenrollment, a seemingly innocuous term when used outside Indian country, has become a loaded word that rivals, if it does not surpass, “termination” as a concept that invokes fear and trembling in those natives who suffer its consequences.