Steve Russell

November 30, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
There are many reasons I admired my late friend, the South African poet Dennis Brutus. He was “shot trying to escape,” did time on the infamous Robben Island prison that held Nelson Mandela, and had his work banned in his homeland.
November 09, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
UPDATED NOVEMBER 11, 2016: This column has been updated to reflect election results not complete when it was written. In addition, the first version listed Florida as having legalized recreational marijuana by referendum.
November 04, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
When The Richmond Times-Dispatch endorsed the Libertarian Party ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, it said neither Trump nor Clinton reaches the "moral and professional standards" the editors would hope to see in a POTUS.
October 31, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of the man who set up the Second Amendment right to go armed as a defense to failure to pay 20 years of grazing fees, have walked away from conspiracy and weapons charges after a very public armed takeover of a bird...
October 26, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
I’ve spent a lot of time paying attention to tribal governments and it’s frustrating for an advocate of tribal sovereignty. “Traditional” is a shibboleth that must get lip service, but observing tradition is at best a complex shell game.
October 12, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
I’ve recently come from the Native American Journalists Association meeting in New Orleans and, as usual, NAJA brings freedom of the press within Indian Country front and center.
October 09, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
In the criminal justice system, we speak of “charging for the use of the courtroom,” or “charging rent” for short. If that does not get your attention, it should, because you pay taxes to keep courtrooms and judges available if you need them.
September 15, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
Click here if you missed Part 1; click here
September 12, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
The point of Anonymous is that it’s anonymous and every Guy Fawkes mask looks like every other Guy Fawkes mask. That creates an uncertainty factor around a threat by Anonymous that is, in itself, a force multiplier.
September 09, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
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September 05, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
Briefcase warriors who start out meaning to defend their people quickly discover the practical meaning of a lawyer Latin phrase, sui generis. It’s a fancy way to describe a class of one, and it’s the only way to make sense of federal Indian law.
September 02, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
Being allowed a space to state opinions and argue policy issues is a privilege that carries a downside for honest pundits. When we make a mistake, it’s very public.
August 16, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
The duel of metaphors in the 2016 elections is between those who want to build walls and those who want to build bridges, those who see diversity as strength are alarmed by those who see it as a debilitating disease. And vice versa.
August 06, 2016
BY:
Steve Russell
My colleague Steve Newcomb accuses the first great Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall, of telling stories. Just so, and let me be clear that by “great” I mean a public figur

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