Steve Russell

August 30, 2013
BY:
Steve Russell
In a series of columns keying on Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, I’ve asked Indians to dream.
August 28, 2013
BY:
Steve Russell
Martin Luther King, Jr. famously told the nation, “I have a dream.” Less famously, he said on April 3, 1968: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will...
August 26, 2013
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Steve Russell
In my previous column leading up to August 28, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, I sketched a prosperous nation
August 20, 2013
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Steve Russell
Anniversaries matter in the short run as memory markers and in the long run they become traditions. The year 1963 was the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and it was used by activists of the time to take another...
August 16, 2013
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Steve Russell
This is an opinion column disguised as a movie review. It contains no spoilers.
August 13, 2013
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Steve Russell
I mean you no harm. If I meant you harm, I would start by using your name. Every literate Cherokee knows your name. At the time before the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee Nation had a higher literacy rate than the white settlers and gold seekers who...
July 24, 2013
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Steve Russell
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an avatar of hypocrisy in civil rights law. A descendant of slaves hailing from Pin Point, Georgia, his first language was Gullah.
July 19, 2013
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Steve Russell
Cases involving child custody are always middle class morality plays.
July 17, 2013
BY:
Steve Russell
June 25, 2013, was a great day to be white in the United States.  In one day, the Supreme Court pulled the teeth of two laws with an excellent track record of providing remedies for racial discrimination, the Voting Rights Act and the Indian Child...
July 05, 2013
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Steve Russell
I often write with respect of persons who have done much with their time, referring to them as “elders.” Some people deserve that respect, but others are just old. Out of luck or because they took no risks, they are still sucking air.
June 27, 2013
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Steve Russell
If something called “political science” exists, it’s not necessary to relate general principles of political behavior to Indians specifically.  That said, the following political eruption took place in Texas, and Texas has the fourth largest Indian...
June 24, 2013
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Steve Russell
Bethany Berger is a first rate legal scholar who has done a great deal of useful work for Indians in academia. Before that, she paid her dues in the legal trenches of Dinébe’iiná Náhiiłna be Agha’diit’ahii.
June 21, 2013
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Steve Russell
It’s election year again in the Cherokee Nation, but every year’s an election year somewhere and democracy is not a spectator sport. You either roll up your pants legs and wade in political waste products or you let others make critical decisions...
June 17, 2013
BY:
Steve Russell
One of the television talking heads really hurt my feelings in a report the other night on Edward Snowden, the traitorous hero or heroic traitor who leaked the existence of PRISM, wholesale collection of data from the servers of various major...

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