Government

February 13, 2013
By:
Mark Trahant

Let’s jump right to the big questions: Did President Barack Obama’s State of the Union do anything to resolve the deep differences in philosophy and policy on Capitol Hill? Was there any common ground?

February 13, 2013
By:
Nathan Lefthand

This is probably not a new idea; most ideas are not. So let’s say it’s an idea that’s time has come about again. The idea is to make the Navajo Nation the 51st state within the United States of America. The State of Navajo. It’s almost Zen, how it rolls off the tongue.

February 12, 2013
By:
Steven Newcomb

On January 21, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama took the oath office for the second time, reportedly placing his hand on the travel Bible of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A great many people will no doubt think it ironically fitting that President Obama invoked the memory of Dr.

February 07, 2013
By:
Leonard Masten

The AP has reported that seven fisheries scientists from the Klamath Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) filed a complaint claiming they had been the victims of political retribution. Like many who came before them these scientist claimed their science was being tampered with for political reasons.

February 06, 2013
By:
Jay Daniels

The first of the second round of tribal consultations between the Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of the Special Trustee (OST) and various tribes took place at the Mystic Lake Resort & Casino, hosted by the Mdewakatan Sioux Indian Community in Shakopee

February 04, 2013
By:
Ryan D. Dreveskracht

As the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) debate raged during the last days of 2012, the National Congress of American Indians issued a Call to Action, urging Indian Coun

February 02, 2013
By:
Steve Russell

I seldom point to the colonial governments as an example for tribal governments, but we could learn a lot from the ongoing comedy in Washington. After all, a negative example is still an example.

January 31, 2013
By:
Jack Duran and Larry Menth

As the Indian tribal industry expands and refines its function and focus, labor relations and labor contract negotiations becomes more important and an integral part of any successful business. As we have seen with San Manual Indian Bingo & Casino, 341 NLRB No.

January 30, 2013
By:
Jay Daniels

The current oil & gas (O&G) boom has created sweet and sour ripples throughout Indian Country. O&G has been a blessing in this cycle of uncertainty with the United States economy, but also has created a Black Hills gold rush assault on Indian lands not seen for a while.

January 29, 2013
By:
Gabriel S. Galanda

When the United States supposedly sent $1,000 checks to over 300,000 Indians in time for Christmas or the New Year, the holiday good tidings read: “South Dakota to receive $115M in Cobell monies.” “Cobell settlement brings $25M to Wyoming.” “50,000 Oklahoma Indians to share in $

January 25, 2013
By:
Jay Daniels

Once, at a tribal consultation meeting, Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, asked me to join him for lunch. Upon learning that I was a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, he asked about my opinion of the Freedmen issue.

January 24, 2013
By:
Haley B. Elkins

“Don’t use that picture of me,” said my mother about one of my recent articles, “I look like I’m right off the reservation.” Her statement was rattled off unthinkingly, but it

January 20, 2013
By:
Darlene L. Barnes

On November 28, 2012, Indian Country Today Media Network published this article on the diabetes problem in the Native American community.

January 19, 2013
By:
Bryan Newland

Sunday officially marks the conclusion of President Obama’s first term in office—as well as the beginning of his second term.

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