Government

March 04, 2013
By:
Mark Trahant

Over the weekend the Republican line on the sequester was honed to a simple idea: It’s only a couple of pennies, two-and-one-half cents out of every dollar. No big deal, right?

March 02, 2013
By:
Elaine Fink

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California recently became only the sixth tribe in the past 25 years to successfully navigate the Secretarial “two-part” process for acquiring new land for tribal-government gaming.

March 01, 2013
By:
Renée Roman Nose

February 28 marks the first day in the history of the United States when Native women living on reservations will be offered equal protection from violent criminals as most non-reservation women had since the original passage of VAWA ten years ago.

February 28, 2013
By:
Theodora Bird Bear

Right now, the feds are required to respond to any written comments submitted to them on the $1.9 billion Cobell settlement plan to buy your fractionated land and minerals. Tell the feds that you are keeping your land and minerals for your descendants.  You're not selling.

February 26, 2013
By:
Cedric Sunray

Senator Maria Cantwell, the chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, stated in regard to tribal provisions in VAWA, “If you think you are rooting out crime in America and you are letting a sieve happen in Indian country you are not rooting out crime.

February 25, 2013
By:
Jay Daniels

The Department of Interior recently completed the final tribal consultations for the implementation of the Cobell Settlement's Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations.

February 23, 2013
By:
Gabriel S. Galanda

There were several revelations from the Department of the Interior during its tribal consultation in Seattle last week.

February 21, 2013
By:
Peter d'Errico

When President Jefferson Keel referred to the "trust relationship" in his State of Indian Nations address to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), he fell in

February 20, 2013
By:
Matthew Ricchiazzi

Jack Abramoff went to prison on that charge. So did an aide to Tom DeLay. They conspired to defraud Indian Tribes of honest services.

February 19, 2013
By:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker

To be in a position of leadership—at least for NCAI’s president Jefferson Keel—is to be in the role of a politician, and that means taking predictably centrist positions (at least publically) to appease as wide an audience as possible.

February 17, 2013
By:
Ruth Hopkins

This past Thursday, Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the 11th Annual State of the Indian Nations Address.

February 16, 2013
By:
Charles Kader

 

In reading over the 2013 State of Indian Nations address by outgoing President Jefferson Keel of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), a number of talking points of emphasis stood out as compelling subjects for further examination.

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.

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