Government

December 01, 2011
By:
Tex G. Hall

When Columbus got lost in America, he found healthy, thriving native peoples. Within 100 years, the civilizations he first met were decimated. In North America, north of Mexico, the pre-Columbian population has been estimated at 18 million people.

November 30, 2011
By:
Chuck Trimble

In a letter to the editor of the Syracuse (New York) Post-Standard newspaper, attorney Carrie E.

November 29, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

Last December hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. for the second White House Tribal Nations Conference.

November 28, 2011
By:
Hawk Rosales

“I hope that if one thing comes out of this process, it's the beginning of long term trust between sovereign [tribal] governments and

November 22, 2011
By:
Lisa R. Shellenberger

Ms.

November 21, 2011
By:
Peter d'Errico

Mark Savage published his groundbreaking research on federal Indian law in 1991, "Native Americans and the Constitution: The Original Understanding" (NYU Rev.

November 14, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

The United States Congress is debating two important principles.

There is the idea that a strict deadline forces action. (Or, more accurately, as the science fiction writer Douglas Adams once said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”)

November 14, 2011
By:
Steven Newcomb

For generations now, Indian Country has been conditioned to believe and act upon the false view that the United States Congress has plenary power over all Indian affairs, and, by implication, over Indi

November 12, 2011
By:
Lisa R. Shellenberger

The Indian Health Service (“IHS”), an agency within the

October 26, 2011
By:
Jose Barreiro

Social agreement, like a treaty—or even as the trustworthy word of an honest human being—must be kept. Once broken, dissonance ensues, and conflict is sure to follow.

October 25, 2011
By:
Steve Russell

After multiple recounts and one court-ordered do-over, Bill John Baker has defeated incumbent Chad Smith to become the new Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

October 23, 2011
By:
Robert Desjarlait

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest has become a matter of debate in Indian country. Some have chosen to be included under the slogan "We Are The 99%"; others, like me, have not.

October 22, 2011
By:
Chloe Thompson

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been intruding on tribal sovereignty for several years, by asserting authority over businesses owned and operated by tribal governments, including those located on reservations. And it's poised to strike yet another blow.

October 20, 2011
By:
Mark Trahant

Tribal leaders went to Capitol Hill last week to make the case to protect American Indian and Alaska Native programs from the deep federal spending cuts that are about to hit.

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