Government

November 01, 2013
By:
Principal Bill John Baker

As part of the Farm Bill reauthorization in the House of Representatives, the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding will be substantially cut. This cut is harmful for Cherokee Nation citizens and will hurt Indian Country.

October 28, 2013
By:
Oliver J. Semans

On October 10, my wife Barb and I were able to attend the oral arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the Mark Wandering Medicine versus Custer. Mr.

October 25, 2013
By:
Crystal Willcuts Cole

If you spread it thin enough, a 40-ounce jar of peanut butter can last a long time. Ramen noodles can feed a whole nation for the cost of a box of Sailor Boy crackers.

October 25, 2013
By:
Paul Moorehead

In 1987, the Supreme Court decided California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, holding that a state could not prohibit gaming conducted on Indian lands if it allowed similar games by other persons in the state.

October 24, 2013
By:
Steve Russell

Indians might hope for a different outcome from the craziness that recently seized Washington, a little something for us, some residue in the can that got kicked down the road past the first of the year. We might hope for fewer condescending lectures about dysfunctional tribal governments.

October 21, 2013
By:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Duane Champagne’s recent article on violence and poverty in Indian country is, sadly, a stark reminder that in the big picture not much has really changed for

October 19, 2013
By:
Jane Daugherty

A harshly worded letter criticizing a federal crackdown on online lenders who serve “tens of millions of low-income Americans” likely will land on the desks of Attorney General Eric Holder and Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

October 18, 2013
By:
John T. Plata

In 2012 Congress enacted the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act amendments to the Indian Long-Term Leasing Act. This Act provides authority for Indian tribes to lease tribal trust lands directly pursuant to tribal law, without further Secretarial approval.

October 16, 2013
By:
Dave Lundgren

As a long-time Tribal attorney who has for years fought racism leveled against Tribes and individuals by various external groups and institutions of state, local and federal agencies, I was shocked to have to confront racist ideals voluntarily incorporated into Tribes’ own workers compensation pr

October 14, 2013
By:
Ernest L. Stevens Jr. & Kevin Leecy

As the chairman and vice chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, we offer this Columbus Day message on behalf of the 184 tribes that form our organization.

October 14, 2013
By:
Steven Newcomb

On July 8, 1970, President Richard Nixon delivered a “Special Message on Indian Affairs,” in which he formally ended what he called “forced termination.” The Termination Era was the result of several pieces of legislation, including House Concurrent Resolution 108, passed by Congress in August, 1

October 12, 2013
By:
Steve Russell

Ideas, like people, can bleed. Unlike people, ideas do not die easily, even the worst of ideas. If you have lost a loved one, you know that palpable sense of wishing them back, undoing their fate so as to undo your own.

October 11, 2013
By:
Ray Austin

Alaska Natives are in need of success stories and statistics that can show we can be more educated and can improve employment opportunities for all. Instead of being divided, we should be as one to improve education for all Alaska Natives, regardless of what corporation they belong.

October 05, 2013
By:
Jay Daniels

Pondering the state of current affairs impacting Indian country, it amazes me there are so many issues being thrust out there which affect the entirety for most of the tribes. These are important and “key” issues which could have a long term effect on tribes and their tribal members.

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