This past May, I went to the Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain to see the original documents issued by Pope Alexander VI in 1493, and to see the original Requerimiento (‘the Requirement’) issued by the Spanish crown government in 1513, 500 years ago this year.
Human rights and self-determination are hot issues as nations debate the application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Is the Declaration a revolutionary challenge to the colonial system that dominates Indigenous peoples?
I am responding to Steve Russell’s column, “Tribal Elections in the Indian Wars.” I am reluctant to respond to such letters and columns because authors should be entitled to a wide brea
A month or so ago my inbox was flooded with emails letting me know that the federal recognition process was getting a giant overhaul. Accompanying the e-mails were attachments of letters, revised drafts, etc. Most seemed optimistic. My response was simple.
In the coming weeks and months, Congress will continue its debate in an effort to find a way forward to reform America’s broken immigration system. Much of this debate will center on border security, employment, and strengthening the process for individuals to earn U.S. citizenship.
In fiscal year 2014, the federal government will spend about $3.8 trillion, which breaks down into mandatory spending (64 percent), interest on the national debt (6 percent), and discretionary spending (30 percent).
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.
On July 13, 2013, Leonard Garment passed away. He was 89 years old and the headline of his obituary read, “Elite attorney defended Nixon during Watergate maelstrom.”
Cases involving child custody are always middle class morality plays.
Oregon's governor John Kitzhaber went on record saying he will veto Senate Bill 215.
In a recent column, I demonstrated that the phrase “Indigenous peoples” means "peoples under dominance" or "peoples under domination."
We are living in an era where there aren't enough Supreme Court Justices who think like Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia, a true constructionist, believes wholly in the U.S. Constitution and never decides to add to or take away from it.
One spring a few years ago, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) set up a wild horse roundup in Eastern Utah. I was doing some title search work and found myself one morning riding out with the wranglers who would be catching and rounding up the horses for the BLM adoption program.
As American colonists began to call for democracy, revolutionary leaders dressed up as Indians, boarded English ships and dumped tea in Boston harbor to protest taxes on tea and commodities.