Dear Secretary Jewell,
Your visits to Indian country on behalf of Indian education are appreciated by everyone and I thank you for the unprecedented commitment you and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have demonstrated to visiting Indian country.
Jack Abramoff went to prison on that charge. So did an aide to Tom DeLay. They conspired to defraud Indian Tribes of honest services.
The Supreme Court will most likely issue a decision on Thursday that will leave a mess behind. I doubt there will be a clean decision—up or down—it’s far more likely that court will focus on the most narrow of issues. Then the political process can sort out what’s left standing.
It will no doubt surprise some people that there actually are individual Native Americans who own significant material assets. They belong to an invisible group, along with African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and others of color with wealth.