Politics

February 22, 2013
By:
Steven Newcomb

On February 14, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw Nation) delivered his "State of the Indian Nations” address in his capacity as President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).

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 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.

February 12, 2013
By:
Steven Newcomb

On January 21, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama took the oath office for the second time, reportedly placing his hand on the travel Bible of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A great many people will no doubt think it ironically fitting that President Obama invoked the memory of Dr.

February 04, 2013
By:
Ryan D. Dreveskracht

As the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) debate raged during the last days of 2012, the National Congress of American Indians issued a Call to Action, urging Indian Coun

February 02, 2013
By:
Steve Russell

I seldom point to the colonial governments as an example for tribal governments, but we could learn a lot from the ongoing comedy in Washington. After all, a negative example is still an example.

January 29, 2013
By:
Gabriel S. Galanda

When the United States supposedly sent $1,000 checks to over 300,000 Indians in time for Christmas or the New Year, the holiday good tidings read: “South Dakota to receive $115M in Cobell monies.” “Cobell settlement brings $25M to Wyoming.” “50,000 Oklahoma Indians to share in $

January 24, 2013
By:
Haley B. Elkins

“Don’t use that picture of me,” said my mother about one of my recent articles, “I look like I’m right off the reservation.” Her statement was rattled off unthinkingly, but it

January 19, 2013
By:
Bryan Newland

Sunday officially marks the conclusion of President Obama’s first term in office—as well as the beginning of his second term.

January 11, 2013
By:
Chelsea Vowel

"Canada is a test case for a grand notion — the notion that dissimilar peoples can share lands, resources, power and dreams while respecting and sustaining their differences.

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