We've all heard references to the 'special rights' of American Indians. Sometimes, it's an affirmation of Indian nationhood; other times, it's an attack on Indian sovereignty.
The time has come to make meaningful change. Native women need to be protected from the sexual predators who repeatedly victimize them, without consequence or repercussion.
As Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, I am charged with assisting my people to recover from nearly four centuries of colonization and neglect. The Wampanoag Nation entered into a treaty with the colonists in 1621.
For many thousands of years, our indigenous ancestors lived free and independent of Christian European domination.
The Tribal Human Resource Department (HR) of a Theoretical Tribe advertises in nation-wide media and on its website that the position of Chief Judge is open and solicits application from qualified candidates.
I often think about the big-picture ideas that would help tribal governments address the small-picture details more efficiently.
Recently, the U.S.
Two weeks ago, I went to New York with a delegation from the Republic of Lakotah, to utilize the annual meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII, May 16-27).
Beginning in the 1950s Native peoples across the country, fed up with poverty, stereotypes, and racism, rose up and challenged an oppressive set of federal policies—termination, relocation, and state imposition of jurisdiction (
Congress, American presidents, the United States Supreme Court, and the States have all, in many varied ways, given recognition to Native American tribes as sovereign entities. Sovereign tribal authority is inherent to Indian tribes and pre-dates any other form of law in this country.
About 24 years ago, Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in response to our victory in the Cabazon case before the U.S. Supreme Court. We suddenly had a vehicle by which to perhaps find peace and security for our people. The IGRA is in effect another treaty with the U.S.
John Stossel stirred up controversy recently for his comments about the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Many American Indians are not happy with the performance of the BIA. It has a long history of mismanagement of American Indian Tribal and individual resources.
Thanks to the budget-cutting fervor sweeping Capitol Hill, the Public Telecommunication Facilities Program could be zeroed out this year.