Chief Sitting Bull said, “Let us put our minds together and see what lives we can make for our children.” And, today, as we struggle to provide an education for our children, extend health care to our youth, families, and elders, and provide tribal government services to our Native people, we rel
On June 3, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2014-35, Application of the General Welfare Exclusion to Indian Tribal Government Programs That Provide Benefits to Tribal Members.
A recent Indian Country Today Media Network column addressed issues facing tribes related to accounting, financial reporting and auditi
There are several things wrong with the Harper government’s never-ending claims that they are brilliant tax cutters.
To start with, the claims are untrue.
Oh, what dangerous times we live in. In the days of our ancestors, it took the cavalry and then some to change our way of life.
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.
Tribal governments that disdain being “domestic, dependent nations” should prepare two budgets, similar to the “shadow governments” that opposition parties compose in a parliamentary system.
In another column, I was mean to Willard Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Michigan, Utah, and California.
Michael Kinsley, writing in The New York Times, famously defined a gaffe as “when a politician tells the truth—some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” I leave it to others whether Kinsley nailed it, but I’m here to suggest that all gaffes are not equal, or even equally interesting
The political power fronts between federal and state governments are complicated and sometimes volatile.
Luke Russert, son of the late and much-admired journalist Tim Russert, recently referred to Watergate as "the mother of all political scandals." He’s right, given our predilection to add “-gate” when we
Amid touted economic recovery at the federal government level, Indian country remains underwater in terms of sustainable growth in all but a few isolated pockets of capital markets within the United States and Canada.
Late last month the U.S. Treasury announced $3.6 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations.
I’ve been writing a lot lately about the Era of Contraction—the shrinking of the federal government—and what that policy means to