Opinions

4/15/11
BY:
Joe Valandra
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...
4/14/11
BY:
Tex G. Hall
Recently on the Fox News Channel, contributor John Stossel offered up this gem of ignorance:   "Why is there a Bureau of Indian Affairs?" he said. "There is no Bureau of Puerto Rican Affairs or Black Affairs or Irish Affairs. And no group in America...
4/14/11
BY:
James Treat
The dominant culture in North America tends to make a big deal out of the vernal equinox, around March 20, when night and day are about equal in length. Among those who define seasonal change according to strictly astronomical criteria, this marks...
4/13/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The 300th anniversary of treaties negotiated in the Massachusetts Bay Colony between the Indians and the British king is approaching. In those treaties Indian rights to “fishery, hunting, and fowling as formerly” were “saved” to the “Tribes of...
4/13/11
BY:
Dan C. Jones
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...
4/13/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
ST. MICHAEL, Alaska—It’s trite to write that winter days are short this far north. And it is remarkable watching the sun skate through the sky in such a hurry to disappear. But more than the sun’s pace, it’s the angle that makes a December visit...
4/10/11
BY:
Joseph Orozco
Thanks to the budget-cutting fervor sweeping Capitol Hill, the Public Telecommunication Facilities Program could be zeroed out this year. The PTFP funds 75% of the construction of new stations; more than 30 new Native radio licensees were expecting...
4/8/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
Of all the professions and disciplines that have risen to new heights in Indian country over the last forty years, Native journalism may show the greatest advance. In the late 1960s, when the American Indian Press Association was aborning, there...
4/7/11
BY:
Ryan D. Dreveskracht
In recent months, the Obama Administration has shifted its focus from stabilizing the economy to creating jobs. In January, Obama created the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, an advisory board intended to find “new ways to promote growth by...
4/6/11
BY:
Ray Cook
People who get used to having it good think that’s the natural order of things, an all too human reaction. I had a conversation with a stranger in a hotel bar in Manhattan the other day. The fellow was of Irish descent and we were discussing ......
4/5/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
(This is a follow-up to Harold Monteau's previous column, "New Mission for NIGA") It’s time to put the Indian back in Indian Gaming. While there has been some growth in Indian Majority-owned supply and service providers in Indian Gaming, Indian...
4/5/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The national budget debate is multi-directional. Most of the story, so far, has centered on this year’s federal spending, basically how to strip dollars from a fiscal year that’s roughly half over. Then, there is the fight over next year’s budget,...
4/3/11
BY:
Ivan Makil
My vision for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) begins with a renewed commitment to the founding principles of NIGA, but more importantly a commitment to the founding principles that we maintain as tribes. My vision begins with a tribal...
4/3/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
(This is the first in a two-part series; to read the followup click here: "NIGA’s New Mission, Part Two.") The National Indian Gaming Association needs a new mission—a makeover, if you will. As an advocate and protector of Indian gaming, NIGA’s new...

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