Opinions

4/1/11
BY:
Jefferson Keel
An Old Joke Being Played on Indian Country, Again A misinformed member of the media is once again playing a joke on Indian country: ignore the federal trust responsibility and tribal people will be better off. Don’t be fooled, it’s not a new joke...
4/1/11
BY:
Steve Russell
Half-life refers to how long it takes for radioactive material to lose half of its radioactivity. In spite of extensive blood quantum research and years of containment, social science has not yet determined the half-life of Indians. My cousin Ray...
4/1/11
BY:
Rob Rosette
Disbelief. Frustration. Anger. These are words describing the leadership of the tiny Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe located in northern California, which recently had its gaming compact disapproved by Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk after...
3/31/11
BY:
Joseph H. Webster
Legalized Internet gaming: opportunity or threat? Efforts in Congress last year to pass a federal Internet gaming bill failed, but a new bill was introduced in the House on March 17 and it is anticipated that a new Senate bill will be introduced...
3/31/11
BY:
Steve Russell
Hell has officially frozen over when I rise to defend the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The occasion is a question raised by the right libertarian fringe in the person of John Stossel. “Why,” Stossel asked, “is there a Bureau of Indian Affairs? There...
3/29/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Just over a year ago President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law. That measure, of course, also includes the permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act....
3/26/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The 9.0 earthquake in Japan on March 11 and ensuing tsunami is a reminder: It is difficult for the human mind to grasp the full power of Mother Earth, and the devastation she is capable of when she quakes. But it is the man made catastrophe in Japan...
3/25/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
As I write this column it is St Patrick’s Day, and it brings to memory my days at Holy Rosary Mission Indian School back in the 1940s and early 1950s. All my school days, from the first grade to high school graduation, were spent at that school. The...
3/23/11
BY:
David E. Wilkins
I had the good fortune of attending Billy Frank, Jr.'s 80th birthday celebration on March 11-12 on the lands of the Squaxin Island people in Washington State. Billy, as many within and without Indian country know, is considered one of the finest,...
3/22/11
BY:
Robert Odawi Porter
In December of last year, President Obama invited leaders from all 565 federally recognized American Indian nations and tribes to Washington for the second Tribal Nations Conference.  More than one of us wondered what the true purpose of the meeting...
3/22/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Google the phrase, “we can’t afford,” and some 209 million results pop up that capture our Great Public Debate. Articles range from a defense of any public program, schools, health care, fighting homelessness, to preservation of the U.S. military....
3/18/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
I don’t recall what Nevada tribe it was in the early 1970s that had submitted a proposal to the BIA for financial assistance to buy a bordello. The prospective business was a place akin to the infamous Chicken Ranch that inspired creation of the...
3/16/11
BY:
Ryan D. Dreveskracht
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has presented numerous opportunities for investment in solar projects, including: renewable energy tax credits, federal grants, clean energy renewable bonds, production tax credits, residential...
3/15/11
BY:
Michael E. Roberts
Can Indian country achieve prosperity without risk? Or better yet, are we courageous enough to lead the way to economic prosperity and sovereignty by trusting proven Indian institutions and putting economic control and power in the hands of our own...

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