Opinions

12/16/10
BY:
Cedric Black Eagle
On Nov. 30, 2010, the United States Congress passed the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, a package of bills settling claims against the United States related to the hard-fought Cobell Indian trust lawsuit, the Pigford lawsuit by African-American...
12/15/10
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
The final part of this series provides a model for how tribes can and should wield the federal Indian consultation right to defend tribal sovereignty, and discusses the very real negative effect of any federal failure to consult with tribal...
12/13/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
by Mark Trahant President Barack Obama set a high standard for tribal-federal relations last year. "Today's summit is not lip service," he said at the summit. "We're not going to go through the motions and pay tribute to one another, and then furl...
12/10/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
As a Cherokee wannabe, I would like to comment in support of Ginger Brown’s recent letter [“Seek truth about Cherokee” (Vol. 30, No. 18)]. I fully agree with her. Having Cherokee ancestry is not the same as being a member of a federally...
12/1/10
BY:
David J. Hayes
Two years ago, President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar vowed that this administration would work hand-in-hand with Native Americans to empower tribal governments, fulfill our trust responsibilities to tribal members and help tribal...
12/1/10
BY:
Ray Halbritter
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg still does not get it. Back in August, he told a radio audience that he advised Gov. David Paterson to “get a cowboy hat and a shotgun” to resolve the issue of having sovereign Indian governments collect New...
12/1/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
As discussed in part one of this three-part series, the Obama administration has mandated that all federal agencies implement a written government-to-government consultation policy with Indian tribes. Even though many federal agencies have been slow...
12/1/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
To get back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving, let us take this short mathematical quiz. Your country is going through a severe economic crisis. To get back to your pre-recession unemployment rate of five percent, you need to create 11...
11/15/10
BY:
Valerie Taliman
When Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recently, it created a groundswell of hope in Indian country, and put more pressure on the United States to step up soon. The Declaration is an international...
11/15/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
On Dec. 16, President Barack Obama will host the second White House Tribal Nations Conference. The president’s unprecedented tribal outreach extends from his formal commitment “to regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal...
11/15/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
As currently written, the Cobell settlement endorsed by the four named plaintiffs is backwards with the Department of Interior only engaging in remedial measures after everyone signs on for a pittance of what is owed from a true accounting of the...
9/29/10
BY:
Steve Russell
Cousin Ray Sixkiller came in and announced that he is beginning to think about giving up coffee. Now, that is about as likely as a Cherokee turning down an invitation to a hog fry, so you will pardon my skepticism. “It’s this Tea party thing goin’...
9/15/10
BY:
Randi Rourke
A recent spot on National Public Radio brought deserved attention to a most sacred ceremony of Indian peoples. The Isnati Awica Dowanpi (Coming of Age) ceremony for Dakota girls was featured on NPR’s fascinating special series, “Hidden World of...
4/14/10
BY:
Steve Russell
About the time the hot water hit the mocha java hazelnut coffee beans, cousin Ray Sixkiller showed up. That would be “cousin” in the Indian sense, because Ray came up with this really complicated story about the long-standing relationship between...

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