Opinions

4/22/11
BY:
Dianne Feinstein
To the editor: Your article, “Feinstein’s New Bill: It’s a Travesty” (April 9) does a disservice to your readers by carelessly mischaracterizing my recent legislation to reform casino gaming on tribal land. Let me be clear: The Tribal Gaming...
4/22/11
BY:
Tanya Fiddler
It is important to arm our people with the knowledge to combat predatory lenders. It is common for predatory lenders, those with outrageous fees and extraordinarily high interest rates, to operate in border towns of reservations where they prey on...
4/21/11
BY:
Cheryl Andrews-Maltais
How profoundly disappointing it is to find out that the Department of the Interior has approved Cape Wind’s Construction and Operation Plan (COP); that the decision is not only being rushed through the approval process, but pushed forward without...
4/20/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some years ago, I came across the book Massacre: A Survey of Today’s American Indian published in 1931. Written by Robert Gessner, the book is an exposé. It provides what one Indian writer recently called “contextual and perspective research” of...
4/20/11
BY:
David E. Wilkins
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 (P.L. 280). Their...
4/19/11
BY:
Joseph H. Webster
Some proponents of internet gaming have used what I will refer to as the "Netflix argument" to urge Indian tribes to support various proposals to legalize internet gaming, even if the terms of the legislation are not particularly favorable to tribes...
4/18/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Tall tales are fun. Most of us love the story about the day we scored perfect on a test, caught the biggest fish or won a bunch of cash at the casino. The best tall tales start off with what happened and then grow with each telling of the story. The...
4/18/11
BY:
Terry Brunner
Rising oil prices and recent power outages due to inclement weather in New Mexico are reminders-America’s energy issues need to be addressed. America holds only 2% of proven oil resources yet we consume about 25% of the world’s supply. Our...
4/16/11
BY:
Joe Valandra
About 140 years ago, my Lakota Grandfathers and their allies won a great victory in a battle over the U.S. Seventh Cavalry at the Greasy Grass River (Little Bighorn) in Montana. Less than 10 years later, the massacre at Wounded Knee took place....
4/15/11
BY:
Lisa Shellenberger
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...
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...

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