Opinions

2/16/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
The Spokane Spokesman Review chose to print Chris Cargill’s factually and legally flawed comments regarding Tribal Casinos ("State should reach deal with tribes for portion of casino profits", January 30, 2011) at the top of the page and bold...
2/16/11
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
In 2011, state and local governments will aggressively attempt to tax tribes. Forty-six states are facing a total of $112 billion in budget deficits, leaving them grasping for novel sources of tax revenue. Make no mistake: state and local officials...
2/15/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The coming year’s proposed federal budget is a lost cause. Mostly. The budget that will finally emerge from Congress is going to be ugly. A zealous sense of frugality will consume most federal Indian programs, agencies that serve rural communities,...
2/15/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On January 27, Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of the American Indians delivered the 9th Annual State of Indian Nations Address in Washington, D.C. Mr. Keel is also Lieutenant General of the Chickasaw Nation. Up front, I want to...
2/14/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Republican ersatz presidential candidate Sarah Palin, puts Representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, “in the crosshairs” in television commercials supporting a Republican candidate for Giffords’s seat in the U.S. House. Palin goes on TV in full...
2/10/11
BY:
Ray Cook
Some years ago now, the late Vine Deloria wrote that as Indians emerged from a time when survival demanded that they emphasize their distinctness, it was natural for them to begin emphasizing instead the characteristics that they shared. Likewise,...
2/10/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
A column from a right wing periodical Town Hall, "No Reservations: The Case for Dismantling the Indian Bureaucracy," gives an excellent example of the kind of stuff that feeds anti-tribal backlash. The lead sentence reads: “If ever a federal agency...
2/10/11
BY:
Rebecca Adamson
As we at First Peoples Worldwide will not be the first to observe (that distinction belongs to Slate), America has become a country where the long-familiar distinction between the haves and have-nots has been complicated by the high profile of the “...
2/9/11
BY:
David Kimelberg
Two disturbing developments recently hit my radar. The first was an announcement from Washington D.C.’s NFL team that it’s planning to change its name and logo. Okay, that seems innocuous enough. Washington Politicos? Nope. The new name is the...
2/9/11
BY:
Duane Champagne
For most indigenous peoples, the relations of trust responsibility within colonialism and modern states are not the same. Trust responsibility arose during the colonial period: Under the Doctrine of Discovery, European kings claimed land in the New...
2/8/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
In a recent announcement by President Obama, the United States became the last of four members of the United Nations that voted against the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to reverse position and issue a statement of support....
2/7/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The Idaho Legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal to implement the Affordable Care Act in Idaho, the so-called “nullification” approach. The idea is that states can dismiss any federal law that they don’t like. And Idaho (and...
2/7/11
BY:
Ray Cook
We abhor violence and mass murder. Much as we dislike the decision of Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California to undermine tribal interests, she does not belong in anyone’s crosshairs. But we also dare to note a plain fact of American history: Scratch...
2/4/11
BY:
Jeff Welsch
Ever so gradually, we are nearing a landmark day—a day when a member of a Montana Indian tribe swings open a gate to a vast landscape, the ground beneath hundreds of wild bison trembling in an audible snapshot of how the earth once shook under the...

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