Opinions

5/3/11
BY:
Lise Balk King
The US government may have captured and killed Osama Bin Laden with a surgical strike, but it also dropped a bombshell on Native America in the process. “We’ve ID’d Geronimo,” said the voice of the Navy SEAL who reported the hunt for Osama bin Laden...
5/2/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Sometimes it’s easy for Indian country to ignore the huge challenges facing the United States. After all, there are so many immediate and intense issues on reservations and in tribal communities that the idea of adding another layer of concerns just...
4/30/11
BY:
Troy A. Eid
The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), signed into law by President Obama last July with bipartisan support, makes federal agencies more accountable for serving Indian lands. TLOA also provides greater freedom for tribes to design and run their own...
4/28/11
BY:
Geoffrey Strommer
A year after passage of national health care reform with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Act”), the entire Act, including the many Indian-specific provisions within, is in danger of being taken away. This is why 349 tribes...
4/28/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Congratulations to Ernie Stevens, Jr. on his victory for another term as President of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). The numbers speak for themselves. The other candidates are to be congratulated too, for being good sports. This is...
4/26/11
BY:
Anthony Broadman
People slander each other everywhere—without regard for territorial boundaries. But the legal treatment of such speech differs drastically depending on whether tribal or non-tribal laws apply. Tribal courts sometimes treat reputational torts like...
4/25/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
A few weeks ago Bloomberg News reported that Saudi Arabia is investing $100 billion in renewable energy sources ("Saudi Arabia to Target Solar Power in $100 Billion Energy Plan"). In other words the country with the largest known reserves of oil is...
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...

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