Opinions

4/13/11
BY:
Dan C. Jones
John Stossel stirred up controversy recently for his comments about the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Many American Indians are not happy with the performance of the BIA. It has a long history of mismanagement of American Indian Tribal and...
4/13/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
ST. MICHAEL, Alaska—It’s trite to write that winter days are short this far north. And it is remarkable watching the sun skate through the sky in such a hurry to disappear. But more than the sun’s pace, it’s the angle that makes a December visit...
4/10/11
BY:
Joseph Orozco
Thanks to the budget-cutting fervor sweeping Capitol Hill, the Public Telecommunication Facilities Program could be zeroed out this year. The PTFP funds 75% of the construction of new stations; more than 30 new Native radio licensees were expecting...
4/8/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
Of all the professions and disciplines that have risen to new heights in Indian country over the last forty years, Native journalism may show the greatest advance. In the late 1960s, when the American Indian Press Association was aborning, there...
4/7/11
BY:
Ryan D. Dreveskracht
In recent months, the Obama Administration has shifted its focus from stabilizing the economy to creating jobs. In January, Obama created the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, an advisory board intended to find “new ways to promote growth by...
4/6/11
BY:
Ray Cook
People who get used to having it good think that’s the natural order of things, an all too human reaction. I had a conversation with a stranger in a hotel bar in Manhattan the other day. The fellow was of Irish descent and we were discussing ......
4/5/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
(This is a follow-up to Harold Monteau's previous column, "New Mission for NIGA") It’s time to put the Indian back in Indian Gaming. While there has been some growth in Indian Majority-owned supply and service providers in Indian Gaming, Indian...
4/5/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The national budget debate is multi-directional. Most of the story, so far, has centered on this year’s federal spending, basically how to strip dollars from a fiscal year that’s roughly half over. Then, there is the fight over next year’s budget,...
4/3/11
BY:
Ivan Makil
My vision for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) begins with a renewed commitment to the founding principles of NIGA, but more importantly a commitment to the founding principles that we maintain as tribes. My vision begins with a tribal...
4/3/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
(This is the first in a two-part series; to read the followup click here: "NIGA’s New Mission, Part Two.") The National Indian Gaming Association needs a new mission—a makeover, if you will. As an advocate and protector of Indian gaming, NIGA’s new...
4/2/11
BY:
Tom Rodgers
…you and your crew may still reach home Suffering all the way, if you only have the power To curb their wild desire and curb your own       —The Odyssey Like a W.H. Auden World War II–era poem we live in an age of anxiety, of negation and emptiness...
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...

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