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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...
3/31/11
BY:
Joseph H. Webster
Legalized Internet gaming: opportunity or threat? Efforts in Congress last year to pass a federal Internet gaming bill failed, but a new bill was introduced in the House on March 17 and it is anticipated that a new Senate bill will be introduced...
3/31/11
BY:
Steve Russell
Hell has officially frozen over when I rise to defend the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The occasion is a question raised by the right libertarian fringe in the person of John Stossel. “Why,” Stossel asked, “is there a Bureau of Indian Affairs? There...
3/29/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Just over a year ago President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, into law. That measure, of course, also includes the permanent authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act....
3/26/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The 9.0 earthquake in Japan on March 11 and ensuing tsunami is a reminder: It is difficult for the human mind to grasp the full power of Mother Earth, and the devastation she is capable of when she quakes. But it is the man made catastrophe in Japan...
3/25/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
As I write this column it is St Patrick’s Day, and it brings to memory my days at Holy Rosary Mission Indian School back in the 1940s and early 1950s. All my school days, from the first grade to high school graduation, were spent at that school. The...

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