Opinions

6/28/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
The entire debate over ObamaCare” is now fundamentally different. It’s the law of the land that has been upheld by the Supreme Court. And, deep in the pages of the Affordable Care Act, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, is permanent. It no...
6/28/12
BY:
Delvin Cree
When addressing justice for American Indians the subject is often sensitive and at times things can get very controversial. No matter the results, eventually we all deal with it and move on. When I lived in Minneapolis through the 1980s and up to...
6/27/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
The Supreme Court will most likely issue a decision on Thursday that will leave a mess behind. I doubt there will be a clean decision—up or down—it’s far more likely that court will focus on the most narrow of issues. Then the political process can...
6/27/12
BY:
Tanya Fiddler
June 25 marked the anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn, known by some as Custer’s Last Stand and known by the Sioux Indians as Victory Day. History notes the Battle of Little Bighorn as the most famous battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876,...
6/26/12
BY:
Stephen Brittle, President, Don't Waste Arizona
The message from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was clear: if you are concerned about the environment; if you want to protect Native American sacred areas; or even if you simply want to make sure that the federal government complies with its own...
6/26/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
The Indian Civil Rights Act has been a dismal failure, if one considers its original intent; to protect tribal members and others subject to tribal jurisdiction from arbitrary and capricious acts by the tribal governing body and individual tribal...
6/25/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
It is common to see the term “conspiracy” used in a disparaging manner, especially when it comes to such issues as the JFK assassination and 9/11. I have often said with tongue in cheek, “I don’t believe in conspiracies, but I do believe in long-...
6/24/12
BY:
Walter Lamar
Who are you going to dance with? This question is easy to answer in high school, but in business, the answer can be surprisingly tricky. As tribes generate more revenue through gaming and economic development, the eager partners are lining up....
6/23/12
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me about receiving money from Indian casinos, I might be relatively rich. No such luck. Non-Native people generally assume Indians are getting rich from tribal casinos, and often engage in intensive...
6/22/12
BY:
Tina Hagedorn
This is the final in a three-part series that discusses the ultimate benefits of branding and marketing tribal forest products. Historically, tribal forest products have generally been sold as commodities with little branding to distinguish or...
6/21/12
BY:
Cole R. DeLaune
Is there a doctor in the house? No? Well, somebody telephone the paramedics because Elizabeth Warren's already demonstrably impaired capacity to differentiate fact from fiction just devolved to 5150 proportions. To paraphrase Sonny and Cher, the...
6/21/12
BY:
Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Four points on today’s decision in Patchak. First, the solicitor general lost yet another case while acting as tribal trustee. The trust responsibility is in real trouble, despite the Court’s surprising affirmation of Ramah. The Supreme Court does...
6/21/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
It has been interesting to follow the media frenzy with regard to Elizabeth Warren and her use of “self-suspected” Indian ancestry to advance her career in academia. The true relevance of the discussion is whether she was privileged to claim Indian...
6/20/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Historical accounts of the European treatment of American Indians are marked by the little noticed phenomenon of dehumanization. A case in point is the way Europeans have treated the original nations and peoples of the geographical region now called...

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