Opinions

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
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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
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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...
6/19/12
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
Well, folks, Mitt the Mormon has locked the GOP presidential candidacy, and for the first time in 10 years I’m giving serious consideration to spending the morning of Nov. 6 at the beach or bar or breakfast table—anywhere but that vile voting booth...
6/18/12
BY:
Darren Bonaparte
When it was announced that Kateri Tekakwitha would be declared a saint by Pope Benedict, a British journalist asked me, “What does the canonization of a 17th century Mohawk woman mean in this cynical, godless age?” The cynical, godless part of me...
6/17/12
BY:
Louis J. Manuel Jr.
There is a proverb that is said to have originated among the Nigerian Igbo culture in Africa which states “It takes a village to raise a child.” For the Ak-Chin Indian Community, this is very much the case. It is our children that will grow to one...

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