Opinions

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...
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...
6/16/12
BY:
Steve Russell
A senate candidate in Massachusetts has been accused of playing Indian to gain employment advantage and the Supreme Court has taken up a case that many experts claim portends the end of affirmative action. My mail tells me that Indians, like most...
6/15/12
BY:
Charles Kader
Amid touted economic recovery at the federal government level, Indian country remains underwater in terms of sustainable growth in all but a few isolated pockets of capital markets within the United States and Canada. Turtle Island and all of its...
6/14/12
BY:
Scott Seaborne
On July 23, 2008, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-NE), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), introduced a bill titled Tribal Law and Order Act of 2008 (S.3320). Dorgan said the purpose of the bill to address needed reforms in Indian...
6/13/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
The U.S. House of Represents recently passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (H.R. 4970) on a largely Republican partisan vote. Indian tribes and many non-partisan women’s advocacy groups have objected to H.R. 4970 it...

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