Opinions

10/5/11
BY:
Thomas Jensen
The budgetary hard times that are facing the federal government and states can create a favorable environment for Indian tribal governments. There may be opportunities to reclaim assets and expand assertions of sovereign powers that have been taken...
10/3/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s recent safari to New Mexico to meet the Pueblo people and to make a guest appearance at a student forum at the University of New Mexico School of Law, had all the indicia of an apologist diplomatic mission (although she has...
9/30/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
It is typical to refer to our respective nations and peoples as being "in" Canada or "in" the United States and therefore as being deemed subject to the jurisdictions of those two political constructs called "states" in international law. What we...
9/29/11
BY:
Walter Lamar
For a decade, heroin use has been declining across the United States, and particularly in Indian Country. The Indian Country Drug Threat Assessment of 2008 showed 15 percent less heroin use than in 2000, and a proportional drop in the number of...
9/27/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
The Department of State is reviewing the details of a Presidential permit which will be required to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, through the U.S., to the Gulf of Mexico. The President is currently burdened with the task of of...
9/27/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
I drove across the Northwest this past weekend. A 1,700-mile trip from Idaho to Seattle, returning via rural roads in Washington, and freeways in Idaho and Montana. Along the route I looked at places and wondered, how will life change during the Era...
9/27/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Earth, the blue planet. Earth’s blue appearance in space is due to that fact that 70% of its surface is covered in water. Since water played such an essential role in the development of our planet and the evolution of all living organisms here, it...
9/23/11
BY:
Julia Good Fox
Tellingly, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave his speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations yesterday, he made no mention of the this year's uprisings in the Middle East known as the Arab Spring—and with good reason. The...
9/21/11
BY:
Bo Mazzetti
States and governors just can’t seem to control themselves; they cannot keep their hands out of tribal pockets. The concept that tribal governments have rights and financial needs has eluded them for so long they have become accustomed to ignoring...
9/21/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
It’s nearly impossible to know when a new political era has begun for certain. Congress enacted House Resolution 108 on August 1, 1953, officially beginning the era of tribal termination. This dreadful policy was supposed to abolish federal...
9/18/11
BY:
Chuck Trimble
We read and absorb as truth the accounts of idealistic observers like Thomas More, Amerigo Vespucci, Las Casas, Rousseau, and others who bolster our view of our ancestors. We paint our people as innocents, pristine in relationship with all of nature...
9/14/11
BY:
Steve Russell
When does a tribal supreme court decision affect all of Indian County? Not often enough, in the sense that the mechanisms of tribal law application beside but not within the state and federal systems are a work in progress with which we can help...
9/13/11
BY:
Ray Halbritter
State legislative field hearings were held last week examining whether or not the State will begin the historic process of seeking to amend the New York State Constitution to allow commercialized gambling throughout the State. Supporters of bringing...
9/12/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
President Barack Obama must sell a complex idea to a Congress that prides itself on simplicity. This Congress, namely the House Republicans, were elected on the premise that massive budget cuts are essential for this country’s economic survival....

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