Opinions

12/17/11
BY:
Chuck Trimble
We’ve been told for many years “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I would add to that, “don’t judge a book by its title either.” In the early 1970s a large format paperback was published titled, Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask About Indians But...
12/16/11
BY:
David Kimelberg
A buzzword that has been gaining a lot of traction in Indian Country of late is “economic diversification.”  This recent attention makes a lot of sense.  Many of our Indian Nations have achieved significant economic success through gaming. This...
12/15/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Congress has a long to-do list to complete before the end of the year. It must enact a budget, either a real one, or for most federal agencies, a continuing resolution that funds the government after the current one expires on Dec. 16. Many ask: “...
12/14/11
BY:
Bill Lomax
In the Carcieri v. Salazar decision, the Supreme Court stood 75 years of policy and practice on its head. The Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934 authorized the secretary of the Interior to take lands into trust for federally recognized tribes...
12/13/11
BY:
John Hendrie
Perhaps Foxwoods was the model, even for way smaller operations. Reaching accord with the State of Connecticut, the Foxwoods enterprise grew methodically with new construction of facilities, property amenities and newer affiliations, particularly...
12/12/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
England was once so proud of its colonial regime that it boasted, "The sun never sets on the British empire." Today, colonialism is a bad word. It is fashionable to say we live in a 'post-colonial' world. The truth is the world continues to involve...
12/11/11
BY:
Ray Austin
December 18, 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA), the anniversary of the “great experiment” that failed many Alaska Native corporations (ANC) shareholders, but allowed a few to benefit. I...
12/10/11
BY:
Steve Russell
Last year, in the ironically named Citizens United case, the U.S. Supreme Court followed the logic of a line of cases declaring corporations to be “persons” within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment and found them equal to human beings in the...
12/9/11
BY:
Monique Vondall-Rieke, J.D.
I read with great surprise that North Dakota resident Sakakawea, who traveled as a guide on the great Lewis and Clark expedition that laid the geographical history of the landscape of early America and helped to locate many of the American Indian...
12/8/11
BY:
Ray Halbritter
An earlier version of this commentary first appeared in The Daily Caller. Native Americans understand through very personal experience that this country’s history is one of conflict and compromise. At our finest moments, Indian and American...
12/8/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
We know democracy’s slogan: “Elections matter.” Or if that doesn’t work, draw on so many other oft-repeated phrases that make up the melodies in our politics. “Vote for change,” “stay the course,” or these days, “we are the 99 percent,” and the...
12/7/11
BY:
Kimberly Yellow Robe
Medicare is an important benefit—if you have this card, you will want to consider participating in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act, or MMA. Its major provision is the...
12/6/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On December 1, the United States Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA/S. 1867) which includes a provision that would approve the indefinite military detention of anyone, including U.S. citizens, “under the law of war without...
12/5/11
BY:
William Anderson
I think it’s fair to say that most of the Washington, D.C., politicians attacking clean-air safeguards don’t have the same view out their front windows as the families in my small community of 300 people. We look out on four polluting smokestacks, a...

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