Opinions

12/24/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
I’ve been writing a lot lately about the Era of Contraction—the shrinking of the federal government—and what that policy means to Indian Country. Only not this year. Last week Congress finally approved money for fiscal year 2012 (three months into...
12/22/11
BY:
Steve Russell
The traditions of my people teach that acting unjustly toward others will cause blowback. This is famously illustrated in the story of how disease came to man in retaliation for what he had done to parts of creation he could dominate. Man had...
12/22/11
BY:
Vincent Schilling
I didn’t think much of a phone message I received when checking my voicemails at my office last week. The other voice on the line said something to the extent that they just wanted to verify a recent purchase. It’s the holidays, so I put it into...
12/21/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
I recently participated in Occupy Oakland. I was in the Bay area on other business and could not resist the chance to take part in history in the making. Since I first wrote about Occupy Wall Street, the Occupy Movement has produced a firestorm of...
12/20/11
BY:
DuWayne Smith
Indian Country Today Media Network staff recently posted a video of Cindy Jacobs (scroll to bottom), a self-appointed prophet of a militaristic Christian group, who claimed that Texas had been cursed by indigenous people who had once lived in the...
12/19/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In his groundbreaking work Imperialism, Sovereignty, and the Making of International Law (Cambridge, 2004), law professor Antony Anghie provides a detailed analysis of the ideas of theologian Francisco de Vitoria, who lectured at Salamanca...
12/18/11
BY:
DuWayne Smith
There has been a lot of discussion about the Cherokee Freedmen and their descendants, but most of the talk centers upon Cherokee Nation sovereignty and the rights of Indian nations to determine their own membership. When looking at only the issue of...
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...

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