Steve Russell

Tony Hillerman used to say there’s more cultural distance between city folk and country folk than between non-Indians and Indians. Whether he was right or wrong, the categories overlap substantially....

5/13/13
Steve Russell

The mythical narrative taught by the colonists is that progress is an inevitable march in one direction....

5/6/13
Steve Russell

Upon reading my first column on the Baby Veronica oral argument, a policy wonk friend of mine wrote, “This is not about race. It is about treachery.”...

4/28/13
Steve Russell

The Supreme Court of the United States allows no cameras to record oral arguments, but they have allowed audio recordings....

4/19/13
Steve Russell

Néret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou, a Parisian auction house that I’m sure perceives itself as catering to only the “best people,” is about to auction off cultural patrimony looted from the Hopi Nation....

4/10/13
Steve Russell

The interplay between law and language is fascinating. “Blood quantum” started without the modern racist connotations in early English cases involving inheritance from a particular person rather than from a racially defined category of persons....

3/28/13
Steve Russell

Few of us have been unscathed by alcohol, and I am no exception. A close Cherokee relative, big-hearted and kind when sober, was a mean drunk who finally ended his life in a drunken header off a bridge. When my son was 7, I had to tell him a drunken driver had killed his best soccer buddy....

3/25/13
Steve Russell

Elders suffered terribly during the Great Depression. I did not live then, but I am among the last generation schooled by the people who lived it. I know my family’s stories and the statistics, but the rest is speculation....

3/21/13
Steve Russell

Why care about who heads a fantasy world of wealthy child molesters?...

3/14/13
Steve Russell

“The halls of Montezuma,” in the Marine Corps Hymn, refers to the Mexican War, in which the US regularized the border with Texas and acquired by conq...

3/12/13

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