Bryan Brewer
9/15/14

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association is composed of the 16 elected Chairs and Presidents of the sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations in the Great Plains Region: the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux, the Cheyenne River Sioux, The Yankton Sioux, the Lower Brule Sioux, the Sisseton...

Chad Smith
7/29/13

I am responding to Steve Russell’s column, “Tribal Elections in the Indian Wars.” I am reluctant to respond to such letters and columns because authors should be entitled to a wide brea...

Steve Russell
11/11/12

The battle is over, and pundits now stroll to the battlefield and shoot the survivors. I have used this bully pulpit to urge that Indians bloc vote only when threatened as Indians.  My own vote turned on threats I perceived to my family.  Your mileage may vary....

Gale Courey Toensing
8/29/12
When most of us want to remember to do something, we put a Post-it note on our computer or refrigerator...
Steve Russell
8/4/12

Should Indians show up when elections are called by the colonial state? I can’t say “Yes” because a more appropriate answer is “Hell, yes!” Bias out front: my first career was as a state court judge, which is an elected position....

Mark Trahant
7/3/12

Voting should be easy, almost routine. If it’s election day, we should vote. It’s that simple because it’s the very foundation of democracy. It is only when “we” have a say in what happens next, in our future, that governance meets the basic test of a democracy....

Mark Trahant
1/18/12

Happy New Year. Or, I should say, happy election year. From now on the national election for president (as well as the house and the senate) shifts from a vague threat to an actual election....

Mark Trahant
12/8/11

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....

Steve Russell
8/10/11

Many of us just vote for our relatives.  While my living relatives are many, and one even holds high appointive office, I have not been faced with that prospect.  Judging from history, voting for my relatives would not have gone well for my current opinions....

Gale Courey Toensing
5/2/11
Canadians head to the polls today, May 2, amid much debate about whether to vote...