Chad Smith

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...

7/29/13
Steve Russell

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....

11/11/12
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

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....

8/4/12
Mark Trahant

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....

7/3/12
Mark Trahant

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....

1/18/12
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....

12/8/11
Steve Russell

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....

8/10/11
Gale Courey Toensing
5/2/11
Canadians head to the polls today, May 2, amid much debate about whether to vote...