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TRAHANT: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors

I have been wondering what I should say about the Republican health care legislation in the Senate. We do know that there is a policy split among Senators about how much and how fast to cut Medicaid. We know the bill will cut taxes. But beyond that there is more information on one of my whiteboards than what is posted in public.

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8/20/2017

article Congressman, Native American: When political correctness runs amok -- erasing our history doesn't change it
(Washington D.C.) -- The conversation happening in our nation in light of recent events is more about political correctness than the issue at hand. Neo-Nazis, white...

8/19/2017

article TRAHANT: Obesity in Indian Country Is Mostly the Same; Why That’s Incremental Progress
(USA) -- The most fundamental question about government is this: Does it work? When does government — tribal, state or federal — actually make a difference...

8/16/2017

article TRAHANT: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump presidency ended yesterday. “… Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white...

8/15/2017

article Darkness at Noon: an experience of a solar eclipse
(Arizona) -- I was ten years old when the stars came out at noon. After penning the sheep and goats in the corral for their noon rest, I felt a strange sense of...

8/12/2017

article Entrepreneurial News: Veteran Journalist Fills a Niche with Indian-Country Coverage
(North Dakota) -- The forces that have decimated traditional daily newspapers in many markets have also created opportunities for entrepreneurial journalists to find a...

8/11/2017

article Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September
(North Dakota) -- September is going to be a mess. Congress must sort out some really complicated fiscal issues. There is the budget, an increase in the debt limit, how...
article Tim Giago: Broken treaties remain among America's deepest and darkest secrets
(South Dakota) -- Let’s put a hat on the word “treaty.” Nearly every dictionary describes it as, “an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation...
article BALDY: Don't Live in a Murder House
(California) -- Last week on Facebook I came across a post from the Wiyot Tribe in which it tagged my friend Rachel Sundberg. The tribe was thanking her for helping...

8/7/2017

article TRAHANT: Indian Country sees incremental progress on obesity among youth
(USA) -- The most fundamental question about government is this: Does it work? When does government — tribal, state or federal — actually make a difference...

7/30/2017

article TRAHANT: What’s Next? Schoolhouse Rock, Funding Inequity & Making Sure Law is Followed
(North Dakota) -- Senate Republicans campaigned against “Obamacare” for seven years. Yet there was never an alternative that had support from a majority of...
article Opinion / The Unfortunate and Extremely High Cost of Bi-Partisanship in American Politics
(Washington D.C.) -- Early Friday, in a stunning rebuke of Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, and even President Trump, Senator John McCain (R-AZ...

7/27/2017

article NEWCOMB: Toward a Native Nations Studies Curriculum in California
(California) -- In February of this year, 2017, California Representative Monique Limón introduced California Assembly Bill 738 (CA AB-738), entitled Pupil Instruction:...

7/26/2017

article TRAHANT: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate is now going through 20 hours of debate on House Resolution 1628 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But the House bill was...
article CHAVERS: How Alcatraz Helped Native American Students
(California) -- When we took over Alcatraz Island on November 19, 1969, none of us thought there would be some money to come out of it. But the Alcatraz Island...

7/24/2017

article TRAHANT: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care
(Washington D.C.) -- Here we go again. Another week and the United States Senate is ready to vote on legislation to remake the entire healthcare system, including Indian...

7/19/2017

article George-Kanentiio: Religious doctrines remain at root of 'Indian' law
(New York) -- At the Akwesasne Indigenous Foundation Education gathering on June 28-29 the subjects of how and why the Europeans came to justify the theft of the western...
article TRAHANT: Republicans still unable to govern in the Donald Trump era
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate is broken. Republicans control 52 seats only part of the time. Enough votes to win a majority and pass a judicial nominee. But not enough...

7/17/2017

article TRAHANT: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate healthcare bill looked like it was going to pass on Friday. There were only two public no votes (when three are needed to defeat the...

7/15/2017

article TRAHANT: You can’t slash health care and say it’s better off
(North Dakota) -- A Senate hearing Wednesday on Indian health illustrates the larger problem exactly: How can you strip millions of dollars from a health care system and...

7/14/2017

article Moya-Smith: D.C.’s Nasty Underbelly, And, Yes, Trumpcare Will Kill Natives
(New York) -- I WAS BOBBING in the pool by the bar on a hot yet tolerable day at an Indian casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with three gorgeous Natives talking politics,...
article Ask N NDN: My Advice on Staying Married for 20 Years
(Virginia) -- A little over 20 years ago, I was walking out of a friend’s house in Wilmington, North Carolina and started to rush down the stairs to head back home.
article MAILHOT: The Decolonization of My Story
(New Mexico) -- Taking colonization from its locus in my narrative, or cultural history, has been an act of decolonization. The small rez I grew up on was full of...

7/11/2017

article RUSSELL: Jimmie Durham and the Race Pimps We Admire
(USA) -- There’s a “Cherokee” artist named Jimmie Durham showing publicly for the first time in a long time in the U.S. Durham has at various times...

7/10/2017

article TRAHANT: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country
(USA) -- I am not sure of the exact year. It probably happened around 1996. That’s when the Indian Health Service became the single largest employer in Indian...

7/6/2017

article GRANT: Not My Canada Day or July 4, Crossing Borders Is Getting Harder
(Canada) -- I have been an artist and fashion designer for 35 years. I was born in Alaska, and for 38 years I’ve lived in Canada. Today was not a good day. I was...
article KADER: July 4: America Is Celebrating Its Democracy, Not Its Freedom
(New York) -- July 4, 2017 will be known as one commemorated by a widely divided American citizenry. For U.S. President Donald J. Trump, it will be his first since being...
article NEWCOMB: Language Games by the United States
(California) -- Words create the meanings by which we interact with one another. The meanings by which we interact with each other create the reality we experience...
article RED SHIRT: Rural Poor: American Indians & Others
(South Dakota) -- The last election brought awareness of the rural poor in America. It isn’t just federal Indian reservations but places in West Virginia that have...
article VOWEL: Blanket Statement
(Canada) -- When it was time for my eldest daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony, we were living in Montreal, far from our traditional territory of manitow-sâkahikan (...

7/2/2017

article LETTER: Yes, the Redskins name is offensive to us tribal members; please understand why
(Washington) -- As chairman and CEO of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, I feel compelled to respond to the June 22 letter to Peninsula Voices, “Redskins...
article SAGANASH: 150 years of cultural genocide: Today, like all days, is an insult
(Quebec) -- I lose sleep most nights. It started when I was young. Now I have a whole regimen of supports to help me sleep: exercise, healthy eating, music, darkness,...

6/29/2017

article NEWCOMB: The Mind of the White Man is the Origin of US Federal Indian ‘Law’
(California) -- The concepts and ideas that make up and constitute U.S. federal Indian law originated where all ideas originate, in the human mind. Not just any humans...

6/27/2017

article TRAHANT: Health care delivery is worth a policy debate; but Senate bill is not that
(Washington D.C.) -- The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill — the ironically titled “Better Care...
article TRAHANT: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill — the ironically titled “Better Care...

6/26/2017

article DeVille: Trump's 'America First' puts Native America last
(North Dakota) -- The Trump administration budget proposal is detrimental for all Americans. Furthermore, the budget jeopardizes the future of Native American people and...

6/25/2017

article Cuthand: Reconciliation is not enough to create change in Sask
(Saskatchewan) -- Once again Aboriginal Day has come and gone and things in Saskatchewan can go back to the lopsided existence we regard as normal.
article Lisa Charleyboy: my journey to Indigenous nationhood
(Canada) -- Growing up, the first time I realized that I was different was when I got called "brownie" at the public wave pool by a little girl who looked like...

6/22/2017

article MONTEAU: Fear the Walking Dead: Otherwise Known as the Democratic Party and the DNC
(USA) -- The Democratic Elite are not unlike zombies slowly moving down what they don’t know is a circular path through the woods in search of a brain, passing by...
article TURTLE TALK: The President’s Budget Cuts for Treaty Rights Funding Affect Jobs
(Michigan) -- Leaders from across Indian country have expressed concern and criticism over the President’s proposed Indian Affairs budget. The President has...
article Opinion: Indigenous people don't need sanction of 'settler saviours'
(British Columbia) -- From the inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women and girls to pipelines to the legacies of the Indian residential school system, water...
article Point of View: Looking white and being Aboriginal
(Labrador) -- It was a beautiful summer day in downtown St. John's; my friend was working a food truck and on my way to work, I'd often stop to say hello, maybe...

6/19/2017

article TRAHANT: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors
(Washington D.C.) -- I have been wondering what I should say about the Republican health care legislation in the Senate. We do know that there is a policy split among...

6/16/2017

article MAILHOT: Native Women Brilliance: Let’s Start With My Mother
(Indiana) -- My mother spoke herself into the world. I can’t speak her story, but I can say I witnessed how she declared her own brilliance and conjured a new life...

6/13/2017

article TRAHANT: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s easy to blame Donald J. Trump for a terrible budget. This is classic disruption; it’s designed to change the nature of government...

6/8/2017

article RUSSELL: Uncertainty and Principles: Law in the Era of Trump
(Texas) -- There’s no denying that Chief Justice John Marshall was a very smart lawyer, and he probably belonged at the top of the new- judicial system being...

6/5/2017

article TRAHANT: Enough! Trump Has Abdicated on Climate—Now It’s Up to Us
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s official. The United States is on the wrong side of history. With the Paris agreement, nearly every country in the world joined together...

6/4/2017

article TRAHANT: A Seat at the Table? Claudia Kauffman Launches Bid for Seattle Port Commission
(Washington) -- It’s such a simple thing: Every citizen should have a voice at the table when decisions are made. It’s a powerful notion because no democracy...

6/1/2017

article RED SHIRT: The Importance Of Tribal Colleges
(South Dakota) -- I attended a graduation at one of this country, our country’s oldest and top universities this week. The Native American center at this...
article CHARLES: A Native Perspective on Memorial Day
(Washington D.C.) -- There are four US holidays that, as a Native, I find difficult to fully celebrate. The first is Columbus Day. For obvious reasons. The second is...

5/26/2017

article TRAHANT: America the Unbelievable: The Trump Administration Show
(North Dakota) -- Reality TV works for one simple reason: The antics of the characters are beyond what’s believable in fiction. It’s compelling drama because...

5/25/2017

article ECOFFEY: Don’t Let The Feds Off The Hook For Their Failures In Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- About a year and a half ago I told myself that I would stop spending so much of my time directly addressing the willful ignorance of many academics and...
article WALN: Life Is Hard For Many Lakota People
(South Dakota) -- Life is hard for many Lakota people. It may be especially difficult when you are living on the land where your ancestors grew up. There are times in...

5/24/2017

article MCKASATO: The Money-Making Machine Known as DNA Testing
(New Mexico) -- What if you thought you were practically full-blood Native and took a DNA test and found out you were 34 percent white and/or 15 percent black? Would it...

5/19/2017

article Arne Vainio: Expressing gratitude for the people we have around us
(Minnesota) -- I was at a two day medical conference a few weeks ago getting caught up on my continuing education credits. Some of these can be done online, but some are...

5/17/2017

article FRANKLIN: Modocs are unique people among unique people
(California) -- A very interesting aspect of living next to northeast Oklahoma is the presence of nine federally recognized Native American Tribes within just a two-...

5/16/2017

article ROSS: Comey Had It Coming: The FBI and Its Destructive History With Native People
(Washington) -- “Last week, as he was returning the first major shipment of records to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Hank Adams was arrested. The FBI agent who had...

5/12/2017

article HALPERIN: Environment Will Define the Trump Era
(USA) -- The Trump era will, one day, be used as a case study for how it catapulted the environmental industry forward and brought greater attention to climate change....
article CRAMBLIT: The Music That Shapes Our Lives As Natives
(California) -- I don’t know exactly what it is like for other tribes, but for the Karuk music and songs are an integral part of what defines our cultural...

5/11/2017

article KAHN: A curriculum to tell tribal history
(California) -- I’m proud of our tribe’s involvement in advancing educational efforts through our own strong Education Department for tribal students and...

5/10/2017

article Pascua Yaqui and My Traditions From Living on the Reservation
(Arizona) -- I am previously from Tucson, Arizona and I lived in a rather large community called old Pascua. Old Pascua is closer to midtown rather than being closer to...

5/9/2017

article ROLO: Creating New Native Identities
(Minnesota) -- A few years ago, my friend, a PhD candidate was analyzing research data she had collected on how social media, in particular, Facebook was shaping the...

5/8/2017

article Tim Giago: Charlene Teters stood her ground against racist mascot
(South Dakota) -- Charlene Teters is a Spokane Indian from Washington State. She is also considerate, kind and courageous. In other words, she is a wonderful woman.
article DAVIES: Uncle Sam baked us all some cupcakes
(South Dakota) -- Most enlightened people in Western democracies think propaganda is something that dupes the people of inferior countries, but that they understand how...
article MIDGE: I Have White Bread Privilege
(USA) -- I love sandwiches, all kinds, and anyone who knows me knows that I love me a sammich! I am a sammich specialist. But what people don’t know about me and...
article SWALLOW: In the days when the government ran everything on the reservation
(South Dakota) -- I have been retired for 15 years and had lots of time to reflect on my life. I know of my parents and grandparents from 1870 to the present time. I...

5/5/2017

article TRAHANT: Health Care Is Now the Republican’s Mess
(North Dakota) -- The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act by four votes, 217 to 213. The legislation now moves to the U.S. Senate.

5/4/2017

article Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care
(North Dakota) -- How much does it cost to buy the vote of a ‘moderate’ Republican? Today the going rate is $8 billion. (And that, by the way, is more than...
article ROSS: A Letter to Indigenous Graduates: Protect Who You Have Always Been
(Washington) -- Dear Native students and graduates, You are graduating. Congratulations. That is a huge deal. Historic. You beat the odds. Your family and community...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Let's scrutinize the Indian Reorganization Act
(South Dakota) -- Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain (1835-1910), writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer, wrote, “Politicians...
article Tim Giago: Coming out of the darkness of April and into the light of May
(South Dakota) -- In April of 1921 Vaudevillian entertainer Al Jolson stood on the stage in Jolson’s 59th Street Theatre in New York City in blackface in the...

5/1/2017

article DUBOIS: Remembering the LA Riots and the Tribalism That Saved Communities
(California) -- April 29, 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the LA Riots of 1992. Spurred by the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers charged with the beating...
article TRAHANT: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress has a spending plan. And it rejects most (but not all) of President Donald J. Trump’s priorities. It also includes more money for...

4/27/2017

article STAR COMES OUT: Why is it we are still dealing with racism?
(South Dakota) -- Conducting seminars about bigotry may appear unusual to many people. However, I see it as a necessity to improve our existence here in the Dakotas or...

4/26/2017

article TRAHANT: Why Run? Utah Candidate Cites Standing Rock as “Awakening” – #NativeVote18
(Utah) -- James Singer will run for the United States Senate in Utah. He’s the first Native American to run in 2018 elections. Singer is a member of the Navajo...
article CRAMBLIT: Our Mother Language and the Survival of Native Language As a Whole
(California) -- Good morning. Hello, my name is André. I am a Karuk tribal member from the Klamath and Salmon rivers. I am from the village of Katiimiin. I am here today...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's name Columbus for what he truly was
(New York) -- In 2004 I was in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) attending the World Parliament of Religions with my wife Joanne Shenandoah and the late Mohawk Nation Chief...

4/21/2017

article 'Sound familiar?' / Presidential action, baseball logo, no beer on Oglala border, local battles
(Oklahoma) -- This spring, there was a bit of a flap over the Prez traveling to the home of Andrew Jackson to pay homage to the 9th president of the expanding United...

4/20/2017

article ROBERTSON: The Myth of Indian Casino Riches
(Massachusetts) -- If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me about receiving money from Indian casinos, I might be relatively rich. No such luck.
article Ivan Star Comes Out: True tribal histories are concealed in America
(South Dakota) -- Oglala District Representative, Stephanie Leasure, offered me an opportunity to provide prayer for the first day the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council’...

4/18/2017

article TRAHANT: There's always another election to change Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Remember this: There is always another election. And the 2018 congressional elections already promise to be extraordinary.

4/17/2017

article GIAGO: Beware of fake medicine men and fake medicine women
(South Dakota) -- For more than 100 years the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota, plus the many other tribes of the Northern Plains, have opened up many of their most sacred...

4/16/2017

article DAPL: A Native American Perspective
(Arizona) -- The Dakota Access Pipeline has been protested since late July 2016. Protesters have organized what amounts to a small camp there for people to stay and live...

4/11/2017

article MCKOSATO: Religious Freedom, Sweat Lodges and Being Denied Our Basic Rights
(New Mexico) -- Religious freedom is a state of mind. Over the generations tribal peoples throughout the United States have been, on too many occasions, denied the basic...

4/5/2017

article ROLO: Facing Denial of Diabetes
(Minnesota) -- Two years ago, I woke up with what I thought was a pimple on the right side of my neck. In two days that pimple burgeoned into a major infection. I was...

4/4/2017

article James Giago Davies: Indian athletes continue to excel in baseball
(South Dakota) -- There are two sports people associate most with the Indian athlete—basketball and distance running. Basketball is clearly king today, and...

4/3/2017

article MIDGE: Playing ‘Russian Roulette’ With Women’s Health
(USA) -- A din of squealing and snorking was heard coming from a White House conference room March 23, when top government leaders met with a group of all male barnyard...
article Tim Giago: Deaths of Indian homeless in Rapid City still unresolved
(South Dakota) -- It started in May of 1998. Bodies began to show up in or near Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered in 1998 and 1999 six were Native...

3/31/2017

article ECOFFEY: Obvious Connection Between Meth and Firearms
(South Dakota) -- Over the course of the last 2 years we have seen an unprecedented rise in the use of methamphetamine on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
article MANNING: The Realities of Lateral Violence Within Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- A loved one shared a story with me before, on lateral violence in tribal communities. At the time, I was saddened that there was so much negativity. So...
article DAVIES: Now and again I get some e-mail
(South Dakota) -- Every once in a while you get such a lulu of a letter from a person who didn’t like something you wrote you eventually have to share it. This...

3/30/2017

article Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Indians still don't matter in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- In March, 2017, as Governor Dennis Daugaard got ready to sign SB 176 in Pierre, he called it a “protest response bill,” and it included...
article NEWCOMB: Indigenous Sovereignty and the Political Subordination of Our Nations
(California) -- The English language is deeply problematic for the Original Nations of Great Turtle Island (“North America”). As a cautionary note, we should...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Native people are still searching for equality
(South Dakota) -- About two years ago, I experienced a truly awkward moment in a South Dakota state courtroom. I and the wife were attending a hearing for our youngest...
article PALMATER: Canada 150 is a celebration of Indigenous genocide
(Ontario) -- For many Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island (North America), it's difficult to imagine Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - who has said that "no...

3/29/2017

article HENSLEY: Why Russia gave up Alaska, America's gateway to the Arctic
(Alaska) -- One hundred and fifty years ago, on March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and Russian envoy Baron Edouard de Stoeckl signed the Treaty of...

3/28/2017

article KADER: Grass Roots Legal Concepts Intentionally Forgotten in Modern Indian Law Rulings
(USA) -- Historically, when Native American tribes entered into treaties with the United States, there were no lawyers to assist the communal interests in negotiating...

3/27/2017

article TRAHANT: The fight ahead for the future of Indian health care
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald J. Trump’s legislative agenda has crashed. The Republican promise to quickly repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on...

3/23/2017

article MONTEAU: Time For Congress To Revisit The Indian Civil Rights Act
(USA) -- In the 1960s, Congress held a series of hearings on the subject of the authority of tribal governments. These hearings told about the abuses that many tribal...
article LADUKE: The Filth of North Dakota: The Garbage and Pollution That Was Already There
(North Dakota) -- Earlier this month, Governor Burgum and North Dakota authorities peddled a story to the media about the feces and garbage runoff into the river from...
article TRAHANT: Health Care Repeal: Deadline Day Is Here
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s hard to think of a more make or break moment for the Speaker of the House of Representatives than what happens today. Well, sort of.
article JACOBS: The Deep State Civil War
(New Mexico) -- A few months ago, we saw an apparent civil war in the government between the Globalist faction (CIA) backing candidate Hillary Clinton and the Homeland...
article STAR COMES OUT: Where is America’s self-respect and humanity?
(South Dakota) -- Americanism refers specifically to the “attachment or allegiance to the traditions, institutions, and ideals of the United States.” Believe...

3/19/2017

article MAILHOT: A Poor Indian Makes the Best Philosopher and Theorist
(British Columbia) -- Being a poor Indian was like being invisible, or worse, they notice you and your shoes, your lack—of cash flow, or car, or insurance, or...
article RUSSELL: Aliens and Predators I: Hunter-Gatherers as Prey
(Texas) -- You can’t steal something that has no owner, and this obvious fact was the moral cover for virtually all of the real estate in the Americas—the so...

3/18/2017

article OP/ED: Australia’s Response to the Doctrine of Discovery
(Australia) -- In 2012, at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Kate Gumley, then Head of the Australian Delegation, delivered an intervention titled “The...

3/14/2017

article MULLIN: Protecting and Improving Native American Health Care
(Washington D.C.) -- The 115th Congress made a promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, at the start of this new session of...
article James Giago Davies: It's time to honor our keen Lakota intellect
(South Dakota) -- Every year hundreds of talented Lakota athletes bolster basketball rosters all across West River. We marvel at their skill; fans are familiar with...
article JAWORT: A Rightwing Radio Jock’s Last Stand In Indian Country Ends at Segregation
(Minnesota) -- A popular local and regional country music radio “Breakfast Flakes” co-host in my hometown of Billings, Montana recently made national news...

3/9/2017

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Water protectors experienced raw trauma
(South Dakota) -- I was touched by a young attorney’s discussion on how some of his colleagues felt a “raw” sense of defeat in the wake of the recent...
article My Voice: ‘America’s untouchables’
(South Dakota) -- When we consider the argument for allowing undocumented workers in because no one wants the jobs these undocumented workers take it is a weak one....

3/7/2017

article Mark Trahant: Republicans roll dice with Obamacare replacement
(North Dakota) -- There’s a bad joke that goes like this: What’s your plan to pay for the high cost of health care? No worries. I’ll win the Powerball.

3/6/2017

article TRAHANT: Native American Republicans: Opening Up a Channel for Discourse About Indian Country’s Issues
(North Dakota) -- Indian country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures, especially those Native American Republicans who...
article James Giago Davies: Some simple rules for winning at rez ball
(South Dakota) -- When the 35-second shot clock and the three-point shot were introduced to South Dakota high school basketball, rez ball should have taken off like a...

3/2/2017

article DAVIES: Divide and conquer the weak minded
(South Dakota) -- A couple of weeks back I wrote about Public Law 280, about how a 1968 civil rights amendment to that Law provided tribes with a protection against...

3/1/2017

article TRAHANT: Trump set to deliver financial blow to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald J. Trump is set to deliver a financial blow to Indian Country. His first budget will propose cuts of at least $54 billion and an...

2/27/2017

article SWALLOW: The ladies dumped the flour and made dresses out of the sacks
(South Dakota) -- George Catlin who was a Naturalist traveled West in the 1830s. He was known as an American painter, author and traveler who focused his work on Native...
article TRAHANT: The story of Standing Rock won't be going away
(North Dakota) -- The Dakota Access pipeline is set and oil will flow. But this is not the only fight about water, and Standing Rock is only one chapter somewhere in the...

2/24/2017

article CHAVERS: How Alcatraz Helped Native American Students
(New Mexico) -- When we took over Alcatraz Island on November 19, 1969, none of us thought there would be some money to come out of it. But the Alcatraz Island...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Indigenous people still struggle in America
(South Dakota) -- In 1516, Sir Thomas More, an English lawyer, social philosopher & author, described a society void of poverty and sickness with his book, Utopia.

2/23/2017

article James Giago Davies: We've become too proud of our ignorance
(South Dakota) -- Most Americans are not stupid. It is easy to think they are when you look at the TV they watch, their obsession with sports and celebrity, their...

2/21/2017

article HALBRITTER: A Native American’s perspective on the immigration issue
(New York) -- Dear U.S and International Immigrants: This letter is addressed to the immigrants already living here in the United States, and also to those currently...

2/20/2017

article TRAHANT: Bureau of Indian Education, Indian Health Service and Others Labeled As ‘High Risk’
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal Indian programs, like Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Service, have been added to the “high-risk” category by the...

2/17/2017

article RUSSELL: Who Was Pocahontas: Frightened Child or Exotic Sexual Fantasy?
(Texas) -- The day I write, June 27, is the day Pocahontas walked on. Or not. Like so much of her life, the actual date of her death is up for grabs among people who...
article WENTE: Canada needs to give indigenous stories the platform they deserve
(Ontario) -- Ahnii Bozhoo. It’s always great to be back on unceded Algonquin territory. I thank them for hosting us all here today, and indeed for hosting all that...

2/16/2017

article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe comes together for health
(Montana) -- February is National Heart Month, set-aside to call attention and promote prevention efforts to thwart heart disease which kills more women than all cancers...
article MANN: We Are Not a Nation of Immigrants
(USA) -- As we have this conversation about immigrants and immigration: who belongs here and who doesn’t; this would be the opportune time for America to reflect...
article NEWCOMB: Pedro Alvarado’s ‘Almost a Lust for Murder’ and San Diego Maritime Museum
(California) -- The mission of the San Diego Maritime Museum is “to serve as the community memory of our seafaring experience by collecting, preserving, and...
article ROSS: Crispus Attucks: A Black and Native Shared Narrative That Changed the World
(Washington) -- Since white colonization of this continent, Black and Native lives have always been valued less than other people. The story of Crispus Attucks was an...

2/14/2017

article CHAMPAGNE: Mission Indians and Indigenous Economy
(California) -- Tribal businesses, casinos, and tribal corporations, as well as successful individual Indian businesses often attract my attention. How do indigenous...

2/13/2017

article ROLO: Trump thumbs his nose at tribal sovereignty
(South Dakota) -- As President Trump steamrolls his executive order machine across this country, trampling on civil liberties and upending environmental protections, he...
article TRAHANT: The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline is far from over
(North Dakota) -- The Trump administration has been in office for less than a month — and already the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is again...

2/10/2017

article ROSS: What is Former President Obama’s Legacy Within Native Communities? A Complicated Legacy
(Washington) -- At this moment, former President Obama must look like he was a super hero for many communities in comparison to this clown who is in the White House...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is still alive and well in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- All my life, I have heard the old “Get a job,” and “Get over it” retort, especially from a specific Euro-American crowd that...

1/30/2017

article McKASATO: ‘What Would We Do Without Indian Health Service?’
(Washington D.C.) -- A lot of tribal people I’ve been talking to lately believe that the Indian Health Care Improvement Act is in peril (that includes the Indian...

1/25/2017

article CHIEF BAKER: Tribal governments: stronger together for Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Recently, the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes gathered to collaborate and strategize on issues that will be beneficial to the sovereign...

1/24/2017

article MARQUEZ: Electoral College Vital for Indian Country and State Diversity
(California) -- The Electoral College is under scrutiny. Such examination is with cause, as should be all laws, regulations and constitutional framings.
article Tim Giago: Rapid City mayor points the finger at Native community
(South Dakota) -- Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender was swamped with downtown merchants about the homeless people and panhandlers that were invading their part of this...
article Clara Caufield: Cheyenne mother keeps us together in tough times
(Montana) -- Maheo’o (the Creator) knows how to balance things, the necessary timing for all earthly events. We must believe that, especially during challenging...
article MCMAHON: Why I Won’t Be Attending Canada’s 150th Birthday Party
(Canada) -- I won’t be attending Canada’s 150th birthday party. What are we celebrating exactly? I’m actually kinda offended anyone would attend the...
article NEWCOMB: The History the San Diego Maritime Museum Does Not Teach
(California) -- The San Diego Maritime Museum has accomplished a noteworthy feat by spending millions of dollars and expending thousands of man hours to build a replica...

1/23/2017

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Unresolved trauma contributes to disharmony
(South Dakota) -- As a life-long resident on the Pine Ridge, I am continually hearing livid remarks regarding the less-than-quality life here. Many among a significant...
article MAILHOT: Sit Down, Konrad Yakabuski, and All Other Yakabuskis
(British Columbia) -- In the midst of the debate over Joseph Boyden’s ethnic ambiguity, Konrad Yakabuski wrote a misguided Globe and Mail article in defense of...

1/18/2017

article Delphine Red Shirt: Tournament is a testament to our talented Native youth
(South Dakota) -- The 40th annual Lakota Nation Invitational highpoint was the grand entry on Friday night; of the parade of athletes representing their respective...

1/17/2017

article Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare
(North Dakota) -- Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Kinda, sorta. Because it’s actually way more complicated than a straight repeal of the law.
article MAILHOT: The Story of My Brother: My Protector
(British Columbia) -- Mom thought my brother could intuit the future. Her assumptions weren’t baseless; she was a historian. As Nlaka’ pamux, we’ve...
article Tim Giago: Discovering a love for food at an Indian boarding school
(South Dakota) -- Sometimes one can find irony in a name. Let me explain. I was almost six years old when I was deposited at the front door of Red Cloud Hall located at...

1/16/2017

article BLOG: The Longest Walk 5.2 “Calling an End to Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence”
(California) -- The National Field Office of The American Indian Movement proudly announces, The Longest Walk 5.2, “Calling an End to Drug Abuse and Domestic...

1/12/2017

article Ivan Star Comes Out: We must speak Lakota to keep it from dying
(South Dakota) -- Native population numbers declined radically the day Columbus arrived in this hemisphere of the globe but no one’s talking about it.
article WALN: A Salute To Holiday Volunteers
(South Dakota) -- The holiday season is generally a hard one for many of us. December marks a host of tragic anniversaries for Lakota- Dakota-Nakota people.

1/6/2017

article MAILHOT: Tell Joseph Boyden You Can't Sell 'Indian' Like A Souvenir
(Canada) -- Joseph Boyden, author of The Orenda, is a figurehead in native literature and was recently scrutinized for his lack of proof concerning his native roots.

1/4/2017

article JIM: Alligator wrestler describes his job: ‘It’s more like a conversation than a fight’
(Florida) -- My name is Rocky Jim Jr. and I was born in Miami on July 23, 1971. I grew up on the Miccosukee reservation in Miami for about 95 percent of my life. Around...

1/2/2017

article President Obama Should Declare the Greater Grand Canyon a National Monument
(Arizona) -- President Obama just designated two new national monuments, Bears Ears in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada, honoring the deep and historical connections of...
article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe honors elderly members
(Montana) -- According to the most recent statistics about 11,200 people are enrolled in the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and about 5,000 of those live on the Reservation.
article Reservations Versus California Missions: Did Either Protect Indian Land?
(California) -- The padres of the California Indian missions believed that the U.S. governments plan to establish reservations was similar to the California missions.
article Tim Giago: Starting off another new year with some favorite songs
(South Dakota) -- As the headline reads I pondered about how to start off the New Year with my first column of 2017 when I saw the slogan that makes up the headline on a...

12/31/2016

article Cuthand: Indigenous people natural leaders on environment
(Saskatchewan) -- 2016 was an historic year in Indian Country, and 2017 looks to be no different. This year we saw indigenous people on both sides of the border take a...

12/30/2016

article Opinion: American Indian Issues: Truth and reconciliation
(North Dakota) -- This land is your land . . ." but we will take it from you and leave you with a trail of tears . . (parts 1 and 2): Part 1: As we continue with...

12/29/2016

article Point of View: What makes me proud to be Indigenous?
(Canada) -- The conversation around who is and who isn't Indigenous is one that happens often in the Indigenous community — and with good reason. There have...

12/27/2016

article GYASI ROSS: Divest Now! Joint Statement Regarding the Next Stage in the Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline
(USA) -- Thing About Skins: When people with no easy access to money take on big money, it’s always a hard, uphill battle.

12/26/2016

article TRAHANT: Standing Rock Prepared Us For Trump’s Billionaires and Oil Giants
(USA) -- It’s easy for me to dismiss 2016 as a horrible year. There have been eight years of relative progress on issues I care about, from the climate to equality...

12/25/2016

article TRAHANT: Denise Juneau’s Eight Years of Promise
(Montana) -- It’s easy to think about politics as being about elections. We concentrate so much of our attention, our money, and our energy on campaigns. But then...

12/22/2016

article ECOFFEY: Four Decades of LNI Greatness
(South Dakota) -- This past weekend the Lakota Nation Invitational went off without a hitch like it has done for the last four decades. The people who help organize and...

12/19/2016

press release CHAIRMAN PAYMENT: Fellow Tribal Leaders Across the Nation
(Michigan) -- Ahneen, Boozho, Negee:  As my fellow Tribal Leaders and peers, I wanted to update you first hand that on Tuesday of this week, my Tribal Board of...
article JACOBS: Indians for Trump Speak in Termination Tongue
(Washington D.C.) -- I haven’t heard of “CERT – the Council of Energy Resource Tribes” in decades. I imagined them being summoned from Ronald...

12/15/2016

article James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independence
(South Dakota) -- Defining the identity of one Indian treaty signatory is easy, the United States, but defining the identity of the other(s), gets seriously problematic.

12/13/2016

article HOPKINS: Trump’s Termination Era 2.0
(Washington D.C.) -- Welp, here we are folks. The dumpster fire that was 2016 is finally drawing to a close, and in January 2017, the President-Elect, Donald “Grab...

12/12/2016

article TRAHANT: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White House
(Washington D.C.) -- If, then, this. A series of three words explaining what happens in any new White House. If Donald Trump wins the presidency, then many (not all) of...

12/9/2016

article Brandon Ecoffey: Our reservation basketball coaches deserve better
(South Dakota) -- When writing about community news it gets very difficult to not be affected by the stories we are sometimes to forced to cover.

12/5/2016

article TRAHANT: The Inevitable Pipeline That Wasn’t
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has defied history. Nearly two years ago the Dakota Access Pipeline and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the tribe...

12/4/2016

article TRAHANT: Pushing Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (While a Replacement Can Wait)
(North Dakota) -- President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system. And so far the path looks to...

11/29/2016

article TRAHANT: Why the “Rule of Law” Is a Powerful Idea for Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- The rule of law. Four words that are cited over and over as the reason the water protectors at Standing Rock should back away from their efforts to...

11/28/2016

article Mel Sheldon Jr.: Support the Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument
(Arizona) -- President Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. The President’s message invites Americans to “celebrate the...
article TRAHANT: The Billion-Dollar Dilemma: Funding Indian Health in the Trump Era
(Washington D.C.) -- A few years ago I had a chance to ask President George Bush what he thought about tribal sovereignty in the 21st century. His answer went viral:...

11/27/2016

article NEWCOMB: The Dominionist Age of Trump and Our Original Free Nations
(California) -- With Donald Trump’s recent election to the presidency of the United States, it would appear all bets are off. After 9/11, and the passage of the...
article MCINTOSH: The Braid of a First Nations' Boy Symbolizes Strength and Our Culture
(Alberta) -- In Thunderchild First Nation, in what is known today as the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, many young boys get bullied for following their native culture...

11/24/2016

article TRAHANT: Rethinking Tribal Policy at the State Level
(USA) -- Elections are about ideas. What should our world look like? How do tribal nations, Alaska Native corporations, and communities fit into the American experience...

11/22/2016

article VALBUENA: Preserving America’s freedom is part of Native American heritage
(California) -- Sometimes the weight of sacrifice and the heritage of our nation can be overwhelming. Earlier this month, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians was very...

11/20/2016

article TRAHANT: Indian Country Was Like America … Only More So
(USA) -- This election Indian country was like America. Perhaps only more so. Most American Indian and Alaska Natives voted for Hillary Clinton. But that support was...
article US recognizing tribal treaty rights | BEING FRANK
(Washington) -- A wave of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has reached a high water mark in the closing days of President Barack Obama’s...

11/15/2016

article LOOMIS: U.S. recognizing tribal sovereignty and treaty rights
(Washington) -- A wave of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has reached a high water mark in the closing days of President Barack Obama’s...

11/14/2016

article TRAHANT: Native voters failed to make a big difference in 2016
(USA) -- This election Indian Country was like America. Perhaps only more so. Most American Indian and Alaska Natives voted for Hillary Clinton. But that support was...

11/13/2016

article GIAGO: A Call to From the “United Sovereign Indian Nations of America
(South Dakota) -- In what seemed like a virtual nightmare a misogynist bigot was elected as the President of the United States. Of course he is called the “...

11/12/2016

article ‘Void When Initiated; You Can’t Grant What You Don’t Possess’
(California) -- The concept of civil society is traced to the ancient Roman Empire. Today we find this concept in the phrase “civil disobedience.”

11/10/2016

article James Giago Davies: Pulling back the curtain on tribal corruption
(South Dakota) -- There’s this fictional place I keep sharing, a parallel reality called the Cottonwood Indian Reservation, just east of the Bear Mountains, and...

11/9/2016

article TRAHANT: It wasn't a complete disaster for Native candidates
(USA) -- Native American representation in Congress was 0.37 percent before the election and today it’s the same, Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Markwayne Mullin were...

11/4/2016

article Vi Waln: More awareness of breast cancer needed in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Out of all the different cancers our people are afflicted with, American Indian women are the most likely to die from breast cancer.

11/2/2016

article Delphine Red Shirt: We can't always blame others for Native language losses
(South Dakota) -- When I hear people from the Pine Ridge reservation, who grew up in the 1970's talk about the perils of boarding schools, I have to wonder what they...
article RUSTYWIRE: Bitter Winds
(New Mexico) -- The television is a marvelous toy, but I’m not sure it teaches better than the old stories. My grandson was watching a man and a woman insulting...

11/1/2016

article COOK: Colin Kaepernick Takes a Knee
(New York) -- This election cycle has been a shameful joke that has exposed how America has slid backwards to the "goot ole daze." San Francisco 49ers...
article Clara Caufield: Tribes are putting more of our people behind bars
(Montana) -- It’s great to be back home on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation after a seasonal break. And, to my great surprise, once again working for the Northern...

10/26/2016

article TRAHANT: A Landslide? That Would Be Great News for Native Americans
(USA) -- What does a landslide look like? And, more important, what would that mean for Native American candidates? First: Hillary Clinton is peaking at the ideal moment...

10/25/2016

article Delphine Red Shirt: Teach the Lakota language like our elders wanted
(South Dakota) -- Albert White Hat, when he was alive, worked in traditional ways to gain consensus so that the Lakota language would be taught to second language...
article MCKOSATO: What Does an Indian Look Like?
(New Mexico) -- “They don’t look like Indians to me, and they don’t look like Indians to (other) Indians.” This was a statement by Donald Trump...

10/24/2016

article NEWCOMB: Christian Dominionism at the Root of U.S. Federal Indian Law
(California) -- In 1954, at the opening of the era of Termination, the U.S. Justice Department delivered its legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, and later delivered...

10/22/2016

article TRAHANT: Tom Cole Forges the GOP Case for Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Early on I decided to focus this #NativeVote16 project on American Indians and Alaska Natives running for office. (Instead of a broader look at the...

10/21/2016

article FLETCHER: Repeating the Mistakes of the Past in “The New Trail of Tears”`
(Michigan) -- THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAND OF OTTAWA AND CHIPPEWA INDIANS will soon open a marina in Peshawbestown on the Grand Traverse Bay, one of the most beautiful...

10/20/2016

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Education system diminishes Native people
(South Dakota) -- I learned the truth about American history while working in St. Paul in the early 1990s. As natives, we have been omitted from history texts, as taught...

10/18/2016

article MIDGE: Clown Costumes Banned, Racist Native American Costumes Still OK
(Colorado) -- Prompted by a creepy clown threat posted on a Colorado student’s Facebook account, along with the onslaught of creepy clown sightings and situations...
article MYERS: Engaging in Indigenous Development
(Minnesota) -- The past seven months have been an interesting succession of opportunities, challenges and lessons learned as my business partners and myself have moved...
article Native American reservations need basic infrastructure to be economically sustainable
(Arizona) -- Infrastructure is a hot issue being discussed now by city, county and even country leaders. That's because government officials and policymakers know...

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