Letter: More broken promises to Indian tribes (December 30, 2008)
"Back in 1868, Ulysses Grant declared “Paha Sapa,” the Black Hills, worthless and gave them to the Indians forever by treaty. But in the 1870s, when Gen. George Custer discovered gold in the hills, the government forcefully drove the Indians...
Editorial: Kempthorne botched role at Interior (December 30, 2008)
"The former Idaho governor and U.S. senator and his predecessor, Gale Norton, presided over the most corrupt period in the agency since Albert Fall and the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s. "Short of a crime, anything goes at the...
Steven Newcomb: How not to fix U.S. Indian policy (December 30, 2008)
"In his guest column, “How to fix U.S. tribal policy,” Francis G. Hutchins presents his own particular take on the history of U.S.-Indian policy since the beginning of the United States. (At one time, Mr. Hutchins was an expert witness...
Steve Russell: Indian Country ripe for change (December 30, 2008)
"When the United States has been in crisis, Indian country has had opportunities that seldom exist in normal times. In the very early times, conflicts between the United States and the other colonial powers created fissures that Indian leaders could...
Yellow Bird: Staying on the holiday sidelines (December 30, 2008)
"I began thinking about my declining enthusiasm for Christmas after talking with my co-workers and daughter. There was talk about holiday decorations and especially about Christmas trees. Why, my daughter asked me, don’t we have any decorations up? Why...
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