Tag Archives: Native American issues

Wondering what sequestration might look like? Look at SD Reservations

The clock is ticking. Washington lawmakers have until March 1, this very Friday, to strike a budget deal and avoid “sequestration,” that is, massive, automatic spending cuts to both the military and vital social programs: The White House continued laying … Continue reading

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Selling History at Wounded Knee (or, the Ironies of History, Pt. II)

[As always when writing about Native affairs, I welcome comment and correction from my Native readers. You know your own business and your own history better than I do.] Noted horror and science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft once said, “From … Continue reading

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Heineman for KXL, Gathering to Protect the Sacred against; now for Mister Obama…

A big (although far from final) hurdle to the Keystone XL Pipeline was removed a few days ago when Nebraska’s Governor Dave Heineman gave the green light to TransCanada’s pipeline plans through his state: Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska approved … Continue reading

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Idle No More for Dummies

What’s with all the Public Indian-ness around the country lately? That’s the question Blackfoot writer and musician Gyasi Ross hopes to answer in his essay “The Idle No More Movement for Dummies” (subtitled “What the Heck Are All These Indians … Continue reading

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Brother Ali: “Letter to My Countrymen” (#IdleNoMore version)

It’s been a busy few days here at the SD Peace & Justice Center, leaving little time for blogging. We’ll back later this weekend with updates on the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Idle No More movement that’s looking to … Continue reading

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Do-nothing Congress allows VAWA to lapse

So while Congress was busy trying to steer clear of a “fiscal cliff” that Congress itself created (and could easily have averted if this country weren’t gridlocked by a politics of insanity), it evidently decided that protecting women wasn’t terribly … Continue reading

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VAWA still stalled over tribal provisions

Why is the Violence Against Women Act, which has been reauthorized every year since its inception in 1994, still stalled in Congress? Because some Republicans apparently aren’t familiar with the concept of tribal sovereignty. The Huffington Post reports: VAWA, which … Continue reading

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