This is a First: Legislation Would Fully-Fund Indian Health System, Raise Billions

Guest Commentary Published September 14, 2017 Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls “Medicare for all.” At least fifteen Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors to the single-payer plan. “This is where the country has got to go,” Sanders told The Washington Post. “Right now, if we […]

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The Story is Not Over: When the Native Press is Strong … So is Indian Country

Guest Commentary Published September 11, 2017 Indian Country Today, a national voice for Indian Country, went dark while its owners look for a new buyer or a new business model. The “press,” even a “digital press” is the story. It’s true that most tribal leaders have been annoyed by media, including tribal media, from time […]

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Memo to the Publisher: We Need a “Vehicle of Indian Intelligence”

Guest Commentary Published September 5, 2017 A memo to the publisher (either to the next owner of Indian Country or to any news operation that’s going to serve that readership now.) First question you have got to ask yourself is “Why?” Why are you doing this?” Odds are you will lose (or my word, invest) […]

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Congress Needs More Time to Finish Spending Bills; Shutdown Ahead?

Guest Commentary Published August 28, 2017 The September Mess has started early. Congress will return to Washington next week facing some really tricky issues ranging from an increase in the debt limit to spending money so that the federal government can operate. President Donald J. Trump in Phoenix raised the stakes, saying he would favor a […]

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Alaska’s Walker, Mallott Seek Second Term; Plus New Mexico, Utah & Oklahoma Races

Guest Commentary Published August 21, 2017 I have been avoiding politics. Last year I was consumed by dozens of races across the country, building data bases, checking names, and generally being enthusiastic. Now? Well, this year, I have been absorbed by the Republican plans to rewrite the Affordable Care Act, destroy Medicaid as we know it, and, […]

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Clues from History: Why Donald J. Trump’s Presidency is Over

  Guest Commentary Published August 17, 2017 The Trump presidency ended Tuesday. “… Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee,” Donald J. Trump […]

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