It is appropriate that Elouise Cobell be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but it would be better yet if the federal government would grant all Native Americans the freedom suggested by the award’s title - especially when it comes to energy development.
Tribes should not develop their natural resources if they don’t want to. But if they do, the federal government should get out of their way.
Non-Indians will do well to stop promulgating myths as a solution to modern environmental problems. Especially in a multi-cultural society where worldviews vary widely, devolution of authority and responsibility offers the best hope for resource conservation.
Terry Anderson, Shawn Regan
The continuing debate over the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, which would pass near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, highlights the desire of Native Americans to have their voices heard.
Naomi Schaefer Riley
The New Trail of Tears is a must read if you care about the plight of poor people, in general, and American Indians, in particular.
Terry Anderson, Dominic Parker, Shawn Regan, Randy Rucker
The chapters in this new book examine how the wealth of Indian Nations has been held hostage, and explain how their wealth can be unlocked through self-determination and sovereignty.
Western tribes are energy rich but income poor. The lesson from past takings and from present battles to deprive tribes of their resource wealth is clear—it is time to reform tribal institutions in this post-colonial era.
Charlotte Huus-Henriksen, Annie Ireland, Todd Graham
In first-of-its-kind legislation, the National Park Service and the Oglala Sioux have proposed the 133,000-acre South Unit of Badlands National Park be turned into a Tribal National Park. Can it be done?
Reed Watson, Peter Hill, Shawn Regan, Laura Huggins
Listen as Aaron Flint of "Voices of Montana" talks with Reed Watson, P.J. Hill, Shawn Regan, and Laura Huggins about free market environmentalism.