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Jay Daniels


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BIA Should Think About a Name Change

The United States Federal bureaucracy is notorious for using acronyms for everything under the sun, which is fine when used internally among federal employees.Believe me, there are so many acronyms internally and externally in the federal government even the employees get left behind during meetings, teleconference calls and communications...

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The Feds Fear a Huge Tax Refund for Indian Country

Desmond Tutu once said “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”The same could be said today, “they took land,...

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Enough Already! Too Many Tweaks to the Right-of-Way Proposal

Perusing Facebook recently, I found a group of folks who are adamantly opposing the currently published "Proposed Rule Change for Rights-of-Way Across Indian Lands." Their rationale? They weren't the decision makers and the proposed rules are detrimental and one-sided in implementation and use.On October 1, assistant secretary, Indian Kevin...

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Are Second-Round Payments for Cobell Coming Soon?

Once again, the second round, or Trust Administration Class Members of Cobell Payments has stalled. The recent court document filed as "Plaintiff's Status Report Regarding Process on Efforts to Commence Trust Administration Class Payments" filed July 14, 2014, stated that the Department of Interior ("DOI") reported that it be...

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Don’t Just Say It—Do It

On September 1, I read Tim Giago's Native Sun News article "Oglala Sioux people aren't afraid to say no to easy cash" posted on Indianz.com. I read several news articles each day and maintain a feel for what is happening and what folks are thinking about Indian country issues. a..

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The Rights and Wrongs of Right-of-Way Rules

In an article entitled "Co-op members protest BIA proposal," (Rio Grande Sun, August 7, 2014), Jemez Mountain Electrical Cooperative officials and some of their customers ("Jemez") are speaking out against proposed federal rule changes they believe could lead to higher utility costs.The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting on...

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Cobell Land Buyback Just a Dangling Carrot

When my health condition pushed me into taking time off to obtain care, a long-time BIA friend offered good luck in my future. She stated that one thing she liked about me was I “…wasn’t afraid to speak my opinion even if it was different than everyone else.” never...

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Fracking: Are We Crying Wolf at the Wrong Wolf?

The Tulsa World Sunday, June 9 edition published an article by Russell Gold. Gold is the author of a new book on fracking called “The Boom.” He also has covered the energy industry for the Wall Street Journal since 2002.I found the article very informative and caused me rethink...

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Cobell Settlement: Who Are the Real Winners?

While the Cobell Settlement, approved on November 24, 2012 by the U.S. Congress, allocated $3.4 billion to the plaintiffs in the landmark Indian case, the disbursement of the money is still in process. Recently the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals denied the lead plaintiffs’ motion to have the reconsider...

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The BIA’s Cobell Land Buy Back Plan Is a Mess

The Cobell settlement, approved on November 24, 2011, provides for a $1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund). The Settlement charges the U.S. Department of the Interior with the responsibility to use the Fund within a 10-year periodto acquire individual Indian land interest at fair market value as defined in the Indian Land Consolidation Act overall...