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Native Mascots and Other Misguided Beliefs

Congress established the National Museum of the American Indian in 1989, noting that the establishment of the museum within the Smithsonian would “give all Americans the opportunity to learn of the cultural legacy, historical grandeur, and contemporary culture of Native Americans.” For the last twenty-two years, the NMAI worked...

Devotion, persistence, wisdom and vision

Some people impress with aggressive deeds or a dynamic presence. Others impress by speaking loudly and forcefully; still others, by their natural charm. The most impressive people of all, though, are the ones who impress with the breadth of their knowledge, the gravity of their ideas and the eloquence of their expression. Adams...

A year-end rumination: It’s getting real cold in Washington

Ahhh, Washington in December! The city is decked out for the holidays, and the weather is frightful. Especially for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, who must be gaining a new appreciation for Harry Truman's aphorism, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." This is a tough When...

Gover: The American Indian vote comes of age

There was a lot of good news in the Nov. 5 election results for American Indians. Indian gaming referenda were passed in Arizona and Idaho. Seven Indians were elected to the Montana state legislature. A governor very friendly to tribal interests was elected in New Mexico (former Congressman Energy...

Why the Democrats lost the Congress

I'm in the midst of an epiphany. Watching the election returns on November 5, I realized that fear has become a primary motivation in my politics. The political outcome I feared has become reality. The Democrats lost the Congress, and they lost it because they decided to use as...

It’s hunting season in Washington, D.C.

There are certain rules to urban life. There are places you don't go and times that you are not out and about the city streets. Follow the rules, and you can live a safe and prosperous life, even in a city with a high crime rate. Not any more. has...

Are we winning the war with terrorism?

A year after President Bush and the Congress declared war on terrorism, Americans are reflecting, mourning our dead, and evaluating our progress against a shadowy enemy. While we are succeeding for the most part, some objectives have not been achieved. More importantly, the government's efforts to prevent more acts...

We shouldn’t have (Indian) trust in the Supreme Court

In his book "Supreme Injustice: How the High Court Hijacked Election 2000," Alan Dershowitz makes the case that five justices of the Supreme Court rewrote history and precedent in order to rule in favor of now-President Bush in the Great Florida Election Follies of 2000. Professor Dershowitz does argue...

Native warrior heroes didn’t end with the Indian wars

Jack Montgomery died last month. Who was Jack Montgomery? Just one of the greatest Native American warrior heroes of the twentieth century. Of course, Montgomery wouldn't see it that way. Like all great warriors, Second Lieutenant Montgomery would say he was just doing his job. Most of us would it...