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Lance Morgan


Articles by Lance Morgan

Morgan: The government’s new land thieves

Most problems tribes have are with states. The federal government has settled into a nice pattern of benign neglect. But just when you thought it was safe to quit looking over our collective shoulder, the Internal Revenue Service is here to take what we have left. ..

Morgan: The evolution of a fraud

I have come to believe that almost all tobacco tax compacts are hopelessly out of date and have evolved into a fraud and a tool for economic exploitation. What is worse is that most tribes and their lawyers are completely unaware of what is happening to them. In the and...

Ending the curse of trust

The era of federal tribal trust land must end. It no longer makes any sense and it doesn't even work. It also serves as the single largest impediment to Indian country's economic growth and tribal sovereignty. The 120-year-old underlying rationales for trust land are gone. So why do we have it? I really can't of...

Collective cultural guilt

I recently lectured students at Harvard University about tribal economic issues. While I was there I also gave a speech to a delegation of government leaders from Pakistan. Interestingly, the students in the class and the leaders from Pakistan asked practically the same kind of questions. They both wanted to know if our and...

The Politics of Fear and Racism

A brief filed before the U.S. Supreme Court by Al Maul, county attorney for Nebraska's Thurston County, takes a clear stand against a tribe's right to try other Indians in its court system. However, Maul's brief erroneously frames this issue as one affecting non-Indians. This issue has nothing to do with non-Indians, Maul...