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Election Issues on Indian Reservations

How is it possible — from the standpoint of legality and/or (at the very least) fairness — for Indian reservation residents (both tribal members and lessees) to publicly vote on local property tax issues that, because of 100% property tax exemption by statute, they experience virtually no tax liability for payment given successful levy election […]

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Idaho and Western Water Wars

It’s all about who will control the water and subsequently the land. After over one hundred years of settling the west, the water wars of yesteryear are once again alive and well. What has changed is who and how the water fight is being played out 100 years later and what the end goals are […]

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Democrats To Use Tribes to Bloat their Vote With Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017

It is astonishing to learn that at least 46 Senators and 188 Congressional Representatives (all Democrats) are either unaware or completely indifferent to the reality that tribal governments have no legal duty whatsoever to the American voter. The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2017 (S. 1419 and H.R. 2978) provide supplemental polling places for tribal […]

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Federal Indian Policy: ‘Mom always liked YOU best!’

It’s eighty-three years late in coming, but at long last the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA) is finally getting its first-ever review, and hopefully serious reform.IRA (48 stat. 984) forms the backbone of federal Indian policy across the country and has been extended, expanded and abused far beyond the original intent of Congress. IRA […]

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Funding our own Demise

How Federal Self-Determination Payments to Tribes Deprive Citizens and County and State Governments of their Own Self-Determination This is a guide for federal, state and county government decision-makers charged with allocating taxpayer funds for essential governmental services to citizens in geographical locations where Indian Reservations are found within county or state borders. County budgets are […]

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Tribes Issue Water Claim, Ranchers Fear the Worst

— Published with Permission from Herald and News — In April 2014, ranchers and the Tribes signed the Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement. The ranchers agreed to retire 18,000 acres of land or 30,000 acre feet of water and do riparian repair work on the rivers in exchange for an allotment of water each year… At […]

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Key Policies Every Elected Official and Citizen Within Indian Reservations Should Know

Tribal Sovereignty: There are three sovereignties identified in order, in the U.S. Constitution: 1) Popular (citizen) sovereignty; 2) State sovereignty; 3) Federal sovereignty. Tribal sovereignty is not contained within the U.S. Constitution and is not superior to the sovereignties contained in the U.S. Constitution. Tribal (jurisdictional/governing) sovereignty is a delegation of federal sovereignty through the […]

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Indian ‘Nations’ — and other sham terms: Let’s Speak Clearly and Truthfully

“We in America do not have government by the majority—we have government by the majority who participate…All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” —Thomas Jefferson How often do we hear that “Treaties are the supreme law of the land,” or that American Indian Tribes are “First Nations?” […]

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Indians Want America’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: American Apartheid

During the Vietnam War years, I owned a lovely home on Stonybrook Drive in Anaheim, California. My children’s learning, memories, family traditions, and life-experiences were forged in that home. My children were native to that soil. Although we had to move away and have been gone for many years, it was the homeland of our […]

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Ten 2017 Resolutions for ONE AMERICA… Make America Great Again!

The ten proposed Resolutions below would be a significant start to healing divisiveness that has intentionally pitted one American against another in the recent decade. In fact, taking such actions as suggested below could restore a pride and luster to the very term, “American.” As citizens of our beloved country, we have all taken quite […]

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Dear President-Elect Trump & Transition Team: Rethink Zinke

As President of the Mission Valley Republican Women’s Club (MVRWC, Ronan, Montana), I write on behalf of our organization regarding conflicting concerns about the appointment of Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as Secretary of Interior. As strong Republicans, we surely want to support this appointment. However, as described in the information we offer below, and the […]

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Why Ryan Zinke will Expand Federal control as Interior Secretary

Montana U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke’s appointment as U.S. Secretary of the Interior by President Elect Donald Trump must be stopped. Montana U.S. Representative Zinke, U.S. Senator Daines, U.S. Senator Tester, Governor Bullock and AG Fox are all holding hands with the feds and the Montana reservation tribes NOT THE MAJORITY OF THE MONTANA PROPERTY OWNERS […]

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