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Harold Monteau: Alaska Native corporations facing more criticism (11/08)
"It’s not always pleasant to be right when you see a negative prediction come true. The recent storm of media criticism directed towards Alaska Native Corporations was discussed as an impending event in this column just a couple years back....

Harold Monteau: 'Wealthy' tribes need to help the less fortunate (09/28)
"I believe that Indian Country is developing an attitude of “I have mine, the rest of you are on your own”. I’m not saying it runs to every tribe, every leader, every Indian, because I think that some understand that...

Harold Monteau: Tribes missing out on employment opportunity (09/24)
"Tribes, by not enforcing, or having their Tribal Employment Rights Offices enforce Indian preference with regard to any contract for procurement of goods and services purchased by their casino, resort, hotel or retail establishments, are forgoing an opportunity to create...

Harold Monteau: Tribes should live up to their 'Buy Indian' policy (08/18)
"In a recent conversation with a struggling Native American entrepreneur who was refused a contract by a large Puget Sound Area Indian Casino because her bid for Ink Pens for the hotel and casino was 3 cents per unit more...

Harold Monteau: Age, race discrimination in Indian Country (06/16)
"Age discrimination in Indian Country? Isn’t that an oxymoron. Sad to say, it is not. The traditional teachings of “respect for elders” and “ listen to your elders” are falling by the wayside as fast as an MTV video clip....

Harold Monteau: Tribes shouldn't cede sovereignty to state (05/25)
"I read in a recent news article that a tribe that has been a major fighter for upholding Tribal Sovereignty in many areas of the law had settled its differences with the state regarding liquor sales in its casino/resort and...

Harold Monteau: Indian people must never forget genocide (05/20)
"Our young Indian women and men have given their lives and left their blood and limbs on various fields of battle to defend the right of the Jewish People to exist. We have done so since World War II and...

Harold Monteau: Let's move away from 'era of intolerance' (05/11)
"We American Indians know what it is to be discriminated against because of national origin, class, race or religion and we know that we have never wanted to be “equal” to the white man in the sense that we wanted...

Harold Monteau: Republican Party displays its intolerance (05/03)
"The United States House of Representatives Minority Leadership inspired and encouraged, through their own subtle brand of hate, the violent reactions that occurred in the wake of the House passage of Health Care Reform. Representative John Boehner whips up what...

Harold Monteau: Young Indian lawyers and sovereignty (04/22)
"I still can’t believe that Indian Country let the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act) slip by and I still can’t believe that the President signed it without even a mediocre scream from Indian Country. I’m not just talking about...

Harold Monteau: Indian preference for sovereignty (02/19)
"I recently had to help head off an attempt by a misguided non-Indian tribal attorney who told the tribe their tribal preference law was adverse to federal law and would result in the tribe losing its grants and contracts with...

Harold Monteau: Home for Rocky Boy Pow Wow (09/08)
Driving north on Highway 87 in north-central Montana you come over the big hill just south of Big Sandy (Testerville) and the Bear Paw Mountains suddenly come into full view. It does not matter how many times I do it,...

Harold Monteau: Killer rhetoric from the far right (09/03)
Is the Far Right trying to get our President killed? This latest round of Right Wing attacks on President Obama appears designed to inspire violence against him, perhaps to inspire someone to attempt to kill him. How far can the...

Harold Monteau: DOJ, crime and Indian Country (06/25)
"The U.S. Department of Justice delivered its report on Indian country crime at the National Congress of American Indians midyear meeting. I always experience a modicum of fear whenever DOJ decides to put an emphasis on crime in Indian country...

Harold Monteau: Surviving and prospering together (04/02)
"This last year brought hard lessons in economics. I was one of those homeowners who believed my house had doubled in value in five years. I drew on this “paper value” to make home improvements and finance a business. Unfortunately,...

Harold Monteau: Some support for Larry EchoHawk (02/09)
"I don’t envy Larry EchoHawk and his potential appointment as the “damned” assistant secretary of interior for Indian affairs. However, I do support his appointment, if for no other reason than his record of public service and advocacy for Indian...