Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'tim giago'

Tim Giago: Native people out of sight, out of mind

When President Lyndon B. Johnson was about to sign the Immigration and Nationality Act on Oct. 3, 1965, he chose to do it at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. That day he said, “Our beautiful America was built...

Tim Giago: Native veteran loses fight against VA

It seems like a little black cloud forms over the heads of those that fight the bureaucracy. Andy Torres, an Oglala Lakota veteran, discovered that. Torres served with honor in the United States Army from 1961 to 1964. After...

Tim Giago: The Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness

Thirty-one years ago when my book of poetry, “The Aboriginal Sin” was published by Rupert Costo, editor of the Indian Historian Press, it was one of the first books written from a first-hand perspective of the abuse heaped upon Indian...

Tim Giago: The stolen generations in the U.S.

It would appear to me that most Americans know more about the “Stolen Generation” of Aboriginal children in Australia than they do about the “Stolen Generations” of Indian children in their own country. Why is that? Well, movies such as...

Tim Giago: Indian Country looks to Tom Daschle for help

Former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle will soon be seated as the head of the Health and Human Services. As a man who grew up in South Dakota and served as its Representative and Senator for many years, he, probably...

Tim Giago: The revival of the Lakota language

A young Lakota man, maybe seventeen years old, approached me as I waited in line at a local fast food joint to get a cup of coffee. It was the week of the Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament that is...

Tim Giago: Tribal colleges one of best kept secrets

Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), stumbled across a great disparity while seeking appropriations for the Native American colleges. “It was appropriations time and I was frankly shocked to discover that a federally chartered college like Howard University, a school for African...

Tim Giago: The slow death of American newspapers

I love newspapers! Not the kind you find on your computer screen, but the kind you can hold in your hand and on a Sunday morning, sit in your easy chair with a steaming cup of coffee, lean back, relax...

Tim Giago: December a hard time for Lakota people

The month of December means different things to many people. To those that have lost a loved one, the festive days of December can be a time of sorrow. To the Lakota, it is a month of sad memories. My...

Tim Giago: Reforming the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Yes Virginia, there is a Bureau of Indian Affairs. No Virginia, there is no bureau of African/American, Hispanic American, or Asian/American affairs. The United States government in its infinite, all seeing, all knowing and all caring wisdom decided that in...

Tim Giago: Native American Day in South Dakota

An unprecedented event happened in South Dakota 18 years ago, an event that has not been equaled by any other state: South Dakota adopted October 12 as a state holiday to be called Native American Day. By selecting October 12,...

Tim Giago: Ignorance and racism in mascots

Sixteen years ago I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show with Michael Haney and Suzanne Harjo to talk about the use of Native Americans as mascots for America’s fun and games. It was the first time in television history...

Tim Giago: Ghost stories from South Dakota

On moonlit nights on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Holy Rosary Mission School graveyard could be seen clearly through the tall windows of our third floor dormitory. As the moonlight reflected off of the tombstones those of us sleeping near...

Tim Giago: On statistics and being independent

British Statesman Benjamin Disraeli said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” This week the government of the State of South Dakota qualified as a purveyor of all three. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sent...

Tim Giago: Another important election in November

It is said prior to every election that this is one of the most important elections of our time. And then the voters go out and re-elect the same old politicians. Change? On November 4, 2008 the people of the...

Tim Giago: No longer undecided about the election

It took a lot of pushing, name calling and personal attacks to finally force me from Barack Obama’s bandwagon. That’s right. I will not be casting my vote for Obama and if you believe today’s polls, my vote doesn’t matter....

Yellow Bird: Examine Native American Party

"An interesting idea is being raised by Tim Giago; a South Dakota columnist and prominent American Indian writer. He suggests creating a Native American Party. The idea is not necessarily that American Indians have candidates run for office like...

Tim Giago: Creating the Native American Party

As I write this there are only three weeks left until Election Day. Native Americans by the thousands will, for the most part, go into the voting booth and cast their ballots for the candidates that are Democrats. In Election...

Tim Giago: Indian voters must remain independent

By now many voters have made up their minds and have settled on one particular candidate for the Office of the President of the United States. It is surprising to many political pundits that there are large numbers of...

Tim Giago: My advice to aspiring young writers

I often get letters from young Native Americans whose mothers and fathers were reading my newspapers before they were born. Makes one wonder where time has gone. They write me to ask about a career in journalism. Since I am...

Tim Giago: Market collapse affects Indian Country

When Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch took a shellacking in the world of high finances last week many leaders of Indian tribes were hot on the phone lines to their brokers and money managers. I wonder how many...

Tim Giago: Still undecided, despite all the hate mail

What is it about the word “undecided” that self-professed liberals find so hard to understand? Although the word cannot be found in my Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, which is probably obsolete by now, I think it means that I...

Tim Giago: Independent police force at Pine Ridge

Many years ago when the Indian monthly newspaper Wassaja was in vogue an article appeared in the paper that named Oglala Lakota businessman Gerald Clifford as an “Indian expert.” Needless to say, Clifford was infuriated. He said, “It’s like...

Charles Trimble: Indian Country must take control

" It does Indian country no good to have the answers to our economic problems over-simplified as only a lack of government assistance or legislated incentives. And it doesn't do us any good to blame others - our federal trustee...

Tim Giago: Charles Trimble always a hero to me

In my formative years as a newspaper reporter, Chuck “Wobbie” Trimble was - and still is - a hero to me. When I read many years ago that Trimble had assumed the role of Executive Director of the National Congress...

Charles Trimble: On the last Indian war with Giago

My friend Sam Deloria mentioned that, from what he’s been reading, he is led to believe that the last of the Indian Wars is between me and Tim Giago. He asked jokingly if it is true that I have held...

Tim Giago: Moving from victimhood to victors

Thirty years ago I wrote a book about the damage Indian boarding schools have done emotionally and spiritually to the Indian people. To one Native American writer this makes me a prisoner bound up in the chains of “victimhood.” Charles...

Tim Giago: Undecided as election approaches

Like many South Dakotans, I was an Independent before the Primaries, but I had to become either a Republican or a Democrat in order to vote because in this state Independents are not allowed to vote in the Primary Elections....

Tim Giago: School is still out on Indian gaming

It will be 20 years on October 17, 2008 since the national Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law. Time sure flies when you’re having fun; but for some Indian nations, it hasn’t been all that much fun. There are still...

Tim Giago: Tom Daschle for Interior Secretary

After what must seem like ages to most Americans, there are only about 90 days left before the elections. I cast my first vote for President of the United States when I voted for John F. Kennedy 48 years ago....

Tim Giago: Billy Mills, the pride of the Lakota Nation

It was nearly 30 years ago that as a cub reporter for the Rapid City Journal I first met Billy Mills, the Lakota man who set the world on its ear by winning the 10,000 meter Gold Medal at the...

Tim Giago: Moving back to the land of the Lakota

There are several reasons I am moving back to Rapid City, SD from Albuquerque, NM. One is that I added a new word to my vocabulary a couple of weeks ago. The word is “mad-dogging.” According to all of the...

Tim Giago: Jobs and homes in Indian Country

There is a paradigm shift in Indian country today that is probably as pronounced as the one that occurred in 1492. When the National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law in 1988, just 20 years ago, the shift moved into...

Tim Giago: Wounded Knee from an FBI agent's view

When Joe Trimbach and his son John set about writing the book they would call “American Indian Mafia,” a book as seen through the eyes of the FBI Agent in Charge during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, I was...

Tim Giago: Navajo Nation finally takes the plunge

It finally is happening. The once-reluctant Navajo Nation is finally joining the ranks of the other 225 tribes in America and will open their first casino in October. After watching efforts to open a casino fail twice on reservation-wide ballots,...

Tim Giago: Mt. Rushmore through Native eyes

Memorial Day usually kicks off the tourist season. So far the tourist attractions in South Dakota seem to be holding their own despite the spike in gasoline prices. For those tourists feeling the pangs of patriotism, a visit to Mount...

Louis Gray: Send Sen. Obama to presidential victory

"Native Times columnist Tim Giago suggests in his recent offering that Native Americans not make up their mind just yet. Or to read between the lines: Hillary might pull it out yet. To be sure it is highly unlikely she...

Tim Giago: Keep your presidential options open

A funny thing happened on the way to the primaries: I became bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Mostly bothered. As I watched the Democratic National Committee play their little game over seating the delegates and counting the votes of Michigan and...

Tim Giago: Parallels in Texas and Indian Country

The upstanding and righteous Christian community had to do something. The people living near them had a religion that was so different than their own that it had to be considered as heathen. They didn’t believe in Jesus Christ so...

Tim Giago: Time Magazine snubs Indians again

Every year Time Magazine names 100 people as its version of “The Most Influential People in the World.” The editors of the magazine apparently live in a world without Native Americans, the First Americans to be precise. This year the...

Tim Giago: Role models for today's Indian youth

In the spring of 1976, 32 years ago, I had an actor named Will Sampson as my guest on the weekly television show I hosted, The First Americans, which aired each Sunday morning on KEVN- TV in Rapid City, SD....

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