Natives are ignored for federal court appointments and tribal representation in Congress isn't representative.
Mark Trahant, a Shoshone-Bannock writer waxes sagacious:
On the world stage, in the nation’s discourse, and even in regional and local affairs, the standard is clear: Tribes have a right (if not an obligation) to have their voices heard. Seven cabinet members attended the Tribal Nations Conference and many of those federal agencies are at least going through a process of consultation with tribes. But that moment is no longer enough. A year ago it was a big deal to meet. And even more so a second year. But a year from now it will only be a big deal if there are success stories that add jobs, improve the health or educational opportunities for young Native Americans.
Montana's Republican-glutted legislature and South Dakota's single-party Politburo are formulating statutes that mimic Arizona's anti-ethnic studies laws.
Makes me wonder if there are enough lawyers that speak Crow or Lakota or Navajo or Yupik.