“Going off the reservation…” is a phrase bandied about inside the Beltway to connote a person who has strayed from message, or left his/her political ‘lane’, or has gone rogue!
As a politically conservative American Indian- yes, there are a few of us, this expression fits me no matter how you slice it! American Indians are ‘supposed to be’ liberal democrats- so I have been screamed at told. Conservatives, for example, should have the view that the social security age should be raised to fix things, I do not. Oh and no, I do not live on the reservation, although I am a member of a federally recognized tribe- the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. I am Hidatsa and Lakota. http://www.mhanation.com/main/history/history_hidatsa.html. My research and service takes me to reservations around the country.
My goal with this Blog is to share my thoughts, entertain, hopefully educate at times, and just add my voice to all things politic. I am thinking that ‘going off the reservation’ at times may be preferable to sticking to policies that aren’t understood or that don’t make sense-even if you DID understand them.
Of special interest to me are the areas of health, law, health law, aging, education, the nursing profession and America’s First Peoples as each or all intersect with policy and politics!
I have an arguably unique perspective as the first and only American Indian to hold nursing and juris doctorates…in the world? Certainly the country. I am currently a faculty member at Yale University although I write this strictly from my own beliefs, understanding, and perspective. I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from September 2008- until December 2009 right in the thick of the Health Bill happenings.
I hope to reach all types of audiences! I am sure we all ‘go off the reservation’ now and then and I would like to take you on that trip with me in this blog. Welcome and I hope you find something worthwhile here!