Last month, after Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Republican Party revived their public push to solve Minnesota's looming budget crisis on the backs of Native American tribes, Helen Blue-Redner responded with a demand of her own: a challenge that the governor meet her in a face-to-face debate. Blue-Redner, the Princeton-educated chairwoman of the Upper Sioux Community, figured she might be able to set the governor straight on some elemental matters of Indian gaming and law. Perhaps she might even get Pawlenty to acknowledge the considerable gall of his noisy, election-season demands for a "fair deal" from Minnesota Indians--a group that, as any schoolchild knows, has been on the wrong end of some of the... More >>>