This is not about a handout or reparations, as was promoted in a recent United Nations report. It's not just a matter of improving the management of tribal relations. Where we are now, I believe, entails a notable shift in perspective — both mainstream Americans' and that of American Indians, too. Among policy makers inside and outside of Indian country, I sense a willingness to explore new methods of achieving a positive way forward — methods that are meaningful, measurable and scalable. To do nothing, to keep the Indians, in essence, "on reserve," is to waste a heritage. And that, absolutely and with finality, damages our nation.