As we at First Peoples Worldwide will not be the first to observe (that distinction belongs to Slate), America has become a country where the long-familiar distinction between the haves and have-nots has been complicated by the high profile of the “have everythings.” Their example, glorified arou
Two disturbing developments recently hit my radar. The first was an announcement from Washington D.C.’s NFL team that it’s planning to change its name and logo. Okay, that seems innocuous enough. Washington Politicos? Nope. The new name is the Washington Jews.
For most indigenous peoples, the relations of trust responsibility within colonialism and modern states are not the same. Trust responsibility arose during the colonial period: Under the Doctrine of Discovery, European kings claimed land in the New World.
In a recent announcement by President Obama, the United States became the last of four members of the United Nations that voted against the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to reverse position and issue a statement of support. Some commentators applauded the U.S.
We abhor violence and mass murder. Much as we dislike the decision of Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California to undermine tribal interests, she does not belong in anyone’s crosshairs.
Ever so gradually, we are nearing a landmark day—a day when a member of a Montana Indian tribe swings open a gate to a vast landscape, the ground beneath hundreds of wild bison trembling in an audible snapshot of how the earth once shook under the hooves of millions of their ancestors.
When Sealaska’s lands legislation is reintroduced to Congress in the next few months, the Alaska Native regional corporation will be simply asking the U.S. to keep a promise.
With the convening of the 112th Congress, I became the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. Although I have left the Natural Resources Committee after having served there for more than 30 years, I intend to remain an active supporter of Native issues.
With the passing of my dear friend Sargent Shriver let us not forget his many contributions to Indian nations. He was a mentor with whom I had the great privilege of working on many a good project. Over the years, we worked together on issues of poverty, Indian affairs and women’s equality.
The National Congress of American Indians proposed a fiscal year 2010 budget [PDF file] last week.
A mere 46 years ago, the federal government orchestrated a series of events with generational consequences that can only be described as shameful.
Someone commented to me recently that she thought the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was fundamentally a document that allowed “nation-states” to identify and control indigenous peoples.
Here’s how I responded:
In a column on Indianz.com last week ("Freedom of the Press Not Really Alive in Indian Country"), the publisher of the Native Sun News charg