Human rights

April 20, 2011
David E. Wilkins

Beginning in the 1950s Native peoples across the country, fed up with poverty, stereotypes, and racism, rose up and challenged an oppressive set of federal policies—termination, relocation, and state imposition of jurisdiction (

March 31, 2011
Steve Russell

Hell has officially frozen over when I rise to defend the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

February 22, 2011
Charles Trimble

I read with great interest the Lakota columnist Tim Giago’s column on the 1973 American Indian Movement’s occupation of Wounded Knee village (WKII), and the militants’ nearly three months standoff with the FBI, U.S. Marshals, Tribal police, and the vigilante Goon squad.

February 16, 2011
Glenn Morris

Much fanfare has been made of Barack Obama’s December 16, 2010, announcement at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. Obama stated that the United States was finally “lending its support” to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—the U.S.

February 10, 2011
Rebecca Adamson

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

February 08, 2011
Peter d'Errico

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.

February 01, 2011
LaDonna Harris

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.

January 28, 2011
David Kimelberg

A mere 46 years ago, the federal government orchestrated a series of events with generational consequences that can only be described as shameful.

January 27, 2011
Steven Newcomb

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:

December 31, 2010
Steven Newcomb

On Dec. 16, the leaders of hundreds of American Indian nations were in attendance when President Obama expressed United States “support” for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The U.S.

December 30, 2010
Robert Tim Coulter

Today, the United States government at last officially endorsed the U.N.

November 15, 2010
Valerie Taliman

When Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recently, it created a groundswell of hope in Indian country, and put more pressure on the United States to step up soon.