Five years ago, in June 2011, a Native Leadership Forum was held at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. A Forum manual for the event opens with the following quote from Felix S. Cohen, dated 1942:
Let us acknowledge that our nations were living entirely free and independent of Western Christendom prior to Columbus’s first invasive arrival to our part of Mother Earth.
On signing the NLRA into law, FDR said:
“This Act defines, as a part of our substantive law, the right of self-organization
of employees in industry for the purpose of collective bargaining, and
Sarah Winnemucca isn’t a name known by many—her surname is more likely identified as a town in Nevada than the last name of one of the nineteenth century’s most prominent American Indian writers and activists.
To the Editor of Indian Country Today Media Network:
Over the years I’ve encountered an interesting question usually posed by Canadian or American functionaries and sometimes one of their citizens that goes like this: “Do you really think that a little community of [whatever number] deserves the same rights as a country like Canada or the U.S.?” Ou
I want to thank Russell Diabo for his most recent edition of the “First Nations Strategic Bulletin" and the raising of the critical issue contained in the phrase "Choosing A Path: Self Determination or Re-Colonization".
When Cristobal Colón made landfall on a sandy beach in the Caribbean, he planted the royal standards (flags) of Castile and Aragon and performed a ceremonial act of “discovery and possession.” The “standards” he planted in the soil were physical flags, but those f
David Wilkins, Lumbee Nation, has said that Tribal Sovereignty is arguably the most important, unifying concept across Indian Country.
“Every time we carry an eagle feather, that’s sovereignty. Every time we pick berries, that’s sovereignty. Every time we dig roots, that’s sovereignty.” — Billy Frank, Jr., Nisqually
In his book Captives of Sovereignty (2010), Jonathon Havercroft points out that a number of contemporary political philosophers (Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Michae
A historic event happened in Indian Country this month.
Damian Webster and Emmy Scott ask important questions in their recent article
Cuban sovereignty was the big winner—reaffirmed and finally respected—as Cuban President Raul Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama simultaneously announced historic new agreements that reestablish nation-to-nation relations between the two countries.