Opinions

4/24/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
In her excellent article on pow wow culture, Christina Rose raises concerns about how pow wows have changed in the past few generations, as seen through the eyes of today’s elders. The elders Rose quotes lament almost everything about today’s pow...
4/23/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Cliven Bundy’s dispute with the Bureau of Land Management has brought the Western Shoshone Nation and the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley back into focus. Mary and Carrie Dann, Raymond Yowell, and Myron Tybo had horses and cattle stolen by the Bureau of...
4/23/14
BY:
Steve Russell
John Winthrop, a wealthy Puritan lawyer and would-be theologian, might be styled a founder of “American exceptionalism.” It was his sermon, A Model of Christian Charity, that contained the line made famous in modern times by President Ronald Reagan...
4/22/14
BY:
Malcolm Benally
The recent efforts of Council Delegate Joshua Lavar Butler to pass legislation against the use of derogatory mascot names in professional sports is finally an issue that speaks volumes for all other important issues facing the Navajo Nation. We can...
4/22/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The word “indigenous” has become ever present in the way that most people now tend to speak, think, and write about the nations and peoples that were living in this hemisphere when the monarchs of Western Christendom first made their invasive...
4/21/14
BY:
DaShanne Stokes
The Red*kins team name has managed to retain strong public support, even despite outcry against team owner, Dan Snyder, announcing this week the creation of the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.” But strong public support and...
4/21/14
BY:
Bryan Brewer
The world is moving forward on Indigenous Rights, yet the Supreme Court of the United States is moving backward. In 2010, the United States joined the United Nations in supporting the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which declares:...
4/20/14
BY:
Kiara Imani Williams
Last month, a few of my close girlfriends and I decided to have a girls night. We thought salsa dancing sounded like fun, so we braced the cold weather and ventured into DC, where we ended up at a small salsa dancing club located in Adams Morgan....
4/19/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
I just ordered another, and I don't want to look at the goddamn note—the bill—the one in my pocket. Not again. I'm doomed. Oh well. Que sera sera. The bar is almost empty. Sinatra croons out of speakers unseen about the “wee small hours of the...
4/18/14
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, or the Battle of Tohopeka (“the Horseshoe” in Creek), on March 27, 2014 an estimated 300 citizens, descendants, distant relatives, and friends of Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN...
4/18/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The Washington Redskins new charity, "Original Americans Foundation" (OAF), tills ground tilled long ago by Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Team owner Dan Snyder, wittingly or not, is reinventing an old plow. He appointed (anointed...
4/17/14
BY:
Jay Daniels
While the Cobell Settlement, approved on November 24, 2012 by the U.S. Congress, allocated $3.4 billion to the plaintiffs in the landmark Indian case, the disbursement of the money is still in process. Recently the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals...
4/17/14
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
In Lakota stories, one of our traditional characters is a spider named “Iktomi." He got himself in all kinds of predicaments because he was selfish, greedy, and told lies. Iktomi is a trickster. Keep Iktomi in mind when you read Washington football...
4/16/14
BY:
Jack Duran
After being ignored for nearly six decades the Grindstone Indian Rancheria, located in Glenn County, California, will receive its own representative on the Stony Creek Joint Unified School District Board of Education in Elk Creek, California. On...

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