Opinions

3/26/15
BY:
Aliyah Chavez, Eriq Swiftwater, Autumn Harry & Danielle Finn
Growing up on Indian reservations we were afraid to see a dentist, afraid of having mouth pain. That wasn’t just because dentists are scary to little kids. The fear was that we would have pain and never be able to get help. Access to quality and...
3/25/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A little-noticed definition of “civilization” is this: “the forcing of a particular cultural pattern on a population to whom it is foreign.” The key word is “forcing,” which implies some agency that engages in the process of forcing a particular...
3/25/15
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Richard Iron Cloud
To Whom It May Concern: I stand in solidarity with esteemed Lakota Elder and Korean War combat veteran Basil Brave Heart who points out the highest peak in He Sapa (Black Hills) is named after a general who massacred Sioux women and children. I...
3/24/15
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Mike Myers
I was visiting my friend and some of his relatives yesterday and we were discussing the usual happenings on the rez and Indian country in general. Out of the blue my friend asked, “Do you know what the half-life of historical trauma is?” We all gave...
3/23/15
BY:
Ryan Winn
Dear Ms. Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report, I’m still waiting for your retraction. It’s been more than three months since you published your deeply flawed article, “Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal...
3/22/15
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Ruth Hopkins
Native women, with their indomitable spirits and ability to create miracles through sheer force of will, are absolutely the reason why the indigenous people of the Western hemisphere managed to survive genocide, against all odds. It is we who birth...
3/21/15
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Melvin Lee Houston
We, as Dakota people, have a shared history of exile, pain and grief. Since 1862, we have been working individually and collectively to recover from that pain and renew our beautiful way of life. This is challenging work. Many divisions were created...
3/20/15
BY:
David Wilkins
In 1854, Chief Seattle spoke to a group of early settlers. “Your dead cease to love you and the land of their nativity as soon as they pass the portals of the tomb and wander away beyond the stars,” he said. “They are soon forgotten and never return...
3/19/15
BY:
Rinku Sin
The conversation on race in our country is changing. Once a subject left to be discussed by civil rights leaders, organizers and a few non-profits, race is now a topic for many. Names like Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and so many...
3/19/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was the latest foreign leader to address a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015. The purpose of his visit was to oppose negotiations between the United States and Iran regarding Iran's...
3/18/15
BY:
Winona LaDuke
Let me just say I am a fan of the Irish. Not a lick Irish, but I love the Irish, their music, their tragic sense of humor, resilience—and their food. Well maybe not the food, and I’m not much of a drinker, so not even a Guinness. But what I will...
3/18/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some people may consider my many columns about domination to be an exercise in hyperbole. However, my views on the subject are a direct consequence of having long ago noticed an underlying pattern of domination in the Latin and English language...
3/17/15
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Native Nations predate the existence of the United States of America by thousands of years. Colonists and foreign principalities alike acknowledged our sovereign status when they entered into treaties with tribes. The federal government alone signed...
3/16/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the federal court appeal of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to cancel the trademark protection of Dan Snyder’s Redskins team name for...

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