Opinions

7/29/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Pope Francis' July 9, 2015, request for "forgiveness" for "crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America" indicates how far and fast the discussion of Christian complicity in colonial domination has moved —...
7/28/15
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
On July 10 President Obama by proclamation created the Basin and Range National Monument in a remote wilderness region of southern Nevada. At the same, time two other national monuments were created: the Berryessa Snow National Monument in northern...
7/27/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
I was raised to be angry at white women. I’m not blaming it on my mom, but she often said white people brought genocide and disease. “We didn’t even have rats,” she said. “They brought them on their boats!” Smallpox this, she said, colonization that...
7/26/15
BY:
Cynthia K. Dunne
When I left my job after 28 years as a federal prosecutor to volunteer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, I was warned by a friend in the community, “do yourself a favor, never state an opinion about Leonard Peltier.” We both...
7/25/15
BY:
Carly McIntosh
Being placed in between two native elders, I was close to being given my own traditional spirit name. Cloth in the colors of red and green were placed close to my chest with a peace pipe located in the centre of the material. The red cloth...
7/23/15
BY:
George J. Abeyta
Submitted By: George J. Abeyta, Uncle of Stallone Trosper, Teacher/Coach, Fancy Feather Dancer Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Fort Washakie, Wyoming. We, the family of Stallone Trosper, write from a place of terrible grief and sadness. Saturday, July 18th...
7/22/15
BY:
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva
Ask any Native American tribe for a story about working with Congress and you’ll probably hear a story of frustration. There are too many examples to count of Washington not taking tribal sovereignty seriously, ignoring trust and treaty...
7/22/15
BY:
Donna Ennis
David Wilkins, Lumbee Nation, has said that Tribal Sovereignty is arguably the most important, unifying concept across Indian Country. It is about more than political boundaries; it defines nothing less than our living, collective power which is...
7/21/15
BY:
Mike Myers
Over the past 30 years there has been the emergence of Indigenous economies being developed by Indigenous nations and entrepreneurs. This is not something new but a re-assertion of the inherent right of Indigenous governments to regulate trade and...
7/20/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
The first official national flag of the Confederacy, often called the “Stars and Bars," was flown from March 4, 1861 to May 1, 1863. German-Prussian artist Nicola Marschall in Marion, Alabama, designed it. The “Artist of the Deep South” is also...
7/19/15
BY:
Carly McIntosh
Looking through the eyes of the bumblebee, a place he would adore would be the International Peace Gardens. Flying towards the amount of flowers placed in front of him it would make it seem as if he was in paradise having all his favourite flowers...
7/18/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
Modern day slavery exists every day, everywhere all over in the world. You may hear that there are more people in slavery, as sex workers and forced labor bondage, than at any time in history. According to the UN’s International Labor Organization (...
7/17/15
BY:
Various Authors
Last week, Indian Country Today Media Network published an open letter, in response to the notoriety surrounding controversial scholar-activist Andrea Smith’s contradictory claims of having Cherokee identity through both enrollment and lineal...
7/17/15
BY:
Monique Vondall-Rieke
The announcement of A.D., et al. v. Washburn by the conservative group known as the Goldwater Institute comes with a bitter deja vu of “haven’t we heard this before?” I’ve got a few things that I can say are wrong with the pleadings filed by...

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