Opinions

1/30/15
BY:
Luis A. Alejo
Re: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Dear Supervisor Peter Adam, I was disappointed to read your comments in a recent Lompoc Record article questioning the sovereign nation status of Native American tribes. It is unbelievable that such statements...
1/29/15
BY:
Pamela S. Hyde & Mirtha Beadle
Access to health care coverage that includes services for mental health and substance use disorders is critical for everyone. This is especially true for the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community, which face some significant behavioral...
1/28/15
BY:
Sen. John Barrasso
It has been eight years since a Republican Majority was elected to lead the United States Senate. No matter which party is in charge, the American people want action and solutions, not dysfunction. As Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, I...
1/28/15
BY:
Sami Jo Difuntorum
As Chairwoman of the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), I applaud the words of National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby during the 2015 State of Indian Nations address. There are several important issues in...
1/27/15
BY:
Jennifer Denetdale
Drunktown’s Finest, written and produced by Diné filmmaker Sydney Freeland, opened to positive reviews at the Sundance film festival in 2014. That upbeat reception followed the film as it screened in independent and major theaters throughout the...
1/26/15
BY:
Brandon Ecoffey
As I listened to the State of Indian Nations address delivered by National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby last week, I couldn’t help but come to the conclusion that the Indian Country he spoke of did not include those of us...
1/25/15
BY:
Mateo Romero
I was looking forward to seeing American Sniper. I took my brown Native high school-aged son to see it. I’m a fan of Clint Eastwood’s acting and directing, and his Sniper is a beautifully shot and directed action packed flick. But after his film, I...
1/24/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In a previous column, I noted that U.S. federal Indian law is traced to the religio-political narrative of Chosen People and Promised Land in the biblical book of Genesis. In this column I want to address the fact that 2015 marks the 60th year since...
1/23/15
BY:
Richard L. Thornton
“I don’t want to talk about it! They treated us worse than the coloreds.” That is what my Granny Ruby would generally say when we asked questions about our Creek heritage. Even her nickname, Ruby, was an enigma. Since the mid-1700s, one girl in her...
1/22/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
“And we Americans are peculiar, chosen people, the Israel of our times; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world”—Herman Melville. “I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the Spirit of the...
1/21/15
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
This is the speech I wished I'd given on January 13th at a Keystone XL vigil held here in Portland, Oregon—things I wanted to say to President Obama before his State of the Union Address. I want the President to stand by his promise to our Dakota/...
1/20/15
BY:
Brandon Ecoffey
Late last week the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation released the findings of its investigation into the shooting death of Allan Locke on December 20, 2014, in the Lakota Homes neighborhood of Rapid City, South Dakota. The shooting...
1/19/15
BY:
Jennifer Nez Denetdale
When I received word of my selection to deliver the inaugural address for the 23rd Navajo Nation Council inauguration, I felt honored, for I have always supported tribal nation building, especially in light of the reality that our Diné nation...
1/17/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On January 15, 2015, during a flight from Sri Lanka to Manila, Pope Francis declared to reporters: “In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States.” In other words, the pope intends to make Serra a Roman Catholic...

Pages