Opinions

7/26/16
BY:
André Cramblit
I had a few trepidations about attending my first college reunion. I did not have the traditional great Dartmouth experience during my four years in New Hampshire. In fact, I had a full-blown panic attack the first time I attended a non-Native...
7/25/16
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Peter d'Errico
Luci Tapahonso (Navajo) wrote the text for a photo essay in the July 2016 issue of Smithsonian magazine: "For More Than 100 Years, the U.S. Forced Navajo Students Into Western Schools. The Damage Is Still Felt Today." She opens, "At the beginning of...
7/24/16
BY:
Alex Jacobs
Right now the police and politicians can openly admit there’s a problem in this country over policing and race. And of all cities for this happen to, Dallas was actually doing something about it. There’s no argument to defend the targeting and...
7/23/16
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Johnny Rustywire
The Pony Soldier Motel on Route 66 was just around the bend to East Flag—as in Flagstaff, Arizona, called Kinlani in Navajo. There are a lot of rooms in that place. There was a woman, a cleaning woman who would work her way around those rooms...
7/22/16
BY:
André Crmblit
It is hard to make sense of the horrors of the past couple weeks. We have seen more tragedies with deaths involving the police and men of ethnic backgrounds. Sadly it is becoming all to common to start the day with news that there has been another...
7/21/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
White supremacists have long associated themselves with Christianity, despite the fact that Jesus was not a white man. U.S. Representative Steve King provided a high profile example of such white supremacy on July 18, 2014, in a televised panel...
7/20/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
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. Let us also acknowledge that our nations were then existing free and...
7/19/16
BY:
Charles Trimble
It is only the grandmas and grandpas in Indian country that may have any memories of the violent revolutionary times of the 1960s and early 1970s; but even many of them have no personal recollections, because all the rioting and destruction was...
7/19/16
BY:
Dave Archambault Sr.
On June 25, 1976, Hobart Keith, a Judge for the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, kicked the doors of the Pine Ridge jailhouse wide open and freed the Indian prisoners in honor of the famous downing of the 7th Calvary some 100 years before in a Montana...
7/18/16
BY:
Steve Russell
After lawyering up and making sure that nothing in his narrative would conflict with video evidence—and don't take this to be a criticism, just a complaint that it's not two-way—the officer who shot Philando Castile has spoken through his attorney....
7/18/16
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Mike Myers
Anyone watching the American Supreme Court knew something was up because it was taking them so long to render a decision in the Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw case. So it wasn’t too surprising that they deadlocked in a 4-4 split on...
7/17/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
Inspired by Carlos Castenada’s ethnography where he follows around a made-up, "magic" Native, I did some of my own ethnography, and followed around a few made up white people from various regions, to log their mysterious ways of life and states of...
7/16/16
BY:
Frederich Trenchard
The spoof used to justify taking native Hawaiian land using local law, according to the Inouye conjecture, is no inherent federal protection exists “yet." The legal action substantiates this is a cleverly disguised political lie. A 1980 legal action...
7/15/16
BY:
Hanna Velazquez
This blog was originally posted as "Words From a Woman With Tears On a Badge" on Hanna Velazquez's blog NotYett. I am a lover of written words. And today I despise them. For I’ve tried and tried, and they can’t in any way describe wrecking sorrow,...

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