Opinions

7/12/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Consider for a moment the existence of any Original Nation of this continent that has had a relationship with its territory for countless generations. Let’s assume that the People of that Nation have lived for thousands of years in cultural,...
7/11/14
BY:
Eric S. Zimmer
Almost three weeks ago, President Obama became the fourth sitting chief executive to set foot on Native American land when he visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. During his speech, the president promised to continue his...
7/10/14
BY:
Barry Brandon
Al Jazeera America’s recent series “Payday Nation” had so much promise to get the facts right and tell a side of the story which has been woefully underrepresented in the world of partisan media and painfully biased reporting. That promise...
7/9/14
BY:
Peter d’Errico
The Canadian Supreme Court recently elaborated legal rules affecting non-Aboriginal encroachment on Native lands. The unanimous decision, Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, affirmed a Tsilhqot’in challenge to a British Columbia provincial...
7/8/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Sixteen months ago, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) issued a “Tribal Leaders’ White Paper.” Dated February 28, 2013, the paper was drafted in preparation for the March 1-2 2013 North American Indian Peoples Caucus gathering at the...
7/7/14
BY:
T Robert Przeklasa
President Obama made headlines this past Friday with his “first” trip to an Indian reservation as president. Indian Country Today noted that his “trip to Standing Rock [was] the first visit to an Indian reservation by a President since Bill Clinton...
7/6/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Chris Stevens was everything we should want an ambassador to be, and by “we” I mean both tribal governments and colonial governments. I am quick to credit his Chinook ancestry, but it strikes me that it’s just as important that he claimed to be...
7/5/14
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John Christian Hopkins
I remember the first time I had to act like a father. My fiancé—and eventual first ex-wife—worked a couple of nights a week and needed a babysitter. I had lots of experience around kids (my sister has seven), so I figured how hard can it be, right?...
7/4/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Black Indians are constantly confronted with the fact that they do not fit any of society's stereotypes for Native Americans. Those stereotypes are imposed by both whites and sadly, other Indians. This lack of understanding of another nation’s...
7/3/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
The title is paraphrased from a comic bit from the legendary Paul Mooney. He actually said "Everyone wants to be Black but, no one wants to be Black." By that he meant that people from other cultures like to take bits and pieces from Black culture...
7/2/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Imagine a couple of novels that contain a deep discernment that our existence as Original Nations and Peoples extends back to the beginning of time, through our oral histories and our oral traditions. Imagine the novels are written with heart, and...
7/1/14
BY:
Jean Reith Schroedel
Every country has founding myths. The most powerful of these stories suggest a people are particularly blessed by God. In the United States, we too have these stories, but building a common national identity is more difficult because we are a nation...
6/30/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Whatever you think of the accomplishments of the American Indian Movement, Indian-on-Indian violence is a lasting stain on the organization. It was not good for health or longevity to be “bad-jacketed,” talked about as a “snitch.” In the end, AIM’s...
6/30/14
BY:
Stanley Heller
Dan Snyder has said he won’t change the racist name of the Washington football team. One thing that could help change his mind is a campaign to get the Washington Post and all media to refuse to mention the team or its activities. If there were no...

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