Opinions

1/24/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
The problem with white saviors isn’t necessarily that they’re paternalistic, or dumb, it’s mostly that they aren’t dependable. Where is my white savior when I want a jar opened? Ultimately, if you give a white person too much power as an ally they...
1/23/16
BY:
Duane Brayboy
"The New World." This romanticized term inspired legions of Europeans to race to the places we live in search of freedoms from oppressive regimes or treasures that would be claimed in the name of some European nation. Those who arrived in the Native...
1/22/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Much of what we take to be physically true is metaphorically true. Here’s a simple illustration: Suppose I’m having a conversation with someone and I point to a tree and ask, “You see that big rock in front of that tree over there?” And the person...
1/21/16
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Alvin Manitopyes
The Revenant is not for the faint hearted as the bloody and brutal violence constantly spews across the big screen like a horrific nightmare. The ambience of the opening scene is cloudy and dark, giving viewers a sense of eeriness, stirring up...
1/20/16
BY:
Andre Cramblit
David Bowie died last week. Damn! I had hoped that the Starman was immortal and his multifaceted muse would continue to inspire his unique contributions to the artistic world. Bowie was more than the flashiest star in the cosmos of rock and roll. He...
1/19/16
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Alex Jacobs
The Revenant is a film that revamps American mythology. There’s an expediency and urgency as it’s photographed in panoramic long seemingly one shot takes. It couldn’t be done on film, had to be digital. All the stories are true about harsh...
1/19/16
BY:
Steve Russell
Remember in the 2008 election when Hillary Clinton teared up and her voice broke? She said, speaking of the country but particularly of women, "I just don’t want to see us fall backwards." I was never for a minute cynical about that. That woman...
1/18/16
BY:
Mike Myers
Way back when the City of Sherrill case was headed to the U.S. Supreme Court I had a conversation with a non-Indigenous lawyer friend of mine about it. He concluded that it was an excellent case and “theoretically” it should be won if it were a case...
1/17/16
BY:
Cari M. Carpenter
Sarah Winnemucca isn’t a name known by many—her surname is more likely identified as a town in Nevada than the last name of one of the nineteenth century’s most prominent American Indian writers and activists. Author of Life Among the Piutes, one of...
1/16/16
BY:
Bayard Johnson
During the 20 years that Russell Means and I were writing partners, from 1992 to 2012, Hollywood made several movies that misrepresented American Indians and their cultures in insulting ways. Two big studio titles that leap to mind are GERONIMO (...
1/15/16
BY:
Alex Jacobs
As much as we’d like to call the Bundy Family Cohorts a bunch of terrorists for taking over an empty so-called federal bunkhouse in the middle of nowhere that was once Paiute land, we can’t because they haven’t killed anyone. Every time you read...
1/14/16
BY:
Leo Killsback
Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards revealed that his dedication to The Revenant went beyond the screen. Not only did he “share” his award with Indigenous peoples and communities, he also exposed the persisting...
1/13/16
BY:
Stephen Selkirk
EDITOR'S NOTE: On December 17, 2015, Terrance Jackson, 24, was convicted of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of Gerald Smith, 22. The author witnessed that violent confrontation between two men he never knew, and testified at Jackson's...
1/12/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1776, a white aristocratic slave owner from Virginia named Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. He did so on behalf of thirteen British colonies on the Atlantic seaboard of North America that desired to rebel and break away...

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