Opinions

1/10/15
BY:
Valerie Goodness
While Native Nations are far from being monolithic, there is one thing that forced assimilation cannot take from us, as Natives; our coevolved connection to nature. We all know that there is a settler colonialist darkness hovering like a vulture,...
1/9/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The "outcome document" of the high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly—known as The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples—has generated controversy about whether it represents a "win" for Indigenous peoples. The evidence shows it does...
1/8/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Some of my friends are celebrating that 2014 was the year the “Torture Report” finally came out, allowing the world to see that the United States is big enough to admit its shortcomings for all to see. This is why the U.S. deserves to be a leader on...
1/7/15
BY:
Ray Cook
New Year’s at ICTMN finds me at home, shuttling between the computer, the woodpile outside, the kitchen where I hope to sautee some mushrooms soon, and the enticing couch with its open invitation to me to enjoy a brief afternoon snooze. It is time...
1/6/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Damian Webster and Emmy Scott ask important questions in their recent article, "A Defense of Traditionalism": "What is a successful Native person?" "Whose standard are we attempting to meet?" "Do we expect our children to know our creation stories,...
1/2/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The New York Times has published an interactive map of male unemployment in the United States, with dark shading indicating more unemployment for men aged 25-54. It was hard not to notice the pools of dark around Indian country. If that were not...
12/31/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
As Americans scrambled to prepare for the Christmas holiday, it was time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. Things that make the holiday special are not “things.” It’s the time spent together with family and friends and memories made....
12/31/14
BY:
Byron Dorgan
In June of this year, President Barack Obama and the First Lady visited the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota. This was ya historic visit. He was only the fourth sitting President to visit Indian Country, joining Coolidge in...
12/30/14
BY:
Philip Baker-Shenk and Paul Moorehead
In our lifetimes, Indian Country has had a somewhat rocky romance with the Republican Party. Now, in the wake of the 2014 mid-term elections, Indian Country will once again be living with a Republican-controlled Senate and House. It’s been 15 years...
12/29/14
BY:
Steve Russell
The Wizard asked me to contribute to a remembrance of Dick Motherfucker. As Lee Hays once said of Pete Seeger, “what the Wiz proposes, she don’t take no noses.” Still, I attempted to beg off on the grounds that it’s a daunting task to write about...
12/28/14
BY:
Philip Baker-Shenk and W. Ron Allen
The time has come to fund tribal contract support costs, or “CSC,” from the mandatory federal spending accounts of the federal government, the same as are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, interest on the national debt, court judgments and other...
12/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The Rio Tinto Mining Company, owned by interests in the United Kingdom and Australia, is representative of the destructive and devouring process of colonization which results in the expropriation and exploitation of the territories of original...
12/26/14
BY:
Dave Courchene
Boozhoo, Aniin! Denay Makinitook! Welcome, My Relatives, to the Centre, the heart of Turtle Island, the sacred place of Manito Api. Today we come forward to share a gift from the Original People. Let me begin by offering words of gratitude to the...
12/24/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I’ve been watching the chest pounding about the ambush killings of two police officers in New York by a crazy man with a long criminal history. Who are they saying was responsible? Anybody who uttered "Hands up! Don't shoot!" The mayor of New York...

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