Opinions

12/8/14
BY:
Mike Myers
In 1977 I had the incredible opportunity to be the coordinator for the first UN NGO conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This effort grew out of the armed struggles that were occurring in North America and most notably the second battle...
12/5/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Suppose four police officers went to a man’s home, by invitation, to talk to him about a serious, violent crime. Three officers entered and the other watched the door. They talked to the man from about 7:30 p.m. until after midnight, at which point...
12/3/14
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
I'm not surprised by the recent grand jury ruling against indicting Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Disgusted. Heartbroken. Angry. But not surprised. I know too much to be surprised. I teach...
12/2/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
On October 7, Native Hawaiians and their supporters successfully blocked a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of a new telescope atop Mauna Kea. The thirty meter telescope (TMT) will be the world’s largest telescope and is a joint project of...
12/1/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
“What are you writing?” the man at the bar asked me. “A piece on Turkey’s president who recently said Muslims – not Columbus – discovered America.” “Well …. did they?” “Of course not!” I blurted. “And neither did the Jews.” “So it was Columbus, then...
11/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some of us who have embarked on a path of intellectual work have also worked throughout our lives with spiritual leaders so that our intellectual efforts and work is grounded in ceremony and prayer. Some of us have worked for decades with...
11/26/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
“Kamau a Ea” in Hawaiian means “keeping the breath of life.” Ea is life but it can also mean sovereignty, rule, or independence. So the phrase has multiple meanings that in essence equates sovereignty with life. Since the 1970s cultural renaissance...
11/26/14
BY:
Dean B. Suagee
In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed regulation known as the Clean Power Plan rule. This proposed rule, which is a key component of the President’s Climate Action Plan, is intended to bring about major reductions...
11/25/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
I haven't participated in Thanksgiving for many years now. It is hard to celebrate the holiday when you know that it was created to commemorate the massacre of Indian people. The irony is that when I was a child, not many gave much thought to the...
11/24/14
BY:
Joe Sexton
In his famous 19th century treatise, “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville noted that whereas the Spaniards “pursued the Indians with bloodhounds” and “sacked” the continent “with no more temper or compassion than a city taken by storm...
11/24/14
BY:
Harold Monteau
There have been several recent deaths on my reservation, and others, of young people in their teens and 20s. The tragedy at Tulalip got me thinking about solutions or, at least, attempts at solutions. I didn’t want to state the question negatively...
11/24/14
BY:
Bryan Brewer
The power of technology is transforming classrooms across the country. Whether students on tribal lands will have the opportunity to reap the benefits of that technology rests largely on the future of a little known federal program called “E-rate”...
11/23/14
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
After Keystone XL Pipeline legislation was narrowly defeated in Congress, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), incoming Senate Majority Leader, promised to pass the bill in January when Republicans take control of the Senate. They already control the House of...
11/21/14
BY:
Winona LaDuke
After the narrow defeat of the Keystone Pipeline at Congress, Sicangu Lakota Greg Grey Cloud broke into a traditional Lakota song. I am reminded of prophecies of the Black Snake, coming to our territories. Earlier this week, the Sicangu Lakota...

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