Opinions

4/16/15
BY:
Walter Lamar
Hopefully the title of this piece convinced you to read a few lines to get an idea what I am observing on our territories. Together we can sound an important alarm in our communities. Only if we understand the threat can we properly educate others...
4/15/15
BY:
Paul Moorehead
Having lost hundreds of millions of acres of land to allotment and tax auction, sale, fraud and federal chicanery beginning in the late 1880s, Indian tribes have ever since been on a decades-long mission to acquire and reconsolidate their once-...
4/14/15
BY:
Charles Kader
The recent communication from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne band council regarding American border security initiatives reveals a basic human understanding. No person or group should be treated with disdain based upon who they are as people, or...
4/13/15
BY:
Sheldon Wolfchild
My fifth Great Grandfather was Chief Black Dog also known as Big Eagle. his original village was and is located near the mouth of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. BDOTE (as our ancestors called it, “the center of the earth”), where the rivers...
4/12/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Michael Glennon’s amazing and concise book National Security and Double Government (2014, Oxford University Press), provides an insightful view of the National Security State of the United States, which began with passage of the 1947 National...
4/11/15
BY:
Steve Russell
There’s a word, sophomoric, that describes one of the few downsides of the professoring trade. If you teach college students, it describes your very own personal Groundhog Day. Most of it is the fault of our national consensus that K-12 students...
4/10/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Given that the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is about to convene in New York for its 14th session, it seems fitting to once again revisit the term “indigenous” in the context of the United Nations. In his amazing book A Poetic...
4/9/15
BY:
Steve Russell
This column was begun on a weekend after the stock market took a serious dive, which most market watchers agree was caused by the excellent news on job creation. One of the earliest surprises I got from wading into stock picking was that good news...
4/8/15
BY:
Jane Daugherty
American Indians have a long history of having to adjust to forced changes to their way of life. Recently, challenges have largely focused on their ability to provide for the needs of tribal members, many living in rural areas with few jobs, while...
4/7/15
BY:
Phil Gover
Last week the Chairwoman of my tribe, Gari Pikyavit Lafferty, was removed from office by our tribal council for accepting personal gifts from Dan Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation (whose own name betrays the courage of Snyder’s convictions)....
4/7/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Toni Scott is an American and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She also descends from African and European ancestry. As a multimedia artist, she was recently selected for the 2015 Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program...
4/6/15
BY:
Walter Lamar
Since the Department of Justice's unexpected policy announcement in December regarding marijuana in Indian Country, many tribes are carefully considering the unintended consequences of addressing their approach to marijuana. At the same time, tribes...
4/5/15
BY:
Jay Daniels
Desmond Tutu once said “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” The same could be said today, “they took...
4/4/15
BY:
David Wilkins
Historically, Native nations were bounded but inclusive socio-cultural communities that prided themselves on maintaining distinctive religious-cultural identities while also incorporating--whether through force or invitation--individuals from other...

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