Opinions

7/18/15
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Alex Jacobs
Modern day slavery exists every day, everywhere all over in the world. You may hear that there are more people in slavery, as sex workers and forced labor bondage, than at any time in history. According to the UN’s International Labor Organization (...
7/17/15
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Various Authors
Last week, Indian Country Today Media Network published an open letter, in response to the notoriety surrounding controversial scholar-activist Andrea Smith’s contradictory claims of having Cherokee identity through both enrollment and lineal...
7/17/15
BY:
Monique Vondall-Rieke
The announcement of A.D., et al. v. Washburn by the conservative group known as the Goldwater Institute comes with a bitter deja vu of “haven’t we heard this before?” I’ve got a few things that I can say are wrong with the pleadings filed by...
7/16/15
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T. Lulani Arquette
The 1960s had a great impact on me. In my lifetime, I have not seen this level of racial discrimination and hatred in our country since the 1960s and early 1970s. As a very young girl, too innocent to understand what was going on, but intuitive...
7/15/15
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Micah Armstrong
Patriotism, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “love that people feel for their country”. Though honestly, in my opinion, the patriotism that Americans feel for this country is false, because this country is not theirs. No matter how...
7/14/15
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Nick Estes, et al
The planned Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering (herein Rainbow) in He Sapa, the Black Hills, has caused serious tensions within the Oceti Sakowin. Many of us see the Rainbow gathering as engaging in cultural exploitation, and some of their...
7/13/15
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Steven Newcomb
On July 9 the Associated Press reported that while visiting La Paz, Bolivia, “Pope Francis apologized…for the sins, offenses and crimes committed by the Catholic Church against indigenous peoples during the colonial-era conquest of the Americas,” (...
7/13/15
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Kim TallBear
I share two key similarities with Professor Vince Diaz, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who defended Steven Salaita in his 6/24/15 commentary, “Academic Ambush:...
7/12/15
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Carly McIntosh
Right when you start walking freely in through the trees, you have a sense of discovery. Exactly when you take your first step you make a deep connection with the Earth, our Mother, the strength of Mother Earth pulls you closer to one another. Every...
7/11/15
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Terese Marie Mailhot
Watching two Native academics come to a consensus about Andrea Smith is like watching two eagles fight. No, wait, I mean egos. After Andrea Smith was outed for the second time as being non-Native, several Native academics leapt to save her from...
David Cornsilk
7/10/15
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David Cornsilk
It appears the Andrea Smith apologists are doing everything they can to divert attention from the one thing about her that is important right now, whether or not she is Cherokee. They want to make it about her work, not so. They want to make it...
7/10/15
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Steve Russell
An innocent woman minding her own business was killed by a convicted felon in the country illegally who was on the streets of San Francisco because the local jail had ignored a “detainer” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Ignoring the...
7/8/15
BY:
LaDonna Harris
Collaborating with my daughters on my memoirs I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the past 45 years of the American Indian Self Determination Movement and the unique modern history that I am privileged to have been a part of. Forty-five years ago...
7/7/15
BY:
Various Authors
We write to respond to widespread public discussion of well-known scholar-activist Andrea Smith’s history of contradictory claims to Cherokee identity through both enrollment and lineal descent. While concerns about her claims have been known and...

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