Opinions

4/15/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On December 3, 2013, oral arguments took place in San Francisco as part of a lawsuit that had reached the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A decision in the case is expected any time now. The suit was initiated by three professors who have sued in an...
4/14/14
BY:
Bryan Brewer
Our Creator, Wakan Tanka, endowed our Lakota people with life and liberty. As Sitting Bull said, “We are free. We choose our own path.” We Lakota established the Lakota Nation, Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires. When the White Buffalo Calf Woman...
4/13/14
BY:
Sharon M. Day
Soon, we begin the third of our River Water Walks. The Ohio River Water Walk begins April 22 in Pittsburgh. The Ohio is the most polluted river in the United States. Once it ran pure and clean and at times the water level was so low, our ancestors...
4/12/14
BY:
Amy Moore & Mike Taylor
Decolonizing essentially means to start thinking like an Indian. “What's your team's name?” asked Betty, the cultural director of the tribe, as she collected $10 from each player. “We're the Tigers! And we're going to win this basketball...
4/11/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
In recent weeks, social media erupted in outrage after it was announced that Warner Brothers had cast Rooney Mara, a non-Native actress, to play the part of Tiger Lily, a Native character, in a new adaptation of Peter Pan. We’re all seen this...
4/10/14
BY:
John Christian-Hopkins
I believe so; and, somehow over the course of my leftist life, several of my best friends—people I love and respect—happen to be conservative. One in particular sometimes frustrates me to no end, with views that border on frightening. He’s not just...
4/9/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Every few decades it seems that Indian country has new concepts that it adopts that become the backbone for how we talk about ourselves. Those concepts usually seem to be about how we frame our relationships as Indian people to the dominant society...
4/8/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I expect Utah is as much a cesspool of corruption as Texas, because that happens in one party states. This is not a partisan comment directed at Republican Utah. When Texas was one party Democratic, a Democrat State Treasurer placed public money in...
4/7/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
On March 6, 2014, the Connecticut Post newspaper published an editorial—"Some Indians are inconvenient"—blasting Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy for trying to block proposed changes in the federal recognition process for Indian Nations. The...
4/6/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In September 2014 a United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly is scheduled to meet at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The High Level meeting, that is falsely being labeled a World Conference on Indigenous...
4/5/14
BY:
Santy Quinde Baidal
Late last night, my father and I talked about how the ethnic term Latino mislabels Indigenous and mixed-Indigenous people from Mexico, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, etc. For a long time, we believed Latino and Hispanic correctly defined the Spanish-speaking...
4/5/14
BY:
Steve Russell
On March 25, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by a for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby, claiming it (the corporation) would be denied religious freedom if forced to offer Obamacare compliant health insurance policies that cover...
4/4/14
BY:
Loretta A. Tuell
My Nez Perce name is Sik-no-wit-Tats which means “Good Speaker,” which was given to me by my tribal elders as a nod that I am to be a “voice” for our people. True to my name, the Creator has blessed me, guiding my path to be a Native American lawyer...
4/3/14
BY:
Kenneth Deer
Mohawks, who are one of the six Nations of the Haudenosaunee, have traditionally not voted in Quebec or Canadian elections believing that, as Mohawks, they are neither Quebecers or Canadians, and should not interfere in other peoples politics....

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