Opinions

11/20/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The battle at Standing Rock to defend Native lands and waters offers a great opportunity for teachers in a range of disciplines. Fortunately, a number of academic groups have prepared teaching materials about Standing Rock and made them available on...
11/19/16
BY:
Lynn Armitage
Optimism. It’s a powerful motivator. And it electrified me out of a deep, three-hour slumber the morning after Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. “Oh, my God. He did it!” were the first words I spoke. Remembering...
11/18/16
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Terese Mailhot
This is dedicated to the brave white people taking a stand on Facebook against Trump and sharing various Standing Rock articles. You could have been on the front line, in the marches, putting money where your mouth is, but you had the foresight to...
11/17/16
BY:
Michelle L. LaPena
There comes a time when history begins to repeat itself. The Indigenous occupation around the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation is such a time. While there are many differences between the occupation of Wounded Knee in the early 1970s and the...
11/16/16
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
“I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” – Groucho Marx In 2011, Cedric Sunray wrote a column here simply titled, “Disenrollment Clubs.” He opened with a quote about the Cherokee Freedmen, from Cherokee Nation Tribal...
11/16/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The Water Protection Camps at Standing Rock in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline project are within the treaty-recognized territory of the Oceti Sakowin (the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation). The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, being...
11/15/16
BY:
Tiffany Midge
Hey America, Well, it’s been fun. We’ve had a good run. But we’re done now. No hard feelings, it’s just not working out. It’s not you, it’s me, okay? Well, actually it is you, but whatevs. If it’s cool with you I’d like to drop by your place when...
11/14/16
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André Cramblit
After twenty years with the same employer I started a new job recently. WOW! After that long it nearly took me two weeks just to pack up all my personal items. My office was liberally decorated with a random collection of plants, student drawings,...
11/13/16
BY:
Vicente Diaz
Disney imagineers have just rolled out a powerful anecdote, connected to the November release of its latest animation, Moana, wherein an elder from Mo’orea, in French Polynesia, is depicted as having asked one of them, “For years, we have been...
11/12/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The concept of civil society is traced to the ancient Roman Empire. Today we find this concept in the phrase “civil disobedience.” That phrase communicates the idea that there are people willing to “disobey” the imposed “civis” or “civil order” of...
11/11/16
BY:
Stanley Heller
On October 28 hundreds of Yale students and people from the community stood on the New Haven Green opposite a Yale University residential college that has been called “Calhoun College” since the 1930s. They chanted “Change the Name” and “Take Down...
11/10/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
My son was in tears. He asked me if his grandmother would be deported (she’s a citizen born in Mexico). He’s eleven and a better, kinder person than I am. I told him that she wouldn’t be deported, and that we can afford lawyers, and then I named all...
11/10/16
BY:
Jennifer K. Falcon
Choco Gonzalez Meza, was a tireless activist for the Democratic Party and the head of the Clinton campaign in San Antonio, died on Sunday, October 9 after a battle with cancer. Community Organizer Choco Gonzalez Meza, a Coalhitecan, worked her whole...
11/9/16
BY:
Steve Russell
UPDATED NOVEMBER 11, 2016: This column has been updated to reflect election results not complete when it was written. In addition, the first version listed Florida as having legalized recreational marijuana by referendum. The Florida referendum...

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