Opinions

2/22/16
BY:
Alice Kehoe
In a column written for Indian Country Today Media Network, Alvin Manitopyes commented on the film, The Revenant. He concluded on a very false note: that First Nations “women were perceived as property.” Quite the contrary! Fur trade and treaty...
2/21/16
BY:
Loris Taylor, Matthew Rantanen & Susan Feller
In a February 2, 2016 press release, Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai called the continuation of Tribal Lifeline subsidies in Oklahoma a “legal scandal” and a “bloated tax payer subsidy.” The Universal Service Fund is not tax based, but...
2/20/16
BY:
Harlan McKosato
Where do we gain our moral conscious? Where do we acquire our moral guide? I bring these questions up to ask two other questions: Why are so many Native people still absorbed with colonization and decolonization in 2016? How do we ensure that our...
2/19/16
BY:
Col. Paul Cook & Gerald Howard
The welfare program tailored to tribal governments—Tribal TANF—is a critical tool to address the disproportionate poverty in Indian Country. However convoluted federal rules limit the positive impacts of this program by forcing tribal governments to...
2/18/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia raised the temperature of ongoing electoral campaigns, increased the intensity of Congressional gridlock, and left the court itself in a precarious balance. What, if anything, it means for...
2/17/16
BY:
David Wilkins
Justice Antonia Scalia was one of the most rabidly anti-Native justices—closely aligned with former Chief Justice William Rehnquist—ever to serve on the High Court. His passing creates a vacancy on the influential court that will have lasting...
2/17/16
BY:
Steve Russell
If Vine Deloria, Jr. was correct when he claimed Indians vote for crooks and white people vote for morons, then Hillary Clinton should have the Indian vote nailed. She is not a crook in the hands-in-the-till sense, but the ambient corruption level...
2/16/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On November 25, 2015, the Holy See (‘the Vatican’) appeared before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Responding to an intervention on the doctrine of discovery by the Apache-Ndee-Nee Working Group, CERD...
2/14/16
BY:
Steve Russell
I have always been chagrined to admit that the most engaging writer on the U.S. Supreme Court is Antonin Scalia, chagrined at having to say that about the right anchor, the prince of darkness. So it’s only fair that I admit his skills again on his...
2/13/16
BY:
JaNae Collins
In the bitter cold month of December, 1890 earsplitting gunfire, cannon-like blasts from Hotchkiss guns, and tortured screams could be heard from a people that would leave a soul wound on the ground and on the spirits for generations to come. Over...
2/13/16
BY:
Cynthia Coleman Emery
The US Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a lower court ruling that will, in effect, allow ancient bones to be returned to American Indians in California. The judgment means a landmark legal decision recognizes the authority of Native tribes...
2/12/16
BY:
Vincent Schilling
When I was a young man—more like a boy, actually—I was molested and sexually assaulted on several occasions by two different older men. I was 16, which is pretty young, considering, but I was also a young 16-year-old: I was slow to develop and was...
2/11/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Part One of this essay examined how the United States has used certain creations of the human mind to impose controlling ideas on the original Native nations of this continent. U.S. federal Indian law is a product of human imaginings. Some examples...
2/10/16
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
Our D/Lakota ancestors Vine Deloria, Jr., and Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman warned us of culture vultures. As Westerman sang: And the anthros keep on digging our sacred ceremonial sites As if there was nothing wrong, as if education gives them the...

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