Opinions

3/27/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
I write this in response to Steven Newcomb, who took issue with the column I recently wrote titled, “Moving From Sovereignty to Autonomy.” He is passionate about his opinions and intellectual projects and I respect that. I respond in the spirit of...
3/26/14
BY:
Holly Houghten
President Obama recently renewed his commitment to protecting our “air, our water, and our communities.” This is an important message for American Indians, as the health of our environment and communities are linked. Too many tribal lands are...
3/26/14
BY:
Carolyn Bennett
Indigenous women in Canada experience rates of violence more than three times that of non-Indigenous women and young Indigenous women are five times more likely to die of violence. Moreover, recent research shows that more than 800 Indigenous women...
3/25/14
BY:
Barry Brandon
Everyone, as they say, has an agenda. Everyone—the president, the Congress, and politicos of all stripes—tries to look good, regardless of party. Governmental regulators (who also have political agendas) want to secure the highest possible profile...
3/24/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
American Indian women have long been honored with the name “life giver” for their gift of motherhood to the tribes. In addition, most Native American women were masters at making beautiful blankets, baskets, pottery and jewelry. They gathered...
3/23/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Dina Gilio-Whitaker’s column, “Moving from Sovereignty to Autonomy,” is troubling on a number of levels. She advocates that we use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to achieve “autonomy” within the context of what she terms the...
3/22/14
BY:
Notah Begay III
As I sit here listening to my 6-year-old daughter read, I wonder what the future holds for her and the next generation of Navajo children. Childhood obesity and diabetes continue to plague the Navajo Nation and American Indian communities across the...
3/21/14
BY:
Corine Fairbanks
Many people outside of California are not aware that in the fourth grade, the curriculum includes studying the California Mission System. Little fourth-graders run to the nearest arts and crafts store (Michael’s sells them in particular), to buy a...
3/20/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Professor Joshua Jeffers, a History Ph.D. candidate and instructor at Purdue University, authored an important study of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, published in the Maryland Historical Magazine (Spring 2013). Jeffers began his scholarly...
3/19/14
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Last week, I spoke to several hundred tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians Tribal Nations Legislative Summit here in Washington, DC. The conversation was wide ranging, but boiled down to two key topics: what have we achieved,...
3/19/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
“Oh Uncle Adrian, I am in the reservation of my mind,” is a passage from Adrian C. Louis’s literary work, Elegy for the Forgotten Oldsmobile. It is the same one line written by a different author and in a different context which affirms a biography...
3/18/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
They murdered men, women and children. An estimated 300 died. Some were killed on the spot. Others, mostly kids, were chased down and shot. All of the dead, even the babies, were left on the field that winter day and froze. Four days later, a party...
3/18/14
BY:
Tim Richmond
Reservations are not traditionally known for their affluent living conditions. Some tribes are better off than others, but overall tribes tend to scrape by. This condition of Native life is the result of years upon years of being shuffled aside by...
3/17/14
BY:
Steve Russell
No, not those Black Robes. I’m sure priests have secrets in addition to those involving child abuse, but I am not privy to them. I mean legal profession priests, The Judges. I was at a judicial conference recently in Texas, a state that practices...

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