Opinions

4/22/16
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Nick Estes
On October 13, 2014, University of New Mexico (UNM) Native students led a campus demonstration demanding the abolition of the university's racist seal and the recognition of "Indigenous Peoples Day of Resistance and Resilience" instead of the...
4/21/16
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Harold Monteau
The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12, the Court was asked to resolve the question of whether “Metis” (Mixed Bloods) and “Non-Status Indians” were Indians under the...
4/20/16
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Charles Kader
Strive to keep it alive. Fight the good fight. May your soul evade St. Peter before he knows that you are gone. Well, maybe not the last adage, but a lot could be said of Al Jazeera America’s television network that has now gone black. I have had...
4/19/16
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Ruth Hopkins
During the 1970s, stories of Native women being forcibly sterilized began to emerge. In these cases, consent was absent. Some were manipulated and lied to in order for the government to gain access for sterilization. Young Native women living in...
4/18/16
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Liza Gross
Several years ago, on a brisk spring day in the wild reaches of northeastern Arizona, I was helping an elderly grandmother scrape kernels off a bushel’s worth of dried corn cobs. She spoke no English and I knew little Navajo, so we worked in silence...
4/17/16
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Dave Archambault Sr.
On March 9, in a historic landslide vote, South Dakota’s State House Legislators voted 60 to 8 in favor of allowing Governor Dennis Daugaard to use his budget to fund three Indian public schools in searching for and implementation of alternatives to...
4/14/16
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Terese Mailhot
Recently, a beautiful Indigenous woman, Sharnell Paul, was barred from being featured in the Women of the Navajo calendar for being transgender. According to Paul, the founders called her after finding out she was transgender, and informed her that...
4/15/16
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Adrianne Chalepah
Context is everything. As soon as Ralphie May informed me that the joke was missing most of its context, I immediately felt bad for the backlash I had helped create. Because context is critical, it goes two ways. We need the full joke to make a fair...
4/14/16
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Ruth Hopkins
I’ve been a tribal Judge for four years. In the beginning, I was an Associate Judge for the tribe I’m enrolled with, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. That’s where I got my judicial feet wet, so to speak. In the years to come I’d preside over cases for...
4/13/16
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Steve Russell
The left coast and the right coast, California and New York, have gotten on board for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. That has been Bernie Sanders’ position. Hillary Clinton bids $12 an hour. The Economist reported last year that if the U.S...
4/12/16
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Steven Newcomb
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is comprised of four Catholic organizations across Canada. On March 19, 2016 the CCCB issued “The ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ and Terra Nullius: A Catholic Response.” Written partly in response to Calls...
4/11/16
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Ray Cook
Writer’s block, oy, what a flu that is to have. Last year, I believe I did not write, and if I did it was of no consequence. However, there were a great many thinkers that did write and contributed to the ICTMN Op/Ed pages. Why? Because we have...
4/11/16
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Stephen Fox
Women have for centuries struggled to achieve resolutions in the electoral realm, even before Susan B. Anthony shaped the early days of the suffragette movement, like Native Americans and African Americans have struggled through endless years of Jim...
4/10/16
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Randall Akee
Low-income individuals are less likely than their wealthier counterparts to invest in long-term assets and educational attainment. To some extent this might simply reflect the preferences of this population. On the other hand, it may be indicative...

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