Opinions

12/13/13
BY:
John F. Banzhaf III
Why, despite overwhelming evidence, do so many fans refuse to believe that the “R*dskins” team name is a racial slur – that the R-word is to Indians what the N-word is to blacks; a derogatory and highly offensive racist term? Blacks would riot if...
12/12/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
This is report card on the manner in which the Bureau of Indian Affairs have managed the Cobell settlement since it was approved in November 2011. Case in point, the second round of the Cobell payments were scheduled for August or September 2013....
12/11/13
BY:
Steve Russell
I signed up for a four-year military hitch in 1964 and volunteered for Vietnam a year later. I spent that four-year hitch becoming more and more disillusioned about the war I had been so eager to fight. In the rearview mirror, what do you expect of...
12/10/13
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
Monday morning I looked at my Twitter (@jfkeeler) Interactions list and I was surprised to see that Jake Tapper, CNN anchor had answered an obnoxious response to my tweet “Why Indian Mascots Need to End in a Picture” featuring a photograph I had...
12/10/13
BY:
Ryan Seelau
For most people, their sense of who they are—their identity—is at least partially defined from connection to others and to a community. When individuals are forced to sever those connections, the consequences can be devastating. Unfortunately, all...
12/9/13
BY:
Shannon Speed & Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo
On October 31, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto utilized new presidential powers of pardon on the very day that they went into effect to free Mayan school teacher Alberto Patishtán Gómez. We hope that President Obama was paying attention....
12/8/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Since the passing of fellow Indigenous tribesman Madiba Nelson Mandela, much of mainstream media has attempted to paint him in their own colonial image, once again revising history to make the Federal Government and it’s allies look good, and...
12/7/13
BY:
Cedric Sunray
Over the years I have visited and fellowshipped with a great number of tribes situated in the Eastern and Southern regions of the United States. Through this experience I have noticed a telling reality that has long been silently acknowledged, but...
12/6/13
BY:
Alexander Ewen
In our time of utter moral decadence, he was the only statesman to stand for a higher level of human relationship in the political sphere. - Albert Einstein, on the death of Mahatma Gandhi. Sadly, today there does not exist anyone of the moral...
12/6/13
BY:
Walter Lamar
Among other things, Miley Cyrus has become the poster girl for the club drug MDMA, which is gaining popularity in a powdered or crystal form called "Molly." Television about methamphetamine crimes rivet the nation, while the same citizens are blind...
12/5/13
BY:
Mike Williams
Two weeks ago at the 2013 White House Tribal Leaders Conference, tribal leaders stood side-by-side with President Obama and 13 of his cabinet leaders, and raised climate change as a top priority of Native Nations. Tribes are on the front lines of...
12/4/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Native Nations are asserting land and resource rights in an increasingly vigorous and unambiguous way. Just this week, 19 November 2013, Lake Huron Regional Chief Isadore Day, Windawtegowinini, announced, "We have determined that 60 per cent of...
12/3/13
BY:
Barry Brandon
When the course of human events mandates a new forming of political bands between one people and another, that challenge has often been met. This was the foundation of our more perfect union. So it was when the United States saw its tumultuous start...
12/2/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
During the papacy of Pope Alexander VI, the Holy See at the Vatican used the papal bull of May 4, 1493 to call for “barbarous nations” to be “subjugated” or “overthrown.” The Latin word employed in the document is “deprimantur,” which generally is...

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