Opinions

12/22/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
How American Indians became concentrated on reservations is a complicated story that most Americans know only very little about, let alone Italians, who have recently compared their economic crisis to that of “living on an Indian reservation.”...
12/21/13
BY:
Stanley Heller
A dozen Jews created an open letter to companies that make products for the Washington football team and the Commissioner of the National Football League. They all agreed to this short statement "We Jews call for companies to refuse to make...
12/20/13
BY:
Philip S. "Sam" Deloria
Dick Cheney and I both started college with the Yale class of 1963; we both lived in Berkeley College, one of Yale’s residential colleges. I graduated in 1964, after taking a year off. I read that Cheney flunked out twice and finished college at the...
12/19/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In his recent column, “The Long Road to ‘Free and Independent’ for Indian Nations,” Steve Russell says, “My ICTMN colleagues are fond of ‘free and independent’ as a description of the once and future status of Indian nations.” The phrase that...
12/18/13
BY:
Charles Kader
Can Indians still make decisions for themselves on their own homeland? That question was recently deliberated in a case involving four men from the Akwesasne Reserve. The Three Feathers Casino federal trial has now concluded. Members of the Men’s...
12/17/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
This column is about oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court that took place on December 2, 2013 in the case Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, Et Al. By way of introduction, a description of what brought the parties to the U.S. Supreme Court...
12/16/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Prof. David Wilkins is dismayed by language chosen by the Chief Judge of the Nooksack Tribal Court in a disenrollment decision. His dismay is directed not at the holding of the case, which supported the sovereign authority of the Nooksack Nation to...
12/15/13
BY:
Wahleah Johns
Part of the debate about how to approach pollution cleanup at the big Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant near the Grand Canyon has always revolved around jobs and revenues for the Navajo Nation. Federal regulators heard more on this in...
12/14/13
BY:
Ann Dapice
Editor’s Note: The following is an edited version of an academic presentation at the World Diabetes Congress last week. Given the terrible numbers of diabetes and alcoholism among our people, ICTMN is honored to assist in helping our readers have...
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...

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