Bill John Baker
Every Cherokee Nation citizen deserves a long and healthy life. I believe that means access to quality health care, and as Principal Chief, I made a commitment to our people to address this critical issue. Last year, we increased the percentage of...
Charles Kader
Sovereignty is a word with many meanings. Because it is a Latin word in origination, adapted by the French language, there may be several definitions. The adaptation by Onkwehonweh (Original People) of the use of this word most often relates to a...
Paul Udstrand
Every once in a while a really nice example of institutional racism emerges from the corporate media and gives us a chance to expose unexamined assumptions that make truth impossible.  The March 30 New York Times carried a front page article about...
Larry Spotted Crown Mann
Virtually everything written about Natives in colonial New England is viewed through an ethnocentric lens of the master narrative. Further it is structured by a religious zeal which proclaims their god given right of manifest destiny to “rid the...
Milford Wayne Donaldson
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has a good deal of recent news that is of particular importance to Indian country and that I would like to share with you. At its recent winter business meeting on March 1, the ACHP became the...
Steve Russell
Néret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou, a Parisian auction house that I’m sure perceives itself as catering to only the “best people,” is about to auction off cultural patrimony looted from the Hopi Nation. Auctioneer Gilles Néret-Minet dismissed Hopi...
C. Timothy McKeown
On Friday, April 12, Néret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou in Paris is scheduled to auction 70 Native American masks dating between 1880 and 1940. The auction catalogue describes each mask, provides a photograph, details the materials used in its...
Steven Newcomb
Pope Francis—Jorge Mario Bergoglio—is 76 years old. He is the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit pope, and the first pope of our time not born in Europe. He is from Argentina, a region of the world colonized by the Spanish crown in the...
Charles Kader
A Métis friend of mine has recently been seen on the Game Show Network as part of the cast of the reality show, Family Trade. He is not the star, but his media appearances contrast with the humble beginnings of his own family, who until relatively...
Dustin Monroe
The Montana voter registration and mobilization program started by Western Native Voice in 2011 had a large impact on the 2012 election. Operating a community-centered, grassroots-based voter registration drive on all seven Indian reservations and...
Robert Odawi Porter
Congress is now considering the legalization of gambling over the Internet. Indian country, which has invested billions of dollars in traditional “bricks and mortar” businesses, should be extremely worried about this effort. If successful, many of...
Cole R. DeLaune
Less than a month after the dead-man-walking candidacies of Richard Mourdock and a now infamous Missourian culminated in predictable blowouts, a governor emeritus of South Dakota announced his own bid for the Senate in the forthcoming 2014 midterms...
Hayley Hutt
Recent news of the Klamath Tribe’s victory in a water rights battle after 38 years of court proceedings came as no surprise to the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Hoopa knows that tribal water rights and tribal trust are the most powerful tools for restoring...
Oliver J. Semans
“Everyone talks about rights, but they have a cost,” said attorney Sara Frankenstein in a recent article on ICTMN.com (“With 2014 Elections Looming, Ninth Circuit Agrees to Hear Native Voting-Rights Appeal”; February 28, 2013). Frankenstein is...