Steven Newcomb
John Collier was the U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs from 1933 to 1945, during the New Deal era of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When Collier was first appointed to that post, he had a typical view that Indigenous cultures would die out...
Steve Russell
Lots of things have followed me into my second retirement.  Some, like continuing work with Indian graduate students, are a source of delight. Others less so. I am reminded that I failed to change the world. The National Science Foundation just sent...
Johnny Rustywire
Editor’s Note: We publish opinions to help people think about things and to help them understand issues that pop up in our lives. We also publish opinions to help people understand us and our lives a little bit better. Johnny Rustywire, an old...
Jay Daniels
Once, at a tribal consultation meeting, Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, asked me to join him for lunch. Upon learning that I was a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, he asked about my opinion of the Freedmen issue. I...
Haley B. Elkins
“Don’t use that picture of me,” said my mother about one of my recent articles, “I look like I’m right off the reservation.” Her statement was rattled off unthinkingly, but it’s action-packed with issues. My Italian heritage was rampant in my...
Charles Kader
This year has gotten off to quite a start with Idle No More and now the Washington, D.C. mayor Vincent Gray chiming in on a franchise name change for the NFL team associated with that city. I am a self-admitted mascot protestor of professional...
Zachary Pullin
The intersection of my identity as a gay man and a Chippewa Cree tribal member begins at the intersection of Route 87 and Highway 448. The unpretentious hamlet of Box Elder, Montana, on the Rocky Boy Reservation is home to a humble population of 800...
Michael Burlin
Our congratulations goes out to Zooppa.com, the creative ad site for those wishing to produce multi-media ads for their favorite brands. As they say, Zooppa is the place where you can make your own ads for famous brands. Brands provide a creative...
Darlene L. Barnes
On November 28, 2012, Indian Country Today Media Network published this article on the diabetes problem in the Native American community. The article provides compelling perspective on a serious problem and shares with us staggering national...
Bryan Newland
Sunday officially marks the conclusion of President Obama’s first term in office—as well as the beginning of his second term. And with the recent announcement that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will be stepping down soon, it is a good time...
Peter d'Errico
People say "history" is stories about the past, events before our time, considered to be "over and done with." This ignores the continuing effects of past events, the ways history is operative in the present. French scholar Michel Foucault (1926-...
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
If ever a concept grabbed hold of hearts and minds in Indian country in the past couple decades surely it would be that of sovereignty. Native people talk about it with reverence, demanding that it be respected by the federal government, and expect...
Charles Kader
A recent study by the economist John Dunham on behalf of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) attempted to show that untaxed packs of cigarettes were acquired on a one to one basis for every taxable pack of cigarettes purchased by...
Suzan Shown Harjo
All major Native American organizations have called for the Washington pro football franchise to end its team’s despicable name. Why? Because it’s a racial slur and—no matter how many millions it spends trying to sanitize it and silence Native...