Opinions

3/7/16
BY:
Nick Estes
Like a broken pipeline spilling sickness across the prairie, South Dakota lawmakers often pump out hateful legislation that marginalizes our most vulnerable citizens, including transgender youth. Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently vetoed a proposed bill...
3/5/16
BY:
Mālia Kahaleʻinia Chun
On January 17, 1893, a group of American sugar barons and plantation owners, backed by the United States military, overthrew Queen Lili’uokalani of the Kingdom of Hawai’i and imprisoned her in her own palace. The coup led to the dissolving of the...
3/7/16
BY:
Kalundi Serumaga & David Wandira
Pope Francis’ recent tour through the African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic has provided many Africans with the opportunity to learn about those who experienced their story before they did. His Holiness did all the right...
3/4/16
BY:
Grahame Russell
Berta Caceres, a great Lenca woman from western Honduras, was assassinated early in the morning of March 3. She was killed because of who she is, because of what she lived, stood and fought for, her whole life. RELATED: Murdered While She Slept:...
3/4/16
BY:
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk
In the past, policies and laws have always been written as prescriptions for us Native American people to follow, including when it comes to protecting the lands, dwellings, art, and final resting places of our ancestors. But now, for the first time...
3/3/16
BY:
Randall Akee
That education changes lives is not a novel insight. Determining the size of these changes, however, is quite a difficult task. Therefore, finding evidence, even from a most unlikely source is useful. In a recent article, Donna Feir (2015) documents...
3/2/16
BY:
Stephen Fox
Tribes nation-wide and other Americans across the country deeply appreciate Senator Bernie Sanders’ efforts in the U.S. Senate to protect tribal sacred land in Arizona known as Oak Flat, located on U.S. Forest Service land, from destruction by...
3/1/16
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
It is easy to blame the Congress, the BIA,, and federal courts for allowing mass tribal disenrollment to flourish. They are all complicit. But behind the scenes another federal entity plays a key role, especially in the increasing number of...
2/29/16
BY:
Daniel R. Wildcat
I want to lodge a grievance, not to appoint blame, but to encourage a solution to nothing less than a national disgrace: The lack of deserved financial investment Haskell Indian Nations University receives. Let me be clear Haskell is overall...
2/28/16
BY:
André Cramblit
Ho, ho ho, hummmmm. The avalanche of holidays is wrapping up, and winter is in full regalia just ready to dance. It is also time for some Native parents to send our precious children (even though they are young adults really), out into the world and...
2/27/16
BY:
Steve Russell
All human beings are seething cauldrons of bias and prejudice based on both rational and irrational reasons. Those of us who have been honored to wear the other black robe (as judges rather than priests) are not exceptions to the rule that children...
2/27/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
My auntie says there’s a direct connection between violence against the earth and violence against Indigenous women. I think of my own brown body when she says this, and how it was damaged in childhood and adolescence. My memories feel stolen like...
2/26/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
News of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing on February 15 made me think of the brief conversation that I had with him at the University of San Diego (USD) on August 30, 2006. His talk that evening that was hosted by the USD School...
2/25/16
BY:
Melissa Smith
I could tell you that with Act 169 in Wisconsin, many stakeholders, including the tribes and environmental advocacy voices were removed from any sort of decision-making process. The science committee was disbanded and tribal and university...

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