Opinions

9/16/15
BY:
André Cramblit
Author's Note: I originally wrote this article for the magazine Winds of Change back in 2002, published by the American Indians Science and Engineering Society (AIESES). In writing it I wanted to share some of the basic tenets of leadership as...
9/15/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Contemporary American Indian pow wows have been undergoing a considerable amount of cultural change. Among the various aspects examined are pow wows’ social networks — pow wows as an expression of identity, ideas of community, social integration,...
9/14/15
BY:
Mike Myers
Over the past month or so I’ve read some disturbing articles and reports related to Indigenous children. Suzette Brewer’s ICTMN article on the continuing legal assaults being thrown at the Indian Child Welfare Act first raised my curiosity because...
9/13/15
BY:
Timothy Davis
Race is ugly business. The business of race can be seen in the higher rates of incarceration of black Americans. It is in the higher rates black Americans and Native Americans are killed by law enforcement. It is an aspect of our existence that we...
9/12/15
BY:
Isadore Day
September 6 marked 20 years since Anthony “Dudley” George, an unarmed First Nation man, was shot by the Ontario Provincial Police and died. He and other First Nation men, women and children had been occupying their ancestral territory, which had...
Steven Storm
9/11/15
BY:
Steven Storm
“We have never been able to understand the white man, who fools nobody but himself.” —Chief Plenty Coups, Crow It was the founders’ aptitude for greed masked behind the colorful eloquence of Thomas Jefferson’s quill which sowed the seeds for the U.S...
9/11/15
BY:
Harlan McKosato
The NFL kicks off their first full slate of games on Sunday and the Washington R**skins will host their season opener against the Miami Dolphins. This will also kick off further protests against the team’s nickname by those who object to the name...
9/10/15
BY:
Michael McNally
This column was originally published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The recent assertion by Ojibwe community members of rights under the Treaty of 1855 to gather wild rice and fish on ceded lands at Gull Lake and Hole in the Day (“Tension mounts...
9/9/15
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
In 1970, President Richard Nixon announced a new federal policy of “self-determination without termination,” recognizing the failures of the federal government in its historical attempts to assimilate Indians by destroying tribes.  In 1975, the...
9/8/15
BY:
Steve Russell
This column goes out to Chiitaanibah Johnson, who I don’t know but I feel like I know. I don’t usually write in such a personal manner, but her story intersects with my life in so many ways I need to tell her and offer the encouragement I didn’t get...
9/7/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
I had just moved to beautiful Manatee County, Florida. I decided to walk around my new neighborhood, where I had just purchased a mobile home. While strolling along, I began thinking about how I was going to landscape my front lawn to create some...
9/6/15
BY:
Carly McIntosh
The amount of lies told in this world makes you wonder if anything can be true anymore. If we all had the curse the fictional character Pinocchio had, imagine for a moment how long our noses would be. For many years marijuana was against the law to...
9/5/15
BY:
Isadore Day
It’s official. Canada is in a recession. The cold hard truth is First Nations have been in economic depression since Canada carved out the first postage-stamp size reserves over 200 years ago.  Neither of us needs to be in this position. Given the...
9/4/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Since writing I wrote “Fight White Supremacists: People of Color Must Unite” on August 27, I have been bombarded by readers with opposing opinions. Many news readers gorge themselves on media messages that fit their pre-existing views, rather than...

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