Opinions

12/6/15
BY:
Frank Hopper
  In a maximum-security prison in Coleman, Florida, a 71-year-old Native man sits at an easel painting. His back hurts so much it's hard for him to walk. He needs someone to help support him for the first few steps. Squinting through reading glasses...
12/5/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
On December 7, 2015, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The case involves alleged sexual assaults by the manager of a Dollar General store on Choctaw land against a 13-...
12/4/15
BY:
Mike Myers
An interesting case has landed in the U.S. Supreme Court: Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The case has churned up an interesting group of supporters of Dollar General, including the states of Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, Michigan...
12/3/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Senator John Barrasso (R-Montana) is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He recently published a column at Indian Country Media Network, provocatively titled, “Getting Washington Out of Indian Country.” (Nov. 20, 2015). In the...
12/2/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris, a city that in all but age could be in North America, have gotten attention from the obvious targets in New York and Washington to the most remote reservation. Nobody...
12/1/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A dispute between the store chain Dollar General and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue before the Court in Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, is whether the court system of the...
11/30/15
BY:
Mike Myers
An interesting fact has emerged from the recent jihadist rampage in Paris is the age of the attackers. According to the BBC the attackers that have been identified so far are all in their late 20s or early 30s. This should be a time in young people...
11/29/15
BY:
Bobbi Rose Nez
November is Native American Heritage Month and is a welcomed opportunity for me to share about a program I believe is strengthening our Native American communities one youth at a time. Mentoring has been a long tradition in Native American cultures...
11/28/15
BY:
Terry Brunner
  During the last seven years, we’ve heard from a veritable plethora of experts as to how best help New Mexico recover from the recession. Economic experts and economic development professionals have their place but don’t necessarily have a monopoly...
11/27/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
I recently purchased a Time magazine special edition, “The Supreme Court: Decisions that Changed America.” Such topics as Privacy, Free Speech, Civil Rights, Abortion, Guns, Same-Sex Marriage, and Obamacare appear on the magazine cover. After...
11/26/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
We’ve heard your rhetoric, white person, and we’re still not buying the idiots who prevail in popular culture today. Look at Donald Trump and Anne Coulter, and on the left, people like Bill Maher, who are lauded for being honest and telling it like...
11/26/15
BY:
Ray Cook
Thanksgiving is one of those American holidays that seem to fly in the face of today’s original Americans. I get tired of the sales that celebrate the holiday. What balls it must have taken for the first store owner in America to think that this is...
11/25/15
BY:
Martie Simmons
It is that time of the year again, one every Native parent dreads. It is the season of fables, of rewritten history, of colored feathers bought in bulk from a craft store, of paper bag clothing, of teepees, and your versions of pow wows. You call...
11/25/15
BY:
Steve Russell
If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. Nicholas Kristof published an op-ed in The New York Times on October 29 about Ali al-Nimr, who has been sentenced to have his head whacked off in public and his headless torso crucified. He was 17 at the...

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