Opinions

12/2/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
During the papacy of Pope Alexander VI, the Holy See at the Vatican used the papal bull of May 4, 1493 to call for “barbarous nations” to be “subjugated” or “overthrown.” The Latin word employed in the document is “deprimantur,” which generally is...
12/1/13
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Peter d'Errico
Pirates are a fascinating topic, and pirate stories have long been part of popular culture. Their daring exploits, coupled with their anarchic—and democratic—organization, provide fodder for books, movies, poems, and paintings. Their history of...
11/29/13
BY:
John Christian Hopkins
Okay, this is it. I’ve had it, this is the last straw! Yet again, People magazine snubbed me as its Sexiest Man Alive. I just don’t know what’s wrong with People. Do they really think the average woman would rather play kissy-face with George...
11/29/13
BY:
Chili Yazzie
The bottom line is survival: Survival of our Diné people, mankind and our planet. The equilibrium of the Earth is precariously out of balance. The increasing incidence of natural catastrophe and the effects of climate change are no accident; they...
11/28/13
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Dwanna L. Robertson
As a researcher, I talk to other Native people about shared social issues. Sometimes we discuss the history and impact of federal Indian law, tribal politics, or the “real Indian” meme. We almost always talk about dealing with racism—about how...
11/27/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1947, former U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier published his book Indians of the Americas, in which he spoke of American Indians having “what the world has lost.” He was referring to “this power to live,” “the ancient, lost...
11/27/13
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Oliver Semans
Senator Claire McCaskill is attacking Indian country economies again and attempting to create even worse poverty than we already suffer. If she succeeds, she will ensure that children aren’t fed and clothed, homes aren’t heated, social issues...
11/26/13
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Suzan Shown Harjo
The Washington NFL team “honored” Navajo codetalkers during halftime of the San Francisco-Washington game (Washington lost, again, 27-6). The “honoring” is part of the franchise owner’s, Daniel Snyder’s, charm offensive that began when he hired...
11/26/13
BY:
Cedric Dukes
You have 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds in a day—what do you do with your time? Do you find yourself spending it on the wrong priorities and activities? Time is precious. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. We can never get it back, but we can...
11/25/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Not a lot of good news has been coming out of Japan lately. This week at the United Nations COP 19 climate talks meeting in Warsaw it was announced that Japan will renege on its carbon emissions pledge. This means that instead of lowering its...
11/23/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Because traditional Cherokee people taught me a profound insight that I’ve claimed for my own, “the spirit world takes care of its own business,” I understand arguments about religion to be for amusement only. I still like to win, and any advocate...
11/22/13
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Chris Stearns
Today, as the rest of America looks back on the legacy of President John F. Kennedy and his lasting contributions to human rights, we also have the opportunity to honor his lasting contributions to Indian country. In 1960, in what was to be one of...
11/22/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Thomas King (Cherokee and Greek) is an amazing, funny, provocative writer. His award-winning fiction works, some under pseudonyms, explore the worlds of Native life in North America. His writing is full of psychological and sociological insight,...
11/21/13
BY:
Julieanne Jennings
The rising teenage suicide rate (or attempted suicides) among any population is sorrowful. Multiple youth suicides send waves of hopelessness and despair throughout all communities in which they occur. In a recent article by the National Education...

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