Opinions

3/26/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The 9.0 earthquake in Japan on March 11 and ensuing tsunami is a reminder: It is difficult for the human mind to grasp the full power of Mother Earth, and the devastation she is capable of when she quakes. But it is the man made catastrophe in Japan...
3/25/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
As I write this column it is St Patrick’s Day, and it brings to memory my days at Holy Rosary Mission Indian School back in the 1940s and early 1950s. All my school days, from the first grade to high school graduation, were spent at that school. The...
3/23/11
BY:
David E. Wilkins
I had the good fortune of attending Billy Frank, Jr.'s 80th birthday celebration on March 11-12 on the lands of the Squaxin Island people in Washington State. Billy, as many within and without Indian country know, is considered one of the finest,...
3/22/11
BY:
Robert Odawi Porter
In December of last year, President Obama invited leaders from all 565 federally recognized American Indian nations and tribes to Washington for the second Tribal Nations Conference.  More than one of us wondered what the true purpose of the meeting...
3/22/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Google the phrase, “we can’t afford,” and some 209 million results pop up that capture our Great Public Debate. Articles range from a defense of any public program, schools, health care, fighting homelessness, to preservation of the U.S. military....
3/18/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
I don’t recall what Nevada tribe it was in the early 1970s that had submitted a proposal to the BIA for financial assistance to buy a bordello. The prospective business was a place akin to the infamous Chicken Ranch that inspired creation of the...
3/16/11
BY:
Ryan D. Dreveskracht
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has presented numerous opportunities for investment in solar projects, including: renewable energy tax credits, federal grants, clean energy renewable bonds, production tax credits, residential...
3/15/11
BY:
Michael E. Roberts
Can Indian country achieve prosperity without risk? Or better yet, are we courageous enough to lead the way to economic prosperity and sovereignty by trusting proven Indian institutions and putting economic control and power in the hands of our own...
3/15/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Like most people I watched the events in Japan unfold on cable and through Facebook throughout the weekend. It’s great to see posts from friends and friends-of-friends who are OK. However I watch other reports with growing fears for the people who...
3/14/11
BY:
Tanya Fiddler
Last week I was vigorously working to meet a deadline for a grant application (as many of us living in the nonprofit world spend a lot of our time doing), and I was completely baffled by some of the economic statistics I looked up for my community,...
3/13/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
At a hefty 560 pages, Walter Echo-Hawk’s noteworthy book In The Courts Of The Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (Fulcrum, 2010) examines U.S. federal Indian law within the scope of ten U.S. Supreme Court rulings. Given the short...
3/11/11
BY:
David Trout Staddon
The Indian nickname and mascot debate continues. The most prevalent argument in favor of them is that they “honor” Indians. The real question is, “Where is the ‘honor’ in being a mascot?” Having served on a committee to recommend whether or not a...
3/11/11
BY:
Steven Paul McSloy
It always was, and always is, about the land. Every so often, articles in The Wall Street Journal (and sometimes even This Week From Indian Country Today) touting the advantages of private property for Indian people, not to mention Supreme Court...
3/9/11
BY:
Daniel Ward
As dictators topple across North Africa into the Middle East, and new uprisings coalesce on almost a daily basis, one of the most striking aspects of this new revolutionary wave is the ability of its participants to communicate not only with their...

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