Opinions

1/11/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Are we a nation doomed to be violent? How do we know when our political rhetoric has gone too far? How do we find or encourage a more civil discourse? I was struck by the words of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She objected to an advertisement last March...
12/31/10
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On Dec. 16, the leaders of hundreds of American Indian nations were in attendance when President Obama expressed United States “support” for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The U.S. Department of State issued a 15...
12/30/10
BY:
Robert Tim Coulter
Today, the United States government at last officially endorsed the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and joined the international community in recognizing that American Indians and other indigenous peoples have a permanent right...
12/29/10
BY:
Claudia Kauffman
My passion for public service burned deep long before I assumed elected office – placed there by my parents who raised me and my siblings to fight for those who have no voice. Though I am not returning to the Washington State Senate in 2011, I am...
12/28/10
BY:
Mark Trahant
What’s my take away from the White House Tribal Nations Conference? Easy. This is an administration that actually believes the United States government must represent all of the people, including American Indians and Alaska Natives. Make no mistake...
12/16/10
BY:
Larry Echo Hawk
As Congress winds down its session, we should acknowledge the historic accomplishments it has helped us achieve over the past two years. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act, the Tribal Law & Order Act, the settlement of the Cobell litigation...
12/16/10
BY:
Valerie Taliman
In Navajo culture, there is a teaching that “your words are like a prayer.” Words have the power to manifest our reality, to literally bring things into being. Growing up, our elders admonished us to be careful with our words, especially harsh words...
12/16/10
BY:
Cedric Black Eagle
On Nov. 30, 2010, the United States Congress passed the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, a package of bills settling claims against the United States related to the hard-fought Cobell Indian trust lawsuit, the Pigford lawsuit by African-American...
12/15/10
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
The final part of this series provides a model for how tribes can and should wield the federal Indian consultation right to defend tribal sovereignty, and discusses the very real negative effect of any federal failure to consult with tribal...
12/13/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
by Mark Trahant President Barack Obama set a high standard for tribal-federal relations last year. "Today's summit is not lip service," he said at the summit. "We're not going to go through the motions and pay tribute to one another, and then furl...
12/10/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
As a Cherokee wannabe, I would like to comment in support of Ginger Brown’s recent letter [“Seek truth about Cherokee” (Vol. 30, No. 18)]. I fully agree with her. Having Cherokee ancestry is not the same as being a member of a federally...
12/1/10
BY:
David J. Hayes
Two years ago, President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar vowed that this administration would work hand-in-hand with Native Americans to empower tribal governments, fulfill our trust responsibilities to tribal members and help tribal...
12/1/10
BY:
Ray Halbritter
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg still does not get it. Back in August, he told a radio audience that he advised Gov. David Paterson to “get a cowboy hat and a shotgun” to resolve the issue of having sovereign Indian governments collect New...
12/1/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
As discussed in part one of this three-part series, the Obama administration has mandated that all federal agencies implement a written government-to-government consultation policy with Indian tribes. Even though many federal agencies have been slow...

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