Opinions

6/8/11
BY:
David E. Wilkins
Recently, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, visited Egypt.  As part of her visit, a number of Egyptian youth were encouraged to submit written questions to Clinton for her consideration.  Nearly 6,000 were sent in by inquisitive...
6/6/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics started a frenzy when it released its latest job report, showing that only 54,000 jobs were added to the economy in May. The White House says don’t worry too much about those numbers; it only represents one...
6/5/11
BY:
Charlotte Hofer
It begins with three chilling words, "You have cancer." And then, your life forever changes. Annie Johnson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was a young college student when she was told she had cancer—and that it was terminal. She was given 2 months...
6/4/11
BY:
Jerilyn DeCoteau
Ten Cent Treaty, Le Pay, allotments in Montana, lease checks the neighbors received, Grandpa saying, "I am still waiting for my allotment." These are words I grew up with. They were full of import and mystery, and stood for things eternal. I heard...
6/3/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
In this day and age, it can be easy to slide into apathy. Globally, we’re wrestling with enormous problems, and there are no simple answers. Furthermore, a sense of powerlessness is often magnified in tribal communities—where the long term effects...
6/3/11
BY:
Billy Frank Jr.
The pictures don't lie. Climate change combined with the continued loss of salmon habitat caused by human development is taking a toll on natural resources. The damage to salmon and the people who have always depended on salmon is significant. A...
6/2/11
BY:
Steve Newcomb
In March 2011, the U.S. government filed a response brief to two appeals by two Guantanamo Bay detainees. They had been convicted of "providing material support for terrorism" and their defense contended that the charge was not a war crime subject...
6/1/11
BY:
Russell Means
Two weeks ago, I went to New York with a delegation from the Republic of Lakotah, to utilize the annual meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII, May 16-27). The primary purpose of the trip was to utilize past and...
5/29/11
BY:
Rosita Worl
Over-regulation and anti-Native bias seem to touch every aspect of life for Native peoples in Southeast Alaska, from how our people make teddy bears to whether the U.S. will keep its pledge to restore85,000 acres of our homelands to us. Bills now...
5/27/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Whether recognized in ceremony by cap and gown alone, or punctuated with eagle feathers, honor songs or star quilts lovingly sown by aunties and grandmothers, graduations are public acknowledgements that students have met academic and professional...
5/27/11
BY:
Valarie Tom
Thousands of Navajo, Hopi and Zuni students will graduate this month from high school. When a Native American student graduates from any educational institution, the entire family and community gets involved. It is a testament to the bounty of love...
5/25/11
BY:
Bonnie Jane Maracle
Our Language is a Gift from the Creator In the beginning, the different entities in Creation were given their own languages for communication—birds, animals, fish, for example. The Human Beings too were given their own languages to communicate...
5/24/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Michael Anderson is leader of the Euahlayi People, a 3,000 strong Aboriginal Nation and convener of the New Way Sovereignty Summit on the status and place of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Australia and beyond. In a statement released after this...
5/24/11
BY:
Kay Olan
Perhaps you’ve noticed that the Indigenous tradition of storytelling is not only alive, but it is thriving. There is interest in learning and remembering the stories that have been passed down through the oral tradition. It is recognized that...

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