Opinions

1/26/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
In a column on Indianz.com last week ("Freedom of the Press Not Really Alive in Indian Country"), the publisher of the Native Sun News charged the Indian Country Today newspaper (soon to be in glossy mag format) with censorship and control of news,...
1/26/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Journalists like me have played the role of Chicken Little for many years. We have written dozens of stories about the consequences of an election, predicting what will happen after Republicans win and fulfill their promises to drastically cut...
1/18/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
What does the year 2011 hold for the Indian tribes? There are some signals—portents, if you will, that should be considered in assessing the immediate future in federal policy and programs. First of all, did the takeover of the House by the...
1/18/11
BY:
ICTMN Opinion
We abhor violence and mass murder. Much as we dislike the decision of Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California to undermine tribal interests, she does not belong in anyone’s crosshairs. But we also dare to note a plain fact of American history: Scratch...
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...

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