Opinions

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...
12/1/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
To get back into the swing of things after Thanksgiving, let us take this short mathematical quiz. Your country is going through a severe economic crisis. To get back to your pre-recession unemployment rate of five percent, you need to create 11...
11/15/10
BY:
Valerie Taliman
When Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recently, it created a groundswell of hope in Indian country, and put more pressure on the United States to step up soon. The Declaration is an international...
11/15/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
On Dec. 16, President Barack Obama will host the second White House Tribal Nations Conference. The president’s unprecedented tribal outreach extends from his formal commitment “to regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal...
11/15/10
BY:
ICTMN Staff
As currently written, the Cobell settlement endorsed by the four named plaintiffs is backwards with the Department of Interior only engaging in remedial measures after everyone signs on for a pittance of what is owed from a true accounting of the...
9/29/10
BY:
Steve Russell
Cousin Ray Sixkiller came in and announced that he is beginning to think about giving up coffee. Now, that is about as likely as a Cherokee turning down an invitation to a hog fry, so you will pardon my skepticism. “It’s this Tea party thing goin’...
9/15/10
BY:
Randi Rourke
A recent spot on National Public Radio brought deserved attention to a most sacred ceremony of Indian peoples. The Isnati Awica Dowanpi (Coming of Age) ceremony for Dakota girls was featured on NPR’s fascinating special series, “Hidden World of...
4/14/10
BY:
Steve Russell
About the time the hot water hit the mocha java hazelnut coffee beans, cousin Ray Sixkiller showed up. That would be “cousin” in the Indian sense, because Ray came up with this really complicated story about the long-standing relationship between...
3/24/10
BY:
Katsi Cook
About 15 years ago, brain tissue from 33 infants who succumbed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was taken from Northern Plains tribes, including Pine Ridge, Standing Rock and Cheyenne River, as part of the Aberdeen Indian health Service Infant...
10/14/09
BY:
Valerie Taliman
The Oct. 9 headlines read: “Sweat lodge disaster” and “2 dead, 19 taken to hospitals, 64 people in sweat lodge.” Except that it wasn’t a real sweat lodge. It was a bastardized version of a sacred ceremony sold by a multimillionaire who charged...

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