Opinions

2/4/11
BY:
Chris E. McNeil Jr.
When Sealaska’s lands legislation is reintroduced to Congress in the next few months, the Alaska Native regional corporation will be simply asking the U.S. to keep a promise. In 1971 the United States Congress passed the Alaska Native Claims...
2/2/11
BY:
Nick J. Rahall II
With the convening of the 112th Congress, I became the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. Although I have left the Natural Resources Committee after having served there for more than 30 years, I intend to...
2/1/11
BY:
LaDonna Harris
With the passing of my dear friend Sargent Shriver let us not forget his many contributions to Indian nations. He was a mentor with whom I had the great privilege of working on many a good project. Over the years, we worked together on issues of...
2/1/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The National Congress of American Indians proposed a fiscal year 2010 budget [PDF file] last week. It called for modest increases in a variety of federal programs, making the case that more money is required for American Indian and Alaska Native...
1/28/11
BY:
David Kimelberg
A mere 46 years ago, the federal government orchestrated a series of events with generational consequences that can only be described as shameful. These actions, which included the forcible relocation of Native Americans, the burning of their age-...
1/27/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Someone commented to me recently that she thought the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was fundamentally a document that allowed “nation-states” to identify and control indigenous peoples. Here’s how I responded: You are...
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...

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