Opinions

5/9/11
BY:
Marine Sisk-Franco
When the letter arrived at our village, I wasn’t around, but my mom and dad told me they picked it up like it weighed a thousand pounds. They held it up to the light and joked about trying to figure out what it said before I could see it. They were...
5/7/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
The anger in Indian country over the association of Osama Bin Laden with Geronimo is palpable, and rightly so. Aligning the Apache leader Geronimo—who fought valiantly for his tribal homeland and people against incredible odds—with the cowardly...
5/6/11
BY:
Tina Marie Osceola
Let’s make no mistake about it. May 1, 2011 was a proud day for America. It was a proud day for our Navy Seals, the men and women of our armed forces, and for the President of the United States and his cabinet. The primary focus of that operation...
5/6/11
BY:
Gyasi Ross
I love my mom. I mean, who doesn’t love their mom, right? Still, I probably love my mom an unhealthy amount. See, like most men raised by a single mom, Native or not, I’m a mama’s boy. I was an oversized baby with a HUGE head (which I still have...
5/5/11
BY:
Steve Russell
I’m opposed to the death penalty, as most judges are in private. It’s not something we can say out loud when the most common reason is not trusting our own lives to the system that decides life or death for others. We can’t make a habit of...
5/4/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
In the past few decades, technology has flourished. When I was a child, cell phones, digital cameras, laptops and the like were the stuff of sci-fi lore. Official documents were not word processed. They were typed. Today, American Indians seem...
5/3/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
What the hell were they thinking? Why would the first African American President of the United States, as U.S. Commander in Chief, think nothing of U.S. military forces applying the code name “Geronimo” to Osama bin Laden during the reported assault...
5/3/11
BY:
Lise Balk King
The US government may have captured and killed Osama Bin Laden with a surgical strike, but it also dropped a bombshell on Native America in the process. “We’ve ID’d Geronimo,” said the voice of the Navy SEAL who reported the hunt for Osama bin Laden...
5/2/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Sometimes it’s easy for Indian country to ignore the huge challenges facing the United States. After all, there are so many immediate and intense issues on reservations and in tribal communities that the idea of adding another layer of concerns just...
4/30/11
BY:
Troy A. Eid
The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA), signed into law by President Obama last July with bipartisan support, makes federal agencies more accountable for serving Indian lands. TLOA also provides greater freedom for tribes to design and run their own...
4/28/11
BY:
Geoffrey Strommer
A year after passage of national health care reform with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Act”), the entire Act, including the many Indian-specific provisions within, is in danger of being taken away. This is why 349 tribes...
4/28/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Congratulations to Ernie Stevens, Jr. on his victory for another term as President of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). The numbers speak for themselves. The other candidates are to be congratulated too, for being good sports. This is...
4/26/11
BY:
Anthony Broadman
People slander each other everywhere—without regard for territorial boundaries. But the legal treatment of such speech differs drastically depending on whether tribal or non-tribal laws apply. Tribal courts sometimes treat reputational torts like...
4/25/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
A few weeks ago Bloomberg News reported that Saudi Arabia is investing $100 billion in renewable energy sources ("Saudi Arabia to Target Solar Power in $100 Billion Energy Plan"). In other words the country with the largest known reserves of oil is...

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