Simon Moya-Smith
Well, folks, Mitt the Mormon has locked the GOP presidential candidacy, and for the first time in 10 years I’m giving serious consideration to spending the morning of Nov. 6 at the beach or bar or breakfast table—anywhere but that vile voting booth...
Darren Bonaparte
When it was announced that Kateri Tekakwitha would be declared a saint by Pope Benedict, a British journalist asked me, “What does the canonization of a 17th century Mohawk woman mean in this cynical, godless age?” The cynical, godless part of me...
Louis J. Manuel Jr.
There is a proverb that is said to have originated among the Nigerian Igbo culture in Africa which states “It takes a village to raise a child.” For the Ak-Chin Indian Community, this is very much the case. It is our children that will grow to one...
Steve Russell
A senate candidate in Massachusetts has been accused of playing Indian to gain employment advantage and the Supreme Court has taken up a case that many experts claim portends the end of affirmative action. My mail tells me that Indians, like most...
Charles Kader
Amid touted economic recovery at the federal government level, Indian country remains underwater in terms of sustainable growth in all but a few isolated pockets of capital markets within the United States and Canada. Turtle Island and all of its...
Scott Seaborne
On July 23, 2008, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-NE), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), introduced a bill titled Tribal Law and Order Act of 2008 (S.3320). Dorgan said the purpose of the bill to address needed reforms in Indian...
Harold Monteau
The U.S. House of Represents recently passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (H.R. 4970) on a largely Republican partisan vote. Indian tribes and many non-partisan women’s advocacy groups have objected to H.R. 4970 it...
Dan Jones
The history of Oklahoma—a Choctaw word meaning “Red People”—has done everything it could to finish the job the U.S. started in destroying American Indian government, politics, jurisdictions and economics, while at the same time exploiting our...
Margo (Kickingbird) DeLaune & Cole R. DeLaune
As an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, 1981 alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, veteran scholastic administrator, and lifelong Democrat, I am profoundly disturbed by the emergence of recent details concerning Harvard...
Joseph Valandra
I read with great interest the opinion piece written by Lise Balk King entitled, "Vern Traversie and the Worst Place to Be an Indian." I was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, attending the public schools and experiencing much of what Lise...
Cedric Sunray
What and who are the "Ins and Outs" of Indian Country? Okay, so Elizabeth Warren is out as an Indian academic, but the 1/256 by blood folks I have worked with in academia are in. Johnny Depp is in and the nearly full-blooded Indian kid from...
Steven Newcomb
In 1982, the National Lawyers Guild published a book entitled Rethinking Indian Law. It was, in part, a collaborative effort between the Guild and Tim Coulter of the Indian Law Resource Center (ILRC). In an essay contributed by the Indian Law...
Ruth Hopkins
We’ve all heard the story by now: the vicious attack by a nude, face-eating cannibal in Florida over Memorial Day weekend. On a ramp of the MacArthur Causeway in Miami, Rudy Eugene spent approximately 18 minutes chewing the face off of a homeless...
Kitcki Carroll
Change is in the air in Indian country as we continue to evolve from the damage and consequences caused by years of failed federal Indian policies. As deplorable as U.S. history was during these years for Indian country, it remains a part of U.S....