Opinions

7/28/11
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
Some fathers don’t realize how important they are to their children. Whether they are involved parents or not, their role is critical. If they aren’t there anymore or were never there at all, children miss their dads even if the child doesn’t know...
7/27/11
BY:
Gyasi Ross
(The following is a satire inspired by Jonathan Swift, with apologies to April.) Scorching hot hippies. Patchouli oil steaming from the bodies. It seems that lots of Indians are very upset about James Arthur Ray and the actions that led to the...
7/25/11
BY:
Cedric Cromwell
As Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, I am charged with assisting my people to recover from nearly four centuries of colonization and neglect. The Wampanoag Nation entered into a treaty with the colonists in 1621. The Mashpee people held...
7/25/11
BY:
Ned Norris, Jr.
Two and a half years ago, the Tohono O'odham Nation announced plans for a major economic development project adjacent to Peoria and Glendale. The West Valley Resort will create 6,000 construction jobs and more than 3,000 permanent jobs, all without...
7/23/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
He never saw the blow coming because he was driving at highway speed. She hit him as hard as she could in his right temple and sent his glasses flying onto the dashboard. Out of the corner of his eye he saw another blow coming as he hit the brakes...
7/22/11
BY:
Cedric Sunray
A few months ago, former Governator Schwarzenegger’s admission of fathering a child with his maid once again confirmed the reality of males in positions of fame and power. Whether they are politicians (Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, John Edwards,...
7/21/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
I recently downloaded a list of Jesuits—priests, brothers and deacons—who have been accused of sexual abuse of children and, presumably, adult parishioners as well. The list is more than 130 names and gives the year of ordination, current status (...
7/21/11
BY:
Daniel Blondeau
To the editor: The posting on your site regarding Eagle Rock, Michigan (June 21) prompts this clarification of potential interest to your readers. Kennecott is mindful of the connection Native American communities in the region have with the rock....
7/19/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
For many thousands of years, our indigenous ancestors lived free and independent of Christian European domination. Thousands of years of being free resulted in our nations and peoples possessing to this day the inherent right to freely define our...
7/19/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The debt ceiling negotiations are deep underground. While there’s plenty of action on the surface—posturing, mostly—there are also quiet talks about both temporary and real solutions. Indeed, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNBC on Monday...
7/16/11
BY:
Karonienhawi Thomas
My mother told me about a presentation she saw that mentioned how one kind person can make all the difference to a victim of sexual assault. This stood out to me—that one act of kindness from one person could have such a profound effect on someone...
7/15/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Somewhere in Indian country tonight there is a little boy huddled with his little sister in a bedroom closet hoping against hope that the man who just came into the house at three a.m. will just quietly go to bed. They know the odds are against it...
7/14/11
BY:
Ray Cook
In recent weeks, Indian Country Today Media Network has reported on apparent random acts of violence on Natives and on the unfolding mess of sexual abuse at Catholic schools in the Dakotas. With this issue, however, we begin a short series titled...
7/13/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
The Tribal Human Resource Department (HR) of a Theoretical Tribe advertises in nation-wide media and on its website that the position of Chief Judge is open and solicits application from qualified candidates. The position announcement also states...

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