Opinions

9/5/15
BY:
Isadore Day
It’s official. Canada is in a recession. The cold hard truth is First Nations have been in economic depression since Canada carved out the first postage-stamp size reserves over 200 years ago.  Neither of us needs to be in this position. Given the...
9/4/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Since writing I wrote “Fight White Supremacists: People of Color Must Unite” on August 27, I have been bombarded by readers with opposing opinions. Many news readers gorge themselves on media messages that fit their pre-existing views, rather than...
9/3/15
BY:
Robert DesRosier
What do victims of disaster, crooks fleeing capture, and burning buildings have in common? If you replied, “FirstNet,” you already know how big a shake up this federal initiative is about to cause. The lives of responders—like cops, firefighters,...
9/2/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In his brilliant book The American Indian in Western Legal Thought (1990) Robert A. Williams says that Chief Justice John Marshall and the other justices of the U.S. Supreme Court “were well aware of the historical paternity of this bastardized” (...
9/1/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
Change doesn’t end with a court ruling. A court ruling doesn’t stop the subtle racism at every water cooler, or in the homes of well-meaning white people who just don’t understand why we can’t "get over it." Checking the white privilege of a woman...
8/31/15
BY:
Carly McIntosh
When knowing the end is just around the corner it makes me weak inside wishing I could rewind and start from the beginning again. On the date of August 22, it was my last Traditional Naming Ceremony. We had all received our traditional names given...
8/30/15
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The following is an excerpt from a book project by Dina Gilio-Whitaker. The tentative title is There Are No Real Indians Anymore and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans. The book is co-authored with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; Beacon Press, scheduled...
8/28/15
BY:
Mike Myers
Over the years I’ve encountered an interesting question usually posed by Canadian or American functionaries and sometimes one of their citizens that goes like this: “Do you really think that a little community of [whatever number] deserves the same...
8/28/15
BY:
Kyle T. Mays
Recent controversies over claiming group identity (Native American and African American), who can claim it, and one’s connection to a particular community reminded me of a 2012 L’Oreal commercial featuring Beyoncé. She has been on record stating...
8/27/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
On October 16, 1995, the world witnessed more than a million black men converge on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrahkan urged them to improve their families and communities. The “Million Man March”...
8/26/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
Once on the rez I was walking my baby to a Christmas dinner when a matriarch in my community scolded me for not putting a blanket on my baby. I was shamed, and rightfully so, because nobody with a good grandma would let their baby leave the house...
8/25/15
BY:
Mike Myers
I want to thank Russell Diabo for his most recent edition of the “First Nations Strategic Bulletin" and the raising of the critical issue contained in the phrase "Choosing A Path: Self Determination or Re-Colonization". Ever since the first UN/NGO...
8/25/15
BY:
Charles Kader
Hayley Cook was decorating the Michigan State University (MSU) campus landmark Rock on Farm Lane when the taunts picked up. “They said I looked like a boy, due to my short hairstyle,” Cook told her campus newspaper, The State News. The young...
8/24/15
BY:
Harlan McKosato
In the hustle and bustle of the 21st Century, it’s not easy to drop everything and tend to your tribal traditions. Sometimes, if you respect your ancestors, you have no choice. Especially when it comes to a traditional burial, and especially when it...

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