Opinions

3/1/16
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
It is easy to blame the Congress, the BIA,, and federal courts for allowing mass tribal disenrollment to flourish. They are all complicit. But behind the scenes another federal entity plays a key role, especially in the increasing number of...
2/29/16
BY:
Daniel R. Wildcat
I want to lodge a grievance, not to appoint blame, but to encourage a solution to nothing less than a national disgrace: The lack of deserved financial investment Haskell Indian Nations University receives. Let me be clear Haskell is overall...
2/28/16
BY:
André Cramblit
Ho, ho ho, hummmmm. The avalanche of holidays is wrapping up, and winter is in full regalia just ready to dance. It is also time for some Native parents to send our precious children (even though they are young adults really), out into the world and...
2/27/16
BY:
Steve Russell
All human beings are seething cauldrons of bias and prejudice based on both rational and irrational reasons. Those of us who have been honored to wear the other black robe (as judges rather than priests) are not exceptions to the rule that children...
2/27/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
My auntie says there’s a direct connection between violence against the earth and violence against Indigenous women. I think of my own brown body when she says this, and how it was damaged in childhood and adolescence. My memories feel stolen like...
2/26/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
News of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing on February 15 made me think of the brief conversation that I had with him at the University of San Diego (USD) on August 30, 2006. His talk that evening that was hosted by the USD School...
2/25/16
BY:
Melissa Smith
I could tell you that with Act 169 in Wisconsin, many stakeholders, including the tribes and environmental advocacy voices were removed from any sort of decision-making process. The science committee was disbanded and tribal and university...
2/25/16
BY:
Mike Myers
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has gotten around to taking a look at the state of Indigenous health in what is now the Great Plains Region. This is five years after the release of the Dorgan Report that roundly condemned the deplorable...
2/24/16
BY:
Jennifer Falcon
Famed feminist Gloria Steinem recently called out women who supported presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, suggesting women who support Senator Sanders are doing so because they are looking to meet men.  But Steinem, a white feminist, may...
2/23/16
BY:
Steve Russell
Cruising to misfortune with another unqualified Texan fanatic at the wheel: Did this country learn nothing from George W. Bush? Ted Cruz’s willingness to say anything to get elected has spawned an ad aimed at Nevada that ought to alarm the country...
2/23/16
BY:
Harold Monteau
I am greatly disappointed by the actions of the Democratic National Committee of late. The DNC is not supposed to be a Super Pac for one candidate. But they sure have been one sided in support of the establishment candidate. I guess we can’t be...
2/22/16
BY:
Alice Kehoe
In a column written for Indian Country Today Media Network, Alvin Manitopyes commented on the film, The Revenant. He concluded on a very false note: that First Nations “women were perceived as property.” Quite the contrary! Fur trade and treaty...
2/21/16
BY:
Loris Taylor, Matthew Rantanen & Susan Feller
In a February 2, 2016 press release, Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai called the continuation of Tribal Lifeline subsidies in Oklahoma a “legal scandal” and a “bloated tax payer subsidy.” The Universal Service Fund is not tax based, but...
2/20/16
BY:
Harlan McKosato
Where do we gain our moral conscious? Where do we acquire our moral guide? I bring these questions up to ask two other questions: Why are so many Native people still absorbed with colonization and decolonization in 2016? How do we ensure that our...

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