Opinions

11/23/15
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Anne Keala Kelly
Note: This column fist appeared on the Honolulu Star Advertiser Site on Novemeber, 8, 2015. Na‘i Aupuni is happening because the US wants to extinguish Hawaiian rights to the Crown & Government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom, about 40 percent of...
11/22/15
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Donna Loring
I was surfing the net one day and came across a BBC Video on You Tube of a young man named David Hodges. The video showed how David went to various Cree villages around James Bay in Canada to teach the youth how to put their thoughts to words and...
11/21/15
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Steve Russell
Once upon a time, in a far away desert hell-hole, there began Al Qaeda in Iraq, born in 2004 to oppose the U.S. invasion there. Its leaders came to doubt the worth of the Al Qaeda brand and so Al Qaeda in Iraq begat the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006...
11/21/15
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Adrianne Chalepah
Last Sunday, a group of indigenous women and children chalked statistics, quotes, and hashtags on the downtown sidewalks of Durango, Colorado. I was one of them. We wanted to start a dialogue about why indigenous women in the U.S. and Canada, the...
11/20/15
BY:
Noelani Arista & Randall Akee
As you read this, Naʻi Aupuni (Seizure of Government), the new non-profit agency created and funded by the State of Hawaiʻi, is launching a Native Hawaiian constitutional convention. In order to understand the process it has never been more timely...
11/20/15
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Sen. John Barrasso
Ninety-five million dollars. That’s the amount of money the Southern Ute tribe of Colorado is losing because of Washington’s invasive bureaucracy and overregulation of Indian Country. This astounding number came from tribal council member Mike...
11/19/15
BY:
Kitcki Carroll
November is Native American Heritage Month, a month set aside every year, in recent history, with the purpose and intent of recognizing the significant contributions that we, as first Americans, have made to the establishment and growth of the...
11/19/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Here’s a mental exercise. Reflect back on the first invaders to sail to this hemisphere. Now ask yourself: “Did those Christians from Europe, such as Cristobal Colón (Columbus), who made invasive landfall at the shores of this hemisphere have a...
11/18/15
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Peter d'Errico
The latest example of the name and mascot wars is at Amherst College in Massachusetts. The college was named after the town, which was named after the British general, Lord Jeffery Amherst, who oversaw smallpox blanket distribution to the Indians at...
11/18/15
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Terese Marie Mailhot
There’s a stigma that Indians where I’m from are broken and dirty. Maybe it’s the water. We boiled water most of my life on the rez because that’s how Mom said she got hepatitis. It could have been the walls, where we often saw black mold, only to...
11/18/15
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Jon Tester
“Native Americans maintain vibrant cultures and traditions and hold a deeply rooted sense of community.” These words ring true and with a rare bit of bipartisanship, they were entered in the Congressional Record last week as Congress passed a...
11/17/15
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Jon Antelope
Living cheap is hard enough, but it is harder still in small-town Utah when your Mormon welfare dries up completely. Several years ago, one of the local leaders of the Mormon church tried to run our family out town because he didn't want us to be...
11/16/15
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
In Part One, I profiled “the determined and diverse chorus of individuals, organizations, and even a few Native nations,” who in the spring of 2015 raised “substantive challenges to the egregious practice of dismembering otherwise legitimate...
11/15/15
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Due to colonization and the spread of Christianity throughout Native lands, Indigenous tattooing became taboo during the assimilation era. Even today, it’s discouraged. As a result, the practice went underground. Thankfully, genocide was...

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