Opinions

1/12/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1776, a white aristocratic slave owner from Virginia named Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. He did so on behalf of thirteen British colonies on the Atlantic seaboard of North America that desired to rebel and break away...
1/11/16
BY:
Steve Russell
When I write about Indian issues for a non-Indian audience, the effort always requires a history lesson. When I’m writing for a mixed audience, the challenge is to bring non-Indians along without boring Indians steeped in their own history. Federal...
1/10/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
One of my brother’s earliest memories is of him watching me in my father’s van while our father drank out by the river. My brother said I was only a baby, and he didn’t know if my dad would come back, so he sat in the cold van, feeding me an empty...
1/9/16
BY:
Carly McIntosh
When I reverse in time, I see myself back to a time when I was in Geography Class. When I was in class, I was a student who listened to every word that was spoken by the teacher. Geography was our history class, and one subject to come up every year...
1/8/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Armed white men seizing the headquarters of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on January 2, 2016, were repeating a history longer than anyone has yet noted. The occupation of Malheur connects to the 15th century Papal Bulls sanctioning "...
1/7/16
BY:
Various Authors
We are writing to express our concern about proposed budget cuts to both American Indian Student Services (AISS) and the Native American Studies Department (NAS) that might impact the success of Native American students at the University of Montana...
1/6/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
When my sister’s dates pulled into our driveway my mother would yell, “Here comes Honky!” My sister was always livid, embarrassed, but still, she went out with white men most of her adult life. I always thought she was a traitor. I thought someday...
1/5/16
BY:
Mike Myers
As the Gregorian/ISO 8601 year 2016 begins in this part of the world it’s a bright sunny day. Up to now we’ve had a warmer than usual Fall and Winter but it seems to have settled back into its usual rhythm. So it seems there is much to be optimistic...
1/4/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
In a recent column in The Guardian, British Major-General Jonathan Shaw explored lessons to be learned from "well-meaning but misguided" Western military efforts in Afghanistan. Shaw asked a question perplexing many commentators: How can "the...
1/3/16
BY:
Stephanie Gutierrez
On July 30, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into effect the HEARTH Act of 2012. This Act, cited as the “Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012”, creates an alternative land leasing process that amends the...
1/2/16
BY:
Donna Loring
November 14, 2015 marked the Fiftieth Anniversary of the beating death of Peter Francis a Passamaquoddy elder and World War II Veteran. Peter’s family and the Passamaquoddy tribe believe he died at the hands of five white men from Billerica...
1/1/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Let’s be clear about something. Before the invasive arrival of Christian Europeans to our part of the world (i.e., Great Turtle Island), our nations were living free and independent of Christian European domination (being forced to submit to the...
12/31/15
BY:
Juilanne Jennings
For some odd and stupid reason many of us continue to be color struck. I really think most of us are ignorant or at the very least forgetful. Black people who look “white” is not a new phenomenon. In the United States, anyone with a trace of African...
12/30/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The Rag started in 1966 in reaction to the election of John Economidy to edit The Daily Texan, the student newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to right wing establishment politics and he certainly foreshadowed that as Texan...

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