Opinions

11/3/14
BY:
Will Micklin
On September 22, all 193 member countries of the United Nations came together in overwhelming support of a document to further the rights of indigenous peoples. Known widely as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples outcome document, the six...
11/3/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Glenn Morris’s recent column concluded that the United Nations high-level plenary meeting, which was called a “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples,” should be considered a failure from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. Morris asserted that...
11/2/14
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Chief Quiet Hawk
Will it ever end? I am talking about the State of Connecticut’s continued discrimination against state-recognized Indian Tribes when those Tribes continue to struggle to gain recognition by the U.S. Government. As some people are aware, the federal...
11/1/14
BY:
Mark C. Van Norman
The Constitution’s original intent treats Indian nations and tribes as prior sovereigns, with jurisdiction over our citizens and territory. The Treaty and Supremacy Clauses embody America’s recognition of the sovereign status of “Indian nations” by...
10/31/14
BY:
Kevin Leecy
In Germany, students in grades K-12 receive mandatory instruction about the Holocaust. In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission bore witness to the injustices of Apartheid. These countries took such public steps because they...
10/31/14
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Kyle Dlaakaw.éesh Wark
I commonly work with racial equity issues in my role as Indigenous Researcher & Policy Analyst for First Alaskans Institute. With Halloween approaching, I’d like to share my perspective why wearing Native American “costumes” is a bad idea. It...
10/31/14
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Renée Roman Nose
The facts are there. We know them. We live them, every day. We see them in our children’s lives, especially now. According to Aspen Institute, 75 percent of all Native youth deaths between 12 and 20 are directly attributable to violence. 23.6 ...
10/30/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The Native American Law Students Association at Yale Law School held its first ever Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner October 23, 2014. The recipient, Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw), class of 1993, is Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S....
10/29/14
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Kevin Gover
Beneath the debate over the name of the Washington NFL football team is an underlying truth: the vast majority of Americans have a limited—and often mistaken—understanding of Native American history. Indeed, as people learn of the origins and...
10/28/14
BY:
A-Dae Romero
The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed by President Obama in 2011. In 2013, the accompanying Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations were released. FDA’s regulations articulate sweeping changes in how agricultural businesses and farmer’s...
10/28/14
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Ruth Hopkins
When a loved one becomes ill, we often feel helpless. Seven years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The malignancy was relatively far along when discovered, so there was no time to adjust to the news. She underwent a mastectomy within...
10/26/14
BY:
Gregg Deal
This morning as I sit in front of my eggs, corn beef hash and yerba mate, I am thinking about my next step. Is there a next step, or is it same as it ever was? Behind the scenes (and sometimes out front), I am one of the grass roots activists...
10/25/14
BY:
Donna Ennis
“In the Fall of 1916,” he relates, “I was about my office when suddenly the door opened and a tall stern faced Indian entered. He asked if I was interested in the Indian claims to Wisconsin Point and I told him I was. With no further preamble he...
10/24/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Those of us who carry indigenous genetic material today descend from the survivors of biological warfare on a cataclysmic scale, principally smallpox and measles, both diseases caused by viruses that require no direct contact to spread and can...

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