Opinions

4/10/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Given that the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is about to convene in New York for its 14th session, it seems fitting to once again revisit the term “indigenous” in the context of the United Nations. In his amazing book A Poetic...
4/9/15
BY:
Steve Russell
This column was begun on a weekend after the stock market took a serious dive, which most market watchers agree was caused by the excellent news on job creation. One of the earliest surprises I got from wading into stock picking was that good news...
4/8/15
BY:
Jane Daugherty
American Indians have a long history of having to adjust to forced changes to their way of life. Recently, challenges have largely focused on their ability to provide for the needs of tribal members, many living in rural areas with few jobs, while...
4/7/15
BY:
Phil Gover
Last week the Chairwoman of my tribe, Gari Pikyavit Lafferty, was removed from office by our tribal council for accepting personal gifts from Dan Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation (whose own name betrays the courage of Snyder’s convictions)....
4/7/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Toni Scott is an American and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She also descends from African and European ancestry. As a multimedia artist, she was recently selected for the 2015 Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program...
4/6/15
BY:
Walter Lamar
Since the Department of Justice's unexpected policy announcement in December regarding marijuana in Indian Country, many tribes are carefully considering the unintended consequences of addressing their approach to marijuana. At the same time, tribes...
4/5/15
BY:
Jay Daniels
Desmond Tutu once said “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” The same could be said today, “they took...
4/4/15
BY:
David Wilkins
Historically, Native nations were bounded but inclusive socio-cultural communities that prided themselves on maintaining distinctive religious-cultural identities while also incorporating--whether through force or invitation--individuals from other...
4/3/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Although the United States has forcibly imposed patterns of domination on the original Native nations of this continent, it is typical to see the courts of the United States and most legal scholars use the words “conquest,” “conqueror,” and “...
4/3/15
BY:
Christine Dupres
On March 9, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Director Stanley Speaks signed the final documents to establish the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Reservation, to an audience of Cowlitz elders and tribal leaders. A court decision issued by United States...
4/2/15
BY:
Charles Kader
Sometimes I get teased about my habit of writing about legendary figures of history and how they got to be that way. Modern heroes still walk among us all today and possibly the best is still yet to come. Ideally, we should never forget those who...
4/1/15
BY:
Mary Grayson
Was it an affair made public by a scorned lover? Was it a corrupt scandal leaving voters questioning her ethical standards and moral compass? Or could it have been her credentials and years of experience in tribal governance that caused the only...
3/31/15
BY:
Dennis G. Chappabitty
I engaged in a pitched, life-and-death, brutal, bloody battle with four racist young white men on a lonely dark rural road in Creek County, Oklahoma in 1971. I was a 22-year-old college student and a citizen of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma....
3/30/15
BY:
Carolina Castoreno
As a state in the heartland of the country, Indiana has long been associated with “Hoosier Hospitality” and down-home charm. A sleepy Midwestern gem, it is not accustomed to wide-spread attention for much. One can only imagine the dismay to many...

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