Opinions

8/6/15
BY:
Mike Myers
As many Indigenous territories throughout North America once again enter the settler imposed election cycles it might be a good time to revisit the meaning of democracy as we understand it. Both settler regimes decided to abolish and overthrow...
8/5/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1901, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its decision in the case Barker v. Harvey 181 U.S. 481. The case involved a tract of land known as Warner Ranch, in Southern California. The Court was called upon to decide whether the Native people, the...
8/4/15
BY:
Vincent Schilling
As a Native American man, and as a man who tries to live my life as a warrior, I would be nothing without the loving guidance of Native women that I know and care about. Every step I have taken to try and succeed or blaze a trail for Native people,...
8/3/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
Cecil the lion has me rethinking my style choices. I might opt for some hair teasing and furry suits. Maybe we’ve been going about ‘Native Lives Matter,’ all wrong. We’re silly to think the public would care about brown bodies—let’s be cats instead...
8/2/15
BY:
Steve Russell
I’ve been fortunate to get paid for writing my opinions for a good long time, but it's only since getting hired by ICTMN that I’ve not had editorial issues with my biases. We all have them, and in my first career as a trial court judge I took my...
8/1/15
BY:
Carly McIntosh
Canadians are supposed to be cleaning up their act to help protect the environment. Taking a walk on a path all you have to do is look down and you will see a cigarette butt all dried-up sitting close to your feet.  Smoking cigarettes jeopardizes...
7/31/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
When Cristobal Colón made landfall on a sandy beach in the Caribbean, he planted the royal standards (flags) of Castile and Aragon and performed a ceremonial act of “discovery and possession.” The “standards” he planted in the soil were physical...
7/30/15
BY:
Brandon Ecoffey
Last Thursday the disorderly conduct trial of Trace O’Connell, 41, of Philip, South Dakota wrapped up in Rapid City. O’Connell is the white man accused of spraying beer on a group of 57 Lakota school children at a minor league hockey game and...
7/29/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Pope Francis' July 9, 2015, request for "forgiveness" for "crimes committed against the native peoples during the so-called conquest of America" indicates how far and fast the discussion of Christian complicity in colonial domination has moved —...
7/28/15
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
On July 10 President Obama by proclamation created the Basin and Range National Monument in a remote wilderness region of southern Nevada. At the same, time two other national monuments were created: the Berryessa Snow National Monument in northern...
7/27/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
I was raised to be angry at white women. I’m not blaming it on my mom, but she often said white people brought genocide and disease. “We didn’t even have rats,” she said. “They brought them on their boats!” Smallpox this, she said, colonization that...
7/26/15
BY:
Cynthia K. Dunne
When I left my job after 28 years as a federal prosecutor to volunteer on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, I was warned by a friend in the community, “do yourself a favor, never state an opinion about Leonard Peltier.” We both...
7/25/15
BY:
Carly McIntosh
Being placed in between two native elders, I was close to being given my own traditional spirit name. Cloth in the colors of red and green were placed close to my chest with a peace pipe located in the centre of the material. The red cloth...
7/23/15
BY:
George J. Abeyta
Submitted By: George J. Abeyta, Uncle of Stallone Trosper, Teacher/Coach, Fancy Feather Dancer Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Fort Washakie, Wyoming. We, the family of Stallone Trosper, write from a place of terrible grief and sadness. Saturday, July 18th...

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