Opinions

7/10/15
BY:
Steve Russell
An innocent woman minding her own business was killed by a convicted felon in the country illegally who was on the streets of San Francisco because the local jail had ignored a “detainer” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Ignoring the...
7/8/15
BY:
LaDonna Harris
Collaborating with my daughters on my memoirs I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the past 45 years of the American Indian Self Determination Movement and the unique modern history that I am privileged to have been a part of. Forty-five years ago...
7/7/15
BY:
Various Authors
We write to respond to widespread public discussion of well-known scholar-activist Andrea Smith’s history of contradictory claims to Cherokee identity through both enrollment and lineal descent. While concerns about her claims have been known and...
7/7/15
BY:
Charles Kader
The area in the vicinity of the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory has been in the news yet again. Not for all of the usual reasons that residents are so weary of. No, those issues were all pushed aside in early June as soon as two convicted killers cut...
7/6/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In his book Metaphors We Live By (1980), philosopher Mark Johnson makes the point that we live our lives on the basis of metaphors and metaphorical patterns that we seldom notice. This is, in large part, because we are not taught to pay particular...
7/5/15
BY:
Gregory Smithers
The past two weeks has reminded Americans of just hard it is to escape the legacy of the Civil War. The Confederate battle flag—a symbol of racism for millions—appears on everything from license plates to string bikinis. Walk down any major...
7/4/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
Researching slavery in American History is eye-opening as I realized it was not taught outright but only glossed over when I was a student. And now there is conservative backlash that seeks to teach Creationism as Science and the speeches of Ronald...
7/3/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
“In Defense of Pocahontas: Disney’s Most Radical Heroine,” written by Sophie Gilbert and published by The Atlantic, defends Disney’s portrayal of the Powhatan historical figure, stating, “While its interpretation of history attracted considerable...
7/1/15
BY:
Elizabeth Hawksworth
There’s an absolutely wonderful song that was part of one of my favourite musicals, Chess. It’s called “Anthem” and it’s sung by the Russian chess champion on his move to another country. He’s accused of leaving his homeland and renouncing his...
7/1/15
BY:
David Shorter
I’m not an Indian. It’s okay. By now, many of us have been confronted with the tangled ways to think about identity shifting in light of the Rachel Dolezal affair. Some attention has been rightfully paid to the long history of people “playing Indian...
7/1/15
BY:
Micah Armstrong
Half-breed, mixed-blood, metis… These words are more than familiar to us who are not full-blooded American Indians. And by those who are not full-blooded, I do not speak of those who claim a “great-great-great grandmother who was a Cherokee Princess...
6/30/15
BY:
Harlan McKosato
Do you ever get tired of hearing about the plight of the American Redskin? Do you ever get tired of hearing about how pitiful it is to be Native American from our own Native writers, the mainstream American press, and international media outlets? I...
6/29/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
Events move fast in the internet age. The Rachel Dolezal “Black Like Me” story had people of every stripe, color, and political persuasion commenting, tweeting, and taking sides. Then we all find out that “transracial” is a real thing and these self...
6/28/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A repetitious pattern may be repeated to the point of being boring or tiring. Yet, obviously, not every pattern of repetition is tedious. When notes and chords are repeated in an artful manner, based on the rules of musical composition, we may end...

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