Opinions

8/22/16
BY:
Dallas Goldtooth
The recent news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved nearly all the permits for the Dakota Access dirty oil pipeline, while disappointing, was not a surprise. The Corps has a long history of going against the wishes and health of tribal...
8/21/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Greg Howard, writing in The New York Times Magazine recently ["The Easiest Way to Get Rid of Racism? Just Redefine It"], offered an innovative critique of white people claiming to be victims of racism. He used the concept of "gaslighting" to...
8/20/16
BY:
Winona LaDuke
The recent announcement of Enbridge's purchase of the Dakota Access Pipeline came as a surprise to most of us. For the past four years, Enbridge has told the people of Minnesota that the proposed Sandpiper route (Clearbrook to Superior) was...
8/19/16
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
There was a call. One of those you don’t like to hear. Ashie’s sister called him from Phoenix and said that their mother Nahgebah was in a bad way and that it looked like her time had come. He left driving south to the big city and the Phoenix...
8/18/16
BY:
Harlan McKosato
The Black Lives Matter movement is making an impact here in the U.S., even though I’m not sure what exactly the movement is all about except that they want to reverse racial injustice. What I do know is that Native Lives Matter as well....
8/17/16
BY:
Carly McIntosh
For many years in Canada Indigenous people have been fighting for human rights and the Government never seems to provide it. Every year is a battle with the Canadian Government on keeping cold cases open in the effort to finding our missing and...
8/16/16
BY:
Steve Russell
The duel of metaphors in the 2016 elections is between those who want to build walls and those who want to build bridges, those who see diversity as strength are alarmed by those who see it as a debilitating disease. And vice versa. This does not...
8/14/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Naomi Schaefer Riley’s book The New Trail of Tears: How Washington is Destroying American Indians (2016) purports to be a pro-Indian exposé of failed U.S. federal Indian policies. In actuality, her book is an effort to sell us free-market neo-...
8/14/16
BY:
Karen Melissa Hannel & Eric Hannel
In response to a question from CNN’s Jake Tapper in April, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton flippantly stated, “I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak.” Her...
8/13/16
BY:
Liza G. Garcia & Anne K. McKeig
On any given day the Family Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis is filled with individuals seeking help for domestic violence. Encompassing all of Hennepin County, Minnesota’s 4th Judicial District Family Court (the “family court”), is the...
8/12/16
BY:
W. Ron Allen, Lynn Malerba & Jefferson Keel
When the United States government signed treaties with Indian nations in the 1800s, it established a trust relationship to provide certain funding and services in exchange for tribal lands. But for nearly 200 years, American Indian and Alaska Native...
8/11/16
BY:
Brian Cladoosby
Last week, Judge Daniel L. Hovland of the United States District Court for North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction against North Dakota’s strict voter identification-card law, which made it difficult and sometimes impossible for some Native...
8/10/16
BY:
Winona LaDuke
What is it about that Lateral Oppression? I want to speak out on some white feminists. While I fully understand the critique of the privileging of white feminists and their ability, historically, who feel that they can speak on our behalf: this is...
8/9/16
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
As a reservation NDN descended from exiles who went to war against the U.S. Government, I've been under surveillance by the Feds my entire life. I was born at an old military fort on tribal land: Fort Yates, North Dakota, on the Standing Rock Sioux...

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