Opinions

12/11/14
BY:
Steve Russell
It’s a time-honored method for getting legislation done in the middle of a gridlock to attach an unrelated “rider” to a bill understood as “must pass.” I write this at three o’clock on the morning it is claimed the U.S. government will be rolling...
12/10/14
BY:
Terry Rambler
The San Carlos Apache Tribe (Tribe) has worked for the past decade to shine light on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange that would transfer Oak Flat and nearby lands in the Tonto National Forest – lands held sacred by my Tribe and many other Native...
12/10/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The debate over the meaning and significance of the outcome document for the United Nations (UN) high level plenary meeting (erroneously referred to as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples) is not going to end anytime soon. On September 22,...
12/9/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Last week, President Obama went out on a political limb with his executive order allowing an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States. It was just more fuel for Republicans’ anti-Democrat fire, who of course...
12/8/14
BY:
Mike Myers
In 1977 I had the incredible opportunity to be the coordinator for the first UN NGO conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This effort grew out of the armed struggles that were occurring in North America and most notably the second battle...
12/5/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Suppose four police officers went to a man’s home, by invitation, to talk to him about a serious, violent crime. Three officers entered and the other watched the door. They talked to the man from about 7:30 p.m. until after midnight, at which point...
12/3/14
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
I'm not surprised by the recent grand jury ruling against indicting Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Disgusted. Heartbroken. Angry. But not surprised. I know too much to be surprised. I teach...
12/2/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
On October 7, Native Hawaiians and their supporters successfully blocked a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of a new telescope atop Mauna Kea. The thirty meter telescope (TMT) will be the world’s largest telescope and is a joint project of...
12/1/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
“What are you writing?” the man at the bar asked me. “A piece on Turkey’s president who recently said Muslims – not Columbus – discovered America.” “Well …. did they?” “Of course not!” I blurted. “And neither did the Jews.” “So it was Columbus, then...
11/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some of us who have embarked on a path of intellectual work have also worked throughout our lives with spiritual leaders so that our intellectual efforts and work is grounded in ceremony and prayer. Some of us have worked for decades with...
11/26/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
“Kamau a Ea” in Hawaiian means “keeping the breath of life.” Ea is life but it can also mean sovereignty, rule, or independence. So the phrase has multiple meanings that in essence equates sovereignty with life. Since the 1970s cultural renaissance...
11/26/14
BY:
Dean B. Suagee
In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed regulation known as the Clean Power Plan rule. This proposed rule, which is a key component of the President’s Climate Action Plan, is intended to bring about major reductions...
11/25/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
I haven't participated in Thanksgiving for many years now. It is hard to celebrate the holiday when you know that it was created to commemorate the massacre of Indian people. The irony is that when I was a child, not many gave much thought to the...
11/24/14
BY:
Joe Sexton
In his famous 19th century treatise, “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville noted that whereas the Spaniards “pursued the Indians with bloodhounds” and “sacked” the continent “with no more temper or compassion than a city taken by storm...

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