Opinions

2/23/15
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
February is Black History Month, a time to acknowledge African American contributions to the United States and celebrate black identity. It also inevitably means revisiting the very troubling history of this country to understand how European and...
2/22/15
BY:
Steve Russell
F. Scott Fitzgerald might have been talking about American Indians when he wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” Indians are in that...
2/21/15
BY:
Christine Dupres
In late December of last year, I braved slogging rain and dropping temperatures to join a sizable crowd of my fellow Cowlitz people and supporters as we gathered to celebrate a future reservation on beautiful, tree-graced acreage near La Center,...
2/20/15
BY:
Ray Cook
In mid-December the Department of Justice announced that Indian nations may look towards enacting rules and regulations concerning the growing of marijuana on reservations for medicinal (commercial) and recreational (commercial) use. So far, not...
2/20/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The San Carlos Apache battle cry, sounded by San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler to prevent the hostile takeover over of Apache lands by the United States and Rio Tinto mining corporation, goes to the core of U.S. neo-colonialism against Native...
2/19/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
1. The Sound and the Fury “Even the [Native Americans] will have to live under Shari'a. We will take them tubeteikas [Central Asian caps, worn in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan], we will build mosques for them, and we will live...
2/18/15
BY:
Chairman Delores Pigsley
On January 12 and 13,  a reporter from the Economist magazine visited the Siletz Tribe and the community of Siletz ostensibly to gather information for a story on how casinos benefit tribes. On January15, an article appeared on the Economist’s...
2/18/15
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Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA), the governing body of the northern, or Canadian, portion of Akwesasne, has learned of United States legislation recently proposed by U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-Syracuse, that calls for a security study to be...
2/17/15
BY:
Cedric Sunray
The Pamunkey Tribe has recently come under fire by the Congressional Black Caucus for, until very recently, their constitutional prohibition of intermarriage with black people. When placed in a contemporary context, the small tribe (enrolled...
2/16/15
BY:
Andy Mager
The world suffered a great loss last week with the passing of Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Gowanahs). A member of the Snipe Clan, Onondaga Nation, she was a lawyer, activist and professor of American Indian history, Federal Indian Law, anthropology, and...
2/16/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Turkey has a rich and colorful history at the crossroads of several worlds. The geographical crossroads between Europe and Asia. The religious crossroads between first the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, and then between Christianity...
2/15/15
BY:
Zoltan Grossman
By defining Iraqis as “savages,” the hit film American Sniper has drawn on a long tradition of American war fighting against tribal peoples. The so-called “Global War on Terror” has grown from Iraq and Afghanistan into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia,...
2/14/15
BY:
Cedric Sunray
The first time I set foot on the Chitimacha Indian Reservation in Louisiana was in the 1990s. Prior to this, I had seen pictures of some of their tribal members attending Indian boarding schools with members of my own tribe and many others. One...
2/14/15
BY:
Bob and Charlene Burns
There are so many people in Indian country processing the loss of our Blackfoot scholar, philosopher, activist, teacher, ceremonialist, healer, family member and friend, Tatsikiistamik (Middle Bull) Narcisse Blood. When a person does the work to...

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