Opinions

8/26/16
BY:
Harold Monteau
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), in pursuing the Tribes and their lending entities, is ignoring the real culprits in setting up these Tribal Lending Entity(s) (TLE) business arrangements, the non-Indian companies who rake off as much...
8/25/16
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
I recently attended a play put on by a Native production company under the command of the acclaimed Lakota playwright, Larissa FastHorse. Titled “Urban Rez,” the players interacted with the audience as part of the play, to create an experiential...
8/24/16
BY:
Eddie Ladd, Sioned Haf, Robat Idris
Greetings to Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po in the spirit camp Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí. We write to you from Wales in support of your brave and principled stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We believe that people who wish to defend the Earth...
8/24/16
BY:
Kayla DeVault
Note: The following column first appeared in the Navajo Times. It’s time Navajo Nation uses its powerful voice for indigenous solidarity, not oil prosperity. In fact, it’s well past time. Although I hold tribal membership in a different community, I...
8/23/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
My Navajo friend Valerie Taliman has written an excellent article about the standoff regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline and the recent arrest of Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation at the pipeline protest. When I saw the...
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...

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