Opinions

6/17/16
BY:
Rachael Lorenzo
I am doing the best I can as an urban indigenous woman. I do not always remember to put my cornmeal down at sunrise, the Pueblo way. I keep forgetting to ask my tribal home visitor to bring us some pollen so I can teach my daughter how to pray the...
6/16/16
BY:
Steve Russell
Two comments about legal tools before we get to hardware. First, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not apply to tribal governments on tribal land and those governments are free to enact any limitations on guns or none. I was born...
6/15/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
While listening to National Public Radio the other day, I heard a story about a strange proposal being made in Pakistan. It would legally allow husbands to chastise disobedient wives. Understandably a great deal of outrage was registered in response...
6/14/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
These days, the word “reconciliation” has taken deep root in the contemporary discourse between the government of Canada and many of the First Nations of that part of Great Turtle Island. At the same time, in an apparent contradiction, the...
6/13/16
BY:
Mark Azure
To native people, bison are not a disease-carrying burden on our communities, as some have tried to label them in the past. To us, bison are sacred to our people and with spiritual and historical significance to our cultural heritage. For this...
6/12/16
BY:
Steve Russell
If I were filthy rich, would I invest in trying to buy the government? You bet I would. That's one reason I favor full, detailed, and instant disclosure. I'm opposed to the one dollar-one vote rule but willing to live with it if all levels of...
6/11/16
BY:
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
On signing the NLRA into law, FDR said: “This Act defines, as a part of our substantive law, the right of self-organization of employees in industry for the purpose of collective bargaining, and provides methods by which the Government can...
6/10/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
“Be quiet. The Gorilla is on TV again,” and, “Can you get me a margarita,” have been common utterances as of late, and I ain’t sorry. The only thing I’m really sorry about is that the novelty of the Harambe’s tragic death has faded and now we’re...
6/9/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Indian Country has long debated whether to participate in the ritual of voting in U.S. elections. For those rooted in their Indigenous life-ways, voting in another nation's elections appears a non-starter. And when the discussion goes deeper, as...
6/8/16
BY:
Carlyle Begay
These are challenging times for political leaders across the United States, including tribal leaders in Arizona. With a persistently weak national economy, high health care costs, and trouble overseas it is imperative to have a tested leader in...
6/7/16
BY:
Lloyd D. Tortalita
It was a big deal. Hillary Clinton, the then-First Lady of the United States of America, had accepted an invitation from the Pueblo of Acoma to visit our ancestral homeland and to meet our people. Her visit, which had been in the works for more than...
6/7/16
BY:
Steve Russell
I started out opposed to Hillary Clinton for POTUS in 2016 for the same reason I opposed her in 2008. I said then that I remembered the "ambient corruption level" of the Bill Clinton administration and I saw no evidence the Clintons had developed...
6/6/16
BY:
André Cramblit
This past week I attended the Native American Graduation Ceremony at Humboldt State University located in Arcata, CA The Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) has been at the core of the support for Natives at HSU and I am one of...
6/5/16
BY:
Steve Russell
Born and raised in the Creek Nation, which has the misfortune to be situated in the buckle of the Bible belt, I did not come to the strange land of intellectuals equipped to accept feminism easily. In these times, when there are plenty of people who...

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