Opinions

6/18/14
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Adrian Jawort
To many American Indians living on a desolate and rural reservation out west where issues like extreme poverty, substance and sexual abuse, and violence and suicide reign supreme, the popular media focus these days of the Washington Redskins mascot...
6/18/14
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Josh Saxon
The Klamath Basin has been the home of one of the West’s most infamous water disputes for more than a century. It’s a sad yet classic American tale of colonialists driving native populations from the land, denying opportunities to practice cultural...
6/18/14
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Steve Russell
Honest politics practiced between the Indian nations and the colonists must always be, or should always be, coalition politics. This is necessary not only because we are less than one percent of the US population, but also because we are not now and...
6/17/14
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Renee Holt
Dedicating this song ‘Commencement Day’ from the Blue Scholars of Seattle to “the class of two thousand whatever” throughout Indian country and all “the teachers who are underpaid” and love their students enough to keep on teaching. As families...
6/17/14
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Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
The statistics sound like they come from another county. A one in five chance of committing suicide, a one in ten chance of being abused, twice as likely to be placed in foster care, and a one in three chance of living in poverty. But these are the...
6/16/14
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Steven Newcomb
On June 3, there was an informal meeting at the United Nations regarding the development of an “action oriented outcome document.” The document is scheduled to be formally adopted by the UN General Assembly at the end of a UN High Level Plenary...
6/16/14
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Julianne Jennings
Nineteenth Century Spanish philosopher, George Santayana, is believed to have coined the popular quote, “History repeats itself.” In fact, he said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it," which does not mean that history will...
6/15/14
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Cynthia Iyall
“Every time we carry an eagle feather, that’s sovereignty. Every time we pick berries, that’s sovereignty. Every time we dig roots, that’s sovereignty,” said Nisqually Tribal elder Billy Frank Jr. who passed away earlier month at the age of 83. This...
6/14/14
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Steven Newcomb
On May 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision in the case State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. A five justice majority issued a ruling that works in favor of the Bay Mills Indian Community. While a great deal of...
6/13/14
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Peter d'Errico
A new book by Gary Anderson, Ethnic Cleansing and the Indian, is bound to attract attention as a "pro-Indian" book. The subtitle, "The Crime That Should Haunt America," will provoke people who minimize the violence against Native Peoples throughout...
6/12/14
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Jennie Stockle
On May 19, I went to the Oklahoma Capitol Building to present Governor Mary Fallin with an 8,000 signature and 90 plus page petition I created for Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry (EONM), a group of Native American parents and allies along with...
6/11/14
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Julianne Jennings
The late Slow Turtle (John Peters), the Supreme Medicine Man from the Wampanoag Nation once told me, “ When someone of great significance crosses over, the wind blows more forcibly, letting you know their spirit is passing by.” On Monday, April 7,...
6/10/14
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Steven Newcomb
By the time this is published, the 13th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) will have concluded. The “Special Theme” for this year's session was “Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations...
6/9/14
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Devin Etcitty
Understanding history and fighting inequalities go hand in hand. I want to help stop the Keystone XL pipeline, but I feel like I would create more damage because of the privileges. I am privileged because of my male identity, my parents...

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