Opinions

1/2/16
BY:
Donna Loring
November 14, 2015 marked the Fiftieth Anniversary of the beating death of Peter Francis a Passamaquoddy elder and World War II Veteran. Peter’s family and the Passamaquoddy tribe believe he died at the hands of five white men from Billerica...
1/1/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Let’s be clear about something. Before the invasive arrival of Christian Europeans to our part of the world (i.e., Great Turtle Island), our nations were living free and independent of Christian European domination (being forced to submit to the...
12/31/15
BY:
Juilanne Jennings
For some odd and stupid reason many of us continue to be color struck. I really think most of us are ignorant or at the very least forgetful. Black people who look “white” is not a new phenomenon. In the United States, anyone with a trace of African...
12/30/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The Rag started in 1966 in reaction to the election of John Economidy to edit The Daily Texan, the student newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to right wing establishment politics and he certainly foreshadowed that as Texan...
12/29/15
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Oklevueha Native American Church
We with Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC) are directed by Native Medicine people, Creator and free people. We do permit adults regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry,...
12/28/15
BY:
Mike Myers
As the Gregorian calendar winds down, we enter a period when since ancient times we pause to reflect, assess, envision and prepare ourselves for the next cycle of life. For us Haudenosaunee, and many other Indigenous civilizations, our new year will...
12/24/15
BY:
Delvin Cree
Times were tough for many Indian families back in the 1960s, especially during the holiday season. Back then, everything was a challenge. I remembered being wrapped with blankets and extra layers of clothing in our old trailer home. My mom made sure...
12/24/15
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
The 2015 Lakota Nation Invitational was this past weekend, so basketball is on everyone’s minds; but for those of us who were born and raised on the Rez, it’s always been a part of our lives. Shooting hoops and cheering on young relatives competing...
12/23/15
BY:
Harlan McKosato
"There are varying degrees of concern when it comes to our Native children, cultural diversity, different learning styles in the classroom, and the reasons so many of our Native students perform poorly, fail or drop out of school. I have heard this...
12/22/15
BY:
Monique Vondall-Rieke
The November 6, 2015 announcement of the rejection of the Presidential Permit that would allow TransCanada to continue the XL Pipeline project to the Gulf of Mexico was rejected after being placed on hold by President Obama in 2011 amid conflicts of...
12/21/15
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
I’ve heard it dozens of times: folks justify the appropriation of Native culture and the theft of sacred rites and ceremonies by saying there’s no injury; that it’s essentially harmless, or even beneficial. Wrong. How does redface, be it physical,...
12/20/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The whoosh of a light saber coming on is an appropriate symbol for politics in the age of corporate personhood and one dollar-one vote. It’s hard to cross the distance between the public interest and the political debate while limited by the speed...
12/20/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
Leaving the rez is a lot like defecting from the army. Being an Indian is a lot like being drafted, for that matter. We’re chosen people, fighting for our nation’s sovereignty, and a dying breed. I once thought in my naiveté that I would go to...
12/19/15
BY:
Matthew H. Birkhold
[For many, this Holiday Season is an occasion to reevaluate the Pilgrim story and celebrate our new understanding of the historical relationship between Europeans and Native Americans. This year, let’s continue to challenge our thinking, even after...

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