Opinions

7/15/14
BY:
Roger Birdbear
In 1947, construction on the Garrison Dam began. A part of the Missouri River Basin Project, the dam would result in the creation of Lake Sakakawea and the taking of communities, farms, and businesses through eminent domain. Approximately 80 percent...
7/14/14
BY:
Rick Cuevas
In a recent piece for Indian Country Today Media Network, titled "The Debate Over Disenrollment" by UCLA Indian Studies professor Duane Champagne, we who have been disenrolled from Pechanga were aghast at the inaccuracies. I will address the...
7/13/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
I was conducting some very serious research on priapism in the ranks of Custer’s 7th Cavalry when I stopped to read a feculent piece in The Denver Post Opinion section. It was about 500 words of the same hackneyed argument Suzan Shown Harjo has been...
7/13/14
BY:
Andre Cramblit
One of my earliest memories is sitting on the porch of Fey’s house with my great Uncle Leonard Super and my brother listening to a broadcast full of static of San Francisco Giants baseball as described by the dulcet tones of Lon Simmon’s mellifluous...
7/12/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Consider for a moment the existence of any Original Nation of this continent that has had a relationship with its territory for countless generations. Let’s assume that the People of that Nation have lived for thousands of years in cultural,...
7/11/14
BY:
Eric S. Zimmer
Almost three weeks ago, President Obama became the fourth sitting chief executive to set foot on Native American land when he visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. During his speech, the president promised to continue his...
7/10/14
BY:
Barry Brandon
Al Jazeera America’s recent series “Payday Nation” had so much promise to get the facts right and tell a side of the story which has been woefully underrepresented in the world of partisan media and painfully biased reporting. That promise...
7/9/14
BY:
Peter d’Errico
The Canadian Supreme Court recently elaborated legal rules affecting non-Aboriginal encroachment on Native lands. The unanimous decision, Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, affirmed a Tsilhqot’in challenge to a British Columbia provincial...
7/8/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Sixteen months ago, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) issued a “Tribal Leaders’ White Paper.” Dated February 28, 2013, the paper was drafted in preparation for the March 1-2 2013 North American Indian Peoples Caucus gathering at the...
7/7/14
BY:
T Robert Przeklasa
President Obama made headlines this past Friday with his “first” trip to an Indian reservation as president. Indian Country Today noted that his “trip to Standing Rock [was] the first visit to an Indian reservation by a President since Bill Clinton...
7/6/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Chris Stevens was everything we should want an ambassador to be, and by “we” I mean both tribal governments and colonial governments. I am quick to credit his Chinook ancestry, but it strikes me that it’s just as important that he claimed to be...
7/5/14
BY:
John Christian Hopkins
I remember the first time I had to act like a father. My fiancé—and eventual first ex-wife—worked a couple of nights a week and needed a babysitter. I had lots of experience around kids (my sister has seven), so I figured how hard can it be, right?...
7/4/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Black Indians are constantly confronted with the fact that they do not fit any of society's stereotypes for Native Americans. Those stereotypes are imposed by both whites and sadly, other Indians. This lack of understanding of another nation’s...
7/3/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
The title is paraphrased from a comic bit from the legendary Paul Mooney. He actually said "Everyone wants to be Black but, no one wants to be Black." By that he meant that people from other cultures like to take bits and pieces from Black culture...

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