Opinions

5/27/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Jim Manzi could almost be described as a conservative theologian. He made his fortune wrangling software, but now he’s a contributing editor of National Review, the brainchild of the late William F. Buckley that has become, as Buckley intended, the...
5/16/14
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Donna Ennis
Like many Native people I began my career working for my Tribe soon after graduating with my undergraduate social work degree. The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978 because of the high removal rate of Indian children from their...
5/24/14
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Carolina Castoreno
With identity misappropriation being a regular occurrence these days, my duties as a Native activist have kept me fairly busy. From being depicted as mascots, to Anglos wearing red face and war bonnets, and of course my favorite “I’m a Cherokee”...
5/23/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I’m not here to call for Eric Shinseki’s scalp on a lance. There have been substantial improvements on his watch and his heart is with veterans. Nothing would be improved by imposing a new blood learning curve on the VA right now. Still, most...
5/22/14
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Mel Sheldon
Recently, my time serving the Tulalip Tribal Council has come to a close. Change is inevitable and change is good, and the Tulalip Tribes will embrace new leadership. At the same time, so many important things happened during my 15 years of time on...
5/15/14
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Jennie Stockle
In 2011 Mary Fallin assumed office as Governor of the Oklahoma and, like it or not, the events that have followed exemplify some of the worst atrocities against Native Americans in any recent memory. One of the first things that got axed by the...
5/21/14
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Cedric Sunray
“NCAI condemns Donald Sterling’s appalling comments regarding African Americans. There is no place in modern society for that kind of hatred and discrimination. We also want to applaud the many athletes, sportscasters, corporations, and individuals...
5/20/14
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Geoff Strommer
The Department of the Interior recently proposed to amend the Department’s land-into-trust regulations, found at 25 C.F.R. Part 151, that currently exclude from the scope of the regulations, with one exception (Metlakatla), land acquisitions in...
5/19/14
BY:
Tex Hall
It has been a year and a half since the federal courts finally gave the go ahead to the Garden City Group to distribute the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement to American Indian and Alaska Natives who were wronged by the United States failure to live up...
5/18/14
BY:
Steve Pavlik
The world changed forever with the passing of Billy Frank, Jr. Billy was a human rights activist, fearless defender of tribal sovereignty and fishing rights, and environmental champion who spoke not only for his beloved salmon but for all natural...
5/18/14
BY:
Laura Waterman Wittstock
The early 1970s were a turbulent time for just about everybody in Indian country. The FBI was busy listening in on presumed malfeasance. The tribal chairmen were trying to make sense of what was becoming a broader divide among their citizens who...
5/16/14
BY:
David E. Wilkins
In 1851 an exasperated Hugh Swinton Legare, the U.S. Attorney General, said "There is nothing in the whole compass of our laws so anomalous, so hard to bring within any precise definition, or any logical and scientific arrangement of principles, as...
5/15/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
It was midnight, and I decided to sacrifice some virgins. “Why not?” I shouted. “What’s the point of being found guilty of a crime if you don’t even get to enjoy committing the thing?” “What’d you say?” he said. “Never mind,” I blistered. “Keep...
5/14/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
When people these days discuss the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they have no idea that 70 years ago, just before the end of World War II, such a document was already being envisioned. What was being focused on...

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