Opinions

1/16/15
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Our elders and spiritual leaders do not teach the practice of disenrollment. In fact, disenrollment is a wholly non-Indian construct. Indeed, when I recently asked Eric Bernando, a Grand Ronde descendant of his tribe’s Treaty Chief and fluent...
1/15/15
BY:
Chip Livingston
Back in 1998 when I was last spending a solid chunk of time at my mom’s in Molino, Florida, I drove 26 miles north to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribal offices near Atmore, Alabama to see if I could volunteer in some capacity while I was home...
1/14/15
BY:
Terri Hansen
This column was originally posted on MinorityPostDoc.org. Coastal tribes began documenting thousands of dead fish, crabs and other alarming changes on the beaches of Washington State’s rugged coastline in 2006. “It’s scary,” the late Billy Frank Jr...
1/13/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
Is this country headed toward becoming a police state? Some will tell you we’ve been on that road since 9/11, and maybe since the imperial presidencies of Nixon and Reagan. The most important reason that people are protesting is because if you wait...
1/12/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Buying a car will always be a big deal to me. The two material things I wanted when I escaped rural Oklahoma were a place to live with lights and plumbing built in and a car that always started. Not to say I had a car that failed to start. I had no...
1/11/15
BY:
Memory Dawn Long Chase
In Response to Lynn Armitage’s ICTMN article, “Domestic Violence: Careful, the Kids Are Watching”: I read Ms. Armitage’s article this morning regarding children exposed to domestic violence, and I felt compelled to respond. While I agree with some...
1/10/15
BY:
Valerie Goodness
While Native Nations are far from being monolithic, there is one thing that forced assimilation cannot take from us, as Natives; our coevolved connection to nature. We all know that there is a settler colonialist darkness hovering like a vulture,...
1/9/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The "outcome document" of the high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly—known as The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples—has generated controversy about whether it represents a "win" for Indigenous peoples. The evidence shows it does...
1/8/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Some of my friends are celebrating that 2014 was the year the “Torture Report” finally came out, allowing the world to see that the United States is big enough to admit its shortcomings for all to see. This is why the U.S. deserves to be a leader on...
1/7/15
BY:
Ray Cook
New Year’s at ICTMN finds me at home, shuttling between the computer, the woodpile outside, the kitchen where I hope to sautee some mushrooms soon, and the enticing couch with its open invitation to me to enjoy a brief afternoon snooze. It is time...
1/6/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Damian Webster and Emmy Scott ask important questions in their recent article, "A Defense of Traditionalism": "What is a successful Native person?" "Whose standard are we attempting to meet?" "Do we expect our children to know our creation stories,...
1/2/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The New York Times has published an interactive map of male unemployment in the United States, with dark shading indicating more unemployment for men aged 25-54. It was hard not to notice the pools of dark around Indian country. If that were not...
12/31/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
As Americans scrambled to prepare for the Christmas holiday, it was time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. Things that make the holiday special are not “things.” It’s the time spent together with family and friends and memories made....
12/31/14
BY:
Byron Dorgan
In June of this year, President Barack Obama and the First Lady visited the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota. This was ya historic visit. He was only the fourth sitting President to visit Indian Country, joining Coolidge in...

Pages