Opinions

9/21/14
BY:
Dave Lundgren
The Bureau of Land Management recently announced that it was undertaking an agency-wide review of railroad rights of way to determine whether utilities—mostly telecommunication companies with fiber optic lines—are unlawfully piggy-backing on...
9/20/14
BY:
Sen. Jon Tester
Diabetes is a terrible disease, and one that has afflicted American Indian and Alaska Native communities since the disruption of their traditional cultures centuries ago. That’s why I recently introduced legislation to ensure stable and continuous...
9/20/14
BY:
Vena A-dae Romero
Our histories are bursting with examples of how tribal nations have fought and sacrificed for continued existence in the face of powerful forces that sought to eliminate and assimilate American Indians. We have survived through federal policies of...
9/19/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
I intended to take a hiatus from writing for a while to deal with personal issues, but a YouTuber named Ami Pacheco inspired me to write again. You can see his thought provoking video here. He presents an insightful and cogent argument for Native...
9/18/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The New York Daily News decision to "sack the name" of the Washington Redskins sets an example for all other news outlets. As the paper's editorial says, "The Redskins name is a throwback to a vanished era of perniciously casual racial attitudes."...
9/17/14
BY:
Andre Cramblit
I remember my first week at Dartmouth College. It was after a week-long bus ride from California. Dartmouth, the Ivies, the East Coast, College in general, they are all worlds away from the reality of the California Rez (American Indian Reservation...
9/16/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
As ICTMN reported recently, indigenous peoples will be at the forefront of upcoming United Nations and civil society events in New York City. The long anticipated, one and a half day World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be immediately...
9/16/14
BY:
Mark Charles
They say a "watched pot never boils." But that's not entirely true. Of course a watched pot boils, it's just that intently watching a pot of water reach 212 degrees Fahrenheit is not an incredibly exciting way to spend your time. And so most people...
9/15/14
BY:
Donna Ennis
Many of us are familiar with people of color trying to “pass” as white people perhaps to indulge in some White Privilege that they have heard so much about or maybe because being a person of color was a death sentence. Whatever the reason ethnic...
9/15/14
BY:
Bryan Brewer
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association is composed of the 16 elected Chairs and Presidents of the sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations in the Great Plains Region: the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux, the Cheyenne River Sioux, The...
9/14/14
BY:
Jay Daniels
Once again, the second round, or Trust Administration Class Members of Cobell Payments has stalled. The recent court document filed as "Plaintiff's Status Report Regarding Process on Efforts to Commence Trust Administration Class Payments" filed...
9/13/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1996, while attending the Intersessional Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, I posed a question to the United States delegates. My question had to do with the...
9/12/14
BY:
Kenneth Deer
This column was first seen in Cultural Survival Quarterly Issue: 38-3 The so-called UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to be held this year on September 22–23, is really a High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly. No one should be...
9/11/14
BY:
Jessica Carro
If you are an American, born and raised, reading this article, then you were most likely told as a child the same Thanksgiving fairytale that I was. Presumably, we all went through a similar rude awakening later in life when we were taught the real...

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