Opinions

7/13/15
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Kim TallBear
I share two key similarities with Professor Vince Diaz, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who defended Steven Salaita in his 6/24/15 commentary, “Academic Ambush:...
7/12/15
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Carly McIntosh
Right when you start walking freely in through the trees, you have a sense of discovery. Exactly when you take your first step you make a deep connection with the Earth, our Mother, the strength of Mother Earth pulls you closer to one another. Every...
7/11/15
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Terese Marie Mailhot
Watching two Native academics come to a consensus about Andrea Smith is like watching two eagles fight. No, wait, I mean egos. After Andrea Smith was outed for the second time as being non-Native, several Native academics leapt to save her from...
David Cornsilk
7/10/15
BY:
David Cornsilk
It appears the Andrea Smith apologists are doing everything they can to divert attention from the one thing about her that is important right now, whether or not she is Cherokee. They want to make it about her work, not so. They want to make it...
7/10/15
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Steve Russell
An innocent woman minding her own business was killed by a convicted felon in the country illegally who was on the streets of San Francisco because the local jail had ignored a “detainer” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Ignoring the...
7/8/15
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LaDonna Harris
Collaborating with my daughters on my memoirs I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the past 45 years of the American Indian Self Determination Movement and the unique modern history that I am privileged to have been a part of. Forty-five years ago...
7/7/15
BY:
Various Authors
We write to respond to widespread public discussion of well-known scholar-activist Andrea Smith’s history of contradictory claims to Cherokee identity through both enrollment and lineal descent. While concerns about her claims have been known and...
7/7/15
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Charles Kader
The area in the vicinity of the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory has been in the news yet again. Not for all of the usual reasons that residents are so weary of. No, those issues were all pushed aside in early June as soon as two convicted killers cut...
7/6/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In his book Metaphors We Live By (1980), philosopher Mark Johnson makes the point that we live our lives on the basis of metaphors and metaphorical patterns that we seldom notice. This is, in large part, because we are not taught to pay particular...
7/5/15
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Gregory Smithers
The past two weeks has reminded Americans of just hard it is to escape the legacy of the Civil War. The Confederate battle flag—a symbol of racism for millions—appears on everything from license plates to string bikinis. Walk down any major...
7/4/15
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Alex Jacobs
Researching slavery in American History is eye-opening as I realized it was not taught outright but only glossed over when I was a student. And now there is conservative backlash that seeks to teach Creationism as Science and the speeches of Ronald...
7/3/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
“In Defense of Pocahontas: Disney’s Most Radical Heroine,” written by Sophie Gilbert and published by The Atlantic, defends Disney’s portrayal of the Powhatan historical figure, stating, “While its interpretation of history attracted considerable...
7/1/15
BY:
Elizabeth Hawksworth
There’s an absolutely wonderful song that was part of one of my favourite musicals, Chess. It’s called “Anthem” and it’s sung by the Russian chess champion on his move to another country. He’s accused of leaving his homeland and renouncing his...
7/1/15
BY:
David Shorter
I’m not an Indian. It’s okay. By now, many of us have been confronted with the tangled ways to think about identity shifting in light of the Rachel Dolezal affair. Some attention has been rightfully paid to the long history of people “playing Indian...

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