Opinions

3/10/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Few would argue that the 21st century has proven to be a major turning point in the global indigenous rights movement with the passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Even its original opponents have...
3/9/14
BY:
Charlene Abrahamson
Does anyone remember an incident in Spokane, Washington, when the Salvation Army turned away a Turtle Mountain Chippewa family for emergency shelter because they did not accept Tribal Identifications? It was in January 2007 and the family slept in...
3/8/14
BY:
Alex Ewen
Recently newspapers have trumpeted new scientific discoveries that lead some scientists to conclude that early American Indians lived in the area of the Bering Strait, known as Beringia, for more than 10,000 years before colonizing the Americas...
3/7/14
BY:
Dave Courchene
We, the First Peoples, are the roots of this land. As the original free and independent nations of Turtle Island, we honour our sacred traditions, which were given to us by our Great Creator. We recognize that our first step must be to show our...
3/6/14
BY:
Darryl Leroux
Trigger Warning: This article deals with the death of Loretta Saunders, an Inuk woman who was found murdered on Wednesday, February 26, in Salisbury, New Brunswick. I woke up early this morning, unable to fall back asleep. As you may imagine, the...
3/6/14
BY:
Frank Hopper
I remember being dragged to Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) meetings when I was a little boy. My mom would bundle me up and take me on the bus to downtown Seattle and from there we’d transfer to Madison Park or Beacon Hill or Rainier Valley. I never...
3/5/14
BY:
Steve Russell
This was to be a weekend of data entry for my income taxes. TurboTax wants to triple what they charge to file Schedules C and D, and I have to either pay up or enter a lot of stuff for myself the first year that any of the programs will do for you...
3/4/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In A Legacy of Genocide: The San Salvador, (SanDiegoFreePress.org, February 14, 2014) Will Falk, an attorney and poet, precisely pinpoints what is wrong with the nearly completed reconstruction of the Spanish designed ship San Salvador (“Holy Savior...
3/3/14
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Indian Land Buy Back Program has been lauded as the “hallmark” of the $3.4 billion Cobell v. Salazar settlement. As the Buy Back Program now lifts off in hurried fashion at Makah and Pine Ridge, the program...
3/2/14
BY:
Christine Smith McFarlane
This slogan has stirred up a lot of controversy and one of the creators of this slogan, Jeff Menard, has been featured in the news several times because of the reactions it has received from mainstream society. But first, little background on what...
3/1/14
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
Indian country saw a landmark victory last month in California v. Miami Nation Enterprises, et. al, which ruled against the state of California in favor of two tribal online lenders, the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and the Santee Sioux Nation of...
2/28/14
BY:
Various Authors
We are writing this letter to convey our support of the nomination of Keith Harper as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council. We think the Senate should swiftly confirm him. We have all worked with Keith over many...
2/28/14
BY:
Dina Gilio Whitaker
I’m a sucker for political dramas and the Netflix series House of Cards is as good (or better) than any other series I’ve seen in the last 10 years. It’s fast-paced, intelligent and full of all the elements that make for good drama—scandal, sex and...
2/27/14
BY:
Jim Gray
In recent years we’ve seen some big events come about for Indian country. We’ve seen the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, we’ve seen many tribal trust suits settled; we’re nearly finished with the second round of payments...

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