Opinions

10/24/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On October 4, Duane Champagne published on this website, “What is Indigenous Self-Determination and When Does it Apply?” If one were to rephrase Champagne’s question to, “What is Self-Determination and When Does it Apply to Indigenous Peoples?,” his...
10/24/14
BY:
David Wilkins
“Again, were we to inquire by what law or authority you set up a claim [to our land], I answer, none! Your laws extend not into our country, nor ever did. You talk of the law of nature and the law of nations, and they are both against you.” —Corn...
10/23/14
BY:
Al Carroll
This is an excerpt from A Proposed New Constitution, a call for 15 articles to be adopted in a new constitutional convention. Currently, dozens of states have called for a new constitutional convention for a variety of causes, as well as proposals...
10/22/14
BY:
Charles Trimble
I have gotten e-mail recently asking what is up with me and Tim Giago since I had not written articles criticizing him over the past year. Actually I had unilaterally declared a moratorium on criticizing Tim; and I must confess, it felt good. Much...
10/22/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some years ago, I purchased Latin for Americans (B. L. Ullman, Charles Henderson, and Norman E. Henry, New York: the MacMillan Co., 1962) at a used bookstore. It’s a high school textbook that was published at a time when some pre-college students...
10/21/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
I have been spending less time with my writing as of late as I have been prepping for a second round with the Veteran's Administration. In between research sessions, communications with the attorney and great news from family (congratulations Cousin...
10/20/14
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
"We do a recall, election and take over. Let's discuss." – Jack Abramoff, February 14, 2002 In professional sports “the playbook is a sacred hardbound diary of trust. It's an accumulation of decades' worth of knowledge, tweaked and perfected,...
10/20/14
BY:
Bryan Brewer
In 1942, the United States War Department announced that it was taking the Northwest Corner of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for an Aerial Gunnery Range and told our Lakota families that they had two weeks to move out. 385,000 acres were taken...
10/20/14
BY:
Robert Odawi Porter
A great thing happened recently for Indian country. President Obama signed into law on September 26 the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act. This law will amend the U.S. tax code and ensure that Indian people do not have to pay taxes on most...
10/18/14
BY:
Jose Barreiro
Something of the sentiment and thrust current in the American Indian/Indigenous world of the Americas was evident in a recent session in Lima, Peru. It wasn’t the United Nations in New York but, in its own way, it was multinational and thus...
10/17/14
BY:
Jay Daniels
Perusing Facebook recently, I found a group of folks who are adamantly opposing the currently published "Proposed Rule Change for Rights-of-Way Across Indian Lands." Their rationale? They weren't the decision makers and the proposed rules are...
10/17/14
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
Sometimes bravery is the smallest of things, a grain of sand lying under a mountain of regret. This, I felt as I watched my mother die. Exactly two years before the moment she left this world, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It started...
10/16/14
BY:
Glenn Morris
While watching the fraudulently-labeled United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (HLPM/WCIP--see end footnote 1, below) on UN WebTV on September 22-23, I was reminded of the famous quote from Thomas Pynchon: "If they get you asking the...
10/15/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Congratulations to Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie for hard work and persistence in achieving the historic settlement of a Navajo Nation claim against the United States for mismanagement of Navajo Nation resources. The resources are...

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