Opinions

7/7/15
BY:
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
BY:
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
BY:
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...
7/1/15
BY:
Micah Armstrong
Half-breed, mixed-blood, metis… These words are more than familiar to us who are not full-blooded American Indians. And by those who are not full-blooded, I do not speak of those who claim a “great-great-great grandmother who was a Cherokee Princess...
6/30/15
BY:
Harlan McKosato
Do you ever get tired of hearing about the plight of the American Redskin? Do you ever get tired of hearing about how pitiful it is to be Native American from our own Native writers, the mainstream American press, and international media outlets? I...
6/29/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
Events move fast in the internet age. The Rachel Dolezal “Black Like Me” story had people of every stripe, color, and political persuasion commenting, tweeting, and taking sides. Then we all find out that “transracial” is a real thing and these self...
6/28/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A repetitious pattern may be repeated to the point of being boring or tiring. Yet, obviously, not every pattern of repetition is tedious. When notes and chords are repeated in an artful manner, based on the rules of musical composition, we may end...
6/27/15
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The Rachel Dolezal scandal came as a harsh wake-up call to the black community about what it means when people falsely claim an identity they were not born into, especially when there are tangible benefits to be gained such as scholarships or jobs....
6/26/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
Maybe it all started with Kevin Costner, or Marlon Brando, or the missionaries, or that guy who got off a boat and said, “Man, these people need pants.” Either way, Indian country has seen its share of Great White Hopes, and all those hopefuls have...
6/25/15
BY:
Michael L. Connor
This week, the Department of the Interior hit a significant milestone, paying more than $500 million to approximately 30,000 individual landowners through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). The Buy-Back Program...

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