Opinions

6/6/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A couple of years ago, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was at a function that Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) was also attending. Upon hearing that Congressman Cole is from the Chickasaw Nation, Scalia said: “Don't forget you belong to a...
6/5/14
BY:
President Barack Obama
Six years ago, I made my first trip to Indian country. I visited the Crow Nation in Montana—an experience I’ll never forget. I left with a new Crow name, an adoptive Crow family, and an even stronger commitment to build a future that honors old...
6/4/14
BY:
Stanley Heller
Fort Moultrie – “On the grounds of this fort you’ll find the grave site of Chief Osceola, the Seminole Indian who died at Fort Moultrie and who is the inspiration for the Florida State university mascot. Free admission”. That’s how the tourist guide...
6/3/14
BY:
Jennifer Lee Schultz & Stephanie Carroll Rainie
The lack of good data about U.S. American Indian and Alaska Native populations hinders tribes’ development activities, but it also highlights a space for sovereign action. In coming years, tribes will no doubt continue to advocate for better...
6/2/14
BY:
Rudolph C. Ryser
The US Department of State’s Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy and Labor invited American indigenous governments to a “consultation” on May 9. This meeting in Washington, D.C. commenced just three days before the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous...
6/1/14
BY:
Naomi Brisley
 “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” -Søren Kierkegaard I think we can all agree that words carry incredible power and their meanings are often times not held in what is being said...
5/31/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
“Who killed me?” I asked.“Do you want the name of the actual person or the asshole who gave the order?” he said.“I suppose the latter,” I uttered, gripping my neck.“Abraham Lincoln.”“That hypocritical sot!”“It wasn’t just you, though. He took out...
5/29/14
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
On April 18, 2014, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Native America is accustomed to consulting with the State Department on, for example, nation-to-nation issues like climate...
5/28/14
BY:
Brian Cladoosby, Jefferson Keel, Joe Garcia, Tex Hall, Susan Masten & W. Ron Allen
We are living in historic times for Indian Country. As we are still celebrating the confirmation of Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman who will serve as a Federal Judge, there is another opportunity for a historic ‘first’ at our...
5/28/14
BY:
Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Music is a form of art. For the musician it is a way to express their form of originality, talent and or knowledge on the form of art they are presenting. The Emerson Windy song/video, “Peace Pipe”, demonstrates how you could sing without any of...
5/27/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Jim Manzi could almost be described as a conservative theologian. He made his fortune wrangling software, but now he’s a contributing editor of National Review, the brainchild of the late William F. Buckley that has become, as Buckley intended, the...
5/16/14
BY:
Donna Ennis
Like many Native people I began my career working for my Tribe soon after graduating with my undergraduate social work degree. The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978 because of the high removal rate of Indian children from their...
5/24/14
BY:
Carolina Castoreno
With identity misappropriation being a regular occurrence these days, my duties as a Native activist have kept me fairly busy. From being depicted as mascots, to Anglos wearing red face and war bonnets, and of course my favorite “I’m a Cherokee”...
5/23/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I’m not here to call for Eric Shinseki’s scalp on a lance. There have been substantial improvements on his watch and his heart is with veterans. Nothing would be improved by imposing a new blood learning curve on the VA right now. Still, most...

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