Opinions

6/9/15
BY:
Walter Lamar
  The statistics are grim. Prescription drug overdoses are up for the 11th straight year, and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people die every day from a prescription drug overdose-- usually involving opioid painkillers....
6/8/15
BY:
James Cadwell
As the last names of this year’s graduates were announced in Chamberlain you could hear the drum group singers gain strength with this year's honor song. While the song still remains outside this boarder town gymnasium the singing of the song is...
6/7/15
BY:
Winona LaDuke
“Next time you come talk to us, you bring down your big homey …” Jason Hanks, told the representatives of Enbridge who came for a “ tribal listening session” at the Fond du Lac casino. Jason, from a wild rice harvesting family, came to attend the...
6/6/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
At the University of Oregon (U of O), just south of the administration building, amidst the beautiful green scenery of the campus, is a bronze statue, “The Pioneer Mother.” On the front panel of the statue’s pedestal is the Latin word “PAX” (“Peace...
6/4/15
BY:
Steve Russell
President Obama, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and much of the chattering class are focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement that will be a major symbol of Obama’s “pivot to Asia”—if it happens. The right wing echo...
6/3/15
BY:
Mark Rogers
To delve into the waters of tribal recognition is to wade in the muddiest of pools rife with greed, racism and political agendas. Right now, there are bands, tribes and nations all over the country that meet or exceed the federal criteria for...
6/2/15
BY:
Mary Ann Andreas
At the moment there has been a flurry of news reports about an unfortunate gesture by a U.S. Senate candidate in California who caricatured an Indian war cry. Apologies are already being made and the dust will soon settle. But two things: First, she...
6/1/15
BY:
Vincent Armenta
It’s time to correct the record. At a hearing on May 14, 2015, before the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, the California State Association of Counties made a number of misstatements about land into trust issues. This...
5/31/15
BY:
Brandon Ecoffey
The upcoming mayoral election in Rapid City, South Dakota may likely come down to the Native American vote. Lately the hype around the potential impact of the Native vote has quickly been followed by the disappointment associated with our people’s...
5/31/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
Joe Flood writes in the New York Times article, 'What's Lurking Behind the Suicides,' that the issue of youth suicide is related to multi-generational sexual abuse that stems from abuse within Indian boarding schools. Flood goes onto say that the...
5/30/15
BY:
Gregory Smithers
When the United States Supreme Courts rules on gay marriage before its current session ends, Native Americans will likely greet the ruling with mixed feelings. Indian Country in the United States is deeply divided over gay marriage. At least ten...
5/29/15
BY:
Kerry Hawk Lessard
For weeks now, I have been struggling to come to terms with what happened in Baltimore since the murder of Freddie Gray and how to write about it in a way that shows humility, respect, empathy, and a feeling of relationship. I struggled with this...
5/29/15
BY:
John Guenther
The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978, preceded by studies like the 1976 study by the Association of American Indian Affairs, which found that 25 to 35 percent of all Indian children were being placed in out-of-home care. Eighty-five...
5/28/15
BY:
Kurt Luger
Former Congressman Ernest Istook, says that the “New Indian Wars are Fought at the Casino,” [Washington Times May 21, 2015]. Why would Istook try to start new “Indian Wars?” After 200 years of genocide by the United States, enough is enough! Indian...

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