Opinions

8/8/14
BY:
Donna Ennis
I have a message for all of you “stoners” in our Native community; there is nothing “traditional” about using a natural herb found in our environment if your method of using it is smoking the herb for recreational purposes. The pot-smoking...
8/7/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On August 3, 2014, Dr. Rudy Ryser, Chairman of the Center for World Indigenous Studies, published a response to my recent column “Some Questions Regarding the UN High Level Plenary Meeting.” He said that my column “reflects the view” that “the World...
8/7/14
BY:
Don Gentry
From time immemorial, salmon, steelhead and other fish runs have sustained the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin Paiute members of the Klamath Tribes. It has been more than 100 years, however, since our tribal members have seen salmon and steelhead...
8/6/14
BY:
Andre Cramblit
The Salmon and Klamath rivers are the cores of Karuk geography; our most sacred site is near the confluence of the two rivers at the village of Katiimeen. Our name is actually Karuk Vaaraar, meaning “upriver people.” The natural environment, the...
8/5/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
The proposed bipartisan deal to allocate $17 billion  to the VA to address patient access is a good start. I have to acknowledge the work of Senator Sanders and Representative Miller to bring a solution from a severely divided Congress. The fact...
8/4/14
BY:
Ted Quasula
Dear Attorney General Holder: I know I speak for many Native American law enforcement professionals in thanking you for your recent public stance on the Washington pro football team’s use of “redskins.” You have joined the ranks of President Obama,...
8/3/14
BY:
Rudolph C. Ryser
This column is a reply to Steven Newcomb’s “Some Questions Regarding the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting." Steven Newcomb’s essay on the UN High-Level Plenary Session called the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples—that will convene in New York City...
8/3/14
BY:
Lionel Kitpu'se Pinn
(As told by Lionel Kitpu’se Pinn © 2005) As a child I recall vividly my dear Nana, Lucy Marie Charles, sharing stories of our Mi’kmaq heritage. Some stories stood above others. One in particular had to do with the origins of our Mi’kmaq people. The...
8/2/14
BY:
Tony West
The right to vote – the right to choose who will speak and act in our names – is a right that is, to paraphrase one American President, the foundation on which the temple of liberty is built. It is a right that protects all other rights.  In the...
8/1/14
BY:
Raphael Levi Caleb
The flood of undocumented Latin American immigrants crossing into the US cannot be assailed on moral grounds. The term "Hispanic" is a classic misnomer. It distorts reality and vaporizes the entitlement of the native population. Hispanics are not...
7/31/14
BY:
Erik Stegman
“Our cheerleaders dressed up one of our own [students] in a Halloween ‘Pokehottie’ costume and tied her to a stake after dragging her out on the field in shackles against her will. They proceeded to dance around her, acting as if they were beating...
7/30/14
BY:
David Wilkins
On July 2, the tribal council of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde held a special meeting to allow their citizens an opportunity to testify for or against a proposed emergency enrollment ordinance whereby the Council sought to delegate its...
7/30/14
BY:
Paul Moorehead
Eighty years ago last month, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Wheeler-Howard Act aka the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA), devised and championed by then-Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier. In a February 1934 memorandum...
7/29/14
BY:
Senator Mark Begich
Most Americans know of the broken treaties that scar the history of the United States’ treatment of its First Peoples. Many do not know of more recent broken promises. For years, the federal government systematically breached its contracts with...

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