Opinions

3/18/13
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Twila Barnes
Did Markwayne Mullin forget who he is? He is supposed to be a Cherokee man, a warrior, one who protects the women of his nation. Instead, he betrayed American Indian women, including the women of the Cherokee Nation, when he voted against the...
3/17/13
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Steven Newcomb
There are some things we have not very often thought about or reflected upon because we have lacked the vocabulary necessary to name and think about those things. Many of my columns are an effort to name and think about “the usual” in an unusual...
3/16/13
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Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull
Like many Natives and our allies across our Grandmother Earth, Unci Maka, I have joined the Idle No More movement, attending round dance gatherings, praying for Chief Theresa Spence and her supporters, sharing the stories I hear and read and...
3/15/13
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John Christian Hopkins
I never planned to be a failed journalist or a hack writer. Seriously, in my youth, I had big plans that included wealth, women and worldwide fame. Now I’d settle for a Twinkie and a Diet Coke. I’m not one of those quacks that hope to better his or...
3/14/13
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Charles Kader
As an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT), I have been made aware of yet another dilution of scant tribal rights and the absolute failure of treaty parties to live up to the spirit of the agreements made as the absolute law of the...
3/14/13
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Steve Russell
Why care about who heads a fantasy world of wealthy child molesters? We have to. From the time Constantine made Catholicism the state religion of the Roman Empire until the Treaty of Westphalia, the history of Western Europe and Church history were...
Senator Harry Reid
3/13/13
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Senator Harry Reid
March 7 was a momentous day -- President Obama was finally able to sign the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In the two decades since VAWA passed both houses of Congress with strong, bipartisan votes, incidents of domestic violence...
3/13/13
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Jim Enote
In the late 1800s and early 1900s ethnographers, anthropologists, and associates of museums and private collectors were dispatched to Zuni to collect items that represented the ceremonial and ritualistic aspects of our culture. This was no simple...
3/13/13
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Dwanna L. Robertson
“There is no better place for a vibrant Indigenous and Cherokee Studies program than NSU, which serves as a monument to the intellectual history of the Cherokee Nation.” — Wilma P. Mankiller, “Memo to Dr. Don Betz,” January 19, 2010. During the...
3/12/13
BY:
Steve Russell
“The halls of Montezuma,” in the Marine Corps Hymn, refers to the Mexican War, in which the US regularized the border with Texas and acquired by conquest New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado. While we look at the...
3/11/13
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Joe Valandra
I have been thinking about the “Indian Land problems” that continue to swirl around DC. We have the ongoing impacts of the Carcieri and Patchak decisions and the seemingly vexing problem of “reservation shopping.” It was my hope that the shopping...
3/11/13
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Johnny Rustywire
The other day I had lunch with an acquaintance of mine, Cecelia Cuch, a Northern Ute, and a friend of hers. He was an elderly Tewa gentleman from Hopiland. We were at a meeting of tribal people in Las Vegas and had taken some time for lunch and...
3/10/13
BY:
Winona LaDuke
“Yesterday, the devil came here,”. “Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today…” Mr. Chavez said , in 2009 comments at the United Nations. Then Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez made the sign of the cross, brought his hands together...
3/10/13
BY:
Charles Kader
In speaking with a number of social activists recently, I have been noting a widening trend into their statements and what they have been seeing in their own “theatres of operation.” They report witnessing the highest levels of exhibited frustration...

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