Opinions

4/19/13
BY:
Steve Russell
The Supreme Court of the United States allows no cameras to record oral arguments, but they have allowed audio recordings. Wide access to the remarks of the Justices (excepting Justice Clarence Thomas, who is customarily silent) has combined with...
4/18/13
BY:
Jamie Fullmer
The potential impacts of Internet gaming legalization was a major topic at last month’s National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) convention. Another critical topic, not surprisingly, was economic diversification and Tribes’ ability to pursue and...
4/18/13
BY:
Jessica Thornton
Keesta had thrown the harpoon, and the whale had accepted it, had grabbed and held onto the harpoon according to the agreement they had made through prayers and petitions. Harmony prevailed, whale and whaler were one. (Umeek, Richard Atleo as quoted...
4/17/13
BY:
Lisa Jones
Recently, in a photo essay entitled, “Here's what life is like on the notorious Wind River Indian Reservation,” the online Business Insider gave a tour of the sprawling central Wyoming home of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The...
4/16/13
BY:
John Echohawk, Jacqueline Pata, Terry Cross
On Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. The facts of the case are straightforward: A South Carolina couple is seeking to force Dusten Brown, an Iraq war veteran and member of the Cherokee Tribe,...
4/16/13
BY:
Jacqueline Pata
The mainstream media has continued to make repeated factual errors when reporting on the high profile Supreme Court custody case involving a Native American father and his daughter. The latest are today’s Washington Post and New York Times editorial...
4/16/13
BY:
Bill John Baker
Every Cherokee Nation citizen deserves a long and healthy life. I believe that means access to quality health care, and as Principal Chief, I made a commitment to our people to address this critical issue. Last year, we increased the percentage of...
4/15/13
BY:
Charles Kader
Sovereignty is a word with many meanings. Because it is a Latin word in origination, adapted by the French language, there may be several definitions. The adaptation by Onkwehonweh (Original People) of the use of this word most often relates to a...
4/14/13
BY:
Paul Udstrand
Every once in a while a really nice example of institutional racism emerges from the corporate media and gives us a chance to expose unexamined assumptions that make truth impossible.  The March 30 New York Times carried a front page article about...
4/12/13
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Larry Spotted Crown Mann
Virtually everything written about Natives in colonial New England is viewed through an ethnocentric lens of the master narrative. Further it is structured by a religious zeal which proclaims their god given right of manifest destiny to “rid the...
4/11/13
BY:
Milford Wayne Donaldson
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has a good deal of recent news that is of particular importance to Indian country and that I would like to share with you. At its recent winter business meeting on March 1, the ACHP became the...
4/10/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Néret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou, a Parisian auction house that I’m sure perceives itself as catering to only the “best people,” is about to auction off cultural patrimony looted from the Hopi Nation. Auctioneer Gilles Néret-Minet dismissed Hopi...
4/9/13
BY:
C. Timothy McKeown
On Friday, April 12, Néret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou in Paris is scheduled to auction 70 Native American masks dating between 1880 and 1940. The auction catalogue describes each mask, provides a photograph, details the materials used in its...
4/8/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Pope Francis—Jorge Mario Bergoglio—is 76 years old. He is the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit pope, and the first pope of our time not born in Europe. He is from Argentina, a region of the world colonized by the Spanish crown in the...

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