Opinions

5/16/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
There's an old saying, "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." It means the law applies whether or not you know the law exists. It's based on the idea that you have an obligation to know the law, and assumes that the law makes itself known. But how...
5/14/13
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
A thousand people were asked in April if the Washington NFL franchise should change its name and (shocker) 79 percent said no. Respondents were mostly white (65 percent), middle-aged (55 percent, 30-64), conservative to moderate (70 percent) pro...
5/13/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Tony Hillerman used to say there’s more cultural distance between city folk and country folk than between non-Indians and Indians. Whether he was right or wrong, the categories overlap substantially. Most Indians, in the 21st century, remain country...
5/12/13
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
“The American Indian is of the soil . . . He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings.  He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged...
5/10/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The Cold War was described as a "balance of terror" maintained by the opposing nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union. Each side had enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy not just the other side, but all of the world's...
5/8/13
BY:
Dr. Leo Killsback
The majority of mainstream Americans know little to nothing of the violent and unjust history of the colonization of Native America. Anytime such truth is revealed to the public on the big screens, it should be done fairly since these are rare...
5/8/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Anthropology has from the beginning been influenced and dominated by European males. They set the criteria of hierarchically ordered level descriptions, giving themselves the power to dictate the boundaries of group membership by defining race in...
5/7/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Welcome to the laboratory-rat cage, folks. We’re all being experimented on by Monsanto and the federal government. In April, President Barack Obama signed HR 933 into law. While this appropriations bill was fairly standard, a biotech rider included...
5/6/13
BY:
Steve Russell
The mythical narrative taught by the colonists is that progress is an inevitable march in one direction. In the debate over the Texas annexation treaty, the colonial narrative acquired the majestic title of “Manifest Destiny,” taken to mean that the...
5/5/13
BY:
Charles Kader
The uneven progress associated with fossil fuel pipeline projects on Turtle Island has taken on international dimensions recently. Eminent domain protests and leaking piped networks now routinely are in the news. Three-dimensional terrain mapping...
5/4/13
BY:
Walter Lamar
“Take only what you need and use everything you take,” my dad would say as we hunted game in the woods or walked the riverbank casting a line. He explained that our way has always been to be careful custodians of the gifts bestowed by the Creator....
5/3/13
BY:
Donna Ennis
The National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence presented its final report and recommendations to Attorney General Eric Holder in December 2012. Recently, Holder outlined the initial steps to implement the recommendations of the department’s...
5/2/13
BY:
Ann Zenor
It’s always very interesting to see how people react when I tell them my company provides hourly childcare in resorts, spas and casinos. Their expression is at first quizzical, followed by an incredulous tilt of the head and then chased by a set of...
5/1/13
BY:
LaDonna Harris
I am outraged by Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. As a lifelong civil rights activist, I remember the struggle to pass the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978 and the reasons it is still so badly needed to protect our families...

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