Opinions

1/20/13
BY:
Darlene L. Barnes
On November 28, 2012, Indian Country Today Media Network published this article on the diabetes problem in the Native American community. The article provides compelling perspective on a serious problem and shares with us staggering national...
1/19/13
BY:
Bryan Newland
Sunday officially marks the conclusion of President Obama’s first term in office—as well as the beginning of his second term. And with the recent announcement that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will be stepping down soon, it is a good time...
1/18/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
People say "history" is stories about the past, events before our time, considered to be "over and done with." This ignores the continuing effects of past events, the ways history is operative in the present. French scholar Michel Foucault (1926-...
1/17/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
If ever a concept grabbed hold of hearts and minds in Indian country in the past couple decades surely it would be that of sovereignty. Native people talk about it with reverence, demanding that it be respected by the federal government, and expect...
1/16/13
BY:
Charles Kader
A recent study by the economist John Dunham on behalf of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) attempted to show that untaxed packs of cigarettes were acquired on a one to one basis for every taxable pack of cigarettes purchased by...
1/14/13
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
  All major Native American organizations have called for the Washington pro football franchise to end its team’s despicable name. Why? Because it’s a racial slur and—no matter how many millions it spends trying to sanitize it and silence Native...
1/13/13
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Tom Kanatakeniate Cook
Media coverage of Crow Butte Resources' uranium mining near Crawford, Nebraska, has been remarkably incomplete. In deference to the multimillion-dollar operation, coverage has focused on all the positives generated for the state, company, workers,...
1/12/13
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Johnny Rustywire
It was an old building; the buildings there were all old. Built in the early 1900s, they were red brick. Some would say they were Victorian. This was a three-story building, big and square with peaked roofs from those early days. This was an Indian...
1/11/13
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Chelsea Vowel
"Canada is a test case for a grand notion — the notion that dissimilar peoples can share lands, resources, power and dreams while respecting and sustaining their differences. The story of Canada is the story of many such peoples, trying and failing...
1/10/13
BY:
Chris Mato Nunpa
On Friday, December 14, 2012, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution titled “The Year of the Dakota: Remembering, Honoring and Truth-Telling,” which year began on December 26, 2012 through December 26, 2013. The Resolution contained such...
1/9/13
BY:
Mark Charles
Reconciliation is never easy, which is why it doesn't happen very often. Reconciliation is not something that can be checked off of a list. It is not a single event encapsulated in a moment of time. Reconciliation begins with a conversation and ends...
1/8/13
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Sen. Max Baucus
As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes, health care, trade, and Social Security, I’m in a unique position to help introduce and pass legislation that directly affects families across the nation. As the senior...
1/7/13
BY:
Donna Ennis
I was asked this question recently: “What would be different if Christopher Columbus hadn’t found us in 1492?”  What if we hadn’t suffered 520 years of genocide, ethnocide, linguicide, occupation and oppression? It is hard to imagine a life without...
1/7/13
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
There was a small white envelope waiting for me when I got home.  It was a subpoena, and it said be at the Federal Court Building at 8 a.m. and don't be late or else bad things will happen. So, I went. Trying to catch up on some things, I worked...

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