Opinions

10/22/13
BY:
Talisa Reeve
To Whom it may concern, I hope this letter finds you well, and you may do with it as you please. There has been a lot of press in various news outlets about the term “Redskins” and many debates about whether the name should still be used because of...
10/21/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Duane Champagne’s recent article on violence and poverty in Indian country is, sadly, a stark reminder that in the big picture not much has really changed for America’s first peoples. These are indicators of suffering; to be born Indian is to be...
10/20/13
BY:
Crystal Willcuts Cole
Perhaps all of the recent anger and unrest in the world means humanity is moving towards something better. Perhaps these are birth pains pushing us towards light. The abolition of slavery, the defeat of Hitler, the Civil Rights Movement, while...
10/19/13
BY:
Jane Daugherty
A harshly worded letter criticizing a federal crackdown on online lenders who serve “tens of millions of low-income Americans” likely will land on the desks of Attorney General Eric Holder and Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the Federal Deposit...
10/18/13
BY:
John T. Plata
In 2012 Congress enacted the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (HEARTH) Act amendments to the Indian Long-Term Leasing Act. This Act provides authority for Indian tribes to lease tribal trust lands directly pursuant to...
10/17/13
BY:
Jesse Witten & Paul Moorehead
Is the tide turning in the effort to bring about a change in the name of the Washington NFL Team? In a remarkable interview earlier this month, President Obama stated that those pressing for a change had raised “legitimate concerns” and that he...
10/16/13
BY:
George Tiger
Dear Tribal Leader: Several months ago a letter referencing the desecration of Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground) was sent out by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians that was full of misinformation and distorted facts. Although some time has passed since you...
10/16/13
BY:
Dave Lundgren
As a long-time Tribal attorney who has for years fought racism leveled against Tribes and individuals by various external groups and institutions of state, local and federal agencies, I was shocked to have to confront racist ideals voluntarily...
10/15/13
BY:
Lance Morgan & Gabriel S. Galanda
The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) has provided a vital spark to infrastructure and economic development projects across Indian country. Momentum has been building over the past several years but because of recent federal agency actions, and now tax-...
10/14/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
As dawn broke over the Atlantic on October 12, 1492, a perilous ten-week journey across a timeless ocean gave way to encounters and events that would dramatically shape the course of history, and be forever regarded by Europeans as the “discovery”...
10/14/13
BY:
Ernest L. Stevens Jr. & Kevin Leecy
As the chairman and vice chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, we offer this Columbus Day message on behalf of the 184 tribes that form our organization. Throughout this great and diverse Nation, there are certain holidays that carry...
10/14/13
BY:
Ray Cook, Opinions Editor
Sadotturday I was made to remember what it is like to celebrate a holiday that has nothing to do with me. Columbus Day in the U.S. and Thanksgiving in Canada. I did not like that, but what Indians (Indio Indians, not sub-continent Indians) think...
10/14/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On July 8, 1970, President Richard Nixon delivered a “Special Message on Indian Affairs,” in which he formally ended what he called “forced termination.” The Termination Era was the result of several pieces of legislation, including House Concurrent...
10/13/13
BY:
Dot Scott
The recent cases of Baby Veronica and Baby Desaray make me fear for young adoptive children, especially those of color. The similarities of these two cases, including the same adoption agency attorney in both, demand a closer look into these...

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