Opinions

5/22/16
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Harold Monteau
In the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12, the Court was asked to resolve the question of whether “Metis” (Mixed Bloods) and “Non-Status Indians” were Indians under the...
5/21/16
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Roger Birdbear
The problems within the Indian Health Service (IHS) are well known. The Senate Special Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing in February on the problems facing IHS, and have posted a video of the hearing, available on the Committee’s website....
5/20/16
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Barbara Malteze

I am a direct descendant of one of the foremost leaders in the Suffragette Movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who worked alongside Susan B. Anthony to achieve the right to vote for women. I am absolutely certain if either Elizabeth, Susan, or any of...
5/19/16
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LaDonna Harris & Samuel Fred Goodhope
I have been working on political revolution since 1968 when I campaigned for Hubert Humphrey. I have always supported presidential candidates who share my values, like Fred Harris, Jesse Jackson, Barry Commoner, Howard Dean and Barack Obama. At the...
5/19/16
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Steve Russell
Any pundit or professor or poobah or peon who tells you the 2016 presidential election is a done deal needs his or her head examined. In the Federalist Papers, the Founders warned about the evils of “factions” but all revolutions have had factions...
5/18/16
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David Lewis
American history consists of history written primarily from the perspectives of white American historians. This is the truth that many Natives live with regularly. As a researcher and scholar I encounter this situation on a daily basis. The main...
5/17/16
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Mathew Nahdee
My generation’s destiny is to bring about the death of colonization, neo-colonialism, and any other forms of systemic government oppression. For centuries, our people have been oppressed by the federal governments of North America. With a lack...
5/16/16
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Steven Newcomb
How are we to accurately interpret the word “reconciliation in the title of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada? One way to address that question is by asking ourselves, “What do the words reconcile, submit, submission, and...
5/15/16
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Cynthia Coleman Emery
The US Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a lower court ruling that will, in effect, allow ancient bones to be returned to American Indians in California. The judgment means a landmark legal decision recognizes the authority of Native tribes...
5/14/16
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David Shorter
In 2002, I began working on my first website that would feature ethnographic and self-representations of the Yoeme people in northwest Mexico. I had worked with family members in various Yoeme pueblos since 1992 and I finished my doctoral...
5/13/16
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Steven Newcomb
Jody Wilson is the former Education Program Manager for the “San Salvador” build site of the San Diego Maritime Museum. She recently found on the Internet a 2014 proposal to build a statue to honor the Spanish conquistador Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. The...
5/12/16
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Gabriel S. Galanda
Congress passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (“Act”)in 1935 to “promote the economic welfare” of Indians “through the development of Indian arts and crafts and the expansion of the market for the products of Indian art and craftsmanship.” The Act...
5/11/16
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David Wilkins
“Dependence is a marker of childhood; independence is the mark of adolescence; and interdependence is the mark of adulthood.” — Larry Alberts I teach native politics, treaties, and federal Indian law at the University of Minnesota. In my current...
5/10/16
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Doreen Wonda Johnson
When I was first elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, I was proud to have earned the support of my people of House District 5 in McKinley & San Juan Counties to represent their voice in the Roundhouse. And as a Navajo woman, I...

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