Opinions

3/22/16
BY:
Myron Running Wolf
Following Hollywood ’s example, the #OscarsSoWhite movement erased living Native Americans from our society. Throughout all of The Academy Awards controversy, American Indians were nowhere to be found. Indians simply didn’t matter. It’s only been a...
3/21/16
BY:
Steve Russell
History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme. The remark above is attributed to Mark Twain without any evidence. Who said it remains a mystery, but we are living it in the 2016 elections. The first time we saw this movie was in the election of...
3/20/16
BY:
Harold Monteau
"Super delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don't have to be in a position where they are running against grass-roots activists” Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee (CNN) What...
3/19/16
BY:
Willow Tomeo
As a Yakima-registered Colville who grew up in Spokane, and now going to the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, my perspective is that Bernie has throughout his 40-year career always defended civil rights for all people of color. He...
3/18/16
BY:
Steve Russell
It’s time to see if our heads can stretch around President Trump and his head can shrink enough to enter the White House and trade the Trump Jet for Air Force One. After adjusting to his diminished status, Trump is a mystery. We don’t know what...
3/17/16
BY:
Steve Russell
Democracy is not a spectator sport. If you don’t have time to run your political party or your government, that will not stop them from claiming they represent you when they do stuff that makes you cringe or picks your pocket. I have no patience for...
3/16/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
Enter J.K. Rowling: a well-meaning white lady whose work, “History of Magic in North America,” debuted with some criticism concerning its depiction of Native Americans. The work was reductive, alluding to Natives as ‘generally welcoming and...
3/15/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The March 3, 2016 murder of Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras reminded me of John Bodley’s book Victims of Progress (1982). “It is generally recognized,” writes Bodley, “that tribal people are being drastically affected by civilization and...
3/14/16
BY:
Harold Monteau
The entitlement of Native Americans to benefits and services from the United States, as trustee for Indian Persons and Indian Tribes, cannot be terminated without due process of law on the part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The fiduciary...
3/13/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Excitement erupted when Leonardo DiCaprio referred to Indigenous Peoples, climate change, and the politics of greed in his Oscars acceptance speech for 2016 "Best Actor." Here was a media celebrity puncturing the cocoon of Hollywood self-...
3/12/16
BY:
Mike Myers
You know how as we all go through life we have those a-ha moments, or epiphanies or revelations, whatever you want to call it. I had one the other day as my wife was reading me an excerpt from the book “Braiding Sweetgrass – Indigenous Wisdom,...
3/11/16
BY:
Dave Archambault Sr.
Black Elk said that perhaps there is a root of the Sacred Tree that still lives. He said, “ If there is, then we should nourish it so that it will fill with singing birds! ” He proclaimed this in 1953 in the twilight of his life. How prophetic his...
3/10/16
BY:
Andre Cramblit
February 21 was International Mother Language Day. It is a day to celebrate the diversity of the world’s languages and to support each other in the battle to retain this most important part of who we are. All Natives should take time everyday to...
3/9/16
BY:
Jennifer Falcon
March 12 marks the 44th Anniversary of an important part of the Indian Civil Rights Movement, when 12 Indian employees at the Bureau of Indians Affairs’ Plant Management Engineering Center filed a formal complaint against the bureau stating...

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