Opinions

2/26/14
BY:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
The Aleut of King Cove, Alaska want safe, reliable access to medical care – something nearly all other Americans already have and often take for granted. All that is needed is a one-lane, 11-mile dirt road through a corner of a federal wildlife...
2/25/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Arizona is at it again, and “it” goes back to when Arizona was a territory rather than a state. The New York Times reported on October 12, 1885 about a proposal in New Mexico to reinstate a $250 bounty on Apache scalps, and mentioned that Tombstone...
2/25/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
While President Barack Obama was recently hosting French President Françoise Hollande, they took a tour of Monticello, the slave plantation home of President Thomas Jefferson. After the tour, President Hollande said at one point: “And then President...
2/24/14
BY:
John F. Banzhaf III
The National Football League [NFL] is reportedly about to ban the use of racist and gender-related slurs on the field and elsewhere, even to the point of imposing a 15-yard penalty, or even ejecting a player from the field, for uttering words like "...
2/24/14
BY:
Caleen Sisk
Droughts have long been a part of California’s history, and the Winnemem Wintu have songs about the water trails drying up and our need to pray for them to fill up again. For the Winnemem, it wasn’t necessarily a “drought” if there were long periods...
2/23/14
BY:
Jennifer Denetdale
My ideas about liberation came from my father and my relatives, and are informed by my observations and experiences with my family, Diné community and my readings in feminisms, Native Studies and decolonization. I came to see that Native women...
2/22/14
BY:
Laura Waterman Wittstock
Debbie Dogskin froze to death in Fort Yates, North Dakota on February 4 while housesitting a trailer for a friend. The propane tank that supplied fuel to heat the residence went dry sometime while she was there and she apparently fell asleep, unable...
2/21/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Living in the Dakotas isn’t for everyone, primarily because of the weather. In the summer, it gets hot and sticky. Thunderheads appear on the horizon, hail stones rain down, and tornadoes materialize from on high to rage across the prairie. In the...
2/21/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
I don't know if Woody Allen did it. I'd like to think the four-eyed filmmaker didn't sexually assault the girl, Dylan, but only he knows the truth, and she does, too – and maybe also the fly that was on the wall that fateful day in 1992. But you can...
2/20/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
While we wait for the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the case of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, it is worthwhile to review the history and context of the key issue: i.e., whether tribal sovereign immunity bars a state from suing in federal...
2/19/14
BY:
Adrian Jawort
The mood was festive and spirited on the Crow Nation last year when they signed a deal on Jan. 24, 2013 with Cloud Peak Energy Inc. that sold 1.4 billion tons of coal from beneath their land. As various news outlets were quick to point out, the...
2/18/14
BY:
Sen. Jon Tester
Living in Montana, you’re never too far from Indian country. But I live closer than most. Right down the road from my farm in Big Sandy is the Rocky Boys Reservation, home to the Chippewa-Cree Tribe. Standing up for Indian country is a...
2/17/14
BY:
Coast Salish Sea Tribes and Nations
The Lummi, Swinomish, Suquamish and Tulalip tribes of Washington, and the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Musqueam Nations in British Columbia stand together to protect the Salish Sea. Our Coast Salish governments will not sit idle while Kinder Morgan’...
2/16/14
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
When I first saw P. N. Gruzinsky's 1872 painting, "The mountaineers leave the aul," I was immediately struck by the parallels to a well-known painting of the Trail of Tears depicting members of the Five Civilized Tribes being driven from their...

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