Opinions

2/26/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
News of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing on February 15 made me think of the brief conversation that I had with him at the University of San Diego (USD) on August 30, 2006. His talk that evening that was hosted by the USD School...
2/25/16
BY:
Melissa Smith
I could tell you that with Act 169 in Wisconsin, many stakeholders, including the tribes and environmental advocacy voices were removed from any sort of decision-making process. The science committee was disbanded and tribal and university...
2/25/16
BY:
Mike Myers
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has gotten around to taking a look at the state of Indigenous health in what is now the Great Plains Region. This is five years after the release of the Dorgan Report that roundly condemned the deplorable...
2/24/16
BY:
Jennifer Falcon
Famed feminist Gloria Steinem recently called out women who supported presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, suggesting women who support Senator Sanders are doing so because they are looking to meet men.  But Steinem, a white feminist, may...
2/23/16
BY:
Steve Russell
Cruising to misfortune with another unqualified Texan fanatic at the wheel: Did this country learn nothing from George W. Bush? Ted Cruz’s willingness to say anything to get elected has spawned an ad aimed at Nevada that ought to alarm the country...
2/23/16
BY:
Harold Monteau
I am greatly disappointed by the actions of the Democratic National Committee of late. The DNC is not supposed to be a Super Pac for one candidate. But they sure have been one sided in support of the establishment candidate. I guess we can’t be...
2/22/16
BY:
Alice Kehoe
In a column written for Indian Country Today Media Network, Alvin Manitopyes commented on the film, The Revenant. He concluded on a very false note: that First Nations “women were perceived as property.” Quite the contrary! Fur trade and treaty...
2/21/16
BY:
Loris Taylor, Matthew Rantanen & Susan Feller
In a February 2, 2016 press release, Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai called the continuation of Tribal Lifeline subsidies in Oklahoma a “legal scandal” and a “bloated tax payer subsidy.” The Universal Service Fund is not tax based, but...
2/20/16
BY:
Harlan McKosato
Where do we gain our moral conscious? Where do we acquire our moral guide? I bring these questions up to ask two other questions: Why are so many Native people still absorbed with colonization and decolonization in 2016? How do we ensure that our...
2/19/16
BY:
Col. Paul Cook & Gerald Howard
The welfare program tailored to tribal governments—Tribal TANF—is a critical tool to address the disproportionate poverty in Indian Country. However convoluted federal rules limit the positive impacts of this program by forcing tribal governments to...
2/18/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia raised the temperature of ongoing electoral campaigns, increased the intensity of Congressional gridlock, and left the court itself in a precarious balance. What, if anything, it means for...
2/17/16
BY:
David Wilkins
Justice Antonia Scalia was one of the most rabidly anti-Native justices—closely aligned with former Chief Justice William Rehnquist—ever to serve on the High Court. His passing creates a vacancy on the influential court that will have lasting...
2/17/16
BY:
Steve Russell
If Vine Deloria, Jr. was correct when he claimed Indians vote for crooks and white people vote for morons, then Hillary Clinton should have the Indian vote nailed. She is not a crook in the hands-in-the-till sense, but the ambient corruption level...
2/16/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On November 25, 2015, the Holy See (‘the Vatican’) appeared before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Responding to an intervention on the doctrine of discovery by the Apache-Ndee-Nee Working Group, CERD...

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