Opinions

5/22/14
BY:
Mel Sheldon
Recently, my time serving the Tulalip Tribal Council has come to a close. Change is inevitable and change is good, and the Tulalip Tribes will embrace new leadership. At the same time, so many important things happened during my 15 years of time on...
5/15/14
BY:
Jennie Stockle
In 2011 Mary Fallin assumed office as Governor of the Oklahoma and, like it or not, the events that have followed exemplify some of the worst atrocities against Native Americans in any recent memory. One of the first things that got axed by the...
5/21/14
BY:
Cedric Sunray
“NCAI condemns Donald Sterling’s appalling comments regarding African Americans. There is no place in modern society for that kind of hatred and discrimination. We also want to applaud the many athletes, sportscasters, corporations, and individuals...
5/20/14
BY:
Geoff Strommer
The Department of the Interior recently proposed to amend the Department’s land-into-trust regulations, found at 25 C.F.R. Part 151, that currently exclude from the scope of the regulations, with one exception (Metlakatla), land acquisitions in...
5/19/14
BY:
Tex Hall
It has been a year and a half since the federal courts finally gave the go ahead to the Garden City Group to distribute the $3.4 billion Cobell Settlement to American Indian and Alaska Natives who were wronged by the United States failure to live up...
5/18/14
BY:
Steve Pavlik
The world changed forever with the passing of Billy Frank, Jr. Billy was a human rights activist, fearless defender of tribal sovereignty and fishing rights, and environmental champion who spoke not only for his beloved salmon but for all natural...
5/18/14
BY:
Laura Waterman Wittstock
The early 1970s were a turbulent time for just about everybody in Indian country. The FBI was busy listening in on presumed malfeasance. The tribal chairmen were trying to make sense of what was becoming a broader divide among their citizens who...
5/16/14
BY:
David E. Wilkins
In 1851 an exasperated Hugh Swinton Legare, the U.S. Attorney General, said "There is nothing in the whole compass of our laws so anomalous, so hard to bring within any precise definition, or any logical and scientific arrangement of principles, as...
5/15/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
It was midnight, and I decided to sacrifice some virgins. “Why not?” I shouted. “What’s the point of being found guilty of a crime if you don’t even get to enjoy committing the thing?” “What’d you say?” he said. “Never mind,” I blistered. “Keep...
5/14/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
When people these days discuss the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they have no idea that 70 years ago, just before the end of World War II, such a document was already being envisioned. What was being focused on...
5/13/14
BY:
Adrian Jawort
The most sacred document wherein the U.S. celebrates its Fourth of July holiday, the Declaration of Independence, is known for having some of the most revolutionary words in history in regards to the equality of men who at the time had been forever...
5/12/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Every now and then, somebody asks me why I share space in my weekly column, "How Did I Miss That?," with my Republican cousin Ray Sixkiller. I’ll give the answer I always give before moving into the subject of this column, which is pretty much the...
5/11/14
BY:
Jeffrey Ian Ross
Like an argument around the family dinner table, it's a national debate that seems to never end: Is it fair, nice, intolerant, insulting, or irrelevant to continue to use American Indian names in our sports teams?. Or worse are we all racists...
5/10/14
BY:
Peter d’Errico
Many critics of a certain football team's use of the "R" word concede that there is no "free speech" issue. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), harsh critic of the team's name—calling it a "vile name"—maintains its equally staunch...

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