Opinions

7/9/14
BY:
Peter d’Errico
The Canadian Supreme Court recently elaborated legal rules affecting non-Aboriginal encroachment on Native lands. The unanimous decision, Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, affirmed a Tsilhqot’in challenge to a British Columbia provincial...
7/8/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Sixteen months ago, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) issued a “Tribal Leaders’ White Paper.” Dated February 28, 2013, the paper was drafted in preparation for the March 1-2 2013 North American Indian Peoples Caucus gathering at the...
7/7/14
BY:
T Robert Przeklasa
President Obama made headlines this past Friday with his “first” trip to an Indian reservation as president. Indian Country Today noted that his “trip to Standing Rock [was] the first visit to an Indian reservation by a President since Bill Clinton...
7/6/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Chris Stevens was everything we should want an ambassador to be, and by “we” I mean both tribal governments and colonial governments. I am quick to credit his Chinook ancestry, but it strikes me that it’s just as important that he claimed to be...
7/5/14
BY:
John Christian Hopkins
I remember the first time I had to act like a father. My fiancé—and eventual first ex-wife—worked a couple of nights a week and needed a babysitter. I had lots of experience around kids (my sister has seven), so I figured how hard can it be, right?...
7/4/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Black Indians are constantly confronted with the fact that they do not fit any of society's stereotypes for Native Americans. Those stereotypes are imposed by both whites and sadly, other Indians. This lack of understanding of another nation’s...
7/3/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
The title is paraphrased from a comic bit from the legendary Paul Mooney. He actually said "Everyone wants to be Black but, no one wants to be Black." By that he meant that people from other cultures like to take bits and pieces from Black culture...
7/2/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Imagine a couple of novels that contain a deep discernment that our existence as Original Nations and Peoples extends back to the beginning of time, through our oral histories and our oral traditions. Imagine the novels are written with heart, and...
7/1/14
BY:
Jean Reith Schroedel
Every country has founding myths. The most powerful of these stories suggest a people are particularly blessed by God. In the United States, we too have these stories, but building a common national identity is more difficult because we are a nation...
6/30/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Whatever you think of the accomplishments of the American Indian Movement, Indian-on-Indian violence is a lasting stain on the organization. It was not good for health or longevity to be “bad-jacketed,” talked about as a “snitch.” In the end, AIM’s...
6/30/14
BY:
Stanley Heller
Dan Snyder has said he won’t change the racist name of the Washington football team. One thing that could help change his mind is a campaign to get the Washington Post and all media to refuse to mention the team or its activities. If there were no...
6/29/14
BY:
Walter Lamar
The Albuquerque Metropolitan detention center and the nearby Sandoval County detention center recently enacted new bans on crayon drawings, greeting cards and stamps in an effort to stem the tide of Suboxone, the brand name for the opiate substitute...
6/28/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
To say that the Black Hills (Kȟe Sapa) hold special significance for the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation) is an understatement. They’re not only our traditional homelands, where our ancestors once lived, they’re sacred. The Black Hills are the...
6/28/14
BY:
Michael Willis & John T. Plata
On June 3, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Procedure 2014-35, Application of the General Welfare Exclusion to Indian Tribal Government Programs That Provide Benefits to Tribal Members. The application of the general welfare...

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