Opinions

8/10/14
BY:
Andre Cramblit
These rules are my reflections after having worked for nearly 30 years in American Indian education at all levels (parent, teachers aid, bus driver, high school teacher, education specialist, consultant, head start teacher and director, college...
8/10/14
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Carla Mann
Last month I visited Washington, D.C. with Laird Jones, Vice President of the National Johnson-O’Malley Association (NJOMA), for a series of meetings with Members of Congress, White House Domestic Policy Staff, and the Bureau of Indian Education (...
8/9/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry (Herald Press) offers an extraordinary challenge to the torturous history and continuing damage of Christian colonialism in North America. The editor, Steve Heinrichs, Director of Indigenous Relations for the Mennonite...
8/8/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
I've been hesitant to write about the tragic death of Eric Garner. For those who do not follow New York City news, Mr. Garner was allegedly observed to be selling loose cigarettes (aka "loosies") on a street corner in Staten Island on July 17th of...
8/8/14
BY:
Vincent Schilling
The Washington Redskins... There, I said it. Those three words alone will probably generate a slew of debates all over social media once this article hits the internet waves. In my opinion, that’s as it should be. I am Akwesasne Mohawk, I am an...
8/8/14
BY:
Donna Ennis
I have a message for all of you “stoners” in our Native community; there is nothing “traditional” about using a natural herb found in our environment if your method of using it is smoking the herb for recreational purposes. The pot-smoking...
8/7/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On August 3, 2014, Dr. Rudy Ryser, Chairman of the Center for World Indigenous Studies, published a response to my recent column “Some Questions Regarding the UN High Level Plenary Meeting.” He said that my column “reflects the view” that “the World...
8/7/14
BY:
Don Gentry
From time immemorial, salmon, steelhead and other fish runs have sustained the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin Paiute members of the Klamath Tribes. It has been more than 100 years, however, since our tribal members have seen salmon and steelhead...
8/6/14
BY:
Andre Cramblit
The Salmon and Klamath rivers are the cores of Karuk geography; our most sacred site is near the confluence of the two rivers at the village of Katiimeen. Our name is actually Karuk Vaaraar, meaning “upriver people.” The natural environment, the...
8/5/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
The proposed bipartisan deal to allocate $17 billion  to the VA to address patient access is a good start. I have to acknowledge the work of Senator Sanders and Representative Miller to bring a solution from a severely divided Congress. The fact...
8/4/14
BY:
Ted Quasula
Dear Attorney General Holder: I know I speak for many Native American law enforcement professionals in thanking you for your recent public stance on the Washington pro football team’s use of “redskins.” You have joined the ranks of President Obama,...
8/3/14
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Rudolph C. Ryser
This column is a reply to Steven Newcomb’s “Some Questions Regarding the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting." Steven Newcomb’s essay on the UN High-Level Plenary Session called the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples—that will convene in New York City...
8/3/14
BY:
Lionel Kitpu'se Pinn
(As told by Lionel Kitpu’se Pinn © 2005) As a child I recall vividly my dear Nana, Lucy Marie Charles, sharing stories of our Mi’kmaq heritage. Some stories stood above others. One in particular had to do with the origins of our Mi’kmaq people. The...
8/2/14
BY:
Tony West
The right to vote – the right to choose who will speak and act in our names – is a right that is, to paraphrase one American President, the foundation on which the temple of liberty is built. It is a right that protects all other rights.  In the...

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