Opinions

9/8/14
BY:
DaShanne Stokes
Congressional authority over Native nations has always been held to rest on the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Clause (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3) claims that Congress has the power “to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and...
9/7/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Back in 2013, The New York Times carried a major report on a minor bust. Police nailed Nelson Urena, 50, from whom they seized 38 numbers slips and $1,924 in cash, and Felicita Guillen, 74, who coughed up 60 more slips and $113. Topping off this two...
9/6/14
BY:
Chris Bethmann
I remember a friend saying to me once, “Chris, you’re not a real Indian. And if you are, you’re the whitest Indian I know.” At the time, I shrugged it off, thinking to myself that he just didn’t understand the complex world of Native American...
9/5/14
BY:
Michael Gross
A new front is opening in the turf war over Indian self-determination: Who controls Indian education—distant Federal bureaucrats or Indian communities attuned to their own children’s needs? On the last day of July this year at an airport hotel in...
9/4/14
BY:
Mike Johanns
An imprisoned Native American chief, an unlikely cadre of Nebraskans and a harrowing journey led to one of America’s earliest civil rights victories 135 years ago. In an Omaha court room, Ponca Chief Standing Bear argued that Native Americans are...
9/3/14
BY:
Paulette Steeves
Recently in social media circles and general literature writers have discussed the unsupported claims of the Clovis First hypothesis of initial human migrations to the Western Hemisphere. This is an important discussion on the ancient history of...
9/2/14
BY:
DaShanne Stokes
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on August 20 is something for members of state-recognized tribes to celebrate. In the ruling, the Court found that the U.S. government had failed to prove that denying Robert Soto, a member of the state-...
9/1/14
BY:
Jennie Stockle
Cherokee Nation citizens had a set plan for our Cherokee National Holiday weekend. Plans that would be later interrupted by some college students from Oklahoma State University holding up an offensive sign. This weekend commemorated the 175th...
9/1/14
BY:
Walter Lamar
While a patchwork of state laws have given marijuana quasi-legal status in 24 states, status on many tribal lands remains prohibited, or at best uncertain. Many tribes are content to adhere to federal prohibitions, but in PL 83-280 states (notably...
8/31/14
BY:
John Christian Hopkins
I can close my eyes and remember the day my friend died. I was sitting in the kitchen on the stairs that led to the second floor. It was on the fourth step, where I always sat because it had a large window to my left.  It was a hot summer day....
8/31/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
Rats on the platform. Tough guys with tattoos quiver, juke, shriek. Moments later, they're tough again. Dates guffaw. "You're a bitch," one says. "Screw you!" he shouts. "I just don't like them." .... The coward. He leans to vomit on the rails;...
8/30/14
BY:
Jennie Stockle
Wow, we have been getting lots of requests for membership in EONM (Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry) as a result of our increased visibility through Social Media and as a coordinated effort to do just what our name says, eradicate offensive...
8/29/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Susan Shown Harjo's June 23 article in Politico, “The R-Word Is Even Worse Than You Think,” regarding the issue of the Washington, D.C. NFL team, was excellent. Yet, I wonder why the controversy is not generally connected and related to ‘the big...
8/28/14
BY:
Rudolph C. Ryser
Let us stipulate from the very outset that international states own, control and regulate an institution called the United Nations. It is their organization and they can do with it what ever they chose. Fourth World nations are not members of the UN...

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