Opinions

3/21/15
BY:
Melvin Lee Houston
We, as Dakota people, have a shared history of exile, pain and grief. Since 1862, we have been working individually and collectively to recover from that pain and renew our beautiful way of life. This is challenging work. Many divisions were created...
3/20/15
BY:
David Wilkins
In 1854, Chief Seattle spoke to a group of early settlers. “Your dead cease to love you and the land of their nativity as soon as they pass the portals of the tomb and wander away beyond the stars,” he said. “They are soon forgotten and never return...
3/19/15
BY:
Rinku Sin
The conversation on race in our country is changing. Once a subject left to be discussed by civil rights leaders, organizers and a few non-profits, race is now a topic for many. Names like Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and so many...
3/19/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was the latest foreign leader to address a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress on March 3, 2015. The purpose of his visit was to oppose negotiations between the United States and Iran regarding Iran's...
3/18/15
BY:
Winona LaDuke
Let me just say I am a fan of the Irish. Not a lick Irish, but I love the Irish, their music, their tragic sense of humor, resilience—and their food. Well maybe not the food, and I’m not much of a drinker, so not even a Guinness. But what I will...
3/18/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some people may consider my many columns about domination to be an exercise in hyperbole. However, my views on the subject are a direct consequence of having long ago noticed an underlying pattern of domination in the Latin and English language...
3/17/15
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Native Nations predate the existence of the United States of America by thousands of years. Colonists and foreign principalities alike acknowledged our sovereign status when they entered into treaties with tribes. The federal government alone signed...
3/16/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in the federal court appeal of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision to cancel the trademark protection of Dan Snyder’s Redskins team name for...
3/16/15
BY:
Andre Cramblit
Let me start by saving I am not a physician. Anything I’ve written in this or my previous column about my bariatric weight loss surgery (WLS) is purely from my personal experience and/or research. I am not giving any professional or medical advice...
3/15/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1974, Ralph A. Barney, Chief of the Indian Claims Section, Lands Division, in the U.S. Department of Justice, explained the concept of title that the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) had used in its work from 1946-1978. He began by mentioning “...
3/14/15
BY:
Harlan McKosato
Some of my fondest memories attending the University of Oklahoma were whipping up on frat boys on the intramural football fields and basketball courts in the mid-to-late 1980s. They couldn’t stand me. I was their antithesis. I was a brash and...
3/13/15
BY:
Charles Kader
The sports-related biography, “Warrior in the Ring: The Life of Marvin Camel, Native American world champion boxer,” authored by Brian D’Ambrosio, has now been released by Riverbend Publishing of Montana. Marvin Camel, champion boxer, is a member of...
3/12/15
BY:
JoDe L. Goudy
The Yakama Nation takes the welfare of our children seriously and we are committed to making decisions in the best interests of our members. A number of issues have been reported regarding the care of Desi Elwell, a minor tribal member currently...
3/12/15
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
In 1968, Vine Deloria, Jr. opened his famous American Indian manifesto, “Custer Died for Your Sins” with a chapter titled, “Indians Today, the Real and the Unreal.” In it he said, “People can tell just by looking at us what we want, what should be...

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