Opinions

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...
6/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In a recent ICTMN column “Dangerous Dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community” (June 14, 2014), I condemned the dissent written by Justice Clarence Thomas in the recently decided Bay Mills case. (He was joined by Justices Alito, Ginsberg,...
6/26/14
BY:
Jay Daniels
The Tulsa World Sunday, June 9 edition published an article by Russell Gold. Gold is the author of a new book on fracking called “The Boom.” He also has covered the energy industry for the Wall Street Journal since 2002. I found the article very...
6/25/14
BY:
Nick Estes
Standing in a parking lot across the street from the 2014 Chamberlain High School commencement ceremony last Sunday, singers, supporters (Native and non-Native), students, and families crowded outside the National Guard Armory to honor graduating...
6/24/14
BY:
Ryan Seelau & Ian Record
On May 27, the U.S. Supreme Court finally handed down its decision in the Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community case. The good news for Native nations is that the Court upheld the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity, opting not to carry out any...
6/22/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014 –1:03 P.M. DENVER, COLORADO – I’ve been without sleep for 24 hours now. … My synapses aren’t firing. I’m hallucinating – not badly, though. It’s still just bees and flies – not yet bunnies with fangs or god-awful Humpty Dumpty...
6/21/14
BY:
Donna Ennis
The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that rates of co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, especially alcohol, are higher among Native Americans, and that the suicide rate among the Native population is 50 percent higher than the national...
6/21/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On May 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision in the case State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. A five justice majority issued a ruling that works in favor of the Bay Mills Indian Community. While a great deal of...
6/20/14
BY:
Hoopa Valley Tribe
The Sovereign Rights of Self-Governance and Self-Determination are at Stake in the Klamath Settlement Many thanks to Indian Country Today Media Network for bringing much needed attention to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and S. 2379...
6/20/14
BY:
Tim Seward
“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” With this statement, the Third National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States (Climate Assessment) signals a sea change in...

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