Opinions

6/2/14
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Rudolph C. Ryser
The US Department of State’s Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy and Labor invited American indigenous governments to a “consultation” on May 9. This meeting in Washington, D.C. commenced just three days before the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous...
6/1/14
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Naomi Brisley
 “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” -Søren Kierkegaard I think we can all agree that words carry incredible power and their meanings are often times not held in what is being said...
5/31/14
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Simon Moya-Smith
“Who killed me?” I asked.“Do you want the name of the actual person or the asshole who gave the order?” he said.“I suppose the latter,” I uttered, gripping my neck.“Abraham Lincoln.”“That hypocritical sot!”“It wasn’t just you, though. He took out...
5/29/14
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Gabriel S. Galanda
On April 18, 2014, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Native America is accustomed to consulting with the State Department on, for example, nation-to-nation issues like climate...
5/28/14
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Brian Cladoosby, Jefferson Keel, Joe Garcia, Tex Hall, Susan Masten & W. Ron Allen
We are living in historic times for Indian Country. As we are still celebrating the confirmation of Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman who will serve as a Federal Judge, there is another opportunity for a historic ‘first’ at our...
5/28/14
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Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Music is a form of art. For the musician it is a way to express their form of originality, talent and or knowledge on the form of art they are presenting. The Emerson Windy song/video, “Peace Pipe”, demonstrates how you could sing without any of...
5/27/14
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Steve Russell
Jim Manzi could almost be described as a conservative theologian. He made his fortune wrangling software, but now he’s a contributing editor of National Review, the brainchild of the late William F. Buckley that has become, as Buckley intended, the...
5/16/14
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Donna Ennis
Like many Native people I began my career working for my Tribe soon after graduating with my undergraduate social work degree. The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978 because of the high removal rate of Indian children from their...
5/24/14
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Carolina Castoreno
With identity misappropriation being a regular occurrence these days, my duties as a Native activist have kept me fairly busy. From being depicted as mascots, to Anglos wearing red face and war bonnets, and of course my favorite “I’m a Cherokee”...
5/23/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I’m not here to call for Eric Shinseki’s scalp on a lance. There have been substantial improvements on his watch and his heart is with veterans. Nothing would be improved by imposing a new blood learning curve on the VA right now. Still, most...
5/22/14
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Mel Sheldon
Recently, my time serving the Tulalip Tribal Council has come to a close. Change is inevitable and change is good, and the Tulalip Tribes will embrace new leadership. At the same time, so many important things happened during my 15 years of time on...
5/15/14
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Jennie Stockle
In 2011 Mary Fallin assumed office as Governor of the Oklahoma and, like it or not, the events that have followed exemplify some of the worst atrocities against Native Americans in any recent memory. One of the first things that got axed by the...
5/21/14
BY:
Cedric Sunray
“NCAI condemns Donald Sterling’s appalling comments regarding African Americans. There is no place in modern society for that kind of hatred and discrimination. We also want to applaud the many athletes, sportscasters, corporations, and individuals...
5/20/14
BY:
Geoff Strommer
The Department of the Interior recently proposed to amend the Department’s land-into-trust regulations, found at 25 C.F.R. Part 151, that currently exclude from the scope of the regulations, with one exception (Metlakatla), land acquisitions in...

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