Opinions

11/27/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
When the seemingly endless election season finally ended, winners and losers had little time to celebrate their victories or lick their wounds before the campaigns morphed into contests to beat the self-imposed, fast-approaching budgetary deadlines...
11/26/12
BY:
Dan Jones
At Walt Disney World you can have the world at your convenience, cultures of the world with many native cultures from abroad. At Epcot Center you can have the American experience of history with one exception: contemporary American Indians. The view...
11/25/12
BY:
Mark Kawesoto Light
  I haven't written anything in a long time. This time of year is always hard on our family. I want to take some time to remember my son, Sky Light. September 8 was six years since the Creator decided it was his time to go. It seems like it was just...
11/24/12
BY:
Jay LaPlante
A typical meeting between two Native people for the first time goes something like this: “What tribe you from?” “I’m a Blackfeet from Brownin’.” “Aaahhh, my uncle is from up that way.” “Oh yeah, he went to Chemawa with my Dad. I pow-wowed with his...
11/24/12
BY:
David Wilkins & Carter Meland
Exalted in grade-school lore as the great coming together of Native peoples and Pilgrim settlers, Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. It's the time when we as a nation gathered to appreciate and share what we have—food, fellowship, and...
11/24/12
BY:
Ann Dapice
Pretend you are a bank president, your bank has just been robbed at gunpoint, one worker has been assaulted and injured, employees’ lives have been threatened, and you call the police. The police arrive and shake their heads and say, “What were you...
11/24/12
BY:
Winona LaDuke
We just saw some $6 billion spent on the most expensive election in history. It’s a couple of weeks later, and I think I’ve recovered from the drama and excitement. Here in the North Country, we are rather saturated with Fox News, and lack, frankly...
11/24/12
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
It was 6:15 p.m. on a Wednesday when I attempted to break into St. Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia University campus in New York City. There was a lecture scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Choir Room, but there was no obvious entrance into the ethereal...
11/24/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On November 19, the Drudge Report linked to a story about a Native student group at the University of Virginia, a group that decided to deal with the Thanksgiving holiday by holding a potluck dinner where students and speakers would discuss “...
11/24/12
BY:
Racheal White Hawk Strong
I’ve been to pow wows before, but this one was different. The entrance read, “Gathering for our Children and Returning Adoptees.” The annual powwow is in its ninth year at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, and is a collaboration between the...
11/24/12
BY:
Michael E. Roberts
For most Americans, Thanksgiving has been as a celebration of giving, a day of thanks—thankful to be surrounded by family and friends. For many Native people, however, the Thanksgiving holiday is associated with a national celebration of “taking,”...
11/24/12
BY:
Sunny Clifford
You know you come from a nation of oppression when a month has to be dedicated to your heritage. It’s the only way the rest of the country will remember how their freedom came to be, if they can see through the majesty of feathers, beads, and face...
11/19/12
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The Background and Context of Native American Heritage Month The Bureau of Indian Affairs website chronicles the history leading up to the establishment of Native American Heritage Month, connecting it to the early 1900’s and the efforts of Dr....
11/18/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
People have mined gold for centuries. Archeological evidence points to gold mining at least 7,000 years ago. Stories of Aztec gold drove 16th century Spaniards to invade the continent, where they found products of a rich mining and smelting history...

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