Opinions

11/10/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Who decides who is Indian? In pre-colonial times, it was obvious. Indigenous individuals were part of a whole tribal society. They were simply one of the People. They lived in the village, performed daily work, spoke the language, participated in...
11/9/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
New York Magazine recently U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The discussion ranged across personal and professional issues. Prominent among Scalia's concerns was "the meaning of words." The issue of the meaning of words is important,...
11/9/13
BY:
Al Gedicks & Dave Blouin
October 28 was the 10th anniversary of the historic victory over the controversial Crandon mine project adjacent to the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Reservation. Veterans of the 28-year (1975-2003) battle against the Crandon metallic sulfide mine...
11/8/13
BY:
Terry L. Cross
Thirty-five years ago today, Congress enacted groundbreaking legislation, the impact of which has been arguably more profound than any other piece of federal Indian law in the modern era. On November 8, 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act, otherwise...
11/8/13
BY:
Ryan Seelau & Ian Record
In the first part of this two-part series, we provided a short history of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, discussed its relevance to the sustainability of the legal doctrine of tribal sovereign...
11/7/13
BY:
David Wilkins
I have followed with keen interest the divisive issue of disenrollment of tribal members across Indian country. It is a complicated and depressing subject but, regardless of individual circumstances, the protection of sovereignty is rightly a...
11/6/13
BY:
Gabriel Galanda & Ryan Dreveskracht
With a case of potentially catastrophic consequence for Indian country now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, all of the players who can possibly prevent the disaster are either sitting on their hands or pointing fingers. The National Indian...
11/6/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Those of us who trace our lives to the original existence of the free nations of North America (Great Turtle Island), and who use the English language on a daily basis, face a challenging task. We have to decide which English words and metaphors...
11/5/13
BY:
Ryan Seelau & Ian Record
This column is part one of a two-part series. As regular visitors to this site and other Indian country media outlets no doubt have seen in recent weeks, Native nation leaders, tribal attorneys, and federal Indian law practitioners alike are gravely...
11/4/13
BY:
A-dae Vena Romero & Raymond Foxworth
On November 1, 2013, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits were cut following the expiration of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These cuts mean that nearly 48 million SNAP recipients nationally—mostly households...
11/3/13
BY:
Betty McCollum
Dear Governor Dayton, Attorney General Swanson, Sen. Champion, Sen. Rosen, Mayor Rybak, Council President Johnson and Chair Helgen: On November 7 the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome will be the site of a Nation Football League (NFL) game between the...
11/2/13
BY:
Chelsea Vowel
Much ado is made of our divisions and differences, and this is so successful because the narrative of our sameness is foundational to colonial policies. Our differences are only highlighted in terms of conflict, whether discussing historic conflicts...
11/1/13
BY:
Principal Bill John Baker
As part of the Farm Bill reauthorization in the House of Representatives, the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding will be substantially cut. This cut is harmful for Cherokee Nation citizens and will hurt Indian Country. In many...
10/31/13
BY:
Amy Moore & Mike Taylor
It was a chilly Massachusetts morning in the fall. Grandpa and I were checking out of the extended-stay hotel and the manager Darryl Robinson came to help us carry our belongings to the car. He was an older black gentleman; tall, with hands that had...

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