Opinions

10/5/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
Pondering the state of current affairs impacting Indian country, it amazes me there are so many issues being thrust out there which affect the entirety for most of the tribes. These are important and “key” issues which could have a long term effect...
10/3/13
BY:
Joseph Socobasin,
Dear Editor: We write to you today to correct the record on a recently published article on ICTMN.com entitled "Passamaquoddy Leaders Question Harper's Human Rights Judgement." We found the article to be misleading and to misconstrue the facts...
10/3/13
BY:
Walter Lamar
Imagine your income got cut by about 60 percent. Could you feed your family and pay your bills? What would you do? Tribes and tribal members are about to find out as Washington turns dark, leaving a "small cadre to protect life and property"...
10/3/13
BY:
Steve Russell
As I punched my car radio to NPR, I only caught the end of a woman’s earnest plea: “if we only save one of these kids, that child might be the one to climb to the top ranks of corporate America.” I winced. I’m all for helping disadvantaged kids. I...
10/2/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The word “nation” is one of those words that gets thrown around haphazardly by academics, laypeople and politicians alike; it has become synonymous with “nation-state” and “state” to describe what we understand today as the global polities we refer...
10/1/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
When Eduardo Porter, an economics reporter for The New York Times, recently wrote about "fixing the future," did he know he was recapitulating an Iroquois perspective? He posed this question: "What would you pay to protect the world in which your...
9/30/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
How does a government said to be premised on human rights produce a system of law for American Indians not premised on human rights? In his September 2, 2013 op-ed, published in the Bangor Daily News, Pawnee attorney and author Walter Echohawk...
9/29/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Mainstream America remains totally unaware of the biological and cultural bonds that exist between African slaves and American Indians—a people created by expulsion, slavery, racism and war caused the collision of cultures that became the crucible...
9/28/13
BY:
Jared Miller
If you are following efforts by the Nooksack tribal government to purge 306 members from its rolls, you probably hold one of two views on the matter. You may believe tribal disenrollment is patently unjust and requires some kind of federal or...
9/27/13
BY:
Michael A. Friedman, Ph.D.
The simplest way to dismiss the intensifying national controversy over the word redskin is to insist that the NFL's use of the slur is merely a victimless crime. This rationale suggests that the Washington football team's name may be an ugly epithet...
9/25/13
BY:
Homer A. Mandoka & Dennis V. Kequom
Indian country is all too familiar with the perils of taking cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Even under the best legal circumstances, the high court has repeatedly handed down staggering losses that impact the most sacred issues to Indian...
9/25/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Dr. Charles Eastman was truly remarkable. Born in 1858, into a traditional Dakota way of life, in what is now commonly called Minnesota, as a teenager he later entered the white man’s world where he converted to Christianity, just as his father had...
9/24/13
BY:
Mike Taylor
Dear President Stephen D. Nadauld, Dixie State University: In parts of Australia, university lectures begin by formally acknowledging and offering thanks to the traditional landowners, the Australian Aborigines. This serves as a continuous reminder...
9/23/13
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Beware of the federal task force. While a combined law enforcement entity might make sense in combatting crime in non-tribal communities, the federal task force is a Trojan Horse when it enters Indian country. That is because hiding within the...

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