Opinions

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...
9/22/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
C. A. Bowers was one of my brilliant professors when I attended the University of Oregon. A prolific author, Bowers has made an excellent point. Paraphrasing him, “If you want to defeat your opponent, don’t apply your opponent’s arguments to...
9/21/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Walter R. Echo-Hawk, in a September 2, 2013, op-ed column for the Bangor Daily News, pointed to what he called "a humanitarian crisis in the five native communities within [the state of] Maine." He wrote that this crisis is a result of "the 19th-...
9/20/13
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
We all know it’s that time of year. I wrote about it around the same time last year. Since then, we’ve won some battles, but also lost some, too. Here are just a few examples: Paul Frank Industries is collaborating with Native Designers and Gap...
9/19/13
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
In 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a severe below to Indian sovereignty when it decided Nevada v. Hicks, suggesting to states and counties that when their cops are investigating off-reservation crimes, they need not obtain tribal court warrants...

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