Opinions

12/19/12
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
Going home for Christmas is sometimes hard to do when there isn't enough beso (money) for gifts.  It would be nice to go home and bring all the things everyone needs or at least maybe a gift they would like. If you don't have anything to take except...
12/18/12
BY:
Charles Kader
On December 11, 2012, Kanietakeron (Larry V. Thompson) of Akwesasne, an area in Indian country also known as the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, made an appearance in St. Lawrence County New York criminal court for his actions on August 12, 2011 at...
12/17/12
BY:
Chelsea Vowel
Although thousands of indigenous people all over Canada rallied together under the banner of Idle No More on December 10th, there has been very little media coverage on the movement. Most of what is being said in the mainstream media is focused on...
12/16/12
BY:
Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull
Imagine societies where frequent family and community events were held to ensure that all people were provided for and where goods and resources were regularly redistributed so no one would be in need.  Traditionally, American Indian societies are...
12/15/12
BY:
Robert T. Coulter
On December 16, 2010, President Barack Obama announced United States support of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. With that pronouncement, there is now no country in the world that opposes the rights of indigenous peoples to...
12/14/12
BY:
Brian Patterson
I have been taught that “no nation is truly defeated until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”  Native women have strong hearts, but that strength is constantly challenged by the high rates of domestic violence on many Indian reservations. ...
12/13/12
BY:
Clifford White Eyes, Garvar Good Plume, Charlie Waters & Janice Bad Horse Larson
The Black Hills Teton (Tituwan) Sioux Nation Treaty Council for the Teton Sioux Nation and The Great Sioux Nation has experienced a traumatic tragic history of relentless oppression since 1851. Our people live in abject horror, realizing that this...
12/11/12
BY:
Sa’ed Adel Atshan
Ever since my childhood, I have always felt a deep connection with Native Americans. At the Ramallah Friends School, a Quaker institution established in Palestine over a century ago, we learned about our shared history as indigenous peoples who have...
12/10/12
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Now that we have the obstacles cleared for the federal government to start making payouts under the Cobell settlement, we can expect tribal governments to begin their land consolidation processes. Recall that the settlement allocated $1.5 billion to...
12/10/12
BY:
Dave Staddon
Tribal economic development is a complex issue, but important to the future development of tribal economies. Tribes get a wide variety of projects pitched to them. And not all of them are potentially beneficial. It’s important to have somebody on...
12/9/12
BY:
Steve Russell
To say that American Indians, First Nations, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians live in tension with the colonial states of North America is both a truism and an exercise in distance by use of academic jargon.  One reason academics use such clinical,...
12/8/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Civilization, in a standard dictionary, is "the stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced." The dictionary equates "advanced" with "the comfort and convenience of modern life." A thesaurus adds "progress,...
12/7/12
BY:
Jay Daniels
On July 30, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership Act of 2012, also known as the HEARTH Act of 2012, H.R. 205 (Act), to provide for Indian tribes to enter into certain leases...
12/6/12
BY:
Walter Lamar
Sometimes when you make a prediction, you hope that you're wrong. More than a year ago, I sounded a warning that prescription painkiller addiction, combined with an uptick in Mexican heroin traffic, was going to result in more suffering in our...

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