Opinions

7/6/13
BY:
Tex Hall
Concerning the White House Council on Native American Affairs: On behalf of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and the Council of Large Tribes, “Thank you President Obama.” Thank you, Mr. President for answering the call of Indian...
7/5/13
BY:
Steve Russell
I often write with respect of persons who have done much with their time, referring to them as “elders.” Some people deserve that respect, but others are just old. Out of luck or because they took no risks, they are still sucking air. Good, but that...
7/4/13
BY:
Peter d’Errico
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reports this month that First Nations children are living in poverty at triple the national average. The report points out that poverty is measured not only by income, but also by community well-being:...
7/3/13
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
Paula Deen’s N-word controversy is misguided and blown out of proportion. In a deposition for a lawsuit against her, she admitted to using the N-word 26 years ago. In a private conversation with her husband in her own home, she used the N-word to...
7/2/13
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Winona LaDuke
Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist. I’m in South Dakota today, sort of a ground zero for the Keystone...
7/1/13
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Nathan Small
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Unilateral Administrative Order (UAO) is unacceptable to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho. EPA paves the way for FMC Corp. to sweep their 50-year legacy of waste under the rug. The public...
6/29/13
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Johnny Rustywire
It used to be that when Indians left the reservation to head into town they always seemed to get the short end of the stick. People would trust businesses to treat them fairly only to find out that the vehicle they bought was not what it was...
6/27/13
BY:
Steve Russell
If something called “political science” exists, it’s not necessary to relate general principles of political behavior to Indians specifically.  That said, the following political eruption took place in Texas, and Texas has the fourth largest Indian...
6/27/13
BY:
Leland McGee
Indian country’s pecuniary advancements created by Indian gaming are well documented. Many tribes have taken full advantage of expanding and diversifying business ventures that now represent a sustainable economic base far greater than their initial...
6/26/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In the foreword to Walter Echohawk’s book In the Light of Justice (Fulcrum 2013), S. James Anaya—United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples—says that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “represents an...
6/25/13
BY:
Jennifer Gapetz
An open letter to the media: Baby Veronica is Cherokee. Whether her father wanted custody or not is irrelevant. Every American Indian tribe sets their own requirement for how to become a citizen. Some tribes have narrow requirements (such as blood...
6/24/13
BY:
John F. Banzhaf III
Celebrity chef Paula Deen admits that she used the word nigger “a very long time” ago in strictly private conversations, and she, like so many others, is immediately banned from broadcasting, but team owner Dan Snyder is not only responsible for the...
6/24/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Bethany Berger is a first rate legal scholar who has done a great deal of useful work for Indians in academia. Before that, she paid her dues in the legal trenches of Dinébe’iiná Náhiiłna be Agha’diit’ahii. Because my respect for her work knows few...
6/22/13
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
Since the 19th Century, the plight of the North American bison has paralleled the way of the indigenous people of buffalo bountry and the land itself: decimation, almost to the point of extinction, by non-tribal peoples. Likewise, nearly 150 years...

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