Opinions

12/21/12
BY:
Adrian Jawort
To Leonard Peltier supporters, the fact that Barack Obama has taken such personal interest in the U.S. government’s relations with American Indians renews hope of a presidential pardon after he was denied parole in 2009 for his role in the murder of...
12/20/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Everything is not a matter of opinion and all opinions are not equal. In the U.S., we frame all policy arguments in terms of liberty, and since we don’t teach critical thought, who wins the framing dispute wins the argument. This week, my 85-year-...
12/20/12
BY:
Kawika Riley
The United States, and all of its indigenous peoples, lost a hero and a champion this week, with the passing of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii). Senator Inouye’s life was filled with accomplishments, from receiving the Medal of Honor for...
12/20/12
BY:
Richard A. Monette
When Dan Inouye moved on to the next journey, our world lost a giant of a man. Indian country lost a warrior, a leader, a true chief. Many knew Senator Inouye better than I did, but my few memories of the Senator are clear. As a young man and new...
12/19/12
BY:
Jay Daniels
On November 26, 2012, the Secretary of the Interior announced in a press release that the Cobell litigation is final and the Department will implement the final steps for the settlement payment. During the past couple of years, everyone has blamed a...
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...

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