Opinions

2/23/13
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
There were several revelations from the Department of the Interior during its tribal consultation in Seattle last week. Interior officials successfully conveyed to Indian leaders their best of intentions as to the $1.9 billion Indian land...
2/22/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On February 14, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw Nation) delivered his "State of the Indian Nations” address in his capacity as President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Although his talk was titled, “...
2/21/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
When President Jefferson Keel referred to the "trust relationship" in his State of Indian Nations address to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), he fell into a common trap: he presumed several things that are not true. The first and...
2/20/13
BY:
Matthew Ricchiazzi
Jack Abramoff went to prison on that charge. So did an aide to Tom DeLay. They conspired to defraud Indian Tribes of honest services. In Western New York, wealthy corporate gaming interests have been conspiring to defraud the Seneca Nation of an...
2/19/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
To be in a position of leadership—at least for NCAI’s president Jefferson Keel—is to be in the role of a politician, and that means taking predictably centrist positions (at least publically) to appease as wide an audience as possible. In this case...
2/18/13
BY:
Ray Cook, ICTMN Opinion Editor
In the Northeast among the forests and along the shores of Iroquoia we have a dance called the Women’s Shuffle Dance, or the Women’s Dance. The men sing an ancient song meant to honor and recognize the role of women and the female spirit. As the men...
2/17/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
This past Thursday, Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the 11th Annual State of the Indian Nations Address. Mr. Keel gave a standard political speech. I’m sure it appeased wealthy tribes and...
2/16/13
BY:
Charles Kader
  In reading over the 2013 State of Indian Nations address by outgoing President Jefferson Keel of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), a number of talking points of emphasis stood out as compelling subjects for further examination. Mr...
2/15/13
BY:
John Christian Hopkins
One of my favorite things to do each month – besides taking a shower – is to read the Crime Waves section of The Four Corners Free Press in Cortez, Colorado. They represent the drama, comedy and tragedy of real life. And sometimes there’s even a...
2/14/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
International Science Times reports that a Harvard Medical School professor, George Church, has reconstructed Neanderthal DNA and is looking for "an adventurous female human" to be the surrogate mother for a hybrid human-Neanderthal embryo. The...
2/13/13
BY:
Chuck Trimble
      A news story on Indianz.com tells that James A. Czywczynski, owner the lands where the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre took place, is offering to sell that 40-acre sacred site for $3.9 million. The decision to sell the land and to offer the right...
2/13/13
BY:
Mark Trahant
Let’s jump right to the big questions: Did President Barack Obama’s State of the Union do anything to resolve the deep differences in philosophy and policy on Capitol Hill? Was there any common ground? Did he lay the groundwork to find enough votes...
2/13/13
BY:
Nathan Lefthand
This is probably not a new idea; most ideas are not. So let’s say it’s an idea that’s time has come about again. The idea is to make the Navajo Nation the 51st state within the United States of America. The State of Navajo. It’s almost Zen, how it...
2/12/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On January 21, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama took the oath office for the second time, reportedly placing his hand on the travel Bible of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A great many people will no doubt think it ironically fitting that President...

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