Opinions

9/7/13
BY:
Ed Rice
The stated mission of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cooperstown, New York, is “to preserve history, honor excellence and connect generations.” It fails on all three counts where Native American players and history are concerned....
9/6/13
BY:
Dustin Twin
The voice on the other end had an ominous sense of urgency. He opened with, “We're running. I can't take this shit anymore.” As per our last conversation I knew that he was talking about running for council, but “this shit” could mean any number of...
9/5/13
BY:
Bryan Brewer
On August 2, 2013, Representative Nunes, joined by Representatives Jenkins, Kind, Gerlach, Reichert, Boustany, Cole, Moore, Delbene, Cardenas, Kilmer, Valadao, McCollum, Mullin and Gosar, introduced H.R. 3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion...
9/4/13
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Throughout the 19th Century the U.S. Cavalry perpetrated the genocide of Indian People. Today’s Cavalry—federal, state and local police—are no longer committed to extermination. But American cops’ flagrant disregard for tribal self-governance when...
9/3/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Ever notice how some dominant society people tend to talk about the past, particularly when it comes to Indian history? “Well that was a long time ago,” some will dismissively say. “You can’t turn back the clock,” is another typical phrase. And then...
9/1/13
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The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program
A new poll released yesterday by Public Policy Polling finds that Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal is the least popular Republican governor in the country, and second most unpopular governor in the U.S. overall. Jindal’s rock-bottom...
8/30/13
BY:
Steve Russell
In a series of columns keying on Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, I’ve asked Indians to dream. I’ve asked whether we have dreams worth risk and multi-generational effort.  Without dreams, it’s hard to see how we have an Indian...
8/29/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
The Cobell settlement, approved on November 24, 2012, provides for a $1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund). The settlement charges the U.S. Department of the Interior with the responsibility to use the Fund within a 10-year period to...
8/28/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Martin Luther King, Jr. famously told the nation, “I have a dream.” Less famously, he said on April 3, 1968: “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will...
8/27/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A number of fundamental assumptions inform my writing. For one thing, I assume that our nations and peoples are presently in a political struggle with powerful descendants of those who first colonized the lands and territories of what is now called...
8/26/13
BY:
Steve Russell
In my previous column leading up to August 28, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, I sketched a prosperous nation built with stolen black labor on stolen Indian lands. I talked about how, in the violent resistance...
8/25/13
BY:
Jane Daugherty
Despite a clear precedent in last year’s victory by tribal lenders against Colorado regulators, New York state authorities are mounting yet another attempt to erode tribal sovereign rights to operate businesses without state interference. New York’s...
8/24/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On August 9, a Haudenosaunee delegation commemorated the 400th year of the Two Row Wampum. The commemoration took place in Lenape territory in Manhattan, New York, on August 11, 2013, and the event was the culmination of a remarkable 380-mile canoe...
8/23/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
In October, 1675 (Just five months after the start of the King Philip’s War, 1675-1676) some 500 Nipmucks from what is now South Natick were forcibly removed to Deer Island, a barren strip of land off Boston Harbor, as a concentration camp for...

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