Opinions

11/1/13
BY:
Principal Bill John Baker
As part of the Farm Bill reauthorization in the House of Representatives, the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding will be substantially cut. This cut is harmful for Cherokee Nation citizens and will hurt Indian Country. In many...
10/31/13
BY:
Amy Moore & Mike Taylor
It was a chilly Massachusetts morning in the fall. Grandpa and I were checking out of the extended-stay hotel and the manager Darryl Robinson came to help us carry our belongings to the car. He was an older black gentleman; tall, with hands that had...
10/31/13
BY:
Alex Jacobs
As a troublemaker I’ve always been ambivalent about the Redskins epithet, because I identify with the redskin that will kill a white dude, scalp him and raise the bloody trophy along with an ear-piercing victory war whoop. Did I make that ritual up...
10/30/13
BY:
Walter Lamar
College education can be the difference between meandering into the world of work or roaring into a career to make a difference for family and the Native community. Both the little one who dreams of healing and the idealistic youth seeking justice...
10/29/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Moraviantown, Ontario. October 5, 2013 marked two centuries (twenty decades) since Tecumseh (my Shawnee Grandma Bessie’s pronunciation was Tecumthé) fell in battle near the Thames River, and passed to the spirit world. His remarkable life began...
10/28/13
BY:
Sandy White Hawk
It is October 10, 2013. I just listened to Dusten Brown’s press conference. Listening to his voice reminded me of the accounts I heard from elders in tribal communities I have traveled to. Dusten with his grief stricken heart has let his baby go for...
10/28/13
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
On October 10, my wife Barb and I were able to attend the oral arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the Mark Wandering Medicine versus Custer. Mr. Wandering Medicine was able to appear also with his wife to hear our Attorneys and the...
10/27/13
BY:
Ray Cook, Opinions Editor
For quite some time, the Washington Redskins or Cleveland Indians mascots' images never bothered me. Then something happened and I began viewing the images as stupid Americans doing what stupid Americans have always done: ignorantly going about the...
10/26/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Ahh, yes. Halloween is just around the corner. Time for pumpkin carving, Trick-Or-Treating, and women dressed like two-dollar hookers wearing headdresses. What better way to celebrate the ancient pagan feast of Samhain, where the spirits of the dead...
10/25/13
BY:
Crystal Willcuts Cole
If you spread it thin enough, a 40-ounce jar of peanut butter can last a long time. Ramen noodles can feed a whole nation for the cost of a box of Sailor Boy crackers. This is the state of my family’s culinary affairs as, you guessed it, we were...
10/25/13
BY:
Paul Moorehead
In 1987, the Supreme Court decided California v. Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, holding that a state could not prohibit gaming conducted on Indian lands if it allowed similar games by other persons in the state. Alarmed at the prospect of gaming...
10/24/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Indians might hope for a different outcome from the craziness that recently seized Washington, a little something for us, some residue in the can that got kicked down the road past the first of the year. We might hope for fewer condescending...
10/23/13
BY:
Claudian Kauffman
While watching Monday Night Football recently, one couldn’t help but notice the bright-pink shoes, gloves, towels and ribbons being sported by the players, officials and coaches. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all across the...
10/22/13
BY:
Talisa Reeve
To Whom it may concern, I hope this letter finds you well, and you may do with it as you please. There has been a lot of press in various news outlets about the term “Redskins” and many debates about whether the name should still be used because of...

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