Opinions

1/1/13
BY:
Waziyatawin
The Idle No More campaign is in full-swing to the north, and Dakota people associated with the 38+2 memorial horse ride have apparently abandoned the struggle for justice for Indigenous people here with the promotion of their mantra “forgive...
12/31/12
BY:
Johnny Barber
December 29 marks the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It is a story that remains fresh in the lives of many indigenous peoples across America. Each generation is taught to never forget. In 1891, reviewing the history leading up...
12/30/12
BY:
Rev. John Norwood
Dear Indian Country Today Media Network Editor & Staff, I recently read the article by Rob Capriccioso "Obama Does It Again: White House Tribal Nations Conference" at ICTMN. I would like to offer an additional perspective on the issue of...
12/29/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1987, while I was staying at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawai’i, I had a strange dream. In my dream I encountered several priests from long ago who were wearing grey hooded robes. One of them said to me: “These people are so stupid...
12/28/12
BY:
Leland McGee
Currently before the Interior Department are two California “off reservation” casino proposals that carry the support of California Governor Jerry Brown. These two tribes are being touted by Governor Brown as needing additional trust lands closer to...
12/27/12
BY:
Charles Kader
She:kon. I am writing at this time to respond to published and broadcast media reports concerning law enforcement actions of December 18 resulting in the arrest of three Akwesasne residents. These arrests were related to the Class II gaming...
12/26/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
If you think the era of political correctness has taught U.S. and European advertisers to create campaigns that are sensitive and intelligent, think again. Advertisers are still quite content to play into fears, attitudes and stereotypes associated...
12/24/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
Senator Daniel K. Inouye – unerringly thoughtful and with a keen sense of occasion – used to host a private gathering around each November 28 to mark the anniversary of the signing of the National Museum of the American Indian Act. Two, three or...
12/24/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
In the 2012 Elections the GOP allowed itself to be led down a path that was based on a strategy that white people could be galvanized to vote Republican if they could be convinced that America was coming under the control of minorities, gays and...
12/23/12
BY:
Floyd Hand (Pte Ole)
Christmas for Native Americans started when the Europeans came over to Turtle Island. They taught the Indian about Christianity and St. Nicholas. While Christmas will always be a European custom, many of our Indian people have been brought up with...
12/22/12
BY:
Donna Ennis
I have been thinking a lot lately about Baby Veronica and how it came to be that this Native child was placed with white adoptive parents. I have been thinking that the dominant culture values of possession and ownership are so strong that it leads...
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...

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