Opinions

10/19/12
BY:
Charles Kader
The Akwesasne Kanienkehaka Territory, also known as the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, is located in the immediate area of three United States Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) designated Superfund cleanup sites. Plans were recently released to...
10/18/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb, et al
This letter was originally published in Indian Country Today on August 11, 1993. Editors Note: The signatories to this letter hope to present it to Pope John Paul II during his time in Denver this week. His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, In a special...
10/17/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
This summer, in the face of an impending private land sale of Pe’Sla, a Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Indian sacred site in the Black Hills, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, S. James Anaya, directed that authorities...
10/16/12
BY:
Larry Spotted Crow Mann
In an attempt to expose a character flaw in Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown revealed his own. During their debate Scott Brown said: “Look at her; as you can see, she doesn’t look Indian.” Suzan Shown Harjo’s recent column lays it out precisely how...
10/15/12
BY:
Maya Angelou
The beauty of living to be my age and still having clear vision is that it allows me to look back and see how far we’ve come. Yet even if we live to be 100, we can scarcely perceive the magnitude of our progress as a country. But North Carolina, I...
10/15/12
BY:
Michele J. Crank
The Confluence Partners, LLC, has strived to inform the public on all aspects of the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade (Escalade) project in order for the people and tribal leaders to make informed decisions. Escalade will be an international tourist...
10/14/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Pursuant to two congressional resolutions, President Barack Obama proclaimed Monday October 8, 2012 as Columbus Day. “I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities,” he stated. Out of the...
10/13/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Phillip Deere described the indigenous government of his people as "workable for us," having lasted from time immemorial. (Watch a video of Deere discussing this and other matters at a 1979 Mashpee Wampanoag sovereignty conference.) He criticized...
10/12/12
BY:
Daniel Garza
For a short time, soon after the first railroad tracks were laid down on the rich agricultural basin of central Washington State around the early 1900s, federal policy allowed government agents to break up the Indian reservations into allotments to...
10/11/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Many of us remember learning and singing the bubbly little pre-school nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" as we sat in a circle with our legs crossed, Indian style. And what appeared to be an innocent way to educate and stir young imagination through...
10/10/12
BY:
Laura Waterman Wittstock
A ton of ink has been spilled on the subject of the Elizabeth Warren run for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Most of the writing on the Indian side of opinion is whether or not Warren has a legitimate claim to her Delaware and Cherokee ancestry....
10/10/12
BY:
Larry Spotted Crow Mann
The most disturbing fact is that outside the Native American circle there seems to be very few who actually understand and took the time to learn who Christopher Columbus really was. The fact that we “officially celebrate” Columbus exhibits a...
10/8/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In his book Metaphysics of Modern Existence (1979), Vine Deloria, Jr. wrote: “The fundamental factor that keeps Indians and non-Indians from communicating is that they are speaking about two entirely different perceptions of the world.” This also is...
10/8/12
BY:
Ray Cook, Opinion Editor
I am trying to write this day without mentioning the lost European’s name. There are store sales in his honor. That’s a distinctly American thing; if you are a dead white man that did something spectacular, you would know because they create sales...

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