Opinions

3/11/13
BY:
Joe Valandra
I have been thinking about the “Indian Land problems” that continue to swirl around DC. We have the ongoing impacts of the Carcieri and Patchak decisions and the seemingly vexing problem of “reservation shopping.” It was my hope that the shopping...
3/11/13
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
The other day I had lunch with an acquaintance of mine, Cecelia Cuch, a Northern Ute, and a friend of hers. He was an elderly Tewa gentleman from Hopiland. We were at a meeting of tribal people in Las Vegas and had taken some time for lunch and...
3/10/13
BY:
Winona LaDuke
“Yesterday, the devil came here,”. “Right here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today…” Mr. Chavez said , in 2009 comments at the United Nations. Then Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez made the sign of the cross, brought his hands together...
3/10/13
BY:
Charles Kader
In speaking with a number of social activists recently, I have been noting a widening trend into their statements and what they have been seeing in their own “theatres of operation.” They report witnessing the highest levels of exhibited frustration...
3/9/13
BY:
Donna Ennis
I have been involved for the past several years in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI). There is overwhelming evidence that the wholesale incarceration of juvenile offenders is a failed strategy for combating youth crime....
3/8/13
BY:
Julia Good Fox
Right now, there is a young girl in each of our tribes who is working her way through the lesson plans at Code Academy. Or she has taking it upon herself to work through the CS50x course that is available free and online from Harvard University—or...
3/6/13
BY:
Charles Kader
I have recently become aware that a book entitled The Militarization of Indian Country (MSU Press – Makwa Enewed series) by ICTMN contributor Winona LaDuke will be published in 2013. The Anishinaabe visionary has authored/co-authored more than ten...
3/5/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
When nations declare independence from the domination of other nations it is often within the context of the carnage of bloody confrontations, which tends to get the attention of international media (the old adage in the news business "if it bleeds...
3/4/13
BY:
Mark Trahant
Over the weekend the Republican line on the sequester was honed to a simple idea: It’s only a couple of pennies, two-and-one-half cents out of every dollar. No big deal, right? Republicans say the sequester is the right course because it represents...
3/4/13
BY:
Steve Russell
All Indigenous Peoples, not just American Indians, have a troubled history with anthropologists. This is because, early on, the study of humans was the study of primitive humans, and we are always considered primitive so as to justify separating us...
3/3/13
BY:
Amy Moore & Mike Taylor
For an Indian, Barry seems to need very little sleep. He works nights, even on weekends. During the day, he seems to practically live at Walmart, which has earned him the nickname Walmart Barry. He never does any of his shopping at Walmart though,...
3/2/13
BY:
Elaine Fink
The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California recently became only the sixth tribe in the past 25 years to successfully navigate the Secretarial “two-part” process for acquiring new land for tribal-government gaming. Our Tribe, with over 1,...
3/1/13
BY:
Renée Roman Nose
February 28 marks the first day in the history of the United States when Native women living on reservations will be offered equal protection from violent criminals as most non-reservation women had since the original passage of VAWA ten years ago....
2/28/13
BY:
Theodora Bird Bear
Right now, the feds are required to respond to any written comments submitted to them on the $1.9 billion Cobell settlement plan to buy your fractionated land and minerals. Tell the feds that you are keeping your land and minerals for your...

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