Opinions

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...
8/21/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
  In early August 2,000 to 2,500 climate justice activists in the San Francisco Bay Area marched in solidarity against oil industry mega-giant Chevron on the first anniversary of a massive explosion at its Richmond refinery that sent 15,000 people...
8/20/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Anniversaries matter in the short run as memory markers and in the long run they become traditions. The year 1963 was the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and it was used by activists of the time to take another...
8/19/13
BY:
Kevin K. Washburn
Late last year, the Department of the Interior was given the green light to work with Indian country to purchase fractionated trust lands or restricted interests from willing sellers at fair market value. Every acre purchased through this Land Buy-...
8/18/13
BY:
Cedric Dukes
The average American cardholder carries more than six credit cards and has a household debt of more than $10,000. Popular financial books and financial companies say there is good and bad debt. Bad debt happens when we become dissatisfied where we...
8/17/13
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
It was summertime in the Chuska Mountains on the Navajo rez and everyone was living up in their sheep camps. There were some boys who had put in a full day of work and were heading back down to the valley below. It was 1968. Bitsilly had received a...
8/16/13
BY:
Steve Russell
This is an opinion column disguised as a movie review. It contains no spoilers. Neil Blomkamp’s first outing in big-budget movie making was District 9, a science fiction thought piece on racism and xenophobia. “Big budget” is a relative term, and...
8/15/13
BY:
Eric Hansen
Whether you see Lake Superior and other Wisconsin waters as poetry or commodity, proposals for a massive expansion of Tar Sands crude oil shipments on and around the Great Lakes do not make sense. Among the waters vulnerable to Canadian pipeline...
8/14/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Click here to read part 1 by Dina Gilio-Whitaker. Baby Veronica’s adoption case reminds us that our fate as Indian people is still too often in the hands of colonizers and the systems they created—especially the legislative and the judicial branches...
8/14/13
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 (“DOI”) with the responsibility to use the Fund within a 10-year...

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