Steven Newcomb
In a previous column, I noted that U.S. federal Indian law is traced to the religio-political narrative of Chosen People and Promised Land in the biblical book of Genesis. In this column I want to address the fact that 2015 marks the 60th year since...
Richard L. Thornton
“I don’t want to talk about it! They treated us worse than the coloreds.” That is what my Granny Ruby would generally say when we asked questions about our Creek heritage. Even her nickname, Ruby, was an enigma. Since the mid-1700s, one girl in her...
Steven Newcomb
“And we Americans are peculiar, chosen people, the Israel of our times; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world”—Herman Melville. “I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the Spirit of the...
Jacqueline Keeler
This is the speech I wished I'd given on January 13th at a Keystone XL vigil held here in Portland, Oregon—things I wanted to say to President Obama before his State of the Union Address. I want the President to stand by his promise to our Dakota/...
Brandon Ecoffey
Late last week the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation released the findings of its investigation into the shooting death of Allan Locke on December 20, 2014, in the Lakota Homes neighborhood of Rapid City, South Dakota. The shooting...
Jennifer Nez Denetdale
When I received word of my selection to deliver the inaugural address for the 23rd Navajo Nation Council inauguration, I felt honored, for I have always supported tribal nation building, especially in light of the reality that our Diné nation...
Steven Newcomb
On January 15, 2015, during a flight from Sri Lanka to Manila, Pope Francis declared to reporters: “In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States.” In other words, the pope intends to make Serra a Roman Catholic...
Gabriel S. Galanda
Our elders and spiritual leaders do not teach the practice of disenrollment. In fact, disenrollment is a wholly non-Indian construct. Indeed, when I recently asked Eric Bernando, a Grand Ronde descendant of his tribe’s Treaty Chief and fluent...
Chip Livingston
Back in 1998 when I was last spending a solid chunk of time at my mom’s in Molino, Florida, I drove 26 miles north to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians tribal offices near Atmore, Alabama to see if I could volunteer in some capacity while I was home...
Terri Hansen
This column was originally posted on MinorityPostDoc.org. Coastal tribes began documenting thousands of dead fish, crabs and other alarming changes on the beaches of Washington State’s rugged coastline in 2006. “It’s scary,” the late Billy Frank Jr...
Alex Jacobs
Is this country headed toward becoming a police state? Some will tell you we’ve been on that road since 9/11, and maybe since the imperial presidencies of Nixon and Reagan. The most important reason that people are protesting is because if you wait...
Steve Russell
Buying a car will always be a big deal to me. The two material things I wanted when I escaped rural Oklahoma were a place to live with lights and plumbing built in and a car that always started. Not to say I had a car that failed to start. I had no...
Memory Dawn Long Chase
In Response to Lynn Armitage’s ICTMN article, “Domestic Violence: Careful, the Kids Are Watching”: I read Ms. Armitage’s article this morning regarding children exposed to domestic violence, and I felt compelled to respond. While I agree with some...
Valerie Goodness
While Native Nations are far from being monolithic, there is one thing that forced assimilation cannot take from us, as Natives; our coevolved connection to nature. We all know that there is a settler colonialist darkness hovering like a vulture,...