Opinions

9/27/13
BY:
Michael A. Friedman, Ph.D.
The simplest way to dismiss the intensifying national controversy over the word redskin is to insist that the NFL's use of the slur is merely a victimless crime. This rationale suggests that the Washington football team's name may be an ugly epithet...
9/25/13
BY:
Homer A. Mandoka & Dennis V. Kequom
Indian country is all too familiar with the perils of taking cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Even under the best legal circumstances, the high court has repeatedly handed down staggering losses that impact the most sacred issues to Indian...
9/25/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Dr. Charles Eastman was truly remarkable. Born in 1858, into a traditional Dakota way of life, in what is now commonly called Minnesota, as a teenager he later entered the white man’s world where he converted to Christianity, just as his father had...
9/24/13
BY:
Mike Taylor
Dear President Stephen D. Nadauld, Dixie State University: In parts of Australia, university lectures begin by formally acknowledging and offering thanks to the traditional landowners, the Australian Aborigines. This serves as a continuous reminder...
9/23/13
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Beware of the federal task force. While a combined law enforcement entity might make sense in combatting crime in non-tribal communities, the federal task force is a Trojan Horse when it enters Indian country. That is because hiding within the...
9/22/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
C. A. Bowers was one of my brilliant professors when I attended the University of Oregon. A prolific author, Bowers has made an excellent point. Paraphrasing him, “If you want to defeat your opponent, don’t apply your opponent’s arguments to...
9/21/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Walter R. Echo-Hawk, in a September 2, 2013, op-ed column for the Bangor Daily News, pointed to what he called "a humanitarian crisis in the five native communities within [the state of] Maine." He wrote that this crisis is a result of "the 19th-...
9/20/13
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
We all know it’s that time of year. I wrote about it around the same time last year. Since then, we’ve won some battles, but also lost some, too. Here are just a few examples: Paul Frank Industries is collaborating with Native Designers and Gap...
9/19/13
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
In 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a severe below to Indian sovereignty when it decided Nevada v. Hicks, suggesting to states and counties that when their cops are investigating off-reservation crimes, they need not obtain tribal court warrants...
9/18/13
BY:
Anne Castle and T. Darryl Vigil
The Colorado River has supported Native people in the West since time immemorial. Over the past century, more people and more demands have been placed on this vital—but limited—resource. There are 29 federally recognized tribes in the basin that...
9/17/13
BY:
Rafael Gomez Jr. and Deborah Gangloff
On Sunday, September 21, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s designation of Chimney Rock National Monument, which gave this sacred place the national recognition it deserves. Chimney Rock has strong local, tribal and small...
9/16/13
BY:
Danielle Vigil-Masten
The Hoopa Valley Tribe applauds a recent decision by a federal judge to allow the federal Bureau of Reclamation to open the Lewiston dam and release Trinity River water needed to avoid a replay of the 2002 fish kill in the Klamath River. The lifting...
9/15/13
BY:
Cedric Dukes
There are many issues in our world, ranging from high unemployment rates, poverty, crime, corruption and failing cities. It’s happening all around the world even in our communities. Experts claim that creating more programs, jobs, and laws will fix...
9/13/13
BY:
Marilyn and George Keepseagle, Claryca Mandan, Porter Holder, Ross Racine
The Keepseagle v. Vilsack class action made history in 2010 when Indian farmers and ranchers were awarded $680 million in damages and $80 million in debt relief for decades of harsh discrimination by the USDA’s Farm Loan Program.   Now we have an...

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