Opinions

7/29/13
BY:
Chad Smith
I am responding to Steve Russell’s column, “Tribal Elections in the Indian Wars.” I am reluctant to respond to such letters and columns because authors should be entitled to a wide breath of opinion and analysis. But Steve has gone over the line...
7/29/13
BY:
Cedric Sunray
A month or so ago my inbox was flooded with emails letting me know that the federal recognition process was getting a giant overhaul. Accompanying the e-mails were attachments of letters, revised drafts, etc. Most seemed optimistic. My response was...
7/28/13
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
The George Zimmerman case is not just about stand your ground, or self-defense; it’s about the prejudice that exists to this day, it’s about a prejudicial justice system that makes the color of the victim’s skin predetermine the verdict of not...
7/27/13
BY:
Kitcki Carroll
In the coming weeks and months, Congress will continue its debate in an effort to find a way forward to reform America’s broken immigration system. Much of this debate will center on border security, employment, and strengthening the process for...
7/26/13
BY:
Paul Moorehead
In fiscal year 2014, the federal government will spend about $3.8 trillion, which breaks down into mandatory spending (64 percent), interest on the national debt (6 percent), and discretionary spending (30 percent). This 30 percent discretionary...
7/25/13
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
When I heard of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, my thoughts went not to my 10-year-old son, but to my dad, when he was 18. I avoided coverage of the trial because I knew the unrepentant Zimmerman defense would blame his victim, Trayvon Martin, for his...
7/24/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an avatar of hypocrisy in civil rights law. A descendant of slaves hailing from Pin Point, Georgia, his first language was Gullah. Thomas blames affirmative action for devaluing his degree from Yale Law...
7/23/13
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
On a commuter jet now—US Airways flight 2128—New York City to Boston. The takeoff was hard on the nerves—muscles tightened. The whole ordeal drove fear into the face of that Wall Street tycoon sitting across the aisle. We rocked in the air like a...
7/22/13
BY:
Paul Moorehead
On July 13, 2013, Leonard Garment passed away. He was 89 years old and the headline of his obituary read, “Elite attorney defended Nixon during Watergate maelstrom.” This may be the perspective of one newspaper, but as many in Indian country know,...
7/21/13
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
Over the recent Fourth of July opening weekend, The Lone Ranger  was trounced by Despicable Me 2 at the box office.  I also found myself at a Subway deli looking at a cut-out of Johnny Depp’s Tonto.  And to be honest, as an Indian myself, it does...
7/19/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Cases involving child custody are always middle class morality plays. I am reminded of the time I had trouble getting a routine, uncontested step-parent adoption done in the county where I now reside, because one of my clients was a non-observant...
7/19/13
BY:
Se-ah-dom Edmo
Oregon's governor John Kitzhaber went on record saying he will veto Senate Bill 215. The bill, which has now passed the House and Senate, would effectively overturn the Oregon State Board of Education's 2012 decision to eliminate the use of race-...
7/18/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In a recent column, I demonstrated that the phrase “Indigenous peoples” means "peoples under dominance" or "peoples under domination." This is revealed by a couple of international working definitions of the term “indigenous.” So here’s a strange...
7/17/13
BY:
Steve Russell
June 25, 2013, was a great day to be white in the United States.  In one day, the Supreme Court pulled the teeth of two laws with an excellent track record of providing remedies for racial discrimination, the Voting Rights Act and the Indian Child...

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