Opinions

8/9/13
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Darren Bonaparte
As a Mohawk historian who uses wampum belts to tell our story, I have always loved the Two Row Wampum Belt and its metaphor of the native canoe and European ship sailing side by side down the river of life. Nothing pleases me more to see this acted...
8/8/13
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Sharon M. Day
My culture teaches that as an Ojibwe I have an inherent obligation to not only protect myself, my family, and my tribe but ultimately all humanity, including the environment that sustains us. We are spirit beings who came into this world to live the...
8/7/13
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Peter d'Errico
The phrase "dirty war" came into use during the 1970s and 1980s to describe the campaign of state terrorism in Argentina after a dictatorship overthrew the elected government of Juan Peron. Anyone associated with socialism or Peronism was a target...
8/6/13
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Steven Newcomb
This article is written in anticipation of the U.S. Department of State’s plan to convene a “listening session” this fall with American Indian leaders. The meeting, which will be held at the U.S. Department of the Interior Building in Washington,...
8/5/13
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Raymond Foxworth
The food sovereignty movement in Indian country has been spurred largely by the hard work and dedication of reservation-based community and nonprofit organizations and tribal colleges. These groups and institutions have created programs to improve...
8/4/13
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John Christian Hopkins
“Some of you are asking if [the summer session] will end today,” Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize said on Wednesday, July 17. “Well, it’s up to you.” But the odds didn’t look good. Opening day of the summer session was tied up mostly with...
8/3/13
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Steven Newcomb
This past May, I went to the Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain to see the original documents issued by Pope Alexander VI in 1493, and to see the original Requerimiento (‘the Requirement’) issued by the Spanish crown government in 1513, 500...
8/2/13
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Dina Gilio-Whitaker
In the music business summertime is prime season for B-list and “nostalgia” acts to go on tour with an abundance of venues, from county fairs and festivals to the usual Indian casino gigs. The Village People have been making the most of it with...
8/1/13
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Peter d'Errico
Human rights and self-determination are hot issues as nations debate the application of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Is the Declaration a revolutionary challenge to the colonial system that dominates Indigenous peoples? Or...
7/31/13
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Johnny Rustywire
Hoskie woke up and could hear nothing and so he sat up. It was early, before light, still dark outside. He walked slowly to not make a lot of noise and could see that his wife was still sleeping and he decided to let her sleep. She liked to sleep on...
7/30/13
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Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega
It is time that the National Football League and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell face the reality that the continued use of the word “redskin” is unacceptable. It is a racist, derogatory term and patently offensive to Native Americans. The Native...
7/30/13
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Gyasi Ross
I know this is sorta late—two weeks, to be exact—and that pop culture topics du jour tend to last only a few days. Modern day pop culture existential question: If someone gets killed on Twitter and it’s no longer trending, did it really happen? I...
7/29/13
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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...

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