Opinions

6/24/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Bethany Berger is a first rate legal scholar who has done a great deal of useful work for Indians in academia. Before that, she paid her dues in the legal trenches of Dinébe’iiná Náhiiłna be Agha’diit’ahii. Because my respect for her work knows few...
6/22/13
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
Since the 19th Century, the plight of the North American bison has paralleled the way of the indigenous people of buffalo bountry and the land itself: decimation, almost to the point of extinction, by non-tribal peoples. Likewise, nearly 150 years...
6/21/13
BY:
Steve Russell
It’s election year again in the Cherokee Nation, but every year’s an election year somewhere and democracy is not a spectator sport. You either roll up your pants legs and wade in political waste products or you let others make critical decisions...
6/20/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Google “Guatemalan genocide” and you’ll find in Wikipedia a description that characterizes it as a civil war between the government and leftist rebel groups made up of predominantly Mayan Indians and poor peasants. This is pretty typical for how...
6/19/13
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
“What are you wearing?” I asked. “What?” he responded. He surveyed his chest. “This?” He then gripped a thin gold chain on his neck. “No. Your hat, man,” I said. “What does it mean?” “Oh, I don’t know. Nothing,” he responded. “It just matched my...
6/18/13
BY:
Armstrong Wiggins
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is due all people. These are the principles  I hope Secretary of State John Kerry remembers as he participates at the 43rd session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States and meets...
6/17/13
BY:
Steve Russell
One of the television talking heads really hurt my feelings in a report the other night on Edward Snowden, the traitorous hero or heroic traitor who leaked the existence of PRISM, wholesale collection of data from the servers of various major...
6/16/13
BY:
Isaac Curley Jr.
The visions of my father, Isaac Curley Sr., come and go with each passing month and season. My father was born on March 25, 1922 and raised on the Navajo reservation. His home was a hogan, the family subsisted upon livestock, no modern conveniences...
6/16/13
BY:
Cedric Sunray
Lindy Waters (Kiowa/Cherokee) was a former stand out collegiate basketball player, but you won’t hear him talk too much about that. Today his life is consumed as a father of four, administrator at the University of Oklahoma, and Indian community...
6/15/13
BY:
Valarie Tom
One bright summer afternoon in 2001 my 7 year-old son and I were standing on an overlook taking in the awesome and powerful beauty of the Lower Yellowstone Falls located in the Yellowstone National Park. Prior to stopping we enjoyed the breathtaking...
6/14/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The U.S. acknowledgment of massive Internet and telephone spying operations is a surprise only to those who do not remember history. The Black Panthers and the New Left of the 1960s were spied on by "COINTELPRO," a secret program created by the...
6/14/13
BY:
Darwin Hill
Statement Of Umbrella Groups National Congress Of American Indians, United South And Eastern Tribes, And California Association Of Tribal Governments, 72 Indigenous Nations and Seven Indigenous Organizations Twelfth Session of the United Nations...
6/13/13
BY:
Heather Kendall-Miller
On May 31, 2013, the Ahtna elder, matriarch and icon, passed away at the age of 97. Katie John was a long-time client of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) who represented her in federal court litigation for nearly 30 years. The Katie John...
6/12/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Meanings vary when people repeat that things can be done “the right way, the wrong way, or the Army way.” The Army way may represent teamwork so instinctive that orders are not necessary. For most GIs, the Army way is the elevation of form over...

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