Opinions

8/26/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
The very privileged once marginalized people of color, anyone poor and most women by simply entering the boardroom, cigar den or private car. But as whiteness created its own cachet and more non-whites became cashy, the rich and snotty weren’t...
8/25/12
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
Republicans in the U.S. House, including Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, are blocking the expanded authority that tribal police need to deal with violent non-Indian offenders of Native American women on Indian land. The Tulalip Tribes' Deborah Parker (in...
8/24/12
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Lise Balk King
The highly publicized auction of 1,940 acres in the Black Hills of South Dakota known to the Oceti Sakowin as Pe’ Sla, The Heart of Everything that Is, has been cancelled. The Reynolds family, “owners” of this property for the last 136 years (since...
8/23/12
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
Right now, The Oceti Sakowin (comprising the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota People, and also referred to as the Great Sioux Nation) is battling against the clock to save Pe’ Sla, one of our most sacred sites. Pe’ Sla, located in the center of the Black...
8/23/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1942, the renowned legal scholar Felix Cohen famously wrote about the Spanish origin of Indian rights in the federal Indian law conceptual system of the United States. The two concepts of a “trust relationship” and “plenary power” are aspects of...
8/22/12
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
Comfort is a curious thing. In the right amounts it's like a miracle drug. Or maybe it's more specific like a panacea or nepenthe for the lovesick hopeless romantic who can't seem to get over the woman he lost. "God, I just want to forget her!" he...
8/21/12
BY:
Cole R. DeLaune
The humid days of late summer have always been a difficult time of year for me. The purple August sunsets have acquired a valedictory undertone in the decade since my grandmother's death, but even before that, the annual transitional confusion and...
8/20/12
BY:
Dan Jones
“YOU’LL MOCK DEATH BUT ONCE!” I ask the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma to excuse me for speaking about your relatives. I was asked by Indian Country Today Media Network, and I am moved to do so prayerfully. The act of tampering with the graves of...
8/19/12
BY:
Steve Russell
I've been watching and thinking about Gabby Douglas, the teenage heroine of the London Olympics. Or so I view her. I was thinking of Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Shannon Miller—all young girls who taught us that tough is not just...
8/18/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
For generations, we,, the original nations and peoples of North America, have been conditioned to think and behave in a dominated manner. This has been part of the process of becoming “civilized,” which is a polite word for “dominated.” “...
8/17/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
I was first introduced to Tex Willer while attending a pow wow in Italy; yes Italy— where Indians are served cheese lasagna and vino as opposed to frybread and lemonade for their participation after a days-worth of dancing and drumming. Dinner...
8/16/12
BY:
Winona LaDuke
As the wind breathes out of Wind Cave in my face, I am reminded of the creation of humans and my own small place in this magnificent world. Wind Cave National Park is named for the cave itself, called Washun Niya, or the Breathing Hole of Mother...
8/15/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
On August 25, 1,942.66 acres divided into five tracts of land located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is slated to go up for auction. In 2012, such an event isn’t extraordinary; except in this case the land scheduled to be sold to the highest...
8/14/12
BY:
T. Lulani Arquette
Over the years, when discussing Indigenous history and many of the injustices perpetrated upon the Native peoples who populate what is now Hawai’i, Alaska and the continental U.S., I’ve often heard people say, “That’s history and things are better...

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