Opinions

10/25/12
BY:
Gyasi Ross
“…after I die, I'm coming back as lightning. When it zaps the White House, they'll know it's me." Russell Means I never met Russell Means. I had the chance to meet him when I was a kid. In fact, I saw him a few times as a youngster, but I was so...
10/25/12
BY:
John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives
In recent months, my role as Speaker of the House has allowed me to travel much of our great nation—including Indian country—and talk to Americans of all walks of life. Wherever I go, conversation quickly turns to jobs and the state of the economy....
10/24/12
BY:
Ryan Wilson
I awoke early this morning concerned that my good friend Tim Giago had contracted Romneysia by wedding himself to Kristi Noem’s reelection aspirations. Concern for my friend compels me to do my part in inoculating him and Lakota land from the...
10/24/12
BY:
Heidi Heitkamp
When I spend time on North Dakota reservations, so many friends ask me how I am holding up from all of the negative attacks from out-of-state millionaires. My response is to simply tell them why I got in this race. I am in this is for the child who...
10/24/12
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
After hanging up from a marathon talk with one of my best friends, Stephany, I suddenly remembered that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It reminded me that cancer is the leading cause of death among Indian women, with heart...
10/23/12
BY:
Donna Ennis
Dr. Phil either gets it or he doesn’t. After viewing a recent episode of his show that featured the perspective of adoptive parents in the "battle over Baby Veronica," it is clear to me that he doesn’t get it. Critics in the mental health field say...
10/23/12
BY:
Chuck Tanner and Leah Henry-Tanner
The behavior of Scott Brown, his staff and supporters in Massachusetts' U.S. Senate race shined a light on anti-Indian racism in American politics. Video capturing Brown's followers in the thralls of "war whoops" and "tomahawk chops" offended Native...
10/22/12
BY:
Terry Cross
On October 18, 2012, the Dr. Phil show aired an episode that focused on a disputed custody case involving an American Indian child, Veronica. The case pits a loving father’s attempts to parent his daughter against a non-Indian couple from South...
10/22/12
BY:
Donna Loring
Dr. Phil aired a horror show on October 17 featuring couples who had adopted Indian children or who were in the process of doing so. The show zeroed in on the Indian Child Welfare Act and blamed it for interfering with their adoptions and costing...
10/22/12
BY:
Steve Russell
It is we sinful women who come out raising the banner of truth up against barricades of lies on the highways who find stories of persecution piled on each threshold who find that tongues which could speak have been severed. ---Kishwar Naheed (Urdu...
10/22/12
BY:
Claudia Kauffman
While watching Monday Night Football this week one couldn’t help but notice the bright pink shoes, gloves, towels and ribbons being sported by the players, officials, and coaches. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all across...
10/21/12
BY:
Cedric Sunray
I recently read an article concerning the murder of a highly articulate, cultural young Indian woman who was attending the University of North Carolina when this horrific tragedy occurred. She is an enrolled member of the historic Haliwa-Saponi...
10/20/12
BY:
Leon Donnelly
Mark McNairy, 'designer' of Gap's "Manifest Destiny" t-shirt, has stated that he was taught in school that Manifest Destiny was a good thing, representing the setting of goals, working hard and achieving one's dreams. His texting of "Manifest...
10/20/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
When Pope Benedict XVI canonizes Kateri Tekawitha (1656-1680) this month, she will be declared the Catholic Church’s first American Indian saint. What is the historical context of her beatification? It is the more than 500 year crusade for the...

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