Opinions

11/16/12
BY:
Bethany Yellowtail
For those of you connected to Indian country via cyberspace you’ll see that there has never been a more exciting time to be Native American than the present. What I see when I scroll down my newsfeed are a ton of brilliant beautiful Native folk...
11/15/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Not again! In September, the Native community sprang into action voicing our collective outrage after we were assailed by Paul Frank’s "neon pow-wow" fashion night, complete with war-painted employees and C-list celebrities donning feather headbands...
11/15/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On October 22, 2012, at 4:44 a.m., Oglala Lakota leader Russell Means began his journey to the spirit world. He did so at his ranch in the town of Porcupine, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in the Lakota Territory, or as he had declared it, “...
11/15/12
BY:
Tim Outman
My Fellow Americans, It is with sadness that I concede the election to President Obama. He fought a good campaign and, while I thought I had a chance, the people of this country have spoken. Unfortunately, it was those 47 percent who I told you...
11/15/12
BY:
Vonnie Lone Chief
Despite the required recount, North Dakota tribes and Indian country were already celebrating the efforts put forth for Indian champion Heidi Heitkamp’s improbable victory in her bid to hold Democrat Kent Conrad’s United States Senate seat. After...
11/15/12
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Ungelbah Daniel-Davila
Did you get a chance to see No Doubt’s new music video for their song “Lookin’ Hot”? It was only out for a couple of days before they took it down and issued an apology to the American Indian community. I finally got a chance to hunt it down myself...
11/15/12
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
Who would think that a group that makes up about one percent of the overall population could carry such a wallop? From 2000, when we defeated infamous “Indian fighter” U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-Washington) and replaced him with Senator Maria...
11/15/12
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Celeste Pedri
Like many of us in Indian country, I caught the latest Victoria’s Secret atrocity that followed closely on the heels of Gwen Stefani’s big blunder.  I’d like to move the conversation away from this dominant issue of cultural misappropriation to...
11/13/12
BY:
Adrian Jawort
With the state of Washington recently voting to ban the usage of all Native American-related mascots in public schools, it brings momentum and hope to those that aim to see national mascots like the Cleveland Indians or Washington Redskins...
11/11/12
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Sasha Houston Brown
There is something insidiously ironic about being American Indian during the fall of the 21st century. It all starts with Columbus Day to mark our “discovery,” then moves right into the “it’s totally not racist to dress up as a hypersexualized...
11/11/12
BY:
Dr. Leo Killsback
The negative representations of American Indians have recently caught national attention in the news and on the Internet. As a professor in American Indian Studies, I always begin my introductory course with a basic training in stereotypes to...
11/11/12
BY:
Steve Russell
The battle is over, and pundits now stroll to the battlefield and shoot the survivors. I have used this bully pulpit to urge that Indians bloc vote only when threatened as Indians.  My own vote turned on threats I perceived to my family.  Your...
11/11/12
BY:
Darren Bonaparte
Amid the hoopla of the War of 1812 bicentennial, a notable anniversary came and went unobserved recently. On October 23, 1812, one of the early skirmishes in the war took place, but there were no re-enactments where the clash occurred. That’s...
11/10/12
BY:
Valarie Tom
Many Native American teenagers are planning their future and want to make a difference—I believe that. The Native American people have—time and again—answered our nation’s call when it comes to serving in many capacities and that includes the call...

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