Opinions

5/11/12
BY:
Jihan Gearon
This column was originally published on LastRealIndians.com. Last weekend I traveled to Phoenix to visit my brother and friends, do some shopping, bask in the warm weather and basically, get away. When I was young the only time I went to Phoenix was...
5/10/12
BY:
Jefferson Keel, President?, National Congress of American Indians
Over the last week President Obama, in public events at high schools and speeches throughout the country, has led the charge to ensure that higher education for all students from all backgrounds is affordable. The president has done this because on...
5/10/12
BY:
Chris Stearns
On a sunny September day in New York City in 2007, the United Nations General Assembly gathered to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). The event marked the culmination of three decades of intense...
5/9/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
One of the most significant declarations ever to emanate from the United Nations, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is belittled—mocked, almost—by the acronym so often used to refer to it. UNDRIP: it sounds like a health problem....
5/8/12
BY:
Robert Odawi Porter, Seneca Nation of Indians President
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) recently issued a statement on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Sen. Kyl opposed the Senate Judiciary Committee's version of the bill, S. 1925, crafted by Sen. Leahy (D-VT), calling the provision...
5/8/12
BY:
Ray Cook
Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) recently issued a statement after the passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, in which he argued that tribal governments (and I can only assume that he means governments recognized and organized...
5/7/12
BY:
William Norman, Charles Hobbs, Dan Lewerenz & John Tabinaca Plata
Last month, the United States Senate moved to close a jurisdictional loophole that for decades has allowed non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence in Indian country to evade prosecution. Senate Bill 1925, the carefully crafted reauthorization...
5/7/12
BY:
Karla E. General and Robert T. Coulter
On April 26, 2012, the Senate passed S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012, with broad bipartisan support. Title IX of the bill would restore concurrent tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit certain...
5/7/12
BY:
Philip S. "Sam" Deloria
Steven Newcomb wrote a column carried on IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com and on Indianz.com in which he criticized my remarks quoted in Chuck Trimble’s column. In so doing, he addressed important issues concerning our status in the United States...
5/5/12
BY:
Chelsea Vowel
If you've heard the term 60s scoop and thought it had something to do with ice-cream in ye olden days, I'm here to enlighten you. I prefer the term stolen generations, because the scooping I'm about to discuss didn't end in the '60s, and arguably...
5/4/12
BY:
Devon G. Peña
I have for some time been analyzing the “ecology of fear” and the climate of hatred it generates to feed the growing menace of presumably random acts of violence in Arizona such as last year’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. When we consider...
5/4/12
BY:
Steve Russell
All racial discourse has been nonsensical since we’ve understood H. sapiens as one species with common ancestors. “White” is about color, and there are more differences among whites than there are between whites and other “races.” “Indian,” all...
5/3/12
BY:
Steve Russell
This term, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about affirmative action in university admissions, where my alma mater is on the side of diversity for a change. Most observers agree diversity is likely to lose, but if that happens it does...
5/2/12
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
It was 1:30 p.m. April 19 when I received a frantic phone call from Colorado State Senator Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, who said she had less than 24 hours to resurrect the Recognition of the American Indian Genocide resolution of 2008. By noon the...

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