Opinions

4/26/13
BY:
Charles Kader
Sovereignty is a word with many meanings. The adaptation by Onkwehonweh (Original People) for common usage of this word most often relates to a hereditary political status that many have embraced. For some, it is the most profound source of self-...
4/25/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Indian nations have been dealing politically with the imperial momentum of the United States ever since the 13 British colonies along the Atlantic Seaboard of North America declared themselves to be free and independent states in the late eighteenth...
4/24/13
BY:
Charles Kader
The recent legal decision in the case of King Mountain Tobacco v. the State of Washington has become quite the topic in reservation business conversation. A regressive trend has developed across Turtle Island, if one also includes the announcement...
4/23/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
BIA is proposing to furlough employees for one day each pay period through the remainder of the fiscal year through September 30, 2013 to offset funding shortages supposedly created under the sequestration bill. BIA has suspended all travel and...
4/22/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In Indian country it is commonplace to say that the United States Constitution was at least partly inspired by the Confederacy of the Haudenosaunee. Benjamin Franklin and Onondaga Chief Canasatego advised the thirteen British colonies to league...
4/21/13
BY:
Walter Lamar
The virtual currency, bitcoin, recently gained attention as its trading value topped $140 US per coin on April 2. Most of the hoopla surrounding the news about bitcoin skirted the critical fact that the $1.5 billion trading system is mostly funding...
4/20/13
BY:
Cole R. DeLaune
To paraphrase one of the trite banalities she compulsively invoked throughout 2012, the spiritual godmother of the Occupy movement has telegraphed a definitive message to indigenous men and women since she swore the oath of her new position in...
4/19/13
BY:
Steve Russell
The Supreme Court of the United States allows no cameras to record oral arguments, but they have allowed audio recordings. Wide access to the remarks of the Justices (excepting Justice Clarence Thomas, who is customarily silent) has combined with...
4/18/13
BY:
Jamie Fullmer
The potential impacts of Internet gaming legalization was a major topic at last month’s National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) convention. Another critical topic, not surprisingly, was economic diversification and Tribes’ ability to pursue and...
4/18/13
BY:
Jessica Thornton
Keesta had thrown the harpoon, and the whale had accepted it, had grabbed and held onto the harpoon according to the agreement they had made through prayers and petitions. Harmony prevailed, whale and whaler were one. (Umeek, Richard Atleo as quoted...
4/17/13
BY:
Lisa Jones
Recently, in a photo essay entitled, “Here's what life is like on the notorious Wind River Indian Reservation,” the online Business Insider gave a tour of the sprawling central Wyoming home of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The...
4/16/13
BY:
John Echohawk, Jacqueline Pata, Terry Cross
On Tuesday the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. The facts of the case are straightforward: A South Carolina couple is seeking to force Dusten Brown, an Iraq war veteran and member of the Cherokee Tribe,...
4/16/13
BY:
Jacqueline Pata
The mainstream media has continued to make repeated factual errors when reporting on the high profile Supreme Court custody case involving a Native American father and his daughter. The latest are today’s Washington Post and New York Times editorial...
4/16/13
BY:
Bill John Baker
Every Cherokee Nation citizen deserves a long and healthy life. I believe that means access to quality health care, and as Principal Chief, I made a commitment to our people to address this critical issue. Last year, we increased the percentage of...

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