Opinions

9/6/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
Native Nations’ IDs are both evidence and exercise of sovereignty, and they should stand on their own as validators of tribal citizens’ rights to vote in tribal, federal or state elections and to travel and return home unimpeded. This should be so...
9/5/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
French officials recently inaugurated a commemoration of a dark part of their nation's history: the largest mass arrests of Jews in France, July, 1942. More than 13,000 people were deported to death camps in a matter of days. The New York Times...
9/4/12
BY:
Steve Russell
American Indians understand living in a web of relationships that carry privileges and impose duties. Therefore, I wonder, why is tort law virtually absent in the routine of tribal governance? Tort law in the dominant culture normally does not come...
9/3/12
BY:
T. Lulani Arquette
The Doctrine of Discovery (DOD) was developed by Roman Catholic Popes beginning in 1452 to justify and provide a legal basis for European Christian nations to expand their empires, take the land and resources of non-white civilizations around the...
9/2/12
BY:
Walter Lamar
Is your tribal community fully prepared for an emergency related to wildfire or flooding? No matter where your community is located this year’s weather has likely put you at some level of risk. When a fire flared up on August 2 near Lame Deer,...
9/1/12
BY:
Raymond Foxworth
In July 2012, national press thrust the status of Dakota children in the social service program of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation into national headlines. The sad and untimely death of two Dakota children, discovered by their mother, has been played...
8/31/12
BY:
John Yellow Bird Steele
We are outraged by the remarks of National Republican Committee member Pat Rodgers to Governor Susanna Martinez's staff that the Governor disrespected George Armstrong Custer by meeting with the Pueblo Indian tribal leaders. First, General Custer...
8/31/12
BY:
Laura Waterman Wittstock
Indian viewers who tuned in and listened to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie give his keynote speech on August 28 at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, would have heard him tell stories of his immigrant family. As he talked...
8/31/12
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
How do you describe the loss of a modern day warrior, a chief, and a friend? That’s where I am at today after hearing about the loss of Chairman Stanley Crooks of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Although Chairman Crooks is well known for...
8/30/12
BY:
Michael "T. Mayheart" Dardar
It seems so long ago, those days on the water with my dad trawling for shrimp in the lakes, bays and bayous of our beloved homeland. The two seasons; one in May and the other in August, were the most important and productive times in the seasonal...
8/30/12
BY:
Sarah Deer
In a prior column, I offered an opinion about providing support and advocacy for survivors of violent crime in Indian country. One of the more significant aspects of women’s advocacy in tribal communities during the last few years has been the...
8/30/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
It dawned on me recently that the title of Lewis Hanke’s classic book, The Spanish Struggle for Justice in the Conquest of America (1949), makes no sense. As is customary with scholars of the era of “discovery,” Hanke used the phrase, “the Conquest...
8/29/12
BY:
Kathleen Sebelius
Last week, I toured the new Indian Health Service (IHS) Cheyenne River Health Center. The center, which opened last year, includes a new dental clinic, CT scanner and a Spiritual Room where patients and family can practice their traditions. Over the...
8/28/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
What in the present atmosphere of the Anglo American existence makes it acceptable for someone to ridicule, demean and dehumanize non-Anglo people and then try to justify what they have said as “humor”? This humor, at the expense of blacks, Jews,...

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