Opinions

7/19/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Cases involving child custody are always middle class morality plays. I am reminded of the time I had trouble getting a routine, uncontested step-parent adoption done in the county where I now reside, because one of my clients was a non-observant...
7/19/13
BY:
Se-ah-dom Edmo
Oregon's governor John Kitzhaber went on record saying he will veto Senate Bill 215. The bill, which has now passed the House and Senate, would effectively overturn the Oregon State Board of Education's 2012 decision to eliminate the use of race-...
7/18/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In a recent column, I demonstrated that the phrase “Indigenous peoples” means "peoples under dominance" or "peoples under domination." This is revealed by a couple of international working definitions of the term “indigenous.” So here’s a strange...
7/17/13
BY:
Steve Russell
June 25, 2013, was a great day to be white in the United States.  In one day, the Supreme Court pulled the teeth of two laws with an excellent track record of providing remedies for racial discrimination, the Voting Rights Act and the Indian Child...
7/15/13
BY:
Henrietta Stockel
After nearly 250 years, the Franciscan friars ended their association with the Mescalero and Chiricahua Apaches on July 1, 2013, citing a shortage of priests and harsh economic conditions as causes. No replacements would be available. So, on a rainy...
7/14/13
BY:
Mark C. Van Norman
In the Baby Veronica case, Associate Supreme Court Justice Thomas writes that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional because it is not “commerce” in the sense of “trade.” Domestic relations, he says, are left to the states. When it comes...
7/13/13
BY:
Halie Geller
Native Americans have been using eagle feathers and other parts in their religious and ceremonial practices since “time immemorial.” However, as the federal government passed laws and regulations and entered into treaties to protect the eagle and...
7/12/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
We are living in an era where there aren't enough Supreme Court Justices who think like Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia, a true constructionist, believes wholly in the U.S. Constitution and never decides to add to or take away from it. In...
7/11/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Racialization is the social and historical process of assigning individuals and groups a racial identity and social status, and places them into positions of superior and inferior types. This process is always legitimized through ideologies (usually...
7/10/13
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
One spring a few years ago, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) set up a wild horse roundup in Eastern Utah. I was doing some title search work and found myself one morning riding out with the wranglers who would be catching and rounding up the...
7/9/13
BY:
Brian Brewer
As American colonists began to call for democracy, revolutionary leaders dressed up as Indians, boarded English ships and dumped tea in Boston harbor to protest taxes on tea and commodities. The Boston Tea Party, with its rallying cry, “No Taxation...
7/8/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In September 2014, a United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting (UN-HLPM) “to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” (WCIP) will take place at the UN Headquarters of New York. A preparatory meeting for that High Level Plenary-“World...
7/6/13
BY:
Tex Hall
Concerning the White House Council on Native American Affairs: On behalf of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and the Council of Large Tribes, “Thank you President Obama.” Thank you, Mr. President for answering the call of Indian...
7/5/13
BY:
Steve Russell
I often write with respect of persons who have done much with their time, referring to them as “elders.” Some people deserve that respect, but others are just old. Out of luck or because they took no risks, they are still sucking air. Good, but that...

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