Opinions

11/24/12
BY:
Winona LaDuke
We just saw some $6 billion spent on the most expensive election in history. It’s a couple of weeks later, and I think I’ve recovered from the drama and excitement. Here in the North Country, we are rather saturated with Fox News, and lack, frankly...
11/24/12
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
It was 6:15 p.m. on a Wednesday when I attempted to break into St. Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia University campus in New York City. There was a lecture scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Choir Room, but there was no obvious entrance into the ethereal...
11/24/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On November 19, the Drudge Report linked to a story about a Native student group at the University of Virginia, a group that decided to deal with the Thanksgiving holiday by holding a potluck dinner where students and speakers would discuss “...
11/24/12
BY:
Racheal White Hawk Strong
I’ve been to pow wows before, but this one was different. The entrance read, “Gathering for our Children and Returning Adoptees.” The annual powwow is in its ninth year at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, and is a collaboration between the...
11/24/12
BY:
Michael E. Roberts
For most Americans, Thanksgiving has been as a celebration of giving, a day of thanks—thankful to be surrounded by family and friends. For many Native people, however, the Thanksgiving holiday is associated with a national celebration of “taking,”...
11/24/12
BY:
Sunny Clifford
You know you come from a nation of oppression when a month has to be dedicated to your heritage. It’s the only way the rest of the country will remember how their freedom came to be, if they can see through the majesty of feathers, beads, and face...
11/19/12
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The Background and Context of Native American Heritage Month The Bureau of Indian Affairs website chronicles the history leading up to the establishment of Native American Heritage Month, connecting it to the early 1900’s and the efforts of Dr....
11/18/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
People have mined gold for centuries. Archeological evidence points to gold mining at least 7,000 years ago. Stories of Aztec gold drove 16th century Spaniards to invade the continent, where they found products of a rich mining and smelting history...
11/17/12
BY:
Holly Cook Macarro
Just one year ago, the Democrats were written off as likely to lose their majority and control of the Senate to the Republicans. Today, they are looking at a gain of two seats and a 10-seat majority as a result of a near sweep of the top Senate...
11/16/12
BY:
Byron Dorgan
In the coming weeks, we will hear a lot about the budget, the deficit and the need to make hard choices when it comes to federal funding. I agree with that. But the choices also have to be smart choices. There will be those who seem to know the cost...
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...

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