Opinions

2/18/15
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Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA), the governing body of the northern, or Canadian, portion of Akwesasne, has learned of United States legislation recently proposed by U.S. Rep. John Katko, R-Syracuse, that calls for a security study to be...
2/17/15
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Cedric Sunray
The Pamunkey Tribe has recently come under fire by the Congressional Black Caucus for, until very recently, their constitutional prohibition of intermarriage with black people. When placed in a contemporary context, the small tribe (enrolled...
2/16/15
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Andy Mager
The world suffered a great loss last week with the passing of Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Gowanahs). A member of the Snipe Clan, Onondaga Nation, she was a lawyer, activist and professor of American Indian history, Federal Indian Law, anthropology, and...
2/16/15
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Steve Russell
Turkey has a rich and colorful history at the crossroads of several worlds. The geographical crossroads between Europe and Asia. The religious crossroads between first the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, and then between Christianity...
2/15/15
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Zoltan Grossman
By defining Iraqis as “savages,” the hit film American Sniper has drawn on a long tradition of American war fighting against tribal peoples. The so-called “Global War on Terror” has grown from Iraq and Afghanistan into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia,...
2/14/15
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Cedric Sunray
The first time I set foot on the Chitimacha Indian Reservation in Louisiana was in the 1990s. Prior to this, I had seen pictures of some of their tribal members attending Indian boarding schools with members of my own tribe and many others. One...
2/14/15
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Bob and Charlene Burns
There are so many people in Indian country processing the loss of our Blackfoot scholar, philosopher, activist, teacher, ceremonialist, healer, family member and friend, Tatsikiistamik (Middle Bull) Narcisse Blood. When a person does the work to...
2/13/15
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Dean B. Suagee
From the media coverage of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, one might get the impression that the only real issue is whether its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions would substantially contribute to global warming. For people who are in denial about...
2/12/15
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Peter d'Errico
Are you puzzled about the violence of the Islamic State, how killing and torture can be justified by religious doctrines? Have you thought that Muslim violence today echoes Christian violence in the Crusades and the Inquisition? If so, you likely...
2/11/15
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Cedric Sunray
Eleanor Cook rolled out of bed, nervous, but excited about what the future held that day. Shunned from attendance at the local white and black schools of rural Virginia, state officials and Bureau of Indian Affairs representatives had for years been...
2/10/15
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Harlan McKosato
The smoke you see coming from tribal lands is no longer the stereotypical smoke signals. The smoke is coming from the mouths of Native people who are pro-legalization of marijuana, and from the ears of those who are against it. I say this tongue-in-...
2/9/15
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David Rooks
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree Where Alph, the sacred river, ran … Down to a sunless sea. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1797 The Rapid City equivalent to “a stately pleasure-dome” is the downtown Civic Center, where Rapid Creek...
2/8/15
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Jacqueline Keeler
Last Sunday, I stood in downtown Phoenix with 100 other Native American protestors chanting “No More Victims, No More Stereotypes” and praying for Indigenous women—our sisters—who have fallen to domestic violence, rape, and murder. Around us blared...
2/7/15
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Tom Harris
Today, many of the world¹s leaders in science, engineering, and other relevant disciplines will not comment publicly about climate change. They fear being labeled as “scare mongers,” or deniers, or funded by special interest groups, or not caring...

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