Opinions

5/12/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Every now and then, somebody asks me why I share space in my weekly column, "How Did I Miss That?," with my Republican cousin Ray Sixkiller. I’ll give the answer I always give before moving into the subject of this column, which is pretty much the...
5/11/14
BY:
Jeffrey Ian Ross
Like an argument around the family dinner table, it's a national debate that seems to never end: Is it fair, nice, intolerant, insulting, or irrelevant to continue to use American Indian names in our sports teams?. Or worse are we all racists...
5/10/14
BY:
Peter d’Errico
Many critics of a certain football team's use of the "R" word concede that there is no "free speech" issue. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), harsh critic of the team's name—calling it a "vile name"—maintains its equally staunch...
5/9/14
BY:
Michael P. Gross
Indian self-determination is the most enlightened Indian policy the United States has ever had. Yet it is still plagued by funding problems and existential issues. The Supreme Court’s decision in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter highlighted the...
5/8/14
BY:
Cynthia Iyall
“Every time we carry an eagle feather, that’s sovereignty. Every time we pick berries, that’s sovereignty. Every time we dig roots, that’s sovereignty,” said Nisqually Tribal elder Billy Frank Jr. who passed away earlier this week at the age of 83....
5/7/14
BY:
Michael Willis
The poor state of roads and bridges in Indian country is well-documented, and all too familiar to tribal citizens who face impassable roads during storms, rough dirt roads that are the only routes to take children to school, and bridges that may...
5/5/14
BY:
DaShanne Stokes
Hate speech is any speech or form of expression that offends, threatens, or insults a group based on their race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and other traits. And, as anyone familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church’s planned...
5/4/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On April 27, 2010, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See (The Vatican) to the United Nations delivered its official statement on the Doctrine of Discovery at the 9th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The...
5/3/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Jonathan Schell died recently. His legacy starts with a 1982 book, The Fate of the Earth, which galvanized awareness of the "unthinkable" consequences of nuclear war. In a conversation with Bill McKibben just before his death, Schell recapped the...
5/2/14
BY:
Geoffrey Strommer, Steve Osborne & Caroline Mayhew
For over 20 years, tribal contractors have fought with the United States to be paid the full administrative costs of their contracts, like other government contractors. The Supreme Court has affirmed that the requirement to pay the full amount of...
5/1/14
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
A few weekends ago saw the grand opening of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Skatepark. The skatepark, made possible with donations from the Sheckler Foundation and Grindline, is one of many parks that have been popping up all over Indian country. As much...
4/30/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Indians of all nations are skeptical of the federal government. This is why, even though most tribal societies practiced capital punishment in one form or another, tribal governments have not rushed to opt in to the federal death penalty. Oklahoma...
4/30/14
BY:
Sara Marie Ortiz
Some say—in Indigenous and non-indigenous cultures—that true leaders are born, not made. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but what I do know is this: our Native youth, and our community of up and coming young Native professionals/leaders/scholars...
Nicholet Deschine
4/29/14
BY:
Nicholet Deschine
Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington NFL team recently called on people to “focus on reality” and in discussing his Original Americans Foundation said “I think it tells you that we did our homework – unlike a lot of people.” Snyder further...

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