Opinions

5/13/16
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Steven Newcomb
Jody Wilson is the former Education Program Manager for the “San Salvador” build site of the San Diego Maritime Museum. She recently found on the Internet a 2014 proposal to build a statue to honor the Spanish conquistador Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. The...
5/12/16
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Gabriel S. Galanda
Congress passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (“Act”)in 1935 to “promote the economic welfare” of Indians “through the development of Indian arts and crafts and the expansion of the market for the products of Indian art and craftsmanship.” The Act...
5/11/16
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David Wilkins
“Dependence is a marker of childhood; independence is the mark of adolescence; and interdependence is the mark of adulthood.” — Larry Alberts I teach native politics, treaties, and federal Indian law at the University of Minnesota. In my current...
5/10/16
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Doreen Wonda Johnson
When I was first elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, I was proud to have earned the support of my people of House District 5 in McKinley & San Juan Counties to represent their voice in the Roundhouse. And as a Navajo woman, I...
5/9/16
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Steve Russell
Don’t lecture me about alcohol and in particular about drunk driving, because I can turn incoming admonishments around on a dime. I’ll take you to 1966, when I was traveling back to Kelly AFB to gather my stuff and head for something called “counter...
5/8/16
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André Cramblit
My 79-year-old mom, Jeanerette Jacups-Johnny, has been staying with us recently. She fell twice in one week, hitting her head both times and getting two concussions. She has been recouping at our house for the last month. Her Doctor is worried about...
5/7/16
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Mike Myers
I’m raising the question, “Who defines a culture,” because both settler governments (U.S. and Canada) have been pretty aggressive in trying to force out definitions of certain aspects of our cultures to their satisfaction, particularly in the areas...
5/6/16
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Joint Statement
The following statement was made from the Long March to Rome Gathering in Florence, Italy from April 30-May 4, 2016: Greetings to Pope Francis and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Let us begin with some historical context. In 1992, the...
5/6/16
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Harold Monteau
April was Autism Awareness month. Autism is not prevalent in Native American Communities, which may be due to the lack of awareness and lack of resources for diagnosis, or even that genetic factors linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may not be...
5/5/16
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Jennifer Denetdale
Like so many other times, I stopped at a gas station just outside the boundary of the Navajo Nation. As I start to pump gas in my SUV for my trip back to Albuquerque, a young Diné woman approaches me and asks if she might catch a ride to Gallup, a...
5/4/16
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Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Every four years Americans engage in what they believe is the most sacred of public rituals: voting for president. It’s a time when those who are most marginalized in society believe they have a say in decisions that will affect them. They believe...
5/3/16
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Suzan Shown Harjo
“Off the reservation” is a term I’ve heard tossed off casually by policymakers and bureaucrats from the White House to Capitol Hill, and by reporters who cover them and editors and producers who place stories and write headlines. When that term is...
5/3/16
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Steven Newcomb
In one context, “to reconcile” means “to restore a friendship.” A question thus arises regarding the kind of relationship now existing between our Original Nations and dominating societies, such as Canada or the United States: How do we go about...
5/2/16
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Ruth Hopkins
When my grandpa was dying of cancer, he asked for me. He wanted me to sit with him. I was about 8 years old. The cancer had metastasized and spread over his entire body so he was in exquisite pain. I can still see him lying there in his bed, bony...

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