Opinions

11/20/15
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Noelani Arista & Randall Akee
As you read this, Naʻi Aupuni (Seizure of Government), the new non-profit agency created and funded by the State of Hawaiʻi, is launching a Native Hawaiian constitutional convention. In order to understand the process it has never been more timely...
11/20/15
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Sen. John Barrasso
Ninety-five million dollars. That’s the amount of money the Southern Ute tribe of Colorado is losing because of Washington’s invasive bureaucracy and overregulation of Indian Country. This astounding number came from tribal council member Mike...
11/19/15
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Kitcki Carroll
November is Native American Heritage Month, a month set aside every year, in recent history, with the purpose and intent of recognizing the significant contributions that we, as first Americans, have made to the establishment and growth of the...
11/19/15
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Steven Newcomb
Here’s a mental exercise. Reflect back on the first invaders to sail to this hemisphere. Now ask yourself: “Did those Christians from Europe, such as Cristobal Colón (Columbus), who made invasive landfall at the shores of this hemisphere have a...
11/18/15
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Peter d'Errico
The latest example of the name and mascot wars is at Amherst College in Massachusetts. The college was named after the town, which was named after the British general, Lord Jeffery Amherst, who oversaw smallpox blanket distribution to the Indians at...
11/18/15
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Terese Marie Mailhot
There’s a stigma that Indians where I’m from are broken and dirty. Maybe it’s the water. We boiled water most of my life on the rez because that’s how Mom said she got hepatitis. It could have been the walls, where we often saw black mold, only to...
11/18/15
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Jon Tester
“Native Americans maintain vibrant cultures and traditions and hold a deeply rooted sense of community.” These words ring true and with a rare bit of bipartisanship, they were entered in the Congressional Record last week as Congress passed a...
11/17/15
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Jon Antelope
Living cheap is hard enough, but it is harder still in small-town Utah when your Mormon welfare dries up completely. Several years ago, one of the local leaders of the Mormon church tried to run our family out town because he didn't want us to be...
11/16/15
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Gabriel S. Galanda
In Part One, I profiled “the determined and diverse chorus of individuals, organizations, and even a few Native nations,” who in the spring of 2015 raised “substantive challenges to the egregious practice of dismembering otherwise legitimate...
11/15/15
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Ruth Hopkins
Due to colonization and the spread of Christianity throughout Native lands, Indigenous tattooing became taboo during the assimilation era. Even today, it’s discouraged. As a result, the practice went underground. Thankfully, genocide was...
11/14/15
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Peter d'Errico
President Obama doesn't understand America's history with Indigenous Peoples. A careful reading of his recent conversation with author Marilynne Robinson on September 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa, shows he has serious misconceptions. In the midst...
11/13/15
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Gabriel S. Galanda
Earlier this year, the longtime lone voice against disenrollment, Professor David Wilkins, Lumbee, wrote: [W]hile the number of unjustified disenrollments continues to plague Indian Country, a small but determined and diverse chorus of individuals,...
11/12/15
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Mike Myers
Environmentalists, Indigenous folks and others were overjoyed to hear that President Obama has cancelled the Keystone XL Pipeline. Keystone got a lot of attention because it was a major international project and as such required federal and state...
11/11/15
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Steve Russell
If you missed Part 1 yesterday, click here. The current unpleasantness in Afghanistan is said to be “the longest war in U.S. history.”  I beg to differ, while still admitting that 2001 to 2015 is a long time to fight a country living in the 16th...

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