Opinions

6/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In a recent ICTMN column “Dangerous Dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community” (June 14, 2014), I condemned the dissent written by Justice Clarence Thomas in the recently decided Bay Mills case. (He was joined by Justices Alito, Ginsberg,...
6/26/14
BY:
Jay Daniels
The Tulsa World Sunday, June 9 edition published an article by Russell Gold. Gold is the author of a new book on fracking called “The Boom.” He also has covered the energy industry for the Wall Street Journal since 2002. I found the article very...
6/25/14
BY:
Nick Estes
Standing in a parking lot across the street from the 2014 Chamberlain High School commencement ceremony last Sunday, singers, supporters (Native and non-Native), students, and families crowded outside the National Guard Armory to honor graduating...
6/24/14
BY:
Ryan Seelau & Ian Record
On May 27, the U.S. Supreme Court finally handed down its decision in the Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community case. The good news for Native nations is that the Court upheld the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity, opting not to carry out any...
6/22/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014 –1:03 P.M. DENVER, COLORADO – I’ve been without sleep for 24 hours now. … My synapses aren’t firing. I’m hallucinating – not badly, though. It’s still just bees and flies – not yet bunnies with fangs or god-awful Humpty Dumpty...
6/21/14
BY:
Donna Ennis
The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that rates of co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, especially alcohol, are higher among Native Americans, and that the suicide rate among the Native population is 50 percent higher than the national...
6/21/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On May 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision in the case State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. A five justice majority issued a ruling that works in favor of the Bay Mills Indian Community. While a great deal of...
6/20/14
BY:
Hoopa Valley Tribe
The Sovereign Rights of Self-Governance and Self-Determination are at Stake in the Klamath Settlement Many thanks to Indian Country Today Media Network for bringing much needed attention to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and S. 2379...
6/20/14
BY:
Tim Seward
“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” With this statement, the Third National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States (Climate Assessment) signals a sea change in...
6/19/14
BY:
Ray Cook
Actor Chief Dan George said it best when describing the post-civil war, new model of Indian survival in the classic movie, The Outlaw Josey Wales, “We shall endeavor to persevere.” Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office decided...
6/18/14
BY:
Adrian Jawort
To many American Indians living on a desolate and rural reservation out west where issues like extreme poverty, substance and sexual abuse, and violence and suicide reign supreme, the popular media focus these days of the Washington Redskins mascot...
6/18/14
BY:
Josh Saxon
The Klamath Basin has been the home of one of the West’s most infamous water disputes for more than a century. It’s a sad yet classic American tale of colonialists driving native populations from the land, denying opportunities to practice cultural...
6/18/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Honest politics practiced between the Indian nations and the colonists must always be, or should always be, coalition politics. This is necessary not only because we are less than one percent of the US population, but also because we are not now and...
6/17/14
BY:
Renee Holt
Dedicating this song ‘Commencement Day’ from the Blue Scholars of Seattle to “the class of two thousand whatever” throughout Indian country and all “the teachers who are underpaid” and love their students enough to keep on teaching. As families...

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