Opinions

2/6/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
I'm in no mood to write today. I just feel like sitting here, at this coffee shop in the West Village, Café Minerva, and muse on what it is and what the hell it all means. There's a guy, just there, beyond the bar, who resembles Philip Seymour...
2/5/14
BY:
Ralph Goodale
There are several things wrong with the Harper government’s never-ending claims that they are brilliant tax cutters. To start with, the claims are untrue. Their first fiscal decision after taking office in 2006 was to increase personal income taxes...
2/4/14
BY:
Ray Austin
It is time for federal agencies to increase efforts to hire and recruit Native Americans. Even if 5 percent of the 90,000 jobs were designated for hiring Native Americans (NA), that would mean 4,470 jobs. In a recent May 2013 nationwide recruitment...
2/3/14
BY:
Jay Daniels
The Cobell settlement, approved on November 24, 2011, provides for a $1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund). The Settlement charges the U.S. Department of the Interior with the responsibility to use the Fund within a 10-year periodto...
2/2/14
BY:
Dale Schlundt
When one says American Indian, what comes to mind? Is it the fierce-looking warrior on horseback or perhaps the individual in war paint holding a repeating rifle, ever ready for battle? We have so many political and societal issues being discussed...
2/1/14
BY:
Winona LaDuke
These are two fundamental, and essential emotions which allow us to live well. I could say function in society, but that seems too clinical. Remorse—to feel sorry, to express regret; (minjinawezid- he is regretful). And, gratitude, migwechiwendam,...
1/31/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Age brings introspection.   When you retire, when you withdraw from the daily hurly-burly to live on your pension (if you are lucky enough to have a pension), it dawns on you that whatever you will contribute to moving things along has pretty well...
1/30/14
BY:
Amy Moore & Mike Taylor
Beds are for white people. I (Mike) have never had a bed at home. Why have a bed that takes up so much space when you can neatly tuck away a sleeping bag in the morning? When money is scarce, when rooms are tiny, when you live in a trailer, or when...
1/29/14
BY:
Robert Warrior
Ryan Bellerose’s unfortunate recent op-ed essay in Indian Country Today Media Network, “Don’t Mix Indigenous Fight with Palestinian Rights," would be laughable and easy to dismiss given how heavy on bluster and light on accuracy it is. The essay,...
1/28/14
BY:
Steve Russell
The title of this column brings to mind the unsuccessful confirmation hearing for the man whose name—Robert Bork—became a verb, “to Bork,” meaning to wrap so many of a nominee’s absurd ideas around his neck that he sinks. Bork was nominated to the...
1/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
I read with interest Anna Maria Tremonti’s “Could First Nations still stop the Northern Gateway pipeline?” It was the text version of Ms. Tremonti’s radio program “The Current Review” that aired on December 20, 2013, on the Canadian Broadcasting...
1/26/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
He limped into town in the middle of the night, beaten and bitter. He’s an asshole, really, and a good person. We need people like Andrew. He’s the kind of mouth and muscle you need in Little Italy, New York, in December when some sour grifter...
1/25/14
BY:
Charles Kader
The announcement by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow 20 hospitals in the state to dispense medical marijuana is a sea-change shift in policy. The Democrat is up for re-election this year and is going against the grain in the state known for...
1/24/14
BY:
Chuck Trimble
On Thursday, January 9, President Obama spoke about how he plans to address challenges such as job creation, housing, law enforcement and education in the poorest communities. The speech set the tone for his remaining tenure and came almost 50 years...

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