Opinions

11/24/12
BY:
Michael E. Roberts
For most Americans, Thanksgiving has been as a celebration of giving, a day of thanks—thankful to be surrounded by family and friends. For many Native people, however, the Thanksgiving holiday is associated with a national celebration of “taking,”...
11/24/12
BY:
Sunny Clifford
You know you come from a nation of oppression when a month has to be dedicated to your heritage. It’s the only way the rest of the country will remember how their freedom came to be, if they can see through the majesty of feathers, beads, and face...
11/19/12
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The Background and Context of Native American Heritage Month The Bureau of Indian Affairs website chronicles the history leading up to the establishment of Native American Heritage Month, connecting it to the early 1900’s and the efforts of Dr....
11/18/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
People have mined gold for centuries. Archeological evidence points to gold mining at least 7,000 years ago. Stories of Aztec gold drove 16th century Spaniards to invade the continent, where they found products of a rich mining and smelting history...
11/17/12
BY:
Holly Cook Macarro
Just one year ago, the Democrats were written off as likely to lose their majority and control of the Senate to the Republicans. Today, they are looking at a gain of two seats and a 10-seat majority as a result of a near sweep of the top Senate...
11/16/12
BY:
Byron Dorgan
In the coming weeks, we will hear a lot about the budget, the deficit and the need to make hard choices when it comes to federal funding. I agree with that. But the choices also have to be smart choices. There will be those who seem to know the cost...
11/16/12
BY:
Bethany Yellowtail
For those of you connected to Indian country via cyberspace you’ll see that there has never been a more exciting time to be Native American than the present. What I see when I scroll down my newsfeed are a ton of brilliant beautiful Native folk...
11/15/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Not again! In September, the Native community sprang into action voicing our collective outrage after we were assailed by Paul Frank’s "neon pow-wow" fashion night, complete with war-painted employees and C-list celebrities donning feather headbands...
11/15/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On October 22, 2012, at 4:44 a.m., Oglala Lakota leader Russell Means began his journey to the spirit world. He did so at his ranch in the town of Porcupine, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, in the Lakota Territory, or as he had declared it, “...
11/15/12
BY:
Tim Outman
My Fellow Americans, It is with sadness that I concede the election to President Obama. He fought a good campaign and, while I thought I had a chance, the people of this country have spoken. Unfortunately, it was those 47 percent who I told you...
11/15/12
BY:
Vonnie Lone Chief
Despite the required recount, North Dakota tribes and Indian country were already celebrating the efforts put forth for Indian champion Heidi Heitkamp’s improbable victory in her bid to hold Democrat Kent Conrad’s United States Senate seat. After...
11/15/12
BY:
Ungelbah Daniel-Davila
Did you get a chance to see No Doubt’s new music video for their song “Lookin’ Hot”? It was only out for a couple of days before they took it down and issued an apology to the American Indian community. I finally got a chance to hunt it down myself...
11/15/12
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
Who would think that a group that makes up about one percent of the overall population could carry such a wallop? From 2000, when we defeated infamous “Indian fighter” U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-Washington) and replaced him with Senator Maria...
11/15/12
BY:
Celeste Pedri
Like many of us in Indian country, I caught the latest Victoria’s Secret atrocity that followed closely on the heels of Gwen Stefani’s big blunder.  I’d like to move the conversation away from this dominant issue of cultural misappropriation to...

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