Opinions

8/18/13
BY:
Cedric Dukes
The average American cardholder carries more than six credit cards and has a household debt of more than $10,000. Popular financial books and financial companies say there is good and bad debt. Bad debt happens when we become dissatisfied where we...
8/17/13
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
It was summertime in the Chuska Mountains on the Navajo rez and everyone was living up in their sheep camps. There were some boys who had put in a full day of work and were heading back down to the valley below. It was 1968. Bitsilly had received a...
8/16/13
BY:
Steve Russell
This is an opinion column disguised as a movie review. It contains no spoilers. Neil Blomkamp’s first outing in big-budget movie making was District 9, a science fiction thought piece on racism and xenophobia. “Big budget” is a relative term, and...
8/15/13
BY:
Eric Hansen
Whether you see Lake Superior and other Wisconsin waters as poetry or commodity, proposals for a massive expansion of Tar Sands crude oil shipments on and around the Great Lakes do not make sense. Among the waters vulnerable to Canadian pipeline...
8/14/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Click here to read part 1 by Dina Gilio-Whitaker. Baby Veronica’s adoption case reminds us that our fate as Indian people is still too often in the hands of colonizers and the systems they created—especially the legislative and the judicial branches...
8/14/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
The Cobell Settlement, approved on November 24, 2012, provides for a $1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund). The Settlement charges the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”) with the responsibility to use the Fund within a 10-year...
8/13/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
A note from Ray Cook, ICTMN Opinions Editor: The political and legal ramifications of the Baby Veronica case have, in broad strokes, done two things. First, the case tipped the hands of the various Christian Charity Organizations to "evangelized" (...
8/13/13
BY:
Steve Russell
I mean you no harm. If I meant you harm, I would start by using your name. Every literate Cherokee knows your name. At the time before the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee Nation had a higher literacy rate than the white settlers and gold seekers who...
8/12/13
BY:
Trace A. DeMeyer
As I’ve watched the custody dispute unfold over the nearly four-year-old Cherokee girl known as Baby Veronica, I’ve felt as if this little girl was me. Just like Veronica, I was a baby taken from my Native American biological dad without him knowing...
8/12/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Unless you're an anthropologist, you've probably never heard of Professor George Stocking, Jr., so you also wouldn't have noticed his obituary in The New York Times. He died July 13, 2013, at 84 in Chicago, where he became famous for his research...
8/11/13
BY:
Cedric Sunray
It’s been a long… long time a coming… but I know….change going come. On June 3, I walked into the Department of the Interior along with one of the chiefs from the Virginia tribes. We were invited by Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin...
8/10/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
There is a story about the Prophet Samuel rebuking King David for committing adultery with Bathsheba. He told of a man who owned many sheep, but when he needed one, he stole his neighbor's one sheep. The story teaches that we are not to take that...
8/9/13
BY:
Darren Bonaparte
As a Mohawk historian who uses wampum belts to tell our story, I have always loved the Two Row Wampum Belt and its metaphor of the native canoe and European ship sailing side by side down the river of life. Nothing pleases me more to see this acted...
8/8/13
BY:
Sharon M. Day
My culture teaches that as an Ojibwe I have an inherent obligation to not only protect myself, my family, and my tribe but ultimately all humanity, including the environment that sustains us. We are spirit beings who came into this world to live the...

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