Opinions

11/6/12
BY:
Renée Roman Nose
To all our non-Native friends, this November is Native American Heritage Month and the month when we as a nation celebrate Thanksgiving. It is also the anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre and the month in which we elect a President. I would ask...
11/5/12
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Delvin Cree
Several Indian tribes in North Dakota will soon pay more attention to the many energy resources we have in this state and on tribal lands. So far the non-Indian population has benefited from a number of the state's energy opportunities by tapping...
11/5/12
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Rep. Tom Cole
In their recent letter to Indian Country Today Media Network, Congressmen Ed Markey and Ben Ray Lujan expressed concern that chronically underfunded tribal programs are in jeopardy of damaging further spending reductions. I share these concerns and...
11/5/12
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Vincent Schilling
On Saturday November 3, Indian country celebrated a bit of a victory and was paid a not a small amount of respect from Gwen Stefani of the group No Doubt. Within a few hours of posting their latest video “Lookin Hot”—in which Stefani was dancing...
11/5/12
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Steve Russell
If Indians should vote in elections called by the colonial state, the question becomes for whom? It is axiomatic that we vote our interests, but which of many interests? I maintain that we should reserve voting as Indians to helping allies or...
11/4/12
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Elsa Johnson
Elsa Johnson, a Navajo grassroots activist and renewable energy consultant, has fond memories of the time when voter turnout on the Navajo Nation surprised Arizona. Her own family still participates in voting as a tradition, an anticipated and...
11/3/12
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Steve Russell
I’ve watched in amazement as the right wing alternative reality echo chamber ignores questions about the frequency of deadly weather and whether it’s the result of what Winona LaDuke calls “planet baking,” but finds time to eviscerate New Jersey Gov...
11/2/12
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Nancy Pelosi
“If you knew the conditions and circumstances…you would do all you could to remedy them.” These were the words written by Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte—the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree—in 1907. Her letter appealed to the...
11/1/12
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Edward J. Markey & Ben R. Lujan
As the Ranking Members of the Natural Resources Committee and the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, which has primary jurisdiction over Indian issues in the House of Representatives, we feel compelled to respond to Representative Tom...
11/1/12
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Cole R. DeLaune
To a certain species of political observer, the popular impulse when confronted with ideological complexity is to see past any suggestion of nuance to a profitable corollary. To wit, two incumbent Representatives in South Dakota and California are...
10/31/12
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Winona LaDuke
Let’s start big. It’s official. Climate change is no longer a topic of the presidential election banter. Since pretty much no one has mentioned climate change for the past three months, we must be free and clear. As I watch the east coast get...
10/31/12
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Laura Waterman Wittstock
It would be a shame for Russell Means (1939-2012) to be remembered only as a maker of trouble, an unreasonable negotiator, and someone who pushed the limits of human behavior to the breaking point. I met him when I was an American Indian press...
10/29/12
BY:
Frederick Hoxie
History is often made by accident, so we should not read too much into the almost simultaneous deaths last week of South Dakotans Russell Means and George McGovern. Nevertheless, their common passing should remind us of the intersecting paths they...
10/29/12
BY:
Leonard Masten
Ten years ago thousands of adult salmon died in the Lower Klamath River in far Northern California when extremely low flows ordered by the Bush administration created lethal conditions for fish. This year, as we celebrate the first good run of...

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