Opinions

7/25/13
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
When I heard of George Zimmerman’s acquittal, my thoughts went not to my 10-year-old son, but to my dad, when he was 18. I avoided coverage of the trial because I knew the unrepentant Zimmerman defense would blame his victim, Trayvon Martin, for his...
7/24/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an avatar of hypocrisy in civil rights law. A descendant of slaves hailing from Pin Point, Georgia, his first language was Gullah. Thomas blames affirmative action for devaluing his degree from Yale Law...
7/23/13
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
On a commuter jet now—US Airways flight 2128—New York City to Boston. The takeoff was hard on the nerves—muscles tightened. The whole ordeal drove fear into the face of that Wall Street tycoon sitting across the aisle. We rocked in the air like a...
7/22/13
BY:
Paul Moorehead
On July 13, 2013, Leonard Garment passed away. He was 89 years old and the headline of his obituary read, “Elite attorney defended Nixon during Watergate maelstrom.” This may be the perspective of one newspaper, but as many in Indian country know,...
7/21/13
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
Over the recent Fourth of July opening weekend, The Lone Ranger  was trounced by Despicable Me 2 at the box office.  I also found myself at a Subway deli looking at a cut-out of Johnny Depp’s Tonto.  And to be honest, as an Indian myself, it does...
7/19/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Cases involving child custody are always middle class morality plays. I am reminded of the time I had trouble getting a routine, uncontested step-parent adoption done in the county where I now reside, because one of my clients was a non-observant...
7/19/13
BY:
Se-ah-dom Edmo
Oregon's governor John Kitzhaber went on record saying he will veto Senate Bill 215. The bill, which has now passed the House and Senate, would effectively overturn the Oregon State Board of Education's 2012 decision to eliminate the use of race-...
7/18/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In a recent column, I demonstrated that the phrase “Indigenous peoples” means "peoples under dominance" or "peoples under domination." This is revealed by a couple of international working definitions of the term “indigenous.” So here’s a strange...
7/17/13
BY:
Steve Russell
June 25, 2013, was a great day to be white in the United States.  In one day, the Supreme Court pulled the teeth of two laws with an excellent track record of providing remedies for racial discrimination, the Voting Rights Act and the Indian Child...
7/15/13
BY:
Henrietta Stockel
After nearly 250 years, the Franciscan friars ended their association with the Mescalero and Chiricahua Apaches on July 1, 2013, citing a shortage of priests and harsh economic conditions as causes. No replacements would be available. So, on a rainy...
7/14/13
BY:
Mark C. Van Norman
In the Baby Veronica case, Associate Supreme Court Justice Thomas writes that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional because it is not “commerce” in the sense of “trade.” Domestic relations, he says, are left to the states. When it comes...
7/13/13
BY:
Halie Geller
Native Americans have been using eagle feathers and other parts in their religious and ceremonial practices since “time immemorial.” However, as the federal government passed laws and regulations and entered into treaties to protect the eagle and...
7/12/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
We are living in an era where there aren't enough Supreme Court Justices who think like Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia, a true constructionist, believes wholly in the U.S. Constitution and never decides to add to or take away from it. In...
7/11/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Racialization is the social and historical process of assigning individuals and groups a racial identity and social status, and places them into positions of superior and inferior types. This process is always legitimized through ideologies (usually...

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