Opinions

10/8/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
"Our Visions” was a historic gathering of 100 Native writers, artists and wisdomkeepers at Taos Pueblo and sponsored by The Morning Star Institute and The 1992 Alliance. The statement was the collective work of Oren Lyons and myself, as co-chairs,...
10/7/12
BY:
Carter Meland
Reading the recent New York Times story,  “Looking, Very Closely, for Voter Fraud” (September 17, 2012) an iconic image from American pop culture popped into my mind. I could see a wagon train loaded with settlers, circling up in a valiant attempt...
10/6/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Tribal governments that disdain being “domestic, dependent nations” should prepare two budgets, similar to the “shadow governments” that opposition parties compose in a parliamentary system. The Plan A budget would be the one expected. The Plan B...
10/5/12
BY:
Jonathan Larrabee
This is to correct a century-plus-long legal error that has been and continues to be perpetuated upon the Great Sioux Nation and all Indians alike. The lesson is that all treaties are specific unto themselves. On page 20 of the November 30, 2011...
10/4/12
BY:
Fred Wszolek
In 2004, largely under the mainstream media radar, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) dispossessed Native Americans. But this time, it was not their lands that were being taken away—it was their sovereignty. It all began with Big...
10/3/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
I come from a family of hunters. Autumn was always a big deal, because that’s when hunting season began. The day hunting licenses became available was treated like a special occasion. Many a morning, my dad and over a dozen male relations would...
10/2/12
BY:
Karenne Wood
Most of us began to learn what we know about the past in grade school, not through history courses, but through a hybrid discipline called social studies. Social studies are defined as the "integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to...
10/1/12
BY:
Gov. Jerry Brown
California has been home to human beings for at least 12,000 years, with the period of European-American settlement representing only a tiny fraction of this time. The first Europeans to arrive in California encountered hundreds of thousands of...
10/1/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
This summer I was honored to speak before the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding American Indian Treaty and consultation rights. During my first visit to the U.N. Palais des Nations, I was affected most by...
9/30/12
BY:
Cole R. DeLaune
The squall of outrage that has erupted in the 72 hours since footage of Massachusetts GOP Senate campaign staffers pantomiming the "tomahawk chop" and issuing war whoops initially emerged confounds logic and strains credulity. In the stampede to...
9/29/12
BY:
Steve Russell
In another column, I was mean to Willard Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Michigan, Utah, and California. My subject was a surreptitious video of Gov. Romney’s remarks at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser at the Boca Raton mansion of Marc...
9/28/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Let me be crystal clear: The anti-Indian, federal Indian law idea-system has no legitimacy when viewed from the perspective of our original existence as the free and independent nations and peoples of this part of the world. Our peoples long predate...
9/27/12
BY:
Jack Duran
Recently, the California Governor, Jerry Brown, authorized the Class III gaming compacts of two landless tribes, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and Estom Yumeka Maidu (Enterprise Rancheria), who had petitioned the state to operate tribal...
9/26/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
The senatorial race in Massachusetts is too close to call—between incumbent Senator Scott Brown, Republican, and Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, Democrat—and could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. But you can set your watch by...

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