Opinions

3/31/13
BY:
Winter King & Sara Clark
President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a federal statute that addresses domestic violence and other crimes against women. As initially conceived in 1994, VAWA created new federal crimes and...
3/30/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Every American Indian alive today has been affected by the policy of assimilation implemented by the United States government not that long ago. Under the guise of Manifest Destiny, European immigrants swept through North America in ever increasing...
3/29/13
BY:
Charles Kader
The labeling vogue of past generations was often to term both traditional and religious groups in Indian country as offbeat, sometimes as renegades, and possibly as outcasts within tribal communities. To a varying degree, these labels have existed...
3/28/13
BY:
Steve Russell
The interplay between law and language is fascinating. “Blood quantum” started without the modern racist connotations in early English cases involving inheritance from a particular person rather than from a racially defined category of persons. The...
3/27/13
BY:
Kay Olan (Ionataie:was)
This is the time of year when people in the Northeast become excited about the return of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. The robins and the geese are returning from their winter get-away vacation spots down south. Gardeners are looking...
3/26/13
BY:
DaShanne Stokes
The recent arrest of Wayland Gray, a Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen, has set off a firestorm of criticism against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Gray was arrested on February 15 this year for attempting to pray at Hickory Ground, a sacred...
3/26/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
In 2010, after the United States as the final holdout endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Bolivian government called for a high level plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA...
3/25/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Few of us have been unscathed by alcohol, and I am no exception. A close Cherokee relative, big-hearted and kind when sober, was a mean drunk who finally ended his life in a drunken header off a bridge. When my son was 7, I had to tell him a drunken...
3/24/13
BY:
Timothy Aqukkasuk Argetsinger
Many federally recognized tribes are celebrating the reauthorization of VAWA, which contains key provisions that authorize tribal courts to prosecute non-Indians in sexual assault and domestic violence cases on reservation. For too long, tribal...
3/23/13
BY:
Mike Wenstrup
Today, voting rights are under assault by political partisans whose agenda is threatened by a healthy democracy. Thirty-eight years after passage of the Voting Rights Act and 143 years after passage of the 15th Amendment, Mead Treadwell and Bob Lynn...
3/22/13
BY:
Charles Kader
“Our unborn grandchildren will look back at our era and be either thankful for our efforts or they will never speak our names as their ancestors, because of when we failed to live up to our responsibility. The choice is up to us today. What legacy...
3/21/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Elders suffered terribly during the Great Depression. I did not live then, but I am among the last generation schooled by the people who lived it. I know my family’s stories and the statistics, but the rest is speculation. If you know an elder who...
3/20/13
BY:
Cole R. DeLaune
Last week, the Internet news cycle erupted in a predictable maelstrom of gasps and pearl-clutching over the spring/summer issue of AnOther Magazine, an esoteric style rag based in London that caters to a relatively rarefied demographic of the...
3/19/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
The boundaries of Great Turtle Island or what we now call the North American continent is now moving eastward across the Atlantic; a series of distinct seas separated by time and events transported by people; was not merely a land discovered and...

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