Opinions

5/23/13
BY:
Cole R. DeLaune
In May 2011, the spectacle of political theater took a quickly forgotten detour into the realm of the absurd when minor protests erupted over the participation of Chicago rapper Common in a White House poetry slam. Karl Rove decried the recording...
5/22/13
BY:
Chief Sidney Hill
Greetings  from the Chiefs, Clanmothers, Faithkeepers, and people of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy, People of the Longhouse. The Grand Council of Chiefs would  like to take this time to remind its citizens of the Haudenosaunee position...
5/21/13
BY:
Tally Monteau-Colombe
Mitakuyapi, Cante waste napeciyuzapi. I am a parent of children who attend school in the Chamberlain School District in Chamberlain, South Dakota, and I am also one of the individuals who is involved in a movement against the decision that the...
5/20/13
BY:
Dwight Witherspoon
  Although the Navajo Generating Station carries the name of the Navajo people, the “Navajo” Generating Station previously negotiated in 1968 and 1969 had significant flaws for the Navajo Nation. First, five power companies along with the United...
5/18/13
BY:
Jacqueline Pata
The “dental divide”—the absence of services and access to dental health services in low income communities—is real, especially in Indian country. Native people represent America’s most rural communities and those communities struggle to find...
5/17/13
BY:
Ray Cook, ICTMN Opinion Editor
Dear Readers: Too often we simply accept that tribal governments (as opposed to our traditional governments) have elected representatives—presidents, chiefs, chairmen or CEO’s and so forth. They are entrusted with great powers and are expected to...
5/16/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
There's an old saying, "Ignorance of the law is no excuse." It means the law applies whether or not you know the law exists. It's based on the idea that you have an obligation to know the law, and assumes that the law makes itself known. But how...
5/14/13
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
A thousand people were asked in April if the Washington NFL franchise should change its name and (shocker) 79 percent said no. Respondents were mostly white (65 percent), middle-aged (55 percent, 30-64), conservative to moderate (70 percent) pro...
5/13/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Tony Hillerman used to say there’s more cultural distance between city folk and country folk than between non-Indians and Indians. Whether he was right or wrong, the categories overlap substantially. Most Indians, in the 21st century, remain country...
5/12/13
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
“The American Indian is of the soil . . . He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings.  He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged...
5/10/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The Cold War was described as a "balance of terror" maintained by the opposing nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union. Each side had enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy not just the other side, but all of the world's...
5/8/13
BY:
Dr. Leo Killsback
The majority of mainstream Americans know little to nothing of the violent and unjust history of the colonization of Native America. Anytime such truth is revealed to the public on the big screens, it should be done fairly since these are rare...
5/8/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Anthropology has from the beginning been influenced and dominated by European males. They set the criteria of hierarchically ordered level descriptions, giving themselves the power to dictate the boundaries of group membership by defining race in...
5/7/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Welcome to the laboratory-rat cage, folks. We’re all being experimented on by Monsanto and the federal government. In April, President Barack Obama signed HR 933 into law. While this appropriations bill was fairly standard, a biotech rider included...

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