Opinions

10/22/12
BY:
Claudia Kauffman
While watching Monday Night Football this week one couldn’t help but notice the bright pink shoes, gloves, towels and ribbons being sported by the players, officials, and coaches. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all across...
10/21/12
BY:
Cedric Sunray
I recently read an article concerning the murder of a highly articulate, cultural young Indian woman who was attending the University of North Carolina when this horrific tragedy occurred. She is an enrolled member of the historic Haliwa-Saponi...
10/20/12
BY:
Leon Donnelly
Mark McNairy, 'designer' of Gap's "Manifest Destiny" t-shirt, has stated that he was taught in school that Manifest Destiny was a good thing, representing the setting of goals, working hard and achieving one's dreams. His texting of "Manifest...
10/20/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
When Pope Benedict XVI canonizes Kateri Tekawitha (1656-1680) this month, she will be declared the Catholic Church’s first American Indian saint. What is the historical context of her beatification? It is the more than 500 year crusade for the...
10/19/12
BY:
Charles Kader
The Akwesasne Kanienkehaka Territory, also known as the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, is located in the immediate area of three United States Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) designated Superfund cleanup sites. Plans were recently released to...
10/18/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb, et al
This letter was originally published in Indian Country Today on August 11, 1993. Editors Note: The signatories to this letter hope to present it to Pope John Paul II during his time in Denver this week. His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, In a special...
10/17/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
This summer, in the face of an impending private land sale of Pe’Sla, a Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Indian sacred site in the Black Hills, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, S. James Anaya, directed that authorities...
10/16/12
BY:
Larry Spotted Crow Mann
In an attempt to expose a character flaw in Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown revealed his own. During their debate Scott Brown said: “Look at her; as you can see, she doesn’t look Indian.” Suzan Shown Harjo’s recent column lays it out precisely how...
10/15/12
BY:
Maya Angelou
The beauty of living to be my age and still having clear vision is that it allows me to look back and see how far we’ve come. Yet even if we live to be 100, we can scarcely perceive the magnitude of our progress as a country. But North Carolina, I...
10/15/12
BY:
Michele J. Crank
The Confluence Partners, LLC, has strived to inform the public on all aspects of the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade (Escalade) project in order for the people and tribal leaders to make informed decisions. Escalade will be an international tourist...
10/14/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Pursuant to two congressional resolutions, President Barack Obama proclaimed Monday October 8, 2012 as Columbus Day. “I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities,” he stated. Out of the...
10/13/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Phillip Deere described the indigenous government of his people as "workable for us," having lasted from time immemorial. (Watch a video of Deere discussing this and other matters at a 1979 Mashpee Wampanoag sovereignty conference.) He criticized...
10/12/12
BY:
Daniel Garza
For a short time, soon after the first railroad tracks were laid down on the rich agricultural basin of central Washington State around the early 1900s, federal policy allowed government agents to break up the Indian reservations into allotments to...
10/11/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Many of us remember learning and singing the bubbly little pre-school nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" as we sat in a circle with our legs crossed, Indian style. And what appeared to be an innocent way to educate and stir young imagination through...

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