Opinions

5/29/12
BY:
Caroline P. Mayhew
Amid the current election excitement and heightened national focus on the politics of women’s issues, Congressional efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) have garnered considerable attention. Among the new VAWA provisions...
5/28/12
BY:
Steve Russell
I wish you a good Memorial Day, with plenty of hot dogs on the grill and beer in the cooler. Those of us who choose to defend ourselves in the class warfare begun by the one percent should, on Memorial Day, give some thought to a different one...
5/28/12
BY:
Robert Warrior
Memorial Day in the Osage is a big deal, and deservedly so. Along with remembering the many Osages who have sacrificed their lives in military service to the United States (the original purpose of the holiday), people back home lovingly decorate...
5/28/12
BY:
James D. Adams
Our society is afflicted with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer, diseases that were less common a century ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of these diseases has been increasing yearly since...
5/25/12
BY:
Dan Jones
Of all the sovereign authority tribes once held, the least compromised by Congress is the tribe’s ability to determine who is a member of the tribe or who is an Indian. The US census of 2010 determined there were some 3 million American Indians...
5/24/12
BY:
Kenneth Deer
This column was originally pubished in The Eastern Door, a community newspaper in the ancient Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, in Quebec. One of the agenda items at the just concluded UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was “Combating violence...
5/23/12
BY:
Hon. Floyd Jourdain & Hon. Erma Vizenor
As leaders of the Red Lake and White Earth Nations in Minnesota, we are alarmed that Congress is giving serious consideration to a plan that would take away tens of millions of dollars from some Indian tribes and give it to other Indian tribes. This...
5/23/12
BY:
Cedric Sunray
Last month’s racially motivated killings in Oklahoma, perpetrated by Cherokee Indian Jake England and his white roommate against members of North Tulsa’s black community, once again bring to light the prejudicial tendencies held by many in our...
5/22/12
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
Contrary to popular belief, especially among non-Natives, American Indians did not simply relinquish their rights to lands, waters, and other natural resources. Indeed, as a result of historic negotiations and treaties between the U.S. government...
5/21/12
BY:
Dave Staddon
I work for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe as public information director. My reservation is in Canada and my legal residence is within the jurisdiction of the Saginaw-Chippewa Reservation in Michigan. Akwesasne is Mohawk territory and the U.S.-Canada...
5/19/12
BY:
Ungelbah Daniel-Davila
Everyone in Indian country is in an uproar about Johnny Depp playing Tonto in the upcoming flick, The Lone Ranger, but for the wrong reasons. From what I’ve read online, most people are outraged by the decision to have a non-Native portray a...
5/17/12
BY:
Joseph H. Webster
With federal internet gaming legislation apparently unlikely in the near future, many Indian tribal governments are considering the prospect of conducting intrastate internet gaming. The Justice Department widened the opening for intrastate...
5/16/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Forrest Carter, Carlos Castaneda, Ward Churchill, Iron Eyes Cody, Jamake HIghwater, Nasdijj, Princess Pale Moon, Andrea and Justine Smith, Mary Thunder, Dhyani Ywahoo. Some of these people have done good work; others have profited only themselves....
5/16/12
BY:
Karla E. General
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples presents a new opportunity and a new kind of legal authority that could help Native peoples to secure rights to sacred places, and to preserve and protect cultural, religious, and spiritual...

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