Opinions

2/15/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
Amid the top-volume crossfire these days about whose religion and whose health could be threatened by federal actions, it’s noteworthy that debaters and bloviators alike don’t notice or don’t care about ongoing violations of Native American Peoples...
2/14/12
BY:
Bono Mack & Daniel Akaka
As Congress debates whether to legalize Internet gaming, it’s important to guarantee that Native American tribes are dealt a fair and honest hand. They deserve nothing less. Not inviting majority stakeholders to weigh in when drafting game changing...
2/14/12
BY:
Jerry L. Hill
On January 19, a Menominee Indian seventh grader named Miranda Washinawatok was benched and suspended from a Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin, for speaking her Native Menominee language with two other girls from the Menominee reservation....
2/13/12
BY:
Charles Kader
It's good to be reminded that sometimes front line Indians themselves, without the aide of Federal programs, or elected Tribal leadership for that matter, are quite capable of developing and implementing strategies that have far ranging impacts....
2/11/12
BY:
Chipa Wolfe
My god, can the government even count? The United States Census recently assessed that the Native population in America has grown a staggering 39 percent in the past decade. It seems that there are now 5.2 million Native Americans across the United...
2/10/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Felix Cohen, author of the original Handbook of Federal Indian Law, played a major role in the Indian New Deal (aka, Indian Reorganization Act) to end the Dawes Act allotment era. In 1953, the year he died, he wrote, "Like the miner's canary, the...
2/9/12
BY:
Jennifer S. Baker
In an open executive session of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) withdrew his amendment to the Senate proposed highway legislation after meeting resistance from Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) on the grounds that...
2/9/12
BY:
Billy Frank Jr.
We are losing the battle for salmon recovery in western Washington because salmon habitat is being destroyed faster than it can be restored. Despite massive cuts in harvest, careful use of hatcheries and a huge financial investment in restoration...
2/8/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In his Executive Order declaring November 2011 “Native American Heritage Month,” U.S. President Barack Obama said that his administration “recognizes the painful chapters in our shared history.” As a key part of that history, today marks the 125th...
2/7/12
BY:
Steve Russell
“We ain’t even two months into the election year, and the thing is already going to the dogs.” Cousin Ray Sixkiller had been laying off politics since the Cherokee elections but I could sense that the wind was about to pick up. “How’s that, Ray?” “...
2/6/12
BY:
Sen. Jon Tester
Montana’s Indian country is sacred ground for all of the Big Sky’s tribes. Tribal lands safeguard and preserve ceremonial sites from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountains. Each site deserves our everlasting respect and protection. But the U.S....
2/6/12
BY:
Jana L. Walker
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples signals a new means to change federal law and policy to restore safety to Native women, to strengthen Indian nations and advance their jurisdiction over crimes within their territories, and...
2/4/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some Indian people these days disparage what they call a “victim mentality.” This is aimed at those of us who spend a great deal of time obsessing over all the destruction that our originally free nations and peoples have been subjected to during...
2/3/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The U.S. Supreme Court recently bolstered a citizen's right to privacy from police surveillance in the digital age, in the case of United States v. Antoine Jones. Although there were three separate opinions, the decision was unanimous; only about...

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