Opinions

5/6/13
BY:
Steve Russell
The mythical narrative taught by the colonists is that progress is an inevitable march in one direction. In the debate over the Texas annexation treaty, the colonial narrative acquired the majestic title of “Manifest Destiny,” taken to mean that the...
5/5/13
BY:
Charles Kader
The uneven progress associated with fossil fuel pipeline projects on Turtle Island has taken on international dimensions recently. Eminent domain protests and leaking piped networks now routinely are in the news. Three-dimensional terrain mapping...
5/4/13
BY:
Walter Lamar
“Take only what you need and use everything you take,” my dad would say as we hunted game in the woods or walked the riverbank casting a line. He explained that our way has always been to be careful custodians of the gifts bestowed by the Creator....
5/3/13
BY:
Donna Ennis
The National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence presented its final report and recommendations to Attorney General Eric Holder in December 2012. Recently, Holder outlined the initial steps to implement the recommendations of the department’s...
5/2/13
BY:
Ann Zenor
It’s always very interesting to see how people react when I tell them my company provides hourly childcare in resorts, spas and casinos. Their expression is at first quizzical, followed by an incredulous tilt of the head and then chased by a set of...
5/1/13
BY:
LaDonna Harris
I am outraged by Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. As a lifelong civil rights activist, I remember the struggle to pass the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978 and the reasons it is still so badly needed to protect our families...
4/30/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Last week, grassroots opponents of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline hoping to halt its development were successful in submitting over 1 million comments before the State Department’s established April 22, 2013 deadline. Foes of the pipeline...
4/29/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The difficulty of accurately analyzing the 1823 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Johnson v. M’Intosh is well demonstrated in an article published by Robert T. Coulter (co-authored with Steven M. Tullberg) in 1984 in the book The Aggressions of Civilization...
4/28/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Upon reading my first column on the Baby Veronica oral argument, a policy wonk friend of mine wrote, “This is not about race. It is about treachery.” She could be right. If you searched the Cherokee Nation registry for my name, you would have to...
4/27/13
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
Editor’s Note: We publish opinions to help people think about things and to help them understand issues that pop up in our lives. We also publish opinions to help people understand us and our lives a little bit better. Johnny Rustywire, an old...
4/26/13
BY:
Charles Kader
Sovereignty is a word with many meanings. The adaptation by Onkwehonweh (Original People) for common usage of this word most often relates to a hereditary political status that many have embraced. For some, it is the most profound source of self-...
4/25/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Indian nations have been dealing politically with the imperial momentum of the United States ever since the 13 British colonies along the Atlantic Seaboard of North America declared themselves to be free and independent states in the late eighteenth...
4/24/13
BY:
Charles Kader
The recent legal decision in the case of King Mountain Tobacco v. the State of Washington has become quite the topic in reservation business conversation. A regressive trend has developed across Turtle Island, if one also includes the announcement...
4/23/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
BIA is proposing to furlough employees for one day each pay period through the remainder of the fiscal year through September 30, 2013 to offset funding shortages supposedly created under the sequestration bill. BIA has suspended all travel and...

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