Opinions

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...
2/2/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
What in the heck is a “plutarchy”? Well, it certainly is not an America where Pluto is the president. It is a composite word from the word “plutocracy” which means “rule by the wealthy” and oligarchy, which is “rule by a few” or “rule by a small...
2/1/12
BY:
Tina Hagedorn
This is the second in a three-part series that explores export opportunities for tribal forest products. Read part one here. SpiritWood is an alliance among producers of tribal forest products marketing to retail chain distributors and other...
1/31/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
It has been one year since the descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen won their long dispute against a constitutional amendment that terminated them as citizens from the Dawes Rolls—only later to be overturned. The amendment promoted the misery and...
1/30/12
BY:
Various
The undersigned organizations are committed to protecting free speech and intellectual freedom. We write to express our deep concern about the removal of books used in the Mexican-American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District. This...
1/30/12
BY:
Winona LaDuke
This past week, I had the distinction of becoming one of a select list of authors banned by the Tucson United School District. Now this is no small feat. It turns out that the Tucson United School District (a city adjoining both the U.S./Mexico...
1/29/12
BY:
Vincent Schilling
The portrayal of American Indian stereotypes: When is it all going to stop? I begin my rant on what “we as Native people” face in terms of stereotypes in media, films and even little plastic toys found in the bargain bins at thrift stores. I have...

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