Opinions

12/17/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
This column is about oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court that took place on December 2, 2013 in the case Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, Et Al. By way of introduction, a description of what brought the parties to the U.S. Supreme Court...
12/16/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Prof. David Wilkins is dismayed by language chosen by the Chief Judge of the Nooksack Tribal Court in a disenrollment decision. His dismay is directed not at the holding of the case, which supported the sovereign authority of the Nooksack Nation to...
12/15/13
BY:
Wahleah Johns
Part of the debate about how to approach pollution cleanup at the big Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant near the Grand Canyon has always revolved around jobs and revenues for the Navajo Nation. Federal regulators heard more on this in...
12/14/13
BY:
Ann Dapice
Editor’s Note: The following is an edited version of an academic presentation at the World Diabetes Congress last week. Given the terrible numbers of diabetes and alcoholism among our people, ICTMN is honored to assist in helping our readers have...
12/13/13
BY:
John F. Banzhaf III
Why, despite overwhelming evidence, do so many fans refuse to believe that the “R*dskins” team name is a racial slur – that the R-word is to Indians what the N-word is to blacks; a derogatory and highly offensive racist term? Blacks would riot if...
12/12/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
This is report card on the manner in which the Bureau of Indian Affairs have managed the Cobell settlement since it was approved in November 2011. Case in point, the second round of the Cobell payments were scheduled for August or September 2013....
12/11/13
BY:
Steve Russell
I signed up for a four-year military hitch in 1964 and volunteered for Vietnam a year later. I spent that four-year hitch becoming more and more disillusioned about the war I had been so eager to fight. In the rearview mirror, what do you expect of...
12/10/13
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
Monday morning I looked at my Twitter (@jfkeeler) Interactions list and I was surprised to see that Jake Tapper, CNN anchor had answered an obnoxious response to my tweet “Why Indian Mascots Need to End in a Picture” featuring a photograph I had...
12/10/13
BY:
Ryan Seelau
For most people, their sense of who they are—their identity—is at least partially defined from connection to others and to a community. When individuals are forced to sever those connections, the consequences can be devastating. Unfortunately, all...
12/9/13
BY:
Shannon Speed & Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo
On October 31, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto utilized new presidential powers of pardon on the very day that they went into effect to free Mayan school teacher Alberto Patishtán Gómez. We hope that President Obama was paying attention....
12/8/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Since the passing of fellow Indigenous tribesman Madiba Nelson Mandela, much of mainstream media has attempted to paint him in their own colonial image, once again revising history to make the Federal Government and it’s allies look good, and...
12/7/13
BY:
Cedric Sunray
Over the years I have visited and fellowshipped with a great number of tribes situated in the Eastern and Southern regions of the United States. Through this experience I have noticed a telling reality that has long been silently acknowledged, but...
12/6/13
BY:
Alexander Ewen
In our time of utter moral decadence, he was the only statesman to stand for a higher level of human relationship in the political sphere. - Albert Einstein, on the death of Mahatma Gandhi. Sadly, today there does not exist anyone of the moral...
12/6/13
BY:
Walter Lamar
Among other things, Miley Cyrus has become the poster girl for the club drug MDMA, which is gaining popularity in a powdered or crystal form called "Molly." Television about methamphetamine crimes rivet the nation, while the same citizens are blind...

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