Opinions

6/27/13
BY:
Steve Russell
If something called “political science” exists, it’s not necessary to relate general principles of political behavior to Indians specifically.  That said, the following political eruption took place in Texas, and Texas has the fourth largest Indian...
6/27/13
BY:
Leland McGee
Indian country’s pecuniary advancements created by Indian gaming are well documented. Many tribes have taken full advantage of expanding and diversifying business ventures that now represent a sustainable economic base far greater than their initial...
6/26/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In the foreword to Walter Echohawk’s book In the Light of Justice (Fulcrum 2013), S. James Anaya—United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples—says that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “represents an...
6/25/13
BY:
Jennifer Gapetz
An open letter to the media: Baby Veronica is Cherokee. Whether her father wanted custody or not is irrelevant. Every American Indian tribe sets their own requirement for how to become a citizen. Some tribes have narrow requirements (such as blood...
6/24/13
BY:
John F. Banzhaf III
Celebrity chef Paula Deen admits that she used the word nigger “a very long time” ago in strictly private conversations, and she, like so many others, is immediately banned from broadcasting, but team owner Dan Snyder is not only responsible for the...
6/24/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Bethany Berger is a first rate legal scholar who has done a great deal of useful work for Indians in academia. Before that, she paid her dues in the legal trenches of Dinébe’iiná Náhiiłna be Agha’diit’ahii. Because my respect for her work knows few...
6/22/13
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
Since the 19th Century, the plight of the North American bison has paralleled the way of the indigenous people of buffalo bountry and the land itself: decimation, almost to the point of extinction, by non-tribal peoples. Likewise, nearly 150 years...
6/21/13
BY:
Steve Russell
It’s election year again in the Cherokee Nation, but every year’s an election year somewhere and democracy is not a spectator sport. You either roll up your pants legs and wade in political waste products or you let others make critical decisions...
6/20/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Google “Guatemalan genocide” and you’ll find in Wikipedia a description that characterizes it as a civil war between the government and leftist rebel groups made up of predominantly Mayan Indians and poor peasants. This is pretty typical for how...
6/19/13
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
“What are you wearing?” I asked. “What?” he responded. He surveyed his chest. “This?” He then gripped a thin gold chain on his neck. “No. Your hat, man,” I said. “What does it mean?” “Oh, I don’t know. Nothing,” he responded. “It just matched my...
6/18/13
BY:
Armstrong Wiggins
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is due all people. These are the principles  I hope Secretary of State John Kerry remembers as he participates at the 43rd session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States and meets...
6/17/13
BY:
Steve Russell
One of the television talking heads really hurt my feelings in a report the other night on Edward Snowden, the traitorous hero or heroic traitor who leaked the existence of PRISM, wholesale collection of data from the servers of various major...
6/16/13
BY:
Isaac Curley Jr.
The visions of my father, Isaac Curley Sr., come and go with each passing month and season. My father was born on March 25, 1922 and raised on the Navajo reservation. His home was a hogan, the family subsisted upon livestock, no modern conveniences...
6/16/13
BY:
Cedric Sunray
Lindy Waters (Kiowa/Cherokee) was a former stand out collegiate basketball player, but you won’t hear him talk too much about that. Today his life is consumed as a father of four, administrator at the University of Oklahoma, and Indian community...

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