Opinions

5/14/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Is it fair to look back to something a presidential candidate did when he was 18? Depends on your tolerance for hypocrisy. Let those who did nothing wrong at that age avoid a seat on the Group W Bench, but I’m thinking the Group W Bench would be...
5/14/12
BY:
Mark Charles
During his official visit to the United States, I had the privilege of personally, and publicly, addressing James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Below is a summary of the five-minute presentation I...
5/14/12
BY:
Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians
There is a group of criminals, on Native American lands, who assault, rape, and abuse Native women—and they can’t be arrested. These criminals are non-Native men. They don’t have to face a judge, spend any time behind bars, or be hounded by a...
5/13/12
BY:
Winona LaDuke
Moose Factory, Ontario: When Chief Randy Kapashesit returned this time his remote community in northern Ontario, the earth shook: tremors of 4.4 shook the region, and Randy came home for the last time. Kapashesit died unexpectedly on April 25 in...
5/13/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
In 1982 President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, proclaiming a “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” The ANA Board of Directors expanded the recognition of nurses in 1991, to a week-long celebration, declaring May 6–12, as...
5/11/12
BY:
Lindsey Catherine Cornum
I listen to NPR nearly every morning just to have some background noise as I fry up an egg, toast a tortilla, and put an ice-cube in my tea so I can gulp it down before scrambling to find my keys and a clean pair of socks. Most days the most...
5/11/12
BY:
Jihan Gearon
This column was originally published on LastRealIndians.com. Last weekend I traveled to Phoenix to visit my brother and friends, do some shopping, bask in the warm weather and basically, get away. When I was young the only time I went to Phoenix was...
5/10/12
BY:
Jefferson Keel, President?, National Congress of American Indians
Over the last week President Obama, in public events at high schools and speeches throughout the country, has led the charge to ensure that higher education for all students from all backgrounds is affordable. The president has done this because on...
5/10/12
BY:
Chris Stearns
On a sunny September day in New York City in 2007, the United Nations General Assembly gathered to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP). The event marked the culmination of three decades of intense...
5/9/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
One of the most significant declarations ever to emanate from the United Nations, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is belittled—mocked, almost—by the acronym so often used to refer to it. UNDRIP: it sounds like a health problem....
5/8/12
BY:
Robert Odawi Porter, Seneca Nation of Indians President
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) recently issued a statement on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Sen. Kyl opposed the Senate Judiciary Committee's version of the bill, S. 1925, crafted by Sen. Leahy (D-VT), calling the provision...
5/8/12
BY:
Ray Cook
Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) recently issued a statement after the passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, in which he argued that tribal governments (and I can only assume that he means governments recognized and organized...
5/7/12
BY:
William Norman, Charles Hobbs, Dan Lewerenz & John Tabinaca Plata
Last month, the United States Senate moved to close a jurisdictional loophole that for decades has allowed non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence in Indian country to evade prosecution. Senate Bill 1925, the carefully crafted reauthorization...
5/7/12
BY:
Karla E. General and Robert T. Coulter
On April 26, 2012, the Senate passed S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012, with broad bipartisan support. Title IX of the bill would restore concurrent tribal criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit certain...

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