Opinions

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...
1/28/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
During the Monday, January 23, 2012 episode of Conan O’Brien’s late-night TBS talk show, a sketch about Christopher Columbus was featured during a "Fan Correction" segment. I didn’t see the episode when it first aired. I heard about it on the new...
1/27/12
BY:
She the Bear (Britt Reed)
As someone who is part of the Tumblr NDN community that helped piece the video together, “Shit People Say to Native Americans” with Ali (the lady in the vid) and the others, I feel it is fair to report the backstory on all this. On January7, the...
1/27/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
The National Congress of American Indians every year releases its “State of Indian Nations,” an alternative prospect for the Congress reported during the week of the State of the Union. This has become an important exercise for many reasons. As NCAI...
1/27/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Nobody can deny that the Obama Administration has worked hard on behalf of Indian country. But despite its recent efforts, the United States still routinely violates Indian treaty rights and sovereignty. Often cloaked in the veil of labor...
1/26/12
BY:
Tina Hagedorn
This is the first in a three-part series that discusses the opportunity to brand and market tribal forest products. Historically, tribal forest products have generally been sold as commodities with little branding to distinguish or differentiate...
1/25/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
Presidents are required to be optimistic.The American people expect it—and reward those politicians who know their lines. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Tuesday night followed The Script (so much so that Republicans released a video...
1/25/12
BY:
Alex K. Jacobs
Editor’s introduction: The Washington Redskins case, the downing of Chief Illini and the Fighting Sioux of the University of North Dakota are only few of the many cases of abuse of Native people’s identity turning us into goofy sports mascots. There...
1/24/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
I learned about the banning of Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years from Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambe Pueblo), who blogs at American Indians in Children’s Literature. She wrote on January 15 that my interview in the book “is no longer available in...
1/23/12
BY:
Robert Chanate
The plan seemed simple enough: go to the National Park office, pull a permit and be back at the park in two hours. With this in mind, I set out with two friends to find the office in Washington, DC in August of the past year. The permit was for a...
1/22/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
A question for any Republican running for any federal office: If you are successful repealing “ObamaCare,” what happens to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act? South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem illustrates the GOP’s mixed message. Her web page says...
1/21/12
BY:
Chuck Trimble
The life story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear is one of courage, resistance, and great leadership. The story is powerfully told in the book, I am a Man, by Nebraska journalist and prize-winning author Joe Starita (St. Martin’s Press, 2009). Many...
1/20/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
I attended a recent swearing-in of attorneys to the Navajo Nation Bar Association. My friend and colleague, Rodina Cave, was among them. The ceremony brought back memories of my days in the start-up of Dinébe'iiná Náhii?na be Aga'diit'ahii, Navajo...

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