Opinions

7/9/12
BY:
David Beaulieu
At February's National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Legislative Summit in Washington D.C., William Mendoza was asked about the administration’s proposal to move the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) to the Department of Education that had been...
7/8/12
BY:
Cedric Sunray
“…the guys on the real reservations have no concern about federal recognition. They already have it.” As opposed to what, “fake” reservations? On June 28, this statement was e-mailed by Dr. Richard Allen, policy analyst for and tribal member of the...
7/7/12
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
Rape in Indian country has recently become the subject of partisan campaign fodder and, even worse, systemic racism in Washington, D.C. It is time to set the record straight on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. In 1978 the U.S...
7/6/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Once upon a time, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, there was a patriotic organization of lawyers and academics called the Federalist Society. They were alarmed by federal court decisions that appeared to favor non-white persons and prefer...
7/6/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Should Indians allow non-Indians to vote when they reside on Indian land and are affected by the outcome of the election? The instinctive reaction is “No way!” and defending that reaction is so simple it’s hard to understand the charge of...
7/5/12
BY:
Shawn Yanity
It's a lot easier and less expensive to prevent toxins such as flame retardants, pesticides and mercury from getting into our waters than it is to try and clean them up after the fact. That's the idea behind the state of Washington's plan to update...
7/4/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Despite the barbwire fenced entryway, security pat downs, and presence of several armed corrections officers, a sense of freedom filled one corner of the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Tuesday, May 22. At the pow wow I attended...
7/4/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
As a kid, to me the Fourth of July was all about one thing: fireworks. I grew up in the country in the Dakotas, where lighting off fireworks was pretty much a rite of passage for reservation kids. Roman candles, firecrackers, smoke bombs,...
7/4/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Today, July 4, the United States of America celebrates its Declaration of Independence from the British Empire. Thomas Jefferson put pen to paper in Philadelphia to express in clear form a number of ideas that are still considered by many to be...
7/4/12
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
It was last Saturday around noon and I was in no mood for banal blather. It was 100 degrees and eerie smoke plumes filled the summer sky like ominous omens. According to the Denver Post, there are 10 wildfires spanning Colorado, and the largest—the...
7/3/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
Voting should be easy, almost routine. If it’s election day, we should vote. It’s that simple because it’s the very foundation of democracy. It is only when “we” have a say in what happens next, in our future, that governance meets the basic test of...
7/2/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
The Indian Civil Rights Act has been a dismal failure, if one considers its original intent; to protect tribal members and others subject to tribal jurisdiction from arbitrary and capricious acts by the tribal governing body and individual tribal...
7/1/12
BY:
Adrian Jawort
The reasons one would take their own life_especially when they’re young—is an area I hope to bring awareness to so others may not have to deal with the anguish of having a loved one pass away by their own hand. A few days after Father’s Day and a...
6/30/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Luke Russert, son of the late and much-admired journalist Tim Russert, recently referred to Watergate as "the mother of all political scandals." He’s right, given our predilection to add “-gate” when we describe any serious scandal. That...

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