Opinions

11/13/13
BY:
Joe Sexton
The recent government shutdown illuminated our country’s deep concern for its official national monuments. When federal personnel erected barricades blocking access to cultural icons in Washington, D.C., the public protest was immediate and loud....
11/12/13
BY:
Harry Smiskin & Virgil Lewis
Chairman of the Tribal Council and Virgil Lewis, Chairman of the Fish and Wildlife Committee of the Yakama Nation, Toppenish, Washington, have issued the following statement: We commend Chief Judge Christina Armijo of the Federal District Court of...
11/12/13
BY:
Cedric Sunray
Hundreds of articles have been published and thousands of comments have been shared online. Tribes around the country have galvanized their support. Even so, Baby Veronica was sent to South Carolina where she may live out her childhood years in the...
11/11/13
BY:
Mel Sheldon
As the nation honors our veterans, I want to extend my gratitude and respect to all of our men and women who served this great country. Native Americans have a rich legacy of being warriors going back hundreds of years to protect our homelands. When...
11/11/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Armies are instruments acting out the will of politicians. So I have always understood, but Plains Indians back in the day had a different understanding. You could tell a leader not by his regalia, but by whether anybody was following. Warriors who...
11/10/13
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Who decides who is Indian? In pre-colonial times, it was obvious. Indigenous individuals were part of a whole tribal society. They were simply one of the People. They lived in the village, performed daily work, spoke the language, participated in...
11/9/13
BY:
Peter d'Errico
New York Magazine recently U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The discussion ranged across personal and professional issues. Prominent among Scalia's concerns was "the meaning of words." The issue of the meaning of words is important,...
11/9/13
BY:
Al Gedicks & Dave Blouin
October 28 was the 10th anniversary of the historic victory over the controversial Crandon mine project adjacent to the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Reservation. Veterans of the 28-year (1975-2003) battle against the Crandon metallic sulfide mine...
11/8/13
BY:
Terry L. Cross
Thirty-five years ago today, Congress enacted groundbreaking legislation, the impact of which has been arguably more profound than any other piece of federal Indian law in the modern era. On November 8, 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act, otherwise...
11/8/13
BY:
Ryan Seelau & Ian Record
In the first part of this two-part series, we provided a short history of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case State of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, discussed its relevance to the sustainability of the legal doctrine of tribal sovereign...
11/7/13
BY:
David Wilkins
I have followed with keen interest the divisive issue of disenrollment of tribal members across Indian country. It is a complicated and depressing subject but, regardless of individual circumstances, the protection of sovereignty is rightly a...
11/6/13
BY:
Gabriel Galanda & Ryan Dreveskracht
With a case of potentially catastrophic consequence for Indian country now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, all of the players who can possibly prevent the disaster are either sitting on their hands or pointing fingers. The National Indian...
11/6/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Those of us who trace our lives to the original existence of the free nations of North America (Great Turtle Island), and who use the English language on a daily basis, face a challenging task. We have to decide which English words and metaphors...
11/5/13
BY:
Ryan Seelau & Ian Record
This column is part one of a two-part series. As regular visitors to this site and other Indian country media outlets no doubt have seen in recent weeks, Native nation leaders, tribal attorneys, and federal Indian law practitioners alike are gravely...

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