Opinions

1/6/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Damian Webster and Emmy Scott ask important questions in their recent article, "A Defense of Traditionalism": "What is a successful Native person?" "Whose standard are we attempting to meet?" "Do we expect our children to know our creation stories,...
1/2/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The New York Times has published an interactive map of male unemployment in the United States, with dark shading indicating more unemployment for men aged 25-54. It was hard not to notice the pools of dark around Indian country. If that were not...
12/31/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
As Americans scrambled to prepare for the Christmas holiday, it was time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. Things that make the holiday special are not “things.” It’s the time spent together with family and friends and memories made....
12/31/14
BY:
Byron Dorgan
In June of this year, President Barack Obama and the First Lady visited the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota. This was ya historic visit. He was only the fourth sitting President to visit Indian Country, joining Coolidge in...
12/30/14
BY:
Philip Baker-Shenk and Paul Moorehead
In our lifetimes, Indian Country has had a somewhat rocky romance with the Republican Party. Now, in the wake of the 2014 mid-term elections, Indian Country will once again be living with a Republican-controlled Senate and House. It’s been 15 years...
12/29/14
BY:
Steve Russell
The Wizard asked me to contribute to a remembrance of Dick Motherfucker. As Lee Hays once said of Pete Seeger, “what the Wiz proposes, she don’t take no noses.” Still, I attempted to beg off on the grounds that it’s a daunting task to write about...
12/28/14
BY:
Philip Baker-Shenk and W. Ron Allen
The time has come to fund tribal contract support costs, or “CSC,” from the mandatory federal spending accounts of the federal government, the same as are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, interest on the national debt, court judgments and other...
12/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The Rio Tinto Mining Company, owned by interests in the United Kingdom and Australia, is representative of the destructive and devouring process of colonization which results in the expropriation and exploitation of the territories of original...
12/26/14
BY:
Dave Courchene
Boozhoo, Aniin! Denay Makinitook! Welcome, My Relatives, to the Centre, the heart of Turtle Island, the sacred place of Manito Api. Today we come forward to share a gift from the Original People. Let me begin by offering words of gratitude to the...
12/24/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I’ve been watching the chest pounding about the ambush killings of two police officers in New York by a crazy man with a long criminal history. Who are they saying was responsible? Anybody who uttered "Hands up! Don't shoot!" The mayor of New York...
12/24/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Tis the Season. Christmas time, along with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick, mistletoe, ugly holiday sweaters, and the onslaught of sweaty suburban shoppers crowding shopping centers, is once again upon us. It’s enough to make my eyes glaze over. As a Dakota/...
12/23/14
BY:
Camaray Devalos
de·col·o·nize - verb (of a country) withdraw from (a colony), leaving it independent. I notice a lot of talk on “decolonizing." We must decolonize, people say. HashtagDecolonize. Street art murals with a Native woman standing proud with the word “...
12/22/14
BY:
Jose Barreiro
Cuban sovereignty was the big winner—reaffirmed and finally respected—as Cuban President Raul Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama simultaneously announced historic new agreements that reestablish nation-to-nation relations between the two...
12/21/14
BY:
Harlan McKosato
On the surface it seems like quite an honor to have a town named after you. Take the case of what is officially known as the Borough of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. It’s a municipality named after the Olympic champion and the American sports legend...

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