Opinions

1/28/14
BY:
Steve Russell
The title of this column brings to mind the unsuccessful confirmation hearing for the man whose name—Robert Bork—became a verb, “to Bork,” meaning to wrap so many of a nominee’s absurd ideas around his neck that he sinks. Bork was nominated to the...
1/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
I read with interest Anna Maria Tremonti’s “Could First Nations still stop the Northern Gateway pipeline?” It was the text version of Ms. Tremonti’s radio program “The Current Review” that aired on December 20, 2013, on the Canadian Broadcasting...
1/26/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
He limped into town in the middle of the night, beaten and bitter. He’s an asshole, really, and a good person. We need people like Andrew. He’s the kind of mouth and muscle you need in Little Italy, New York, in December when some sour grifter...
1/25/14
BY:
Charles Kader
The announcement by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow 20 hospitals in the state to dispense medical marijuana is a sea-change shift in policy. The Democrat is up for re-election this year and is going against the grain in the state known for...
1/24/14
BY:
Chuck Trimble
On Thursday, January 9, President Obama spoke about how he plans to address challenges such as job creation, housing, law enforcement and education in the poorest communities. The speech set the tone for his remaining tenure and came almost 50 years...
1/22/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is a bigot and a braggart. But so what? This piece really has nothing to do with that thug in a suit. There will always be racists with dull skulls and deep pockets, and they will get elected to office....
1/22/14
BY:
Charles Kader
To The Editor, Upon hearing the announcement that Representative William Owens will not seek re-election, I was gratified. Besides wishing him well in his retirement, I will also recount where his political shortcomings have aggravated the formal...
1/21/14
BY:
Daniel Akaka & Michael Chun
Aloha, As former leaders familiar with and committed to the well being of Hawai’i’s indigenous people, we see in Colleen Hanabusa someone who shares our passion and commitment to fighting for their rights and improving their condition. Indeed,...
1/20/14
BY:
Hon. Carolyn Bennett
The federal government’s callous treatment of Jeremy Meawasige, an Aboriginal teenager from the Pictou Landing reserve is nothing less than shameful. This youth is living with cerebral palsy, autism, spinal curvature, and a debilitating accumulation...
1/19/14
BY:
Autumn Dawn White Eyes
Today, Savage Media will release a video of Preston Wells’s poem entitled “If the Indian Mascot could speak.” It invokes a sense of anger, which I’ve never been able to express. I often find myself thinking about the time before I came to college. I...
1/18/14
BY:
Steve Russell
A dominant metaphor in colonial political science of this generation has come from the British utilitarian Jeremy Bentham by way of the French post-modernist, Michel Foucault: the Panopticon, a prison design where the architecture allow constant...
1/17/14
BY:
Charles Kader
I recently completed an enjoyable reading of Uprising, a 2010 novel by Douglas Bland. It’s a fictional portrayal of modern day Canada amidst a resilient Native insurgent uprising. The new paperback edition was recently published by the Toronto-based...
1/16/14
BY:
Kent Blansett
Last October in Rexton, a small eastern Canadian town on the Elsipogtog First Nation Reserve, over 100 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) wielding riot gear, side arms, tasers, tear gas, attack dogs, pepper spray, rubber bullets, nightsticks, and...
1/15/14
BY:
Sherry Treppa
All Native Americans should be deeply concerned about a recent federal court decision ordering the BIA to decide who can be a member of one California tribe and how the tribal government should be organized – all for the sake of protecting “...

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