Opinions

5/29/15
BY:
Kerry Hawk Lessard
For weeks now, I have been struggling to come to terms with what happened in Baltimore since the murder of Freddie Gray and how to write about it in a way that shows humility, respect, empathy, and a feeling of relationship. I struggled with this...
5/29/15
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John Guenther
The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978, preceded by studies like the 1976 study by the Association of American Indian Affairs, which found that 25 to 35 percent of all Indian children were being placed in out-of-home care. Eighty-five...
5/28/15
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Kurt Luger
Former Congressman Ernest Istook, says that the “New Indian Wars are Fought at the Casino,” [Washington Times May 21, 2015]. Why would Istook try to start new “Indian Wars?” After 200 years of genocide by the United States, enough is enough! Indian...
5/28/15
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Erik Stegman
The recent walk out of Native American actors from the set of Adam Sandler’s forthcoming movie The Ridiculous Six has sparked a much-needed conversation on the long-standing racist stereotypes of Native people. Sandler’s so-called comedy is rife...
5/27/15
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Donna Loring
“Circle the wagons!” Is a term I learned watching the old western movies on TV when I was a kid. It was done to protect the ever-progressing white people who were moving west (to steal Indian land) against those vicious savages. The savages were to...
5/27/15
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Bryan Newland
On May 14, the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs conducted a hearing entitled: “Inadequate Standards for Trust Land Acquisition in the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.” In advance of the hearing, the Majority Staff...
5/26/15
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Renae Yellowhorse
To the editor: The proposed Grand Canyon Escalade development, from the get-go, has been a nightmare for Navajo families who are Confluence stakeholders. The land users of southern Bodaway Chapter, where the luxury resort and tram were to locate,...
5/26/15
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Steve Russell
Op-ed writer’s note: The source for the content of communications between Justice Robert H. Jackson and President Harry S. Truman is Professor John Q. Barrett of St. John’s University School of Law, who is probably the foremost living authority on...
5/25/15
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Steven Newcomb
In the 1823 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Johnson and Graham’s Lessee v. M’Intosh, Chief Justice Marshall made a statement on behalf of a unanimous court that the United States is still applying to our original nations and peoples one hundred and ninety...
5/24/15
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André Cramblit
Another blip on the otherwise bland radar of white middle class Eurocentric sensationalist information, that is really pabulum for the masses, and passes for news was recently seen. Apparently calling a female names like Beaver Breath and having...
5/24/15
BY:
Valerie Goodness
Stories about dandelions have been told by Native Peoples of Turtle Island for thousands of years. For example, there is an Ojibwe legend about the South Wind falling in love with the dandelion. There are plenty of songs and stories sung and told...
5/23/15
BY:
Matthew Scraper
Rarely, if ever, do I extend myself to a social media rant. This is primarily because I'm not sure that such things ever change opinions and belief systems. That said, I'm going to take a moment to do just that. Feel free to tune out—I won't be...
5/23/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Galileo's telescopic observations converted him to the sun-centered view of the planetary system, and thereby made him a target for the Roman Inquisition. The Church was committed to an earth-centered view of the celestial realms. Galileo's deviance...
5/22/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
Young Native people, it's unfortunate how much you deal with on a day-to-day basis: navigating the world, developing your own beliefs, having to listen to your parents. It's bad enough you have to go through all that, but you also have to deal with...

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