Opinions

5/2/14
BY:
Geoffrey Strommer, Steve Osborne & Caroline Mayhew
For over 20 years, tribal contractors have fought with the United States to be paid the full administrative costs of their contracts, like other government contractors. The Supreme Court has affirmed that the requirement to pay the full amount of...
5/1/14
BY:
Ryan Dreveskracht
A few weekends ago saw the grand opening of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Skatepark. The skatepark, made possible with donations from the Sheckler Foundation and Grindline, is one of many parks that have been popping up all over Indian country. As much...
4/30/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Indians of all nations are skeptical of the federal government. This is why, even though most tribal societies practiced capital punishment in one form or another, tribal governments have not rushed to opt in to the federal death penalty. Oklahoma...
4/30/14
BY:
Sara Marie Ortiz
Some say—in Indigenous and non-indigenous cultures—that true leaders are born, not made. I'm not sure if that's true or not, but what I do know is this: our Native youth, and our community of up and coming young Native professionals/leaders/scholars...
Nicholet Deschine
4/29/14
BY:
Nicholet Deschine
Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington NFL team recently called on people to “focus on reality” and in discussing his Original Americans Foundation said “I think it tells you that we did our homework – unlike a lot of people.” Snyder further...
4/29/14
BY:
Ann Dapice
More than a decade ago the clinicians at our American Indian non-profit organization wrote a series of articles related to addiction, Type 2 Diabetes and intergenerational stress with the beginning titles “Killing Us Slowly.” These articles still...
4/28/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
For those of us who grew up watching Rod Serling’s classic science fiction series, The Twilight Zone, there was a memorable 1962 episode, “To Serve Man.” Ironic in light of this column, the United Nations headquarters building in New York is shown...
4/27/14
BY:
DaShanne Stokes
On March 24, Dan Snyder issued a letter to the devout fans of his beloved Washington Red*kins announcing the creation of the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.” The announcement served as a rallying cry for all those who support the...
4/27/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Civilization, in a standard dictionary, is "the stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced." The dictionary equates "advanced" with "the comfort and convenience of modern life." A thesaurus adds "progress,...
4/26/14
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
In following the Washington football team mascot controversy, I read with interest, Gyasi Ross’ latest article, “Hush Money and Ransom: An Open Letter to Dan Snyder, the Idiot”. Although Ross made some valid points about Dan Snyder’s foundation that...
4/25/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Cannabis legalization is a hot topic. After decades of collective societal distain for the plant ala Reefer Madness, public opinion now seems to be swaying in favor of its use, especially where its medicinal properties are concerned. The medicinal...
4/24/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
In her excellent article on pow wow culture, Christina Rose raises concerns about how pow wows have changed in the past few generations, as seen through the eyes of today’s elders. The elders Rose quotes lament almost everything about today’s pow...
4/23/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Cliven Bundy’s dispute with the Bureau of Land Management has brought the Western Shoshone Nation and the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley back into focus. Mary and Carrie Dann, Raymond Yowell, and Myron Tybo had horses and cattle stolen by the Bureau of...
4/23/14
BY:
Steve Russell
John Winthrop, a wealthy Puritan lawyer and would-be theologian, might be styled a founder of “American exceptionalism.” It was his sermon, A Model of Christian Charity, that contained the line made famous in modern times by President Ronald Reagan...

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