Opinions

4/5/15
BY:
Jay Daniels
Desmond Tutu once said “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” The same could be said today, “they took...
4/4/15
BY:
David Wilkins
Historically, Native nations were bounded but inclusive socio-cultural communities that prided themselves on maintaining distinctive religious-cultural identities while also incorporating--whether through force or invitation--individuals from other...
4/3/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Although the United States has forcibly imposed patterns of domination on the original Native nations of this continent, it is typical to see the courts of the United States and most legal scholars use the words “conquest,” “conqueror,” and “...
4/3/15
BY:
Christine Dupres
On March 9, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional Director Stanley Speaks signed the final documents to establish the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s Reservation, to an audience of Cowlitz elders and tribal leaders. A court decision issued by United States...
4/2/15
BY:
Charles Kader
Sometimes I get teased about my habit of writing about legendary figures of history and how they got to be that way. Modern heroes still walk among us all today and possibly the best is still yet to come. Ideally, we should never forget those who...
4/1/15
BY:
Mary Grayson
Was it an affair made public by a scorned lover? Was it a corrupt scandal leaving voters questioning her ethical standards and moral compass? Or could it have been her credentials and years of experience in tribal governance that caused the only...
3/31/15
BY:
Dennis G. Chappabitty
I engaged in a pitched, life-and-death, brutal, bloody battle with four racist young white men on a lonely dark rural road in Creek County, Oklahoma in 1971. I was a 22-year-old college student and a citizen of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma....
3/30/15
BY:
Carolina Castoreno
As a state in the heartland of the country, Indiana has long been associated with “Hoosier Hospitality” and down-home charm. A sleepy Midwestern gem, it is not accustomed to wide-spread attention for much. One can only imagine the dismay to many...
3/30/15
BY:
Patricia Paul
What does it take to succeed in life when everyone, in your formative years, abandoned you? It takes determination, smarts and a bit of luck. My life began in January 1954 to a military father and an Inupiaq mother. My father, still living in...
3/29/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
In 1637, Thomas Morton, one of the founders of the settlement at Mount Wollaston (now Quincy, Mass.) gave a description of the Indians in New England that mentioned their admirable perfection in the use of the senses, and in particular, “their eyes...
3/28/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Editor’s Note: Reprints of advance reviews of Darkness in El Dorado by Patrick Tierney are currently circulating on online, and a recent post from Newpower was cited as the lead-in to the columnist Steve Newcomb’s dissection of the dehumanizing...
3/27/15
BY:
Rhiannon Curley
“The April 21 date set by the Navajo Election Administration for a special election for tribal president is once again up in the air." This was the start of an article from last week’s edition of the Navajo Times. When I read this headline, all I...
3/26/15
BY:
Aliyah Chavez, Eriq Swiftwater, Autumn Harry & Danielle Finn
Growing up on Indian reservations we were afraid to see a dentist, afraid of having mouth pain. That wasn’t just because dentists are scary to little kids. The fear was that we would have pain and never be able to get help. Access to quality and...
3/25/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A little-noticed definition of “civilization” is this: “the forcing of a particular cultural pattern on a population to whom it is foreign.” The key word is “forcing,” which implies some agency that engages in the process of forcing a particular...

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