Opinions

9/26/14
BY:
Bryan Brewer
Chief Sitting Bull said, “Let us put our minds together and see what lives we can make for our children.” And, today, as we struggle to provide an education for our children, extend health care to our youth, families, and elders, and provide tribal...
9/25/14
BY:
Dante Desiderio
This week, Congress passed legislation to permanently increase tribal authority to provide governmental services to their citizens without creating a taxable event. This action is the culmination of a multi-year engagement between Indian country,...
9/24/14
BY:
Walter Lamar
As a youngster I asked Mom to buy me a Stingray bike. She gave me the same answer her parents gave her when she wanted a new bike, “Wait ‘til we get the big claim.” I was in high school when the “big claim” money finally came in the form of a...
9/24/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Justice Harry Blackmun couldn’t take it any more and so announced from the US Supreme Court bench that he would “no longer tinker with the machinery of death” and would henceforth vote to reverse all death penalty cases, as several justices had done...
9/23/14
BY:
Ed Rice
As my plane winged its way to Cleveland last week, to give a library talk in praise of Maine Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis and against the Cleveland Indians’ continuing use of Chief Wahoo, I began imagining myself as being something like the...
9/22/14
BY:
Rudolph C. Ryser
With the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) looming on the horizon when representatives of UN Member states meet at the United Nations on 22 September it is worth considering next steps. After months of discussions and negotiations...
9/21/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Brad Gallant has added a great new tool to the campaign to combat mascot racism: a 6-minute YouTube video, titled "Redskins No More." The title expands the Twitter hashtag, #redskinsnomore. The video itself expands the critique of mascot racism into...
9/21/14
BY:
Dave Lundgren
The Bureau of Land Management recently announced that it was undertaking an agency-wide review of railroad rights of way to determine whether utilities—mostly telecommunication companies with fiber optic lines—are unlawfully piggy-backing on...
9/20/14
BY:
Sen. Jon Tester
Diabetes is a terrible disease, and one that has afflicted American Indian and Alaska Native communities since the disruption of their traditional cultures centuries ago. That’s why I recently introduced legislation to ensure stable and continuous...
9/20/14
BY:
Vena A-dae Romero
Our histories are bursting with examples of how tribal nations have fought and sacrificed for continued existence in the face of powerful forces that sought to eliminate and assimilate American Indians. We have survived through federal policies of...
9/19/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
I intended to take a hiatus from writing for a while to deal with personal issues, but a YouTuber named Ami Pacheco inspired me to write again. You can see his thought provoking video here. He presents an insightful and cogent argument for Native...
9/18/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The New York Daily News decision to "sack the name" of the Washington Redskins sets an example for all other news outlets. As the paper's editorial says, "The Redskins name is a throwback to a vanished era of perniciously casual racial attitudes."...
9/17/14
BY:
Andre Cramblit
I remember my first week at Dartmouth College. It was after a week-long bus ride from California. Dartmouth, the Ivies, the East Coast, College in general, they are all worlds away from the reality of the California Rez (American Indian Reservation...
9/16/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
As ICTMN reported recently, indigenous peoples will be at the forefront of upcoming United Nations and civil society events in New York City. The long anticipated, one and a half day World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be immediately...

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