Opinions

5/24/12
BY:
Kenneth Deer
This column was originally pubished in The Eastern Door, a community newspaper in the ancient Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, in Quebec. One of the agenda items at the just concluded UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was “Combating violence...
5/23/12
BY:
Hon. Floyd Jourdain & Hon. Erma Vizenor
As leaders of the Red Lake and White Earth Nations in Minnesota, we are alarmed that Congress is giving serious consideration to a plan that would take away tens of millions of dollars from some Indian tribes and give it to other Indian tribes. This...
5/23/12
BY:
Cedric Sunray
Last month’s racially motivated killings in Oklahoma, perpetrated by Cherokee Indian Jake England and his white roommate against members of North Tulsa’s black community, once again bring to light the prejudicial tendencies held by many in our...
5/22/12
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
Contrary to popular belief, especially among non-Natives, American Indians did not simply relinquish their rights to lands, waters, and other natural resources. Indeed, as a result of historic negotiations and treaties between the U.S. government...
5/21/12
BY:
Dave Staddon
I work for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe as public information director. My reservation is in Canada and my legal residence is within the jurisdiction of the Saginaw-Chippewa Reservation in Michigan. Akwesasne is Mohawk territory and the U.S.-Canada...
5/19/12
BY:
Ungelbah Daniel-Davila
Everyone in Indian country is in an uproar about Johnny Depp playing Tonto in the upcoming flick, The Lone Ranger, but for the wrong reasons. From what I’ve read online, most people are outraged by the decision to have a non-Native portray a...
5/17/12
BY:
Joseph H. Webster
With federal internet gaming legislation apparently unlikely in the near future, many Indian tribal governments are considering the prospect of conducting intrastate internet gaming. The Justice Department widened the opening for intrastate...
5/16/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Forrest Carter, Carlos Castaneda, Ward Churchill, Iron Eyes Cody, Jamake HIghwater, Nasdijj, Princess Pale Moon, Andrea and Justine Smith, Mary Thunder, Dhyani Ywahoo. Some of these people have done good work; others have profited only themselves....
5/16/12
BY:
Karla E. General
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples presents a new opportunity and a new kind of legal authority that could help Native peoples to secure rights to sacred places, and to preserve and protect cultural, religious, and spiritual...
5/15/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
What’s up, you ask, with the “Native American” uproar in the Elizabeth Warren-Scott Brown race for U.S. senator from Massachusetts? The politics part is easily understood; the Indian part is a heavier lift, involving legalities of Native nations and...
5/14/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Is it fair to look back to something a presidential candidate did when he was 18? Depends on your tolerance for hypocrisy. Let those who did nothing wrong at that age avoid a seat on the Group W Bench, but I’m thinking the Group W Bench would be...
5/14/12
BY:
Mark Charles
During his official visit to the United States, I had the privilege of personally, and publicly, addressing James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Below is a summary of the five-minute presentation I...
5/14/12
BY:
Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians
There is a group of criminals, on Native American lands, who assault, rape, and abuse Native women—and they can’t be arrested. These criminals are non-Native men. They don’t have to face a judge, spend any time behind bars, or be hounded by a...
5/13/12
BY:
Winona LaDuke
Moose Factory, Ontario: When Chief Randy Kapashesit returned this time his remote community in northern Ontario, the earth shook: tremors of 4.4 shook the region, and Randy came home for the last time. Kapashesit died unexpectedly on April 25 in...

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