Opinions

10/14/13
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On July 8, 1970, President Richard Nixon delivered a “Special Message on Indian Affairs,” in which he formally ended what he called “forced termination.” The Termination Era was the result of several pieces of legislation, including House Concurrent...
10/13/13
BY:
Dot Scott
The recent cases of Baby Veronica and Baby Desaray make me fear for young adoptive children, especially those of color. The similarities of these two cases, including the same adoption agency attorney in both, demand a closer look into these...
10/12/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Ideas, like people, can bleed. Unlike people, ideas do not die easily, even the worst of ideas. If you have lost a loved one, you know that palpable sense of wishing them back, undoing their fate so as to undo your own. So it is with bad ideas, but...
10/11/13
BY:
Ray Austin
Alaska Natives are in need of success stories and statistics that can show we can be more educated and can improve employment opportunities for all. Instead of being divided, we should be as one to improve education for all Alaska Natives,...
10/10/13
BY:
Amy Moore & Mike Taylor
The old Native American walks slowly but he walks for at least two hours every day. If you ask the old man his name, he will look at you with his dark brown eyes. He will smile. And he will tell you it is Marlon. The Spirits know him by a different...
10/9/13
BY:
Steve Russell
Dear Card Services: I do not have any dispute that will delay paying my bill but, boy howdy, I really have a dispute. This dispute just arose for the second time and I now reduce it to writing because apparently my loud and long expression of it by...
10/8/13
BY:
Akilah Kinnison
Today, 306 members of the Nooksack Indian Tribe in northern Washington State are fighting mass disenrollment from their community. For the Nooksack 306, as they have come to be known, this struggle encompasses more than tribal citizenship – it is...
10/7/13
BY:
Gary Davis
Many Americans have never been to a Native American reservation. They’re often geographically isolated and underdeveloped, perpetually left off the various lists of tourism destinations. With sparse and scattered populations, tribal governments have...
10/6/13
BY:
Kenneth Deer
The Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign landed in The Netherlands. In a ceremony under a Tree of Peace in the center of the Hague, Onondaga Faithkeeper Oren Lyons presented a replica of the Two Row Wampum to the Ambassador for Human Rights of the...
10/5/13
BY:
Jay Daniels
Pondering the state of current affairs impacting Indian country, it amazes me there are so many issues being thrust out there which affect the entirety for most of the tribes. These are important and “key” issues which could have a long term effect...
10/3/13
BY:
Joseph Socobasin,
Dear Editor: We write to you today to correct the record on a recently published article on ICTMN.com entitled "Passamaquoddy Leaders Question Harper's Human Rights Judgement." We found the article to be misleading and to misconstrue the facts...
10/3/13
BY:
Walter Lamar
Imagine your income got cut by about 60 percent. Could you feed your family and pay your bills? What would you do? Tribes and tribal members are about to find out as Washington turns dark, leaving a "small cadre to protect life and property"...
10/3/13
BY:
Steve Russell
As I punched my car radio to NPR, I only caught the end of a woman’s earnest plea: “if we only save one of these kids, that child might be the one to climb to the top ranks of corporate America.” I winced. I’m all for helping disadvantaged kids. I...
10/2/13
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The word “nation” is one of those words that gets thrown around haphazardly by academics, laypeople and politicians alike; it has become synonymous with “nation-state” and “state” to describe what we understand today as the global polities we refer...

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