Opinions

12/2/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Technology has afforded us many advantages. Over the past few hundred years, breakthroughs in medicine have lead to cures for potentially lethal illnesses like polio, smallpox and bacterial infections, and provided viable modes of treatment for...
12/1/11
BY:
Tex G. Hall
When Columbus got lost in America, he found healthy, thriving native peoples. Within 100 years, the civilizations he first met were decimated. In North America, north of Mexico, the pre-Columbian population has been estimated at 18 million people....
11/30/11
BY:
Don George
Logic tells us that people will worry about what's going on in their own backyards before thinking about the trials and tribulations of others. But once again, thinking logically, if people show interest in others' troubles, then they would probably...
11/30/11
BY:
Chuck Trimble
In a letter to the editor of the Syracuse (New York) Post-Standard newspaper, attorney Carrie E. Garrow, an adjunct professor in the Syracuse University College of Law and Mohawk from Akwesasne, lamented the recent Supreme Court decision denying...
11/29/11
BY:
Steve Russell
I punched the TV button so hard that in the old days I would have twisted the dial right off, and went looking for cousin Ray Sixkiller. I found him over at the high school football field practicing digadayosdi, the Cherokee marbles game. He had...
11/29/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Last December hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. for the second White House Tribal Nations Conference. I wrote at the time: “When President Obama reached the podium at the Interior Department last...
11/28/11
BY:
Hawk Rosales
“I hope that if one thing comes out of this process, it's the beginning of long term trust between sovereign [tribal] governments and the state of California.” – California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird at June 30, 2011 Fish and Game...
11/26/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Shortly after his second birthday, my son stopped talking. The onset of symptoms was just that abrupt. After nearly two years of visits to doctors and specialists, he was finally diagnosed with atypical autism. Autism encompasses a spectrum of...
11/25/11
BY:
Frank VanderPloeg
Crunch time has come for tribes to review whether their employee benefit plans are “governmental,” in light of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” issued November 7. Five years ago, Congress bit off another...
11/23/11
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
It was earlier this month during a snowstorm that I stumbled upon an interesting tidbit of American history—the kind you’d hope would make it into inner city high school textbooks, but somehow gets omitted like so many other things. I need to read,...
11/23/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
I have been paying attention to the University of North Dakota (UND) Fighting Sioux ordeal for over 10 years and I am becoming fatigued with every twist and turn those that wish to keep the name are now engaging. I attended the special North Dakota...
11/22/11
BY:
Lisa R. Shellenberger
Ms. Yvette Roubideaux, Director of Indian Health Service (“IHS”), recently submitted a column on ICTMN.com, titled “Correcting the Record on the Contract Health Services Program.”  This column was in response to the article I previously wrote, “...
11/22/11
BY:
Ralph B. Saltsman and Stephen Warren Solomon
With Indian Casinos virtually surrounding Los Angeles County, one might ask: why are there no Indian Casinos in Los Angeles County? The short answer is, there are no Indian Reservations in Los Angeles County upon which a casino could be built. How...
11/21/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Mark Savage published his groundbreaking research on federal Indian law in 1991, "Native Americans and the Constitution: The Original Understanding" (NYU Rev. of Law & Social Change). He proved that the framers of the U.S. Constitution...

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