Opinions

4/4/12
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
As a Lakota, I was taught to respect life and death. Living on the reservation, death is all too common. From young to old, we have all felt the pain of losing loved ones before their time. Death on our reservations in one way or another touches...
4/3/12
BY:
Ray Cook, Opinion Editor
When I sat down to write this column, I wanted to tell you about how well ICTMN is doing in promoting our (Indigenous) interpretation of the world through presenting our view of news, events and thoughts. But that will have to take a back seat....
4/2/12
BY:
Steve Russell
When you are about one half of one percent of the population, how many people can you afford to leave behind by categorical self-definition? One obvious answer is that within your self-definition, you are one hundred percent of the population. If...
4/1/12
BY:
Andrea Lord Goldstein
One area of vital importance to many Indian tribes is the relationship of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”) to the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). The National Indian Gaming Commission (“NIGC”) requires Indian tribes entering...
3/30/12
BY:
Don Young, Congressman
As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, I oversee most issues concerning Native Americans. Throughout my career, I have worked tirelessly to empower and improve the lives of America’s Native peoples, which is why I take...
3/30/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
Almost every column I have written for ICTMN has either explicitly or implicitly spoken for unity among American Indian Tribes and Native Alaskans (collectively, Native Americans). My message has been and will continue to be that American Indian...
3/29/12
BY:
Julia Keefe
Dear Mr. Wynton Marsalis and fellow Selection Committee Members: My name is Julia Keefe, and I am a student at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, studying vocal jazz performance. I am also a member of the...
3/29/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
State-recognized tribes are Native American Indian Tribes and Heritage Groups that are recognized by individual states for their various internal government purposes. State recognition confers, in some cases but not all, limited benefits and funding...
3/28/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
This month the U.S. Department of Interior issued a draft proposal regarding its implementation of $1.9 billion in Indian land consolidation monies authorized in the Cobell settlement. The proposal, which would allow tribal governments to buy...
3/27/12
BY:
Jake LaMere
It seems that we all can be lost on what a "call to action" really entails. As a society, we are pulled in various directions, the amount of information which we choose to consume or ignore is limitless, and often the decisions we make can cause a...
3/27/12
BY:
Jack Duran
It was as if I was in a dream when I received the call from my mother, Yolanda, who had been researching our genealogy for years, informing me that she had traced my native heritage to the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas. For nearly three decades I...
3/26/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Historically, when different groups of people came into contact with one another, they offered different explanations for the phenotypic variations they saw. Because skin color was so noticeable, it was the most frequently explained trait and most...
3/25/12
BY:
Gyasi Ross
This column originally appeared on Race-Talk.org. This goes beyond skin color or politics. This is about the joys of life, and the notion that all of us should have unfettered access to those joys as long as we are not harming anyone else. No, he...
3/25/12
BY:
Steve Russell
"Coffee more...you want?" A young man, brown but of indeterminate nationality, is walking by with a carafe. My mind replies "Si, por favor," but I quickly realize I have not identified his accent and his features do not look American Indian (as...

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