Opinions

4/21/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Stereotypes help market American merchandise for more than a century, and the history of their use and abuse offers a strange and telling story of race relations in this country. Starting with sugar, its long history is interwoven with that of the...
4/20/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
White privilege in America first stood for wealth advantage, the provenance of white men, no matter how amassed, deserved, shared or inbred. Among its prominent symbols are oil baron J.D. Rockefeller, Monopoly guy with a fistful of cash, television’...
4/19/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
To quote an Indianz.com headline: “Interior’s land consolidation plan is a disaster.” The Department of the Interior’s proposal to spend $1.9 billion in taxpayer dollars authorized by the Cobell settlement focuses myopically on effecting...
4/18/12
BY:
Lisa R. Shellenberger and Jennifer S. Baker
Lisa Shellenberger Violence on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is far too familiar; grievance for lost loved ones hangs heavy in the air. At times, the commonality of murder and violence has been so exceptional that it cannot be understood by...
4/17/12
BY:
Nikke Alex
Last week both Arizona Senators visited the Navajo Nation to persuade tribal officials that they should agree to waive most of Navajo claims to the Lower Colorado River in order to receive $350 million worth in water development project. During...
4/16/12
BY:
Robert Barton
America's population is aging quickly. In 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 13 percent of Americans were 65 or older. By 2030, estimates are that demographic will exceed 20%. Among Native Americans, the number of American...
4/13/12
BY:
Dan Jones
Seen any Indians on TV lately? Probably not, and you’re not likely to. Here's why: The FCC has allowed the American television Industry, which I like to call "a content provider," because the Internet has changed everything. They don’t know what to...
4/13/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
For plains Tribes, the preservation of grasslands is crucial to the survival of our culture. Its unique configuration of Native plants and grasses provide us with medicine, tools, shelter, and food. Grasslands furnished grazing space for the horses...
4/12/12
BY:
Bank Information Center
From the letter below: "For example, elimination of the senior level Indigenous Peoples’ Expert was a mistake – that position should be reinstated and the capacity of the Bank relating to indigenous peoples must be strengthened." BiC BANK...
4/11/12
BY:
Chuck Trimble
The Northwest Tribes have produced some of history’s greatest leaders, most notably Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. In modern times the most important leader ever to come out of the Northwest in Indian Affairs was Joseph R. Garry of the Coeur d’...
4/10/12
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
As the Executive Director of Four Directions, I like to pay attention to the legislation coming out of Congress that affects Indian country—both good and bad. Unfortunately I have seen more bad than good. The STOP Act is a perfect example of BAD....
4/9/12
BY:
Delvin Cree
On a recent warm sunny day I watched as quite a few 18-wheelers, large tandem service trucks and 4x4 pick-up trucks (with big tires) drive by my brother's place on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Once in a while an ol' rez car will accompany this...
4/8/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
According to the late educator and historian princess Red Wing (Pokanoket), the first music of Aquidneck Island (present-day Rhode Island and Providence Plantations) was the chant of the “Red Man” who lived in the hills and valleys adjacent to the...
4/7/12
BY:
Chuck Trimble
A March 28 article from the Associated Press told of problems at the Mashantucket Pequot tribe’s Foxwoods Casino complex in Connecticut, the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere. The story, by reporter Michael Melia, begins “For two decades, the...

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