David E. Wilkins
In 1851 an exasperated Hugh Swinton Legare, the U.S. Attorney General, said "There is nothing in the whole compass of our laws so anomalous, so hard to bring within any precise definition, or any logical and scientific arrangement of principles, as...
Simon Moya-Smith
It was midnight, and I decided to sacrifice some virgins. “Why not?” I shouted. “What’s the point of being found guilty of a crime if you don’t even get to enjoy committing the thing?” “What’d you say?” he said. “Never mind,” I blistered. “Keep...
Steven Newcomb
When people these days discuss the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they have no idea that 70 years ago, just before the end of World War II, such a document was already being envisioned. What was being focused on...
Adrian Jawort
The most sacred document wherein the U.S. celebrates its Fourth of July holiday, the Declaration of Independence, is known for having some of the most revolutionary words in history in regards to the equality of men who at the time had been forever...
Steve Russell
Every now and then, somebody asks me why I share space in my weekly column, "How Did I Miss That?," with my Republican cousin Ray Sixkiller. I’ll give the answer I always give before moving into the subject of this column, which is pretty much the...
Jeffrey Ian Ross
Like an argument around the family dinner table, it's a national debate that seems to never end: Is it fair, nice, intolerant, insulting, or irrelevant to continue to use American Indian names in our sports teams?. Or worse are we all racists...
Peter d’Errico
Many critics of a certain football team's use of the "R" word concede that there is no "free speech" issue. Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), harsh critic of the team's name—calling it a "vile name"—maintains its equally staunch...
Michael P. Gross
Indian self-determination is the most enlightened Indian policy the United States has ever had. Yet it is still plagued by funding problems and existential issues. The Supreme Court’s decision in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter highlighted the...
Cynthia Iyall
“Every time we carry an eagle feather, that’s sovereignty. Every time we pick berries, that’s sovereignty. Every time we dig roots, that’s sovereignty,” said Nisqually Tribal elder Billy Frank Jr. who passed away earlier this week at the age of 83....
Michael Willis
The poor state of roads and bridges in Indian country is well-documented, and all too familiar to tribal citizens who face impassable roads during storms, rough dirt roads that are the only routes to take children to school, and bridges that may...
DaShanne Stokes
Hate speech is any speech or form of expression that offends, threatens, or insults a group based on their race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and other traits. And, as anyone familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church’s planned...
Steven Newcomb
On April 27, 2010, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See (The Vatican) to the United Nations delivered its official statement on the Doctrine of Discovery at the 9th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The...
Peter d'Errico
Jonathan Schell died recently. His legacy starts with a 1982 book, The Fate of the Earth, which galvanized awareness of the "unthinkable" consequences of nuclear war. In a conversation with Bill McKibben just before his death, Schell recapped the...
Geoffrey Strommer, Steve Osborne & Caroline Mayhew
For over 20 years, tribal contractors have fought with the United States to be paid the full administrative costs of their contracts, like other government contractors. The Supreme Court has affirmed that the requirement to pay the full amount of...