Opinions

11/4/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
In 1898, just eight years after the Wounded Knee Massacre, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that created a new federal facility: The Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians. Located in Canton, South Dakota, the Asylum would be the only federal mental...
11/3/11
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
(Read part I and part III.) Throughout most of the last twocenturies, the United States sought to eliminate the political existence of American Indian tribes. The federal anti-tribal agenda appeared through laws, policies and programs encouraging or...
11/2/11
BY:
Cheryl Crazy Bull
Many people after watching the ABC 20/20 special, “Hidden America: Children of the Plains” may be asking, “What can be done to help?” The special depicted the daily lives of young people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, home of one of...
11/2/11
BY:
Tekatsitsiakwa Katsi Cook
Among the privileged few early “outsider” observers of Native American birth is anthropologist Matilda Coxe Stevenson who published on Pueblo cosmogony and “Sia Pueblo Rites With Childbirth” for the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1884....
11/1/11
BY:
Beverly Cook
We know that acts of genocide were perpetrated on our people because we refused to be separated from our lands. Tremendous harm was done by those who would prevent us from speaking or learning our language; by those who would prevent us from...
10/29/11
BY:
Arlene Hirschfelder
It is predictable. At Halloween, thousands of children (and adults) trick-or-treat in Indian costumes. At Thanksgiving, thousands of children parade in school pageants wearing plastic headdresses and pseudo-buckskin clothing. Shops stock holiday...
10/28/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
Halloween is fast approaching, and little monsters everywhere are scrambling for costumes. Every year there should be an awareness campaign about the practice of Americans assuming Indian identity by donning an "Indian costume." What do "they" get...
10/27/11
BY:
Emily Washines
The existence of Condit Dam has been a blink of time in the history of the White Salmon watershed. Since time immemorial, the White Salmon River has originated from the southwestern slope of Mount Adams. The White Salmon River, m?t'úla wana, was...
10/27/11
BY:
Barack Obama, president of the United States of America
With the passing of Elouise Cobell, a proud member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, we have lost a champion of Native American rights. Her persistent and determined leadership in the pursuit of justice for Native Americans will leave an enduring...
10/26/11
BY:
Jose Barreiro
Social agreement, like a treaty—or even as the trustworthy word of an honest human being—must be kept. Once broken, dissonance ensues, and conflict is sure to follow. The American Dream, the sense that although flawed (as with everything that exists...
10/25/11
BY:
Steve Russell
After multiple recounts and one court-ordered do-over, Bill John Baker has defeated incumbent Chad Smith to become the new Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. No doubt citizens of other Indian nations are weary of the Cherokee follies, but a...
10/24/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
What do we think when we hear the word activism? Maybe we immediately think of somebody with their fist in the air, defiantly persisting against something. Maybe we think of protestors and demonstrators visibly making their point. Maybe we think of...
10/23/11
BY:
Robert Desjarlait
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protest has become a matter of debate in Indian country. Some have chosen to be included under the slogan "We Are The 99%"; others, like me, have not. Many of those who support OWS have come up with their own slogan: "...
10/22/11
BY:
Chloe Thompson
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been intruding on tribal sovereignty for several years, by asserting authority over businesses owned and operated by tribal governments, including those located on reservations. And it's poised to...

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