Opinions

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...
10/21/11
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Read part II and part III. No matter what the growing “Occupy Wall Street” movement seeks to accomplish, it has struck a nerve. Members of the American middle class are losing jobs, homes and savings because of the greed and carelessness of “too-...
10/20/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Tribal leaders went to Capitol Hill last week to make the case to protect American Indian and Alaska Native programs from the deep federal spending cuts that are about to hit. Tribal Unity Impact Week included meetings, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and...
10/19/11
BY:
Jeff Welsch
It was like a scene straight from an epic western: 94 wild Yellowstone bison, their instincts in full throttle despite five years behind government fences, thundering through an open gate and onto a vast plain. The ground literally trembled as they...
10/19/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1988, the United States Congress passed House Concurrent Resolution 331, expressly acknowledging that the Haudenosaunee had some degree of influence on the formation of the Constitution of the United States. The model of the Haudenosaunee (‘...
10/17/11
BY:
Nathan Small
A few years ago, USA Today did a two-page article about the problems faced by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in their battle to clean up a Superfund plant on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho (USA Today, "Tribes fight toxic giant," June 3, 1998). I...
10/16/11
BY:
Julia Good Fox
Since 2009, the relationship between a sustainable economy, the rights of workers, and the purpose of democracy has been highlighted on the international stage. Throughout Germany, Greece, Austria, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, France, and England, there...
10/14/11
BY:
Cedric Sunray
A few weeks ago, I read the following paragraph in an NPR article about the Cherokee Freedmen: "This is not a club; you can't just claim to be Cherokee and show up and be included," says Cara Cowan Watts, a vocal member of the Cherokees' tribal...
10/13/11
BY:
Litefoot
All journeys have a beginning and an ending. No matter how large or small the endeavor, it begins, and—at some point—it will most assuredly come to an end. The substance of the journey is everywhere in between the start and finish of it. Arguably...
10/12/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
Greetings on Colonization Day, I begin by prayerfully remembering our free and independent ancestors, the Lenape and all the Original Nations and Peoples of this vast Turtle Island (Mother Earth), and of the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic...
10/12/11
BY:
Nellis Kennedy-Howard
Today, President Obama has the choice. Clean technology is at our feet. Sustainable resources are in our hands. And here we sit, digging for oil. The State Department is currently reviewing a proposal to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a...

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