Mary Annette Pember
As a Native American woman and recovering alcoholic I am grateful for Whiteclay, Nebraska for the simple reason that it keeps the disease of alcoholism and addiction right where it needs to be for our people: front and center. Having seen many...
Harrison Tsosie
As Navajo people pause to reflect on the Nation’s progress in the 144 years that have passed since the signing of the Treaty in 1868, my thoughts turn to another important decision facing the Nation. The Navajo Nation is currently considering...
Simon Moya-Smith
No right-wing GOP chubby-belly apologist would dare attempt to persuade civil rights activist Al Sharpton into believing that black-faced caricatures of young African Americans, clad in ripped overalls and Afros, are not disrespectful. “Wait a...
Leo Manheimer
The Navajo Nation has been in litigation over our Little Colorado River water rights for 33 years and the litigation continues today. The children who were born when this fight began are now grown and are caring for children of their own. One thing...
Chris Clark-Deschene
Ya’a’teeh doo ahe’hee shi Ke’ adoo shi Dine’e’. Water is sacred. No doubt. So are our people and our future. On the current issue of S.2109, I support the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement for a number of reasons. As a...
Lise Balk King
In western South Dakota, it’s all about perception. If you are Indian, or appear to be Indian, you are routinely judged by the color of your skin regarding the content of your character. If you are white, there is also a set of assumptions made by...
Steven Newcomb
On October 5, 1942, the U.S. Court of Claims issued its opinion in the case California Indians K-344, which involved “Various Tribes of Indians located in California." The case was the result of a jurisdictional act of May 18, 1928, whereby Congress...
Caroline P. Mayhew
Amid the current election excitement and heightened national focus on the politics of women’s issues, Congressional efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) have garnered considerable attention. Among the new VAWA provisions...
Steve Russell
I wish you a good Memorial Day, with plenty of hot dogs on the grill and beer in the cooler. Those of us who choose to defend ourselves in the class warfare begun by the one percent should, on Memorial Day, give some thought to a different one...
Robert Warrior
Memorial Day in the Osage is a big deal, and deservedly so. Along with remembering the many Osages who have sacrificed their lives in military service to the United States (the original purpose of the holiday), people back home lovingly decorate...
James D. Adams
Our society is afflicted with diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer, diseases that were less common a century ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of these diseases has been increasing yearly since...
Dan Jones
Of all the sovereign authority tribes once held, the least compromised by Congress is the tribe’s ability to determine who is a member of the tribe or who is an Indian. The US census of 2010 determined there were some 3 million American Indians...
Kenneth Deer
This column was originally pubished in The Eastern Door, a community newspaper in the ancient Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, in Quebec. One of the agenda items at the just concluded UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was “Combating violence...
Hon. Floyd Jourdain & Hon. Erma Vizenor
As leaders of the Red Lake and White Earth Nations in Minnesota, we are alarmed that Congress is giving serious consideration to a plan that would take away tens of millions of dollars from some Indian tribes and give it to other Indian tribes. This...