Opinions

10/11/11
BY:
John Bird
I feel like I have been waiting for this moment an entire lifetime. More like a hundred lifetimes when I count the 500 years and lifetimes of all our indigenous ancestors who went to their graves wondering if justice would ever again prevail on...
10/11/11
BY:
Kimberly Horton
The Cherokee Nation based out of Tahlequah, Oklahoma has decided to strip “Freedmen” of their Cherokee rights and to expel them from their nation. Freedmen are African American descendants of slaves. The decision to expel them is based purely on the...
10/11/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
There are many ways to look at America’s shift into the Era of Contraction. Budget numbers tell part of the story. Words of elected leaders tell yet another. Add to that, the stories of real discontent told by ordinary people and reflected by both...
10/10/11
BY:
Monique Vondall-Rieke
On the eve of what most Americans celebrate as “Columbus Day” I found myself turning to the History Channel to watch “Who Really Discovered America?” I was instantly upset by the summations of world experts on how other cultures, civilizations if...
10/6/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
I hope we have all been following the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) action that is unfolding before us. Why are they protesting? Hopefully OWS is not only due to the rich-poor gap -although, that is reason enough. The main-stream media is describing this...
10/5/11
BY:
Steve Russell
Like most Indians who give thought to our relationship with the United States, I dream of Indian treaties as sacred promises or, at least, what the Constitution says in so many words: “all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority...
10/5/11
BY:
Billy Frank, Jr.
We all owe a big "thank you" to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. They never gave up on getting those two dams torn down, and today that dream is becoming a reality. For 100 years they have had to wait for their treaty rights to be restored and for the...
10/5/11
BY:
Thomas Jensen
The budgetary hard times that are facing the federal government and states can create a favorable environment for Indian tribal governments. There may be opportunities to reclaim assets and expand assertions of sovereign powers that have been taken...
10/3/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s recent safari to New Mexico to meet the Pueblo people and to make a guest appearance at a student forum at the University of New Mexico School of Law, had all the indicia of an apologist diplomatic mission (although she has...
9/30/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
It is typical to refer to our respective nations and peoples as being "in" Canada or "in" the United States and therefore as being deemed subject to the jurisdictions of those two political constructs called "states" in international law. What we...
9/29/11
BY:
Walter Lamar
For a decade, heroin use has been declining across the United States, and particularly in Indian Country. The Indian Country Drug Threat Assessment of 2008 showed 15 percent less heroin use than in 2000, and a proportional drop in the number of...
9/27/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
The Department of State is reviewing the details of a Presidential permit which will be required to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, through the U.S., to the Gulf of Mexico. The President is currently burdened with the task of of...
9/27/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
I drove across the Northwest this past weekend. A 1,700-mile trip from Idaho to Seattle, returning via rural roads in Washington, and freeways in Idaho and Montana. Along the route I looked at places and wondered, how will life change during the Era...
9/27/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Earth, the blue planet. Earth’s blue appearance in space is due to that fact that 70% of its surface is covered in water. Since water played such an essential role in the development of our planet and the evolution of all living organisms here, it...

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