Opinions

3/28/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
This month the U.S. Department of Interior issued a draft proposal regarding its implementation of $1.9 billion in Indian land consolidation monies authorized in the Cobell settlement. The proposal, which would allow tribal governments to buy...
3/27/12
BY:
Jake LaMere
It seems that we all can be lost on what a "call to action" really entails. As a society, we are pulled in various directions, the amount of information which we choose to consume or ignore is limitless, and often the decisions we make can cause a...
3/27/12
BY:
Jack Duran
It was as if I was in a dream when I received the call from my mother, Yolanda, who had been researching our genealogy for years, informing me that she had traced my native heritage to the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo of Texas. For nearly three decades I...
3/26/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Historically, when different groups of people came into contact with one another, they offered different explanations for the phenotypic variations they saw. Because skin color was so noticeable, it was the most frequently explained trait and most...
3/25/12
BY:
Gyasi Ross
This column originally appeared on Race-Talk.org. This goes beyond skin color or politics. This is about the joys of life, and the notion that all of us should have unfettered access to those joys as long as we are not harming anyone else. No, he...
3/25/12
BY:
Steve Russell
"Coffee more...you want?" A young man, brown but of indeterminate nationality, is walking by with a carafe. My mind replies "Si, por favor," but I quickly realize I have not identified his accent and his features do not look American Indian (as...
3/24/12
BY:
Tony Ricci
Throughout human history countless eminent figures have had legacies that were to be redeemed long after their era on Earth. For some however, they have had the fate to live and witness their story better told. And finally, such redemption has come...
3/23/12
BY:
Walter Lamar
The budget battles of 2012 struck a blow to key provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act and although the proposed budget contains increases for some important programs, funding would still remain far lower than what is needed to succeed. Given...
3/22/12
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
After reading Steve Russell’s March 20 column “Citizenship and Nations,” I have to wonder why he would publicly challenge one of the strongest words we have in the English language to express the political existence of Indian nations and peoples. I...
3/22/12
BY:
Kevin Allis
Throughout the course of history, Indian country has been the victim of unwarranted and harmful attacks from the outside. That is why it is so troubling when our own communities are wrongfully attacked from other factions from within Indian Country...
3/21/12
BY:
Bill Anoatubby
National Women’s History Month has as its theme this year, “Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment,” which presumably indicates that women are empowered through education. While that is undoubtedly true, it is also true that women have long played a...
3/20/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Citizenship is a tricky word in Indian country. It’s “citizenship” rather than “membership” if an Indian nation is not a club and you can’t join it. “Nation” or “tribe” is another semantic issue that conceals as much politics as citizenship. I...
3/19/12
BY:
David E. Wilkins
A strange thing is happening in and across Indian country: the number of federally recognized tribal nations continues to increase—the Tejon people of California were readmitted to the ranks in early January of this year, bringing the number of such...
3/18/12
BY:
Ray Cook
Mohawk Kateri Tekakwitha will become a saint in the fall, and the media is looking for the predicted mixed reactions I see a few stories around about this important event and hear attitudes about it as well. They ask, how does it feel that the...

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