Opinions

1/22/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
A question for any Republican running for any federal office: If you are successful repealing “ObamaCare,” what happens to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act? South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem illustrates the GOP’s mixed message. Her web page says...
1/21/12
BY:
Chuck Trimble
The life story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear is one of courage, resistance, and great leadership. The story is powerfully told in the book, I am a Man, by Nebraska journalist and prize-winning author Joe Starita (St. Martin’s Press, 2009). Many...
1/20/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
I attended a recent swearing-in of attorneys to the Navajo Nation Bar Association. My friend and colleague, Rodina Cave, was among them. The ceremony brought back memories of my days in the start-up of Dinébe'iiná Náhii?na be Aga'diit'ahii, Navajo...
1/19/12
BY:
Ray Cook, ICTMN Op-Ed Editor
A Haudenosaunee orator and representative to Nations has said that “sovereignty is the act there of.” Sovereignty is action, and it’s through our actions that people come to understand our sovereignty (our original free and independent existence)....
1/18/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
Happy New Year. Or, I should say, happy election year. From now on the national election for president (as well as the house and the senate) shifts from a vague threat to an actual election. But not just any election because the 2012 result...
1/16/12
BY:
Charles Kader
Kanaretiio, identified in New York court documents as 51-year old William Roger Jock, serves as the Bear Clan representative of the Men’s Council of the Akwesasne Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne, or, The People of the Way of the Longhouse....
1/16/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Race is not simply about the physical description of human variation. Since its origin in Western science in the eighteenth century, race has been used both to classify and rank human beings according to inferior and superior types. Although race as...
1/15/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
This election ought to be about one issue, a referendum on health care reform. Republicans say it’s about repealing Obamacare. Every candidate has pledged to repeal the law (as if presidents had such power) as a first act in office. But then what?...
1/14/12
BY:
Ray Cook, Op-Ed Editor
“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!” ? Eleanor Roosevelt South...
1/13/12
BY:
David Kimelberg
Not too long ago, the United States’ explicit policy regarding Native Americans was termination. The goal was to marginalize and eradicate Native people and cultures. As a first step, the government stole Native land and resources, murdered Native...
1/12/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Before Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton, the Lakota studied astronomy. Many indigenous peoples did. They were natural scientists. What sets indigenous "ethnoastronomy" apart from mainstream western astronomy is native peoples didn’t feel the...
1/11/12
BY:
Walter Lamar
If you saw a toddler walking toward a busy intersection, would you wait before you intervened? Indian children in homes where adults are substance abusers are in similar danger. Tribal community members must step in before children are hurt or taken...
1/10/12
BY:
Gyasi Ross
On the rez, the kids at my school got into fights quite a bit. We had this saying, when one of the few white kids (or one of the Indian kids that “looked white”) who went to our school was involved: “A fight! A fight! An Indian and a white! If the...
1/9/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On December 31, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2012. By doing so, he thereby placed his imprimatur as President of the United States on a provision in that Act that codifies in U.S. law the...

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