Opinions

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...
1/7/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
On New Years Eve, President Obama signed The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)  into law. Essentially the law does what previous NDAA incarnations have- it provides funding for the U.S. military. The controversy over this version of the NDAA...
1/6/12
BY:
Benjamin Nuvamsa
As you may know, the Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation entered into three separate leases with Sentry Royalty Company (predecessor to Peabody Western Coal) beginning in the mid-1960s. The Navajo Nation has a "Navajo Exclusive" lease (No. 8580) and shares...
1/5/12
BY:
Billy Frank Jr.
I’m starting to wonder if Washington state’s budget problems mean it will no longer be able to co-manage natural resources with the treaty tribes. Even President Obama has said recently that the state’s budget crisis is a “huge problem.” Like most...
1/4/12
BY:
Madeline Roanhorse
Two weeks ago, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) failed to meet its legislative mandate of cutting $1.2 trillion from federal spending over 10 years. This past August, President Obama proposed to eliminate payments...
1/3/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Time magazine selected “The Protestor” as its 2011 Person of the Year. The seminal publication’s decision as to who or what is worthy of the title of Person of the Year is based upon what person or thing they feel most influenced the news and global...
1/2/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
During my decades of research into the origins of federal Indian law and international law, I discovered that domination is the Latin language for "government." I keep returning to this connection between "government" and "domination" as I reflect...
1/1/12
BY:
Tom Rodgers
“Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.” Stephen...
12/31/11
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
Native people have the highest percentage of service in the armed forces of any U.S. ethnic group. In fact, there are nearly 190,000 Native American military veterans, which is about 7 percent of the total Native American population alone. So we...
12/30/11
BY:
Theodora Bird Bear
Dear ICT Editor: The Mandaree post office serves over 800 tribal members residing throughout this very rural, isolated area of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota.  Further, the Mandaree population is also increasing....
12/29/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The title of David Satter’s new book about the history of the former Soviet Union might well apply to a pervasive American attitude toward United States history in relation to the indigenous peoples of the continent: "It Was a Long Time Ago and It...

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