Opinions

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...
12/29/11
BY:
Steve Russell
Madeline Colliflower, known to her relatives as Si-Siya, walked on in her 81st year back in 2000, the cusp of the 21st century. She was one of a few surviving FBI (Full-Blooded Indian) citizens of the Gros Ventre. Those of us who did not have the...
12/28/11
BY:
Ungelbah Daniel-Davila
Media, for many indigenous peoples of this country, continues to be a double-edged sword, with a history containing moments of both immense pride and interminable consequences. During the last several hundred years of European colonization,...
12/27/11
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Growing-up on the Indian-Negro color line (I am the daughter of a European mother and a black and Indian father), I lived with mixed signals and coded information by the dominant culture. It had determined that white European culture and people were...
12/26/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In a recent column, Charles Trimble found fault with an adjunct professor in the Syracuse University College of Law, who also happens to be a Mohawk from Akwesasne. Mr. Trimble took issue with Professor Carrie E. Garrow’s view, recently expressed in...
12/25/11
BY:
Harold Monteau
The National Indian Council On Aging (NICOA) needs the help of the gaming tribes, especially the wealthiest 20 percent of the gaming tribes. (It is estimated that just 20 percent of the 565 recognized tribal entities control 80 percent of the gaming...
12/24/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
I’ve been writing a lot lately about the Era of Contraction—the shrinking of the federal government—and what that policy means to Indian Country. Only not this year. Last week Congress finally approved money for fiscal year 2012 (three months into...

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