Opinions

9/21/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
It’s nearly impossible to know when a new political era has begun for certain. Congress enacted House Resolution 108 on August 1, 1953, officially beginning the era of tribal termination. This dreadful policy was supposed to abolish federal...
9/18/11
BY:
Chuck Trimble
We read and absorb as truth the accounts of idealistic observers like Thomas More, Amerigo Vespucci, Las Casas, Rousseau, and others who bolster our view of our ancestors. We paint our people as innocents, pristine in relationship with all of nature...
9/14/11
BY:
Steve Russell
When does a tribal supreme court decision affect all of Indian County? Not often enough, in the sense that the mechanisms of tribal law application beside but not within the state and federal systems are a work in progress with which we can help...
9/13/11
BY:
Ray Halbritter
State legislative field hearings were held last week examining whether or not the State will begin the historic process of seeking to amend the New York State Constitution to allow commercialized gambling throughout the State. Supporters of bringing...
9/12/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
President Barack Obama must sell a complex idea to a Congress that prides itself on simplicity. This Congress, namely the House Republicans, were elected on the premise that massive budget cuts are essential for this country’s economic survival....
9/10/11
BY:
Steve Newcomb
Some years ago, I was studying both the Latin and English versions of the Vatican document Inter Caetera, dated May 4, 1493, and came across the following sentence: “We trust in Him from whom empires, and governments, and all good things proceed.”...
9/8/11
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
Have you noticed how much anger there is in the world? As I was driving my car one day, I found myself behind a car with two bumper stickers. One had a cheeky boy peeing on Obama’s name. The other made mention of people being ignorant for voting for...
9/7/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The ugly face of the 1955 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Tee-Hit-Ton v U.S. appeared recently in Plymouth County (MA) Superior Court, in Greene v. Pacheco, et al., a case challenging interference by the Town of Mattapoisett with Mashpee Wampanoag...
8/31/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
What does it mean to be an American Indian? For some, the answer is simple: one is American Indian if they possess a specific degree of Indian blood. This standard definition originates in the federal government’s enactment of blood quantum law...
8/30/11
BY:
Chuck Trimble
In my historical research I sometimes come across items of interest that I really can’t challenge, but that I don’t want to believe because they may tarnish my image or opinion of some great hero of mine. One such item is that the famous warrior...
8/30/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
It sounds reasonable: Why not just cap federal spending? Make every agency operate with the money that’s already there. This notion has common-sense ... yet it is impossible in practice. A few years ago the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights looked at...
8/29/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
We've all heard references to the 'special rights' of American Indians. Sometimes, it's an affirmation of Indian nationhood; other times, it's an attack on Indian sovereignty. Given these two ways of using it, we need to be careful with the...
8/26/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
English is a labyrinth language. It has buried within it many hidden or little noticed meanings that reveal deeper insights about all kinds of things that folks tend to take for granted. There is a dimension of invisibility in English that can only...
8/23/11
BY:
Jose Barreiro
In the Greater Antilles, Taino is in the mind. Taino is nation and movement, ancestry and identity. Taino, the term, is mentioned in the early chronicles of conquest, recorded to mean "the good people" or the "noble people." The English referred to...

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