Opinions

2/14/14
BY:
Taté Walker
For too many Indigenous women, love comes at a horrific price. Bruises. Broken body parts. Broken souls. Rape. Fear. Missing. Murdered. All these words and more describe the violence many Native American and First Nations women experience every day...
2/13/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
This week I had a personal experience that was simultaneously painful and shocking, involving betrayal and a peculiar form of racism that exists in Indian country. Thinking that as a writer this could be useful material—a teachable moment perhaps—I...
2/12/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Upon signing the Declaration of Independence, which led to the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin is said to have quipped, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” His comment characterizes the context of what...
2/11/14
BY:
Taté Walker
The recent death of Debbie Dogskin, found unresponsive inside her own frozen home on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, hit hard across Indian Country. Many of us face similar circumstances or have relatives who do. Dependent on murderously...
2/10/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Let’s talk about liberals and conservatives, in spite of the fact that Indian issues do not split that way. Environmental and economic issues do split that way, and Indians have not yet figured out how to segregate air and water and wildlife. To the...
2/9/14
BY:
Myrna Gardner
Since November 27, 2013, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been receiving public comments on Flint Hill Resources’ request to reduce its liability to clean up drinking water at its North Pole refinery that is seriously...
2/8/14
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
In an interview on a Washington D.C. radio show in September, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “I know the team name is part of their history and tradition, and that’s something that’s important to the redsk*ns fans. I think what we have to do...
2/7/14
BY:
Corrine Wilson & Bruce Bleakman
A recent Indian Country Today Media Network column addressed issues facing tribes related to accounting, financial reporting and auditing. The piece states that information contained in the financial statements of Tribes “...for all practical...
2/6/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
I'm in no mood to write today. I just feel like sitting here, at this coffee shop in the West Village, Café Minerva, and muse on what it is and what the hell it all means. There's a guy, just there, beyond the bar, who resembles Philip Seymour...
2/5/14
BY:
Ralph Goodale
There are several things wrong with the Harper government’s never-ending claims that they are brilliant tax cutters. To start with, the claims are untrue. Their first fiscal decision after taking office in 2006 was to increase personal income taxes...
2/4/14
BY:
Ray Austin
It is time for federal agencies to increase efforts to hire and recruit Native Americans. Even if 5 percent of the 90,000 jobs were designated for hiring Native Americans (NA), that would mean 4,470 jobs. In a recent May 2013 nationwide recruitment...
2/3/14
BY:
Jay Daniels
The Cobell settlement, approved on November 24, 2011, provides for a $1.9 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund (Fund). The Settlement charges the U.S. Department of the Interior with the responsibility to use the Fund within a 10-year periodto...
2/2/14
BY:
Dale Schlundt
When one says American Indian, what comes to mind? Is it the fierce-looking warrior on horseback or perhaps the individual in war paint holding a repeating rifle, ever ready for battle? We have so many political and societal issues being discussed...
2/1/14
BY:
Winona LaDuke
These are two fundamental, and essential emotions which allow us to live well. I could say function in society, but that seems too clinical. Remorse—to feel sorry, to express regret; (minjinawezid- he is regretful). And, gratitude, migwechiwendam,...

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