Opinions

2/4/12
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some Indian people these days disparage what they call a “victim mentality.” This is aimed at those of us who spend a great deal of time obsessing over all the destruction that our originally free nations and peoples have been subjected to during...
2/3/12
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The U.S. Supreme Court recently bolstered a citizen's right to privacy from police surveillance in the digital age, in the case of United States v. Antoine Jones. Although there were three separate opinions, the decision was unanimous; only about...
2/2/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
What in the heck is a “plutarchy”? Well, it certainly is not an America where Pluto is the president. It is a composite word from the word “plutocracy” which means “rule by the wealthy” and oligarchy, which is “rule by a few” or “rule by a small...
2/1/12
BY:
Tina Hagedorn
This is the second in a three-part series that explores export opportunities for tribal forest products. Read part one here. SpiritWood is an alliance among producers of tribal forest products marketing to retail chain distributors and other...
1/31/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
It has been one year since the descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen won their long dispute against a constitutional amendment that terminated them as citizens from the Dawes Rolls—only later to be overturned. The amendment promoted the misery and...
1/30/12
BY:
Various
The undersigned organizations are committed to protecting free speech and intellectual freedom. We write to express our deep concern about the removal of books used in the Mexican-American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District. This...
1/30/12
BY:
Winona LaDuke
This past week, I had the distinction of becoming one of a select list of authors banned by the Tucson United School District. Now this is no small feat. It turns out that the Tucson United School District (a city adjoining both the U.S./Mexico...
1/29/12
BY:
Vincent Schilling
The portrayal of American Indian stereotypes: When is it all going to stop? I begin my rant on what “we as Native people” face in terms of stereotypes in media, films and even little plastic toys found in the bargain bins at thrift stores. I have...
1/28/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
During the Monday, January 23, 2012 episode of Conan O’Brien’s late-night TBS talk show, a sketch about Christopher Columbus was featured during a "Fan Correction" segment. I didn’t see the episode when it first aired. I heard about it on the new...
1/27/12
BY:
She the Bear (Britt Reed)
As someone who is part of the Tumblr NDN community that helped piece the video together, “Shit People Say to Native Americans” with Ali (the lady in the vid) and the others, I feel it is fair to report the backstory on all this. On January7, the...
1/27/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
The National Congress of American Indians every year releases its “State of Indian Nations,” an alternative prospect for the Congress reported during the week of the State of the Union. This has become an important exercise for many reasons. As NCAI...
1/27/12
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Nobody can deny that the Obama Administration has worked hard on behalf of Indian country. But despite its recent efforts, the United States still routinely violates Indian treaty rights and sovereignty. Often cloaked in the veil of labor...
1/26/12
BY:
Tina Hagedorn
This is the first in a three-part series that discusses the opportunity to brand and market tribal forest products. Historically, tribal forest products have generally been sold as commodities with little branding to distinguish or differentiate...
1/25/12
BY:
Mark Trahant
Presidents are required to be optimistic.The American people expect it—and reward those politicians who know their lines. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Tuesday night followed The Script (so much so that Republicans released a video...

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