Opinions

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...
8/23/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
So far, most of the government’s austerity movement has been theoretical. We know the federal budget is shrinking, but the evidence of that has been slow to surface. Proposals to wipe out the Bureau of Indian Affairs (and replace it with what?)...
8/22/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The Kumeyaay have no ceremony for reburying the dead. The remains of a Kumeyaay ancestor unearthed by the dominating society are to be given the same ceremony as a loved one who has recently passed on. Steven Banegas, a Kumeyaay from Barona and...
8/21/11
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Earlier this year I warned Indian Country that the state tax man cometh. I urged tribal communities to be prepared to defend against state tax collectors looking to balance multi-billion dollar state budget deficits on the backs of Indians. Since...
8/19/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
While the misappropriation of American Indian cultures and imagery by western society has persisted for decades, there's been a gradual uptick in the misrepresentation of Native peoples in the past several years. "Tribalism," a mainstream trend...
8/18/11
BY:
Tina Marie Osceola
In 2009, Tribes took notice when President Obama ordered the executive branch to develop tribal consultation policies. I remember thinking about how this would play out. Regardless of whether the agencies moved at an acceptable pace or in an...
8/17/11
BY:
Kevin Earle
Recent postings at Indian Country Today Media Network have highlighted roadblocks that stand in the way of many Native Americans receiving quality oral health care. It is apparent that there is a need for better education about oral health, tribal...
8/16/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
It’s a hell of a way to run a country. Last week a federal appeals court ruled at least one major provision of the the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. And, at the same time, a congressional Super Committee, led by members who are divided...
8/14/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
I grow wildflowers. Part of the price one pays for enjoying the beauty of an organic flower garden is spending a considerable amount of time pulling weeds. A weed is any plant that humans consider unattractive, undesirable, or bothersome, that...
8/13/11
BY:
Jerry Reynolds
Sharing resources is a primary cultural imperative of Indigenous communities worldwide; it is the practical precursor of more nebulous values, such as respect and balance. Through the sharing of resources, historical Indigenous communities assured...
8/12/11
BY:
Chuck Trimble
Over recent years I have found myself in a position of seeming to defend Indian boarding schools against assertions that depict them as a combination of reform school, prison, gulag, and Nazi death camp. But I don’t mean to defend Indian boarding...
8/10/11
BY:
Steve Russell
Many of us just vote for our relatives.  While my living relatives are many, and one even holds high appointive office, I have not been faced with that prospect.  Judging from history, voting for my relatives would not have gone well for my current...
8/10/11
BY:
James Treat
Anyone who studies traditional ecological knowledge learns to appreciate the vitality of indigenous languages. "The way we talk about a place or other entity reflects how we feel, how we see, how we understand, and most important, how we think in...
8/9/11
BY:
Ruth Jewell
When a sexual assault happens to a Native woman, especially by a non-Native, history repeats itself, unchanged since European contact. Amnesty International’s 2007 Maze of Injustice report revealed that Native women are sexually assaulted two to...

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