Opinions

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...
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...

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