Opinions

3/22/12
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
After reading Steve Russell’s March 20 column “Citizenship and Nations,” I have to wonder why he would publicly challenge one of the strongest words we have in the English language to express the political existence of Indian nations and peoples. I...
3/22/12
BY:
Kevin Allis
Throughout the course of history, Indian country has been the victim of unwarranted and harmful attacks from the outside. That is why it is so troubling when our own communities are wrongfully attacked from other factions from within Indian Country...
3/21/12
BY:
Bill Anoatubby
National Women’s History Month has as its theme this year, “Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment,” which presumably indicates that women are empowered through education. While that is undoubtedly true, it is also true that women have long played a...
3/20/12
BY:
Steve Russell
Citizenship is a tricky word in Indian country. It’s “citizenship” rather than “membership” if an Indian nation is not a club and you can’t join it. “Nation” or “tribe” is another semantic issue that conceals as much politics as citizenship. I...
3/19/12
BY:
David E. Wilkins
A strange thing is happening in and across Indian country: the number of federally recognized tribal nations continues to increase—the Tejon people of California were readmitted to the ranks in early January of this year, bringing the number of such...
3/18/12
BY:
Ray Cook
Mohawk Kateri Tekakwitha will become a saint in the fall, and the media is looking for the predicted mixed reactions I see a few stories around about this important event and hear attitudes about it as well. They ask, how does it feel that the...
3/18/12
BY:
Alma Ransom
It seems like no one realizes that Tekakwitha lived a full life of learning and practicing our traditional culture and knew how to survive before she became a Catholic. There were missionaries who had learned our language and dialects among the...
3/17/12
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
I moved away from home two months ago for work. For the past six years, I’d been living on the Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate where I am enrolled. I’ve lived on reservations throughout the Dakotas my entire life. The...
3/16/12
BY:
Julianne Jennings
From the earliest documented times in American history, there were reports of deafness among indigenous people. In 1618, the Jesuits in America wrote to church officials inquiring whether a “deaf-mute Indian” could be admitted to the church. In...
3/15/12
BY:
Tex Hall
Late last month the U.S. Treasury announced $3.6 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations. Now the dust has settled and project sponsors—cities, counties, private developers, non-profits and others—are positioning their projects to take...
3/15/12
BY:
Tanya Fiddler
Jobs, jobs, jobs. They're on everyone’s mind these days, and Creator knows our reservations are in dire need of jobs. While America has experienced a lingering unemployment rate around the 9th percentile for the past couple of years, our...
3/14/12
BY:
Harold Monteau
The Reservation Economic Summit, RES 2012, conference and trade show I recently attended experienced record attendance according to NCAIED (National Center for Indian Enterprise Development). It’s satisfying to see the Indian small business...
3/13/12
BY:
Suzan Shown Harjo
After waiting in vain for five years for its public schools to voluntarily eliminate Native race-based sports stereotypes, Oregon is on the verge of making it mandatory. The Oregon Board of Education heard testimony on March 8 and 9, and is...
3/12/12
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
Recent action taken in the U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (should be called "Federal Land Grab") and the actions taken by Montana senator Jon Tester and President Obama made me...

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