Opinions

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...
8/8/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The late historian Barbara Tuchman described the ineptness of government decision-making in her book, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam. She wrote: “Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government than of almost any other human...
8/7/11
BY:
Billy Frank, Jr.
Our treaty right to gather shellfish depends on the shellfish being safe to eat. Samish Bay is one of the traditional shellfish gathering areas for the Swinomish and Upper Skagit tribes. It has some of the highest levels of fecal coliform in the...
8/6/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
I had been visiting a friend that night and lost track of the time. When I realized it was past curfew, I decided to walk home. The path home was well-worn but poorly lit. About halfway there, I heard rustling coming from a nearby bush. Within...
8/5/11
BY:
Harold Monteau
It’s difficult to write about “spirituality;” it’s an individual experience. In this era of instantaneous electronic communication young Indian men and women utilize daily, it is essential to bite the bullet and write about the spiritual experience...
8/4/11
BY:
Gyasi Ross and Michael O. Finley
The time has come to make meaningful change. Native women need to be protected from the sexual predators who repeatedly victimize them, without consequence or repercussion. The statistics are appalling: More than one-third of Indian women will be...
8/3/11
BY:
Jerry Reynolds
The Itika Guasu Investment Fund may have broken new ground in Bolivia and Latin America, and internationally. But the negotiation process exposed "a model of social humiliation" that still threatens impoverished Indigenous people wherever they press...
8/2/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
There’s nothing like deadline to produce a deal: The president and congressional leaders reached an agreement over the weekend to increase the nation’s debt limit, cut federal spending, and create a powerful committee charged with finding even more...

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