Opinions

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...
8/1/11
BY:
Steve Pavlik
For nearly forty years Vine Deloria, Jr. stood as perhaps the most recognized and respected figure in Indian Country. As a college professor—mostly at the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado—and through nearly 25 books, 200...
7/31/11
BY:
Kimberly Yellow Robe
When listening to Tribal Elders and community members across Indian Country, together we learned about how individuals can become victims of identity theft. Have you ever lost your wallet? Tribal ID Card? How about losing personal documents...
7/29/11
BY:
Tom Perrelli, Associate Attorney General
This week marks the one year anniversary of the Tribal Law & Order Act (TLOA), an historic piece of legislation signed into law by President Obama on July 29, 2010. That anniversary represents an important moment to reflect on the work that has...
7/29/11
BY:
Dr. Art Martinez
I have been in the unusual position of treating childhood and family trauma over the last 30 years in our communities. In seeing so much pain among our people, I have found that trauma response can be described as a response to a life-altering wound...
7/28/11
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
Some fathers don’t realize how important they are to their children. Whether they are involved parents or not, their role is critical. If they aren’t there anymore or were never there at all, children miss their dads even if the child doesn’t know...
7/27/11
BY:
Gyasi Ross
(The following is a satire inspired by Jonathan Swift, with apologies to April.) Scorching hot hippies. Patchouli oil steaming from the bodies. It seems that lots of Indians are very upset about James Arthur Ray and the actions that led to the...
7/25/11
BY:
Cedric Cromwell
As Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, I am charged with assisting my people to recover from nearly four centuries of colonization and neglect. The Wampanoag Nation entered into a treaty with the colonists in 1621. The Mashpee people held...
7/25/11
BY:
Ned Norris, Jr.
Two and a half years ago, the Tohono O'odham Nation announced plans for a major economic development project adjacent to Peoria and Glendale. The West Valley Resort will create 6,000 construction jobs and more than 3,000 permanent jobs, all without...
7/23/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
He never saw the blow coming because he was driving at highway speed. She hit him as hard as she could in his right temple and sent his glasses flying onto the dashboard. Out of the corner of his eye he saw another blow coming as he hit the brakes...
7/22/11
BY:
Cedric Sunray
A few months ago, former Governator Schwarzenegger’s admission of fathering a child with his maid once again confirmed the reality of males in positions of fame and power. Whether they are politicians (Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton, John Edwards,...
7/21/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
I recently downloaded a list of Jesuits—priests, brothers and deacons—who have been accused of sexual abuse of children and, presumably, adult parishioners as well. The list is more than 130 names and gives the year of ordination, current status (...

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