Opinions

11/17/11
BY:
Rob Schmidt
The 20/20 special about the Pine Ridge Reservation, "Children of the Plains" (watch the full episode here), has gotten both positive and negative reviews. The episode certainly shone a light on a neglected part of America. For that alone, it...
11/16/11
BY:
Steve Russell
What can I say? I was young. Seventeen when I volunteered for service and nineteen when I volunteered for Vietnam. At the time, I think I would have said that freedom isn’t free. I was young. Not serving did not seem a live option. My dad served on...
11/15/11
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
(Read part I and part II.) Indian Country had established its own middle class even before the creation of what we now know as the United States. Although now shaped by federal self-determination policy, we are our own organic creation, with a...
11/14/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The United States Congress is debating two important principles. There is the idea that a strict deadline forces action. (Or, more accurately, as the science fiction writer Douglas Adams once said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they...
11/14/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
For generations now, Indian Country has been conditioned to believe and act upon the false view that the United States Congress has plenary power over all Indian affairs, and, by implication, over Indian Nations. This has resulted in our Indian...
11/13/11
BY:
Winona LaDuke
President Obama’s pause on the Keystone Pipeline is a victory for the environment, for sure. It is also a victory for the American people. As it turns out, once the advertising, and lobbying dollars are kept in check, the Keystone pipeline...
11/12/11
BY:
Lisa R. Shellenberger
The Indian Health Service (“IHS”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives (collectively, “Native Americans”). The IHS provides a...
11/11/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Within Indigenous societies, women are sacred. They personify Ina Maka, Mother Earth—and all creation. Not only did they give rise to all proud, red nations, they continue to play crucial roles in every native culture and belief system in existence...
11/10/11
BY:
Walter Lamar
You may think spice can be found somewhere in your kitchen, but if you hear young folks talking about it, they probably aren't discussing cinnamon. Chances are, they're talking about synthetic marijuana, which comes marketed as “herbal smoking...
11/9/11
BY:
Timothy Chavez
As business leaders and members of our tribal communities, American Indian entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to utilize our corporate service and wellness programs in a way that extend value to and heighten awareness of the rich heritage of...
11/8/11
BY:
Dr. Margaret Moss
Where is the outcry, outrage and outpouring for various tribes: with the highest levels of diabetes in the world; where a baby boy born today has an average life expectancy in the 40s; where death rates are more than double than for U.S. all races...
11/7/11
BY:
Ray Cook, ICTMN Op-Ed Editor
The children of the West (Americans) are fighting amongst themselves (again) over distribution of a wealth that does not belong to them, a wealth derived from Indigenous lands. The opportunity to redefine wealth based on a more realistic view of the...
11/6/11
BY:
Dr. Tandie Mitchell
Silent voices speak to honor the life and passing of a revered Elder Spiritual Leader of the Anishinabek Nation: Peacemaker, William Commanda, the founder of “Circle of All Nations,” which promotes “indigenous wisdom and peace to foster respect and...
11/5/11
BY:
Steve Russell
“It’s all right to let Wall Street bet each other millions of dollars every day but why make these bets affect the fellow who is plowing a field out in Claremore, Oklahoma?” My all time favorite Cherokee, Will Rogers, wrote that in 1924. Today, most...

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