Opinions

11/26/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Shortly after his second birthday, my son stopped talking. The onset of symptoms was just that abrupt. After nearly two years of visits to doctors and specialists, he was finally diagnosed with atypical autism. Autism encompasses a spectrum of...
11/25/11
BY:
Frank VanderPloeg
Crunch time has come for tribes to review whether their employee benefit plans are “governmental,” in light of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” issued November 7. Five years ago, Congress bit off another...
11/23/11
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
It was earlier this month during a snowstorm that I stumbled upon an interesting tidbit of American history—the kind you’d hope would make it into inner city high school textbooks, but somehow gets omitted like so many other things. I need to read,...
11/23/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
I have been paying attention to the University of North Dakota (UND) Fighting Sioux ordeal for over 10 years and I am becoming fatigued with every twist and turn those that wish to keep the name are now engaging. I attended the special North Dakota...
11/22/11
BY:
Lisa R. Shellenberger
Ms. Yvette Roubideaux, Director of Indian Health Service (“IHS”), recently submitted a column on ICTMN.com, titled “Correcting the Record on the Contract Health Services Program.”  This column was in response to the article I previously wrote, “...
11/22/11
BY:
Ralph B. Saltsman and Stephen Warren Solomon
With Indian Casinos virtually surrounding Los Angeles County, one might ask: why are there no Indian Casinos in Los Angeles County? The short answer is, there are no Indian Reservations in Los Angeles County upon which a casino could be built. How...
11/21/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Mark Savage published his groundbreaking research on federal Indian law in 1991, "Native Americans and the Constitution: The Original Understanding" (NYU Rev. of Law & Social Change). He proved that the framers of the U.S. Constitution...
11/19/11
BY:
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva
The Native American community has a long, troubled history with mining interests, and today that history is catching up with us in Arizona. From a new push for uranium mining at the Grand Canyon to the ongoing battle over Resolution Copper, it's not...
11/18/11
BY:
Lindsey Catherine Cornum
Native people across America have just finished another exhausting campaign to explain to the ignorant and insensitive the inherent racial exploitation of their Indian Halloween costumes. Yet, on the heels of that annual struggle, there is yet...
11/17/11
BY:
Dr. Yvette Roubideaux
The Indian Health Service (IHS) faces daily challenges in providing health services to 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives, often in remote and rural areas. Medical and dental care provided at an IHS or tribal health care facility is...
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...

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