Opinions

1/17/14
BY:
Charles Kader
I recently completed an enjoyable reading of Uprising, a 2010 novel by Douglas Bland. It’s a fictional portrayal of modern day Canada amidst a resilient Native insurgent uprising. The new paperback edition was recently published by the Toronto-based...
1/16/14
BY:
Kent Blansett
Last October in Rexton, a small eastern Canadian town on the Elsipogtog First Nation Reserve, over 100 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) wielding riot gear, side arms, tasers, tear gas, attack dogs, pepper spray, rubber bullets, nightsticks, and...
1/15/14
BY:
Sherry Treppa
All Native Americans should be deeply concerned about a recent federal court decision ordering the BIA to decide who can be a member of one California tribe and how the tribal government should be organized – all for the sake of protecting “...
1/14/14
BY:
Jennifer Denetdale
Like so many other times, I stopped at a gas station just outside the boundary of the Navajo Nation. As I start to pump gas in my SUV for my trip back to Albuquerque, a young Diné woman approaches me and asks if she might catch a ride to Gallup, a...
1/13/14
BY:
Ed Rice
While it’s admirable — and I’m completely sarcastic here — that the Cleveland Indians organization sought feedback from its fan base on the controversial issue of its racist mascot, Chief Wahoo, and has started 2014 by implementing a partial end to...
1/11/14
BY:
Ryan Bellerose
The December 31, 2013 article “‘Redwashing’ Panel Follows Academic Associations’ Boycott of Israel” on IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork.com is rife with inaccuracies and outright fallacies, from the opening paragraph where it speaks about "using...
1/10/14
BY:
Steve Russsell
The Sunday New York Times reported that Al Qaeda has taken control of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, for the first time since the U.S. Marines hauled down the Stars and Stripes over the memory of the Second Battle of Fallujah at the end of 2004, having...
1/9/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
I know it’s not just me – you see it, too. It’s Saturday morning. You flick on the tube, turn the channel to MSNBC. Melissa Harris-Perry is at her roundtable with her liberal skulls – and that one republican to rep his party. She does it every time...
1/8/14
BY:
Walter Lamar
Despite delays, shutdowns, underfunding and bureaucratic tangles, the bipartisan Indian Law and Order Commission has spent the past several years steadily gathering data on how to fix the dire public safety crisis that plagues tribal lands. The...
1/7/14
BY:
Steve Russell
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is God’s gift to corporate America, tying it directly to elected legislators and providing the vehicle for the interests of corporate persons to trump the interests of human persons. What ALEC “...
1/6/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The stage is set to determine whether the U.S. Supreme Court will expand its effort to out-do Dr. Frankenstein. On November 26, 2013, the court decided to review the case of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and...
1/4/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Cheap shots have been taken at the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—on the ground that most of the Congress that voted for it never read it. The shot is true. What makes it cheap is ignorance. Cheap shots were taken within my tribal government at...
1/3/14
BY:
Jacqueline Keeler
There are always things happening in Indian country that never make it into the mainstream news, and we Indian people are accustomed to it. We never expect the issues near and dear to our hearts to be covered 24 hours on CNN or to trend on Twitter...
1/2/14
BY:
Steve Russell
A column by my colleague Duane Champagne and one of mine have kicked off an online debate among some very important people about assimilation. I am nonplussed because I thought I was walking into controversy with an entirely different column, but...

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