Opinions

4/28/15
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Steven Newcomb
On May 2, the archdiocese of Los Angeles will host a daylong celebration at the main U.S. seminary in Rome. What’s the occasion for the “celebration?” The event will honor Junipero Serra, who was a Roman Catholic missionary, and, therefore, an...
4/27/15
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Bronson Kaahui
Polynesians were among the world’s greatest explorers, mastering the science of celestial navigation, which allowed them to explore and colonize the world’s largest ocean at a time when most European vessels dared not venture beyond sight of land....
4/26/15
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Steve Russell
Jim Obergefell’s grief is on the verge of being written into legal history this year, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court does in the case that bears his name. On June 26, 2013, Obergefell’s partner of over 20 years, John Arthur, was dying of Lou...
4/26/15
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Terese Marie Mailhot
There was another funeral on the rez last week. This time it was my cousin, Sonny Bobb. This is the fifth death this year, and it's only April. I'm tired of death, and there's no respite. I had never felt like a statistic until I realized my family...
4/25/15
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Peter d'Errico
Pope Francis recently trumped political correctness on yet another sensitive topic: the Turkish massacre of Armenian people 100 years ago. The pope's remarks were made at a commemoration mass in Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome for the centenary of...
4/24/15
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Ed Rice
Our campaign to end the use of Native American nicknames and mascots by Maine’s public schools has reached the last community, Skowhegan, still clinging to the tenets protected by acceptable institutional racism. With former Penobscot Chief Barry...
4/23/15
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Senator Sharon Stewart-Peregoy
Montana is fortunate to be home to eight tribal nations that have played an important role in our state’s heritage and culture. When the framers drafted our state’s constitution, they recognized the importance of these sovereign nations. What they...
4/22/15
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Bob Gough
Since the first Native Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop 15 years ago, the perils of an accelerating disruption in our Mother Earth's natural systems have risen from climate model predictions to observable weather extremes, breaking...
4/21/15
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Donna Loring
Being Indian in the State of Maine is like living on an iceberg of racism—a raceburg. Maine is the whitest State in America and it has been very white for at least the last two hundred years. Of course, it had to clear the land and get rid of those...
4/20/15
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Harlan McKosato
The Navajo Nation is in a tug-of-war that goes beyond just politics. The struggle is about more than just language fluency. In some ways it’s about the old guard and keeping traditions. Living in the heart of the Southwest for more than two decades...
4/20/15
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Steven Newcomb
In his book Captives of Sovereignty (2010), Jonathon Havercroft points out that a number of contemporary political philosophers (Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri) have regarded “sovereignty” as an...
4/19/15
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John Guenther
My name is John Guenther and I have been employed in many positions involving work with people impacted by marijuana. I have seen firsthand the destruction this drug causes. If you added up all the reasons for adolescents going to treatment—...
4/18/15
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Dolph L. Hatfield
It was a cool, late autumn Sunday and the Washington football team was playing a home game. Joseph Bennett, an African American gentleman in his early 60’s, was sitting in his usual seat, wearing his customary Indian headdress and burgundy...
4/17/15
BY:
Steve Russell
When I first started university teaching, I was many times the bearer of shocking news to some young woman that her grandmother was not allowed to vote. By the time I retired, the news that I had personally observed black people required to use...

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