Opinions

6/23/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
One seldom has an opportunity to converse with one of the brethren of the U.S. Supreme Court, as I did on August 31, 2006. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was a guest of the University of San Diego School of Law, and on that day I attended a talk...
6/23/11
BY:
Rinku Sen
The Supreme Court issued its decision in the Dukes v. Wal-Mart sex discrimination case on Monday, a frustrating ruling that doesn’t challenge the existence of bias, but that exempts the company from accountability. The case highlights the difficulty...
6/22/11
BY:
Steve Russell
James Ray’s Arizona trial for manslaughter played like a bad movie; Harry Potter meets John Wayne. And now he's been found guilty of negligent homicide. For $9,695, Ray promised that Native American wisdom, imparted by him, would make you healthy,...
6/22/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The new Era of Constriction—shrinking all levels of government—is both an opportunity for tribes and a threat. First, the problem. State and local governments are in deep financial holes. The optimistic view is that state governments have seen the...
6/21/11
BY:
ICTMN Staff
"What is past and cannot be prevented should not be grieved for." I read that quote on a beautiful card I bought in the gift shop of the Acoma Pueblo’s fine museum in New Mexico. I encourage you to heed that advice. There will be some who will tell...
6/20/11
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
Do you know what it means to be un-American? I’ll tell you. To be un-American means to be respectful, humble, spiritual, truthful, caring, and selfless. To be American means to be immature, greedy, deceitful, disrespectful, arrogant and egocentric...
6/17/11
BY:
Brad Fluetsch
As Alaska records unprecedented revenue, are we hurting future Alaskans by saving as much as we do? Why do you or anyone save money? A simple answer is to preserve purchasing power or wealth for the future. Individuals save to prepare for rainy...
6/16/11
BY:
Kay Olan
Kanatsiohareke, a Mohawk community located in central New York State, is working hard to help revitalize Kanienkeha, the Mohawk language. The community has been offering Mohawk language immersion classes for the last fourteen years. This is...
6/15/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
Words have a history. Words from the past have the ability to colonize the present. Words shape and create reality. Reconciliation has a history; it has the ability to colonize the present for Indigenous nations and peoples; it can be used to...
6/14/11
BY:
Gyasi Ross
"...everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence." Christine Quintasket p/k/a Mourning Dove, Okanagan Congratulations, all Indian graduates. Whether you...
6/13/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
How bad is this economy? Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers wrote in the Financial Times this week that the United States is now halfway to a lost economic decade (similar to Japan’s) and that the number of working Americans has dropped from...
6/11/11
BY:
Juana Majel Dixon
Washington, DC can be a frustrating place—truly. Each time I meet with our federal partners or my Native brothers and sisters that reside there, I always tell them that I am praying for their sanity. As a traditional councilwoman for the Pauma...
6/11/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Words are sometimes slippery, especially in law and politics. This is not always a bad thing, because ambiguous language sometimes resolves conflict, by allowing people to maintain face while they compromise. Henry Adams, the famous American writer...
6/10/11
BY:
Ron Rowell
It will no doubt surprise some people that there actually are individual Native Americans who own significant material assets. They belong to an invisible group, along with African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and others of color...

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