Opinions

10/20/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Tribal leaders went to Capitol Hill last week to make the case to protect American Indian and Alaska Native programs from the deep federal spending cuts that are about to hit. Tribal Unity Impact Week included meetings, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and...
10/19/11
BY:
Jeff Welsch
It was like a scene straight from an epic western: 94 wild Yellowstone bison, their instincts in full throttle despite five years behind government fences, thundering through an open gate and onto a vast plain. The ground literally trembled as they...
10/19/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1988, the United States Congress passed House Concurrent Resolution 331, expressly acknowledging that the Haudenosaunee had some degree of influence on the formation of the Constitution of the United States. The model of the Haudenosaunee (‘...
10/17/11
BY:
Nathan Small
A few years ago, USA Today did a two-page article about the problems faced by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in their battle to clean up a Superfund plant on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho (USA Today, "Tribes fight toxic giant," June 3, 1998). I...
10/16/11
BY:
Julia Good Fox
Since 2009, the relationship between a sustainable economy, the rights of workers, and the purpose of democracy has been highlighted on the international stage. Throughout Germany, Greece, Austria, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, France, and England, there...
10/14/11
BY:
Cedric Sunray
A few weeks ago, I read the following paragraph in an NPR article about the Cherokee Freedmen: "This is not a club; you can't just claim to be Cherokee and show up and be included," says Cara Cowan Watts, a vocal member of the Cherokees' tribal...
10/13/11
BY:
Litefoot
All journeys have a beginning and an ending. No matter how large or small the endeavor, it begins, and—at some point—it will most assuredly come to an end. The substance of the journey is everywhere in between the start and finish of it. Arguably...
10/12/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
Greetings on Colonization Day, I begin by prayerfully remembering our free and independent ancestors, the Lenape and all the Original Nations and Peoples of this vast Turtle Island (Mother Earth), and of the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic...
10/12/11
BY:
Nellis Kennedy-Howard
Today, President Obama has the choice. Clean technology is at our feet. Sustainable resources are in our hands. And here we sit, digging for oil. The State Department is currently reviewing a proposal to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a...
10/11/11
BY:
John Bird
I feel like I have been waiting for this moment an entire lifetime. More like a hundred lifetimes when I count the 500 years and lifetimes of all our indigenous ancestors who went to their graves wondering if justice would ever again prevail on...
10/11/11
BY:
Kimberly Horton
The Cherokee Nation based out of Tahlequah, Oklahoma has decided to strip “Freedmen” of their Cherokee rights and to expel them from their nation. Freedmen are African American descendants of slaves. The decision to expel them is based purely on the...
10/11/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
There are many ways to look at America’s shift into the Era of Contraction. Budget numbers tell part of the story. Words of elected leaders tell yet another. Add to that, the stories of real discontent told by ordinary people and reflected by both...
10/10/11
BY:
Monique Vondall-Rieke
On the eve of what most Americans celebrate as “Columbus Day” I found myself turning to the History Channel to watch “Who Really Discovered America?” I was instantly upset by the summations of world experts on how other cultures, civilizations if...
10/6/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
I hope we have all been following the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) action that is unfolding before us. Why are they protesting? Hopefully OWS is not only due to the rich-poor gap -although, that is reason enough. The main-stream media is describing this...

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