Opinions

7/19/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
For many thousands of years, our indigenous ancestors lived free and independent of Christian European domination. Thousands of years of being free resulted in our nations and peoples possessing to this day the inherent right to freely define our...
7/19/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
The debt ceiling negotiations are deep underground. While there’s plenty of action on the surface—posturing, mostly—there are also quiet talks about both temporary and real solutions. Indeed, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNBC on Monday...
7/16/11
BY:
Karonienhawi Thomas
My mother told me about a presentation she saw that mentioned how one kind person can make all the difference to a victim of sexual assault. This stood out to me—that one act of kindness from one person could have such a profound effect on someone...
7/15/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Somewhere in Indian country tonight there is a little boy huddled with his little sister in a bedroom closet hoping against hope that the man who just came into the house at three a.m. will just quietly go to bed. They know the odds are against it...
7/14/11
BY:
Ray Cook
In recent weeks, Indian Country Today Media Network has reported on apparent random acts of violence on Natives and on the unfolding mess of sexual abuse at Catholic schools in the Dakotas. With this issue, however, we begin a short series titled...
7/13/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
The Tribal Human Resource Department (HR) of a Theoretical Tribe advertises in nation-wide media and on its website that the position of Chief Judge is open and solicits application from qualified candidates. The position announcement also states...
7/12/11
BY:
Warren Throckmorton
Of late, left leaning groups have raised concerns about a prayer meeting convened by Texas Governor Rick Perry and hosted by the American Family Association. Called “The Response,” the event bills itself as a religiously motivated solemn assembly...
7/12/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Last week President Barack Obama held his first town hall on Twitter. A really great idea and I plunged in with this question: “#AskObama Indian Cntry's unemployment rate is unacceptable. Cutting govt jobs will make this situation far worse. What...
7/12/11
BY:
Billy Frank, Jr.
Salmon are incredibly productive by nature. Give them some good habitat, manage harvest carefully, and they will thrive. We’re doing a good job with the careful harvest management part of the equation, but we’re falling far short on the habitat part...
7/10/11
BY:
David E. Wilkins and Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark
Diversity is a prime feature of Native America. This is evident in the impressive assemblage of Native nations that continue to exist, the many languages we speak, the stunning geographical variety that is North America, and the rich cultural...
7/10/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Chairman Daniel Akaka of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs called for critical thinking about federal Indian law at the June 9 Oversight Hearing on Domestic Policy Implications of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He...
7/9/11
BY:
Douglas G. Bonner and Sharice Davids
A recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission has affirmed the rights of tribes to own and operate important telecommunications infrastructure on tribal lands, and to receive federal universal service funding support for all areas of an...
7/7/11
BY:
Alison Owings
It seemed like a simple point to make, and the right time to make it. After spending nearly 10 years in Indian country researching and writing my new book, Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans, I thought that I, a non-Native, was in as good...
7/6/11
BY:
Joseph Manuel
I recently went to Washington, D.C. to support legislative efforts to clarify the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take lands into trust for all federally-recognized Indian tribes; or what is commonly referred to as a “Carcieri fix.”...

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