Opinions

6/30/11
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
In early 2010, the Washington State Department of Corrections stripped the American Indian men and women incarcerated in its twelve prisons of virtually everything that makes them tribal. Agency religious practices policies were changed,...
6/30/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Ordinarily I would not use those two words in the same sentence. A little over ten years ago I awoke in my pickup along a dirt road that served as a common driveway to my home and neighboring homes. Sometime during the night I had driven off the...
6/28/11
BY:
Matt Gilbert
A year ago, I read a Washington Post article (“Two Worlds: Government Contractors, Alaska Natives”) about how Alaska Natives are being used by management consultants to land multimillion dollar 8(a) government contracts. How the leftover profits are...
6/27/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Idaho’s Bannock County is considering an ordinance that would create an “overlay” zoning district on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation ("Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment: Special Lands District," PDF). The idea is that the county would “serve”...
6/25/11
BY:
J K?haulani Kauanui
This week, nearly 40 passengers (unarmed peace activists and media people) will board The Audacity of Hope, a U.S. flagged boat, which will set sail from Greece and join the international Freedom Flotilla II. These courageous passengers join people...
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...

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