Opinions

10/13/15
BY:
Mike Myers
I just finished a road trip through Indian Country and had the chance to meet with a number of folks from five different Indigenous nations/tribes and they all had the same issue – how to reform their constitutions and get better government. This is...
10/13/15
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Confession: I’m a science nerd. What I really geek out over is plant life. In college, I spent a lot of time with elders and medicine people learning about medicinal plant uses, collected and classified specimens, and conducted research on a species...
10/12/15
BY:
Bayard Johnson
I never thought much about Christopher Columbus until I became writing partners with Russell Means, in 1992. Russell had strong feelings about Columbus. He felt it was wrong to honor someone who oppressed Indians, and who avoided catastrophe only by...
10/11/15
BY:
Daniel Straight Arrow Lessard
I’m writing to you for one particular and spiritual reason. To give clemency to my Grandfather who is also the Grandfather of all Indian Tribes, the ones who were forced off their reservations and the ones who had to hide in plain sight to blend...
10/10/15
BY:
Raina Thiele
My ancestors have occupied the lands known as Alaska for over 10,000 years. Our traditions are steeped in history and intimately connected with the land and its natural resources. One month ago, President Obama made a historic and unprecedented...
10/9/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Those of us who have experienced the knifeless brain surgery that is law school are constantly reminded that U.S. and Canadian law and politics owe a great deal to the English Common Law. In most of the United States, English Common Law is still...
10/8/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On September 22, Pope Francis’ jet touched down in the traditional territory of the Piskataway Nation (Washington, D.C.). From there he traveled to the traditional territory of the Lenape Nation (New York City and Philadelphia). The pope’s visit to...
10/7/15
BY:
Stephen Corry
This year Yosemite celebrates its 125th anniversary. Next year sees 100 years of the National Park Service. Will Native Americans be celebrating “America’s best idea?” Probably not. The thousands of tribal people in Asia and Africa destroyed in its...
10/6/15
BY:
Torivio A. Fodder
It evokes little controversy to say that history was made on Pope Francis's first visit to the United States. In addition to becoming the first Pope to address Congress, Pope Francis also took the occasion to mark the first canonization of a saint...
10/5/15
BY:
Joseph Hamilton
I enjoy a piece of warm frybread as much as anyone. But I know that this supposedly “traditional” food was first made from U.S. Government commodity lard and flour, and that it’s unhealthy. Lately, I’ve become concerned that another unhealthy legacy...
10/4/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
The Pope came to the New World but his spin doctors say he doesn’t have to rescind those outdated, lethal and racist Papal Bulls that led to the enslavement of New World inhabitants, since all subsequent Papal Bulls rescinded the previous ones. The...
10/3/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The world is afflicted by the Abrahamic faiths---monotheistic patriarchal desert cults. The big three are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but there are many offshoots involving subsequent “prophets” wired with the Almighty, including the Mormons,...
10/2/15
BY:
Ian Zabarte
I am the Principal Man for Foreign Affairs of the government of Newe Sogobia and have the legitimate authority to speak on all matters subject to tribal law and custom. The exterior boundaries of Newe Sogobia are defined by the 1863 Treaty of Ruby...
10/1/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 2004, the Delaware Nation of Oklahoma, in Anadarko, filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Delaware Nation based its lawsuit on “the doctrine of discovery,” and the royal charter that King Charles II of England issued to...

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