Opinions

4/6/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In September 2014 a United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly is scheduled to meet at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The High Level meeting, that is falsely being labeled a World Conference on Indigenous...
4/5/14
BY:
Santy Quinde Baidal
Late last night, my father and I talked about how the ethnic term Latino mislabels Indigenous and mixed-Indigenous people from Mexico, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, etc. For a long time, we believed Latino and Hispanic correctly defined the Spanish-speaking...
4/5/14
BY:
Steve Russell
On March 25, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by a for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby, claiming it (the corporation) would be denied religious freedom if forced to offer Obamacare compliant health insurance policies that cover...
4/4/14
BY:
Loretta A. Tuell
My Nez Perce name is Sik-no-wit-Tats which means “Good Speaker,” which was given to me by my tribal elders as a nod that I am to be a “voice” for our people. True to my name, the Creator has blessed me, guiding my path to be a Native American lawyer...
4/3/14
BY:
Kenneth Deer
Mohawks, who are one of the six Nations of the Haudenosaunee, have traditionally not voted in Quebec or Canadian elections believing that, as Mohawks, they are neither Quebecers or Canadians, and should not interfere in other peoples politics....
4/2/14
BY:
Larry Roberts
In mid-March the Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) sent purchase offers to approximately 16,000 landowners with fractionated interests at the Pine Ridge Reservation. This means that collectively...
4/2/14
BY:
Dave Lundgren
The hate group Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), and those like it, use similar tactics to disguise their fear of brown people in positions of authority. They disguise their fear and hatred with bogus legal arguments designed to rile up local...
4/1/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I suffer what may be a delusive hope that Indians want changes in how they are treated by the US government, state governments, and tribal governments. Like the African-Americans who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mobilized and the farm workers who...
4/1/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The title of this column is taken from a letter sent by Christopher Columbus to Ferdinand and Isabella, explaining how he had found “many islands filled with people innumerable, and of them all I have taken possession for their highnesses, by...
3/31/14
BY:
Ted Quasula
My friend Gary Edwards is wrong on this one. I saw his video on the Washington pro football team website. There is no way to justify using the term redskins, no matter how many coats and backhoes the team owner wants to give away. Gary, Dan and...
3/31/14
BY:
Dwanna L. Robertson
When Christine Fallin, daughter of Oklahoma governor, Mary Fallin, released a photo of herself wearing a headdress on March 6, she sparked outrage among people who belong to the 37-plus Native Nations established in Oklahoma and across Indian...
3/30/14
BY:
Michelle Jacobs
The Cleveland professional baseball franchise adopted the “Indians” name nearly 100 years ago. As this anniversary approaches, it is important to reflect on the name’s historical and present day meanings. Much has changed with regard to U.S. race...
3/29/14
BY:
Alex Jacobs
Kennewick Man fades back into history. For a time this dead Indian had a team of lawyers to sort out the claims that scientists and tribes had on the K-Man. The last science had to say about him was maybe he was Ainu, the indigenous folk of Japan...
3/28/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
“I think of this Western Hemisphere, all of it, as the domain of…Western Christendom” — U.S. Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), in his speech in the House of Representatives, February 25, 2014. Regular readers of my columns know that I continuously,...

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