Opinions

1/31/16
BY:
Mike Myers
After nine years the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has made a landmark and far reaching decision about the quality of Indigenous child welfare. The really good news is that this is a legally binding decision, one that cannot be easily avoided or...
1/30/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
Indian life is full of incongruences. The sacred lands we live on, the land our ancestors cleared to make our lives livable, is the same land our youth blasts their bass-ridden, misogynistic lyrics on. Granted, it’s not all misogynistic, but I...
1/29/16
BY:
Misty Perkins
As a REAL Native American who went to Scappoose High School in Scappoose, Oregon for four years, I will share my experience as it relates to racism and mascots, though I doubt it will matter now since it didn't matter then. My three siblings and I...
1/28/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On January 2, 2016, a group of white ranchers who are part of what has been called “the Sage Brush Rebellion” began an armed occupation of lands designated as “the Malheur Wildlife Refuge,” outside Burns, Oregon. The protestors disagree with the...
1/27/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Lord Jeff no longer enjoys official support at Amherst College. News reports of the January 26 statement from the Board of Trustees varied in reporting the decision as 'dropping,' 'booting,' or 'dethroning,' but the official statement of the...
1/27/16
BY:
Steve Russell
The Bundy Militia finally got the gunplay they demanded and I’m sorry. When the Bureau of Land Management decided a couple of years ago that nobody on either side should die over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy deadbeating the government out of 20 years...
1/26/16
BY:
James Mills
Tribes conduct enrollment audits for a variety of reasons. Some conduct them for the right reasons: To clean up their records and to make sure that the errors of the past are not repeated. And to make sure that every tribal member has an updated...
1/25/16
BY:
Kyle T. Mays
Introduction, Or Why I’m Mad I write this piece with anger, outrage, and a love for humanity. I am angry because Governor Rick Snyder should be prosecuted as a criminal to the fullest extent that the law allows. I mean that. I am outraged because...
1/24/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
The problem with white saviors isn’t necessarily that they’re paternalistic, or dumb, it’s mostly that they aren’t dependable. Where is my white savior when I want a jar opened? Ultimately, if you give a white person too much power as an ally they...
1/23/16
BY:
Duane Brayboy
"The New World." This romanticized term inspired legions of Europeans to race to the places we live in search of freedoms from oppressive regimes or treasures that would be claimed in the name of some European nation. Those who arrived in the Native...
1/22/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Much of what we take to be physically true is metaphorically true. Here’s a simple illustration: Suppose I’m having a conversation with someone and I point to a tree and ask, “You see that big rock in front of that tree over there?” And the person...
1/21/16
BY:
Alvin Manitopyes
The Revenant is not for the faint hearted as the bloody and brutal violence constantly spews across the big screen like a horrific nightmare. The ambience of the opening scene is cloudy and dark, giving viewers a sense of eeriness, stirring up...
1/20/16
BY:
Andre Cramblit
David Bowie died last week. Damn! I had hoped that the Starman was immortal and his multifaceted muse would continue to inspire his unique contributions to the artistic world. Bowie was more than the flashiest star in the cosmos of rock and roll. He...
1/19/16
BY:
Alex Jacobs
The Revenant is a film that revamps American mythology. There’s an expediency and urgency as it’s photographed in panoramic long seemingly one shot takes. It couldn’t be done on film, had to be digital. All the stories are true about harsh...

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