Opinions

6/11/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
The late Slow Turtle (John Peters), the Supreme Medicine Man from the Wampanoag Nation once told me, “ When someone of great significance crosses over, the wind blows more forcibly, letting you know their spirit is passing by.” On Monday, April 7,...
6/10/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
By the time this is published, the 13th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) will have concluded. The “Special Theme” for this year's session was “Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations...
6/9/14
BY:
Devin Etcitty
Understanding history and fighting inequalities go hand in hand. I want to help stop the Keystone XL pipeline, but I feel like I would create more damage because of the privileges. I am privileged because of my male identity, my parents...
6/8/14
BY:
Johnny Rustywire
What were their names? I can't remember their names. It was 1901. No-tats was sitting in a room with plain walls painted white like the outside of the small building. It was the Indian Agency and there was an old white man with spectacles. His name...
6/7/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Morgan James Peters, 46, professionally known as "Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor," is a Mashpee Wampanoag, multifaceted performing artist, writer, media artist and educator, who swept the 2010 Jazz category with his album The Liberation Sessions winning...
6/6/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A couple of years ago, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was at a function that Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) was also attending. Upon hearing that Congressman Cole is from the Chickasaw Nation, Scalia said: “Don't forget you belong to a...
6/5/14
BY:
President Barack Obama
Six years ago, I made my first trip to Indian country. I visited the Crow Nation in Montana—an experience I’ll never forget. I left with a new Crow name, an adoptive Crow family, and an even stronger commitment to build a future that honors old...
6/4/14
BY:
Stanley Heller
Fort Moultrie – “On the grounds of this fort you’ll find the grave site of Chief Osceola, the Seminole Indian who died at Fort Moultrie and who is the inspiration for the Florida State university mascot. Free admission”. That’s how the tourist guide...
6/3/14
BY:
Jennifer Lee Schultz & Stephanie Carroll Rainie
The lack of good data about U.S. American Indian and Alaska Native populations hinders tribes’ development activities, but it also highlights a space for sovereign action. In coming years, tribes will no doubt continue to advocate for better...
6/2/14
BY:
Rudolph C. Ryser
The US Department of State’s Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy and Labor invited American indigenous governments to a “consultation” on May 9. This meeting in Washington, D.C. commenced just three days before the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous...
6/1/14
BY:
Naomi Brisley
 “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” -Søren Kierkegaard I think we can all agree that words carry incredible power and their meanings are often times not held in what is being said...
5/31/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
“Who killed me?” I asked.“Do you want the name of the actual person or the asshole who gave the order?” he said.“I suppose the latter,” I uttered, gripping my neck.“Abraham Lincoln.”“That hypocritical sot!”“It wasn’t just you, though. He took out...
5/29/14
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
On April 18, 2014, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Native America is accustomed to consulting with the State Department on, for example, nation-to-nation issues like climate...
5/28/14
BY:
Brian Cladoosby, Jefferson Keel, Joe Garcia, Tex Hall, Susan Masten & W. Ron Allen
We are living in historic times for Indian Country. As we are still celebrating the confirmation of Diane Humetewa, the first Native American woman who will serve as a Federal Judge, there is another opportunity for a historic ‘first’ at our...

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