Opinions

12/29/14
BY:
Steve Russell
The Wizard asked me to contribute to a remembrance of Dick Motherfucker. As Lee Hays once said of Pete Seeger, “what the Wiz proposes, she don’t take no noses.” Still, I attempted to beg off on the grounds that it’s a daunting task to write about...
12/28/14
BY:
Philip Baker-Shenk and W. Ron Allen
The time has come to fund tribal contract support costs, or “CSC,” from the mandatory federal spending accounts of the federal government, the same as are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, interest on the national debt, court judgments and other...
12/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The Rio Tinto Mining Company, owned by interests in the United Kingdom and Australia, is representative of the destructive and devouring process of colonization which results in the expropriation and exploitation of the territories of original...
12/26/14
BY:
Dave Courchene
Boozhoo, Aniin! Denay Makinitook! Welcome, My Relatives, to the Centre, the heart of Turtle Island, the sacred place of Manito Api. Today we come forward to share a gift from the Original People. Let me begin by offering words of gratitude to the...
12/24/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I’ve been watching the chest pounding about the ambush killings of two police officers in New York by a crazy man with a long criminal history. Who are they saying was responsible? Anybody who uttered "Hands up! Don't shoot!" The mayor of New York...
12/24/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Tis the Season. Christmas time, along with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick, mistletoe, ugly holiday sweaters, and the onslaught of sweaty suburban shoppers crowding shopping centers, is once again upon us. It’s enough to make my eyes glaze over. As a Dakota/...
12/23/14
BY:
Camaray Devalos
de·col·o·nize - verb (of a country) withdraw from (a colony), leaving it independent. I notice a lot of talk on “decolonizing." We must decolonize, people say. HashtagDecolonize. Street art murals with a Native woman standing proud with the word “...
12/22/14
BY:
Jose Barreiro
Cuban sovereignty was the big winner—reaffirmed and finally respected—as Cuban President Raul Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama simultaneously announced historic new agreements that reestablish nation-to-nation relations between the two...
12/21/14
BY:
Harlan McKosato
On the surface it seems like quite an honor to have a town named after you. Take the case of what is officially known as the Borough of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. It’s a municipality named after the Olympic champion and the American sports legend...
12/20/14
BY:
Kent Nerburn
I have watched with interest as the brouhaha over the Washingon Redskins team name as it spilled over from our nation’s capital to the deepest backwaters of Red and Blue America. And I admit to being puzzled. After all, as Redskins owner, Daniel...
12/19/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
…And Native appropriation continues to evolve in ever more bizarre "fashion." Apparently putting scantily clad white women in warbonnets is losing its shock value, because designers are moving into a new phase of cultural assassination, in hopes of...
12/18/14
BY:
Brandon Ecoffey
Each December the tribal nations of the Great Plains are united by the children of our communities. Together we show the world that, despite our circumstances, we are people with hope. This week the most public of our international gatherings takes...
12/18/14
BY:
Walter Lamar
The Indian Law and Order Commission's report, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer bluntly described systemic public safety problems and the resulting devastation in Indian Country, especially for children. After the Senate Committee on Indian...
12/17/14
BY:
Boyd Cothran
In the wake the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture, we are all being asked to think historically. Many have seen this moment as an opportunity to set the historical record straight with California Senator Diane...

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