Opinions

1/2/14
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Steve Russell
A column by my colleague Duane Champagne and one of mine have kicked off an online debate among some very important people about assimilation. I am nonplussed because I thought I was walking into controversy with an entirely different column, but...
1/1/14
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Dina Gilio Whitaker
I’m not one to make resolutions for the upcoming new year but I do think the end of the year is a good time to reflect back on the news that came out of Indian country. What was news this year is now recent history and the gift of hindsight helps us...
12/31/13
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Julianne Jennings
A recent article written by Daphne R, "DNA Evidence Proves That The First People In China Were Black," confirms what black historians have been arguing for many years, the first inhabitants of China were in fact black. ScienceDaily.com, in an...
12/30/13
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Alex Jacobs
2013 will be known by many actions and events in the historical record, including Canada declaring war on its own First Nations peoples and the indigenous IdleNoMore response. Canada seems hell bent on resource extraction via transnational...
12/30/13
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John Christian Hopkins
Well, 2013 started off on a sour note right from the beginning, or do I mean ending? You see I was counting on the world coming to an end, as predicted by Quextifizzle Fo’schizzel, my Mayan Psychic advisor. So you can see why I hadn’t bothered to...
12/29/13
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Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Earlier this month the American Studies Association made big news when it voted to support the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, igniting a conflagration of controversy in the media and academic worlds. With the ink barely...
12/28/13
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Tim Moore
While many officials have fully embraced the job-creating gaming operations of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, some other officials have expressed opposition to the Catawba Indian Nation’s proposal to create another 4,000 gaming-related jobs...
12/27/13
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Briannon Fraley
As the holidays near, many Americans start planning how and where they will travel to meet up with family all around the U.S. It is a foreign concept to me. As an indigenous person, I cannot separate myself and my family from the lifeline of our...
12/26/13
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Nancy Omaha Boy
His recent death reminds us that Nelson Mandela was first and foremost a tribal member. He had a tribal name, but was given the name Nelson when he went to school. He held an inherited right to leadership in his tribe and always went home to...
12/25/13
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Oliver B. Barker
I wandered into a very serious conversation recently with a few of my compatriots re: whether or not a Native American candidate for the American presidency would suffer the same fate as JFK. Jack was hated and berated for his Catholicism, and...
12/24/13
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Richard Pombo
On December 17, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians celebrated the grand re-opening of its Wind Creek Casino in Wetumpka, Alabama. Normally, I would share the excitement of the Poarch over their new facility. As the former Chairman of the Resources...
12/23/13
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Peter d'Errico
Confusion abounded on a crucial point during oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community on December 2, 1013. The case arises from Michigan's effort to shut down a casino that was being operated (now closed...
12/22/13
BY:
Julianne Jennings
How American Indians became concentrated on reservations is a complicated story that most Americans know only very little about, let alone Italians, who have recently compared their economic crisis to that of “living on an Indian reservation.”...
12/21/13
BY:
Stanley Heller
A dozen Jews created an open letter to companies that make products for the Washington football team and the Commissioner of the National Football League. They all agreed to this short statement "We Jews call for companies to refuse to make...

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