Opinions

9/3/14
BY:
Paulette Steeves
Recently in social media circles and general literature writers have discussed the unsupported claims of the Clovis First hypothesis of initial human migrations to the Western Hemisphere. This is an important discussion on the ancient history of...
9/2/14
BY:
DaShanne Stokes
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on August 20 is something for members of state-recognized tribes to celebrate. In the ruling, the Court found that the U.S. government had failed to prove that denying Robert Soto, a member of the state-...
9/1/14
BY:
Jennie Stockle
Cherokee Nation citizens had a set plan for our Cherokee National Holiday weekend. Plans that would be later interrupted by some college students from Oklahoma State University holding up an offensive sign. This weekend commemorated the 175th...
9/1/14
BY:
Walter Lamar
While a patchwork of state laws have given marijuana quasi-legal status in 24 states, status on many tribal lands remains prohibited, or at best uncertain. Many tribes are content to adhere to federal prohibitions, but in PL 83-280 states (notably...
8/31/14
BY:
John Christian Hopkins
I can close my eyes and remember the day my friend died. I was sitting in the kitchen on the stairs that led to the second floor. It was on the fourth step, where I always sat because it had a large window to my left.  It was a hot summer day....
8/31/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
Rats on the platform. Tough guys with tattoos quiver, juke, shriek. Moments later, they're tough again. Dates guffaw. "You're a bitch," one says. "Screw you!" he shouts. "I just don't like them." .... The coward. He leans to vomit on the rails;...
8/30/14
BY:
Jennie Stockle
Wow, we have been getting lots of requests for membership in EONM (Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry) as a result of our increased visibility through Social Media and as a coordinated effort to do just what our name says, eradicate offensive...
8/29/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Susan Shown Harjo's June 23 article in Politico, “The R-Word Is Even Worse Than You Think,” regarding the issue of the Washington, D.C. NFL team, was excellent. Yet, I wonder why the controversy is not generally connected and related to ‘the big...
8/28/14
BY:
Rudolph C. Ryser
Let us stipulate from the very outset that international states own, control and regulate an institution called the United Nations. It is their organization and they can do with it what ever they chose. Fourth World nations are not members of the UN...
8/27/14
BY:
Misty Lynn Ellingburg
When I was a kid, I started writing, scribbles in pink-bound notebooks, sonnets in sky-shaped clouds, and, squatting down in the country-side, I scrawled some unknown quantity like Jesus of Nazareth writing in the sand. Other Tribal artists were...
8/26/14
BY:
Jose Barreiro
A new consciousness of Cuban reality emerged as the cacique and his daughter stepped out from a 20-year trail and into indigenous and global history. In Havana, Cuba, early August, Native delegations from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Trinidad, Venezuela,...
8/25/14
BY:
Oliver J. Semans
After spending the eight years in meetings—with state and national legislators, state secretaries of state, and county commissioners and election officials—and helping organize two major federal voting-rights lawsuits, I’m starting to see some light...
8/23/14
BY:
John Christian Hopkins
There are bad decisions and then there are choices that cause you to scratch your head in confusion. First a normal bad decision: The U. S. Postal Service decides to issue a Harry Potter stamp. Now I like Harry as much as anyone, but doesn’t the...
8/22/14
BY:
James Mills
David Wilkins makes pertinent observations on the relationship of today’s 566 federally recognized Indian Nations and its struggle to balance its tribal citizenship rolls (Auditing Tribal Sovereignty, August 11). But his assumption that third-party...

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