Opinions

10/19/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Mike Myers has, to steal a phrase from the late Russell Means, gone where white men fear to tread. Truth be told, Indians are a bit reluctant to wade into tribal governance issues themselves. I wrote a book about it but it took me years to work up...
10/18/15
BY:
Magid Shihade
Since the adoption of the council of Native and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) issued a declaration in support of the global academic and cultural boycott of Israeli institutions in 2013, a new crop of digital outliers have embarked on a...
10/17/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
When I was a little girl it wasn’t unusual to be on my mother’s lap while she spoke to women at the shelter she worked at, or facilitated healing circles, or held a ceremony for women who were victims of sexual violence. I remember their stories,...
10/16/15
BY:
Winona LaDuke
Honor the Earth is introducing the Pipeline-free Breast Campaign as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Noting, “Fossil Fuels are bad for your boobs. Chemicals created and used during petroleum extraction, refining, and use; benzene, toluene,...
10/15/15
BY:
Charles Kader
The vital signs of the Native mass media in 2015 reflect an ongoing progression overall. Like any enduring profession, the lifeblood of the future often crosses paths with those who went before them. So it is with the present state of Native...
10/14/15
BY:
Jim Enote
How many times have native peoples recommended the inclusion of long-term traditional knowledge as the primary rationale for managing and monitoring of federal lands? Did we mention our cultural structures are closely linked to environmental...
10/13/15
BY:
Mike Myers
I just finished a road trip through Indian Country and had the chance to meet with a number of folks from five different Indigenous nations/tribes and they all had the same issue – how to reform their constitutions and get better government. This is...
10/13/15
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Confession: I’m a science nerd. What I really geek out over is plant life. In college, I spent a lot of time with elders and medicine people learning about medicinal plant uses, collected and classified specimens, and conducted research on a species...
10/12/15
BY:
Bayard Johnson
I never thought much about Christopher Columbus until I became writing partners with Russell Means, in 1992. Russell had strong feelings about Columbus. He felt it was wrong to honor someone who oppressed Indians, and who avoided catastrophe only by...
10/11/15
BY:
Daniel Straight Arrow Lessard
I’m writing to you for one particular and spiritual reason. To give clemency to my Grandfather who is also the Grandfather of all Indian Tribes, the ones who were forced off their reservations and the ones who had to hide in plain sight to blend...
10/10/15
BY:
Raina Thiele
My ancestors have occupied the lands known as Alaska for over 10,000 years. Our traditions are steeped in history and intimately connected with the land and its natural resources. One month ago, President Obama made a historic and unprecedented...
10/9/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Those of us who have experienced the knifeless brain surgery that is law school are constantly reminded that U.S. and Canadian law and politics owe a great deal to the English Common Law. In most of the United States, English Common Law is still...
10/8/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On September 22, Pope Francis’ jet touched down in the traditional territory of the Piskataway Nation (Washington, D.C.). From there he traveled to the traditional territory of the Lenape Nation (New York City and Philadelphia). The pope’s visit to...
10/7/15
BY:
Stephen Corry
This year Yosemite celebrates its 125th anniversary. Next year sees 100 years of the National Park Service. Will Native Americans be celebrating “America’s best idea?” Probably not. The thousands of tribal people in Asia and Africa destroyed in its...

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