Opinions

6/2/11
BY:
Steve Newcomb
In March 2011, the U.S. government filed a response brief to two appeals by two Guantanamo Bay detainees. They had been convicted of "providing material support for terrorism" and their defense contended that the charge was not a war crime subject...
6/1/11
BY:
Russell Means
Two weeks ago, I went to New York with a delegation from the Republic of Lakotah, to utilize the annual meeting of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII, May 16-27). The primary purpose of the trip was to utilize past and...
5/29/11
BY:
Rosita Worl
Over-regulation and anti-Native bias seem to touch every aspect of life for Native peoples in Southeast Alaska, from how our people make teddy bears to whether the U.S. will keep its pledge to restore85,000 acres of our homelands to us. Bills now...
5/27/11
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Whether recognized in ceremony by cap and gown alone, or punctuated with eagle feathers, honor songs or star quilts lovingly sown by aunties and grandmothers, graduations are public acknowledgements that students have met academic and professional...
5/27/11
BY:
Valarie Tom
Thousands of Navajo, Hopi and Zuni students will graduate this month from high school. When a Native American student graduates from any educational institution, the entire family and community gets involved. It is a testament to the bounty of love...
5/25/11
BY:
Bonnie Jane Maracle
Our Language is a Gift from the Creator In the beginning, the different entities in Creation were given their own languages for communication—birds, animals, fish, for example. The Human Beings too were given their own languages to communicate...
5/24/11
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Michael Anderson is leader of the Euahlayi People, a 3,000 strong Aboriginal Nation and convener of the New Way Sovereignty Summit on the status and place of Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Australia and beyond. In a statement released after this...
5/24/11
BY:
Kay Olan
Perhaps you’ve noticed that the Indigenous tradition of storytelling is not only alive, but it is thriving. There is interest in learning and remembering the stories that have been passed down through the oral tradition. It is recognized that...
5/24/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Canada just finished its national elections and the governing Conservative Party expanded its majority in parliament. Last week Prime Minister Stephen Harper also announced the historic appointment of two Native Canadians to that country’s cabinet...
5/23/11
BY:
Jack Fiander
Nearly a quarter century after enactment of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, one must wonder why Indian country remains among the most impoverished communities in the nation. Indian gaming has spawned a host of parasitic industries. As a young...
5/22/11
BY:
Steve Russell
When I was consulting Prof. Google about Mexico earlier today, I was shocked that a number of travel sites take the line that "you are perfectly safe as long as you are not involved in drugs." That's nonsense, and it's dangerous nonsense. I...
5/21/11
BY:
Kevin Gover
Congress established the National Museum of the American Indian in 1989, noting that the establishment of the museum within the Smithsonian would “give all Americans the opportunity to learn of the cultural legacy, historical grandeur, and...
5/20/11
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
A few weeks ago I stopped watching the news. Nothing else was going on in the world except for the Osama Bin Laden death frenzy. Okay he’s dead, but he was going to die anyway. We’ll all die eventually. It will be news the day no one dies. The TV...
5/19/11
BY:
Tom Vilsack
Before I was sworn in as Secretary of Agriculture, recent folks who had the job—both Republican and Democratic—suggested that it was important that I set a new, proactive course to move past USDA’s checkered and unfortunate history with regards to...

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