Opinions

3/4/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The aggregate of ideas commonly called “federal Indian law” involves matters of epistemology—or what Ernst Von Glasersfeld has termed, “how we acquire knowledge of reality, and how reliable and ‘true’ that knowledge might be.” In an essay entitled “...
3/3/11
BY:
Billy Frank, Jr.
More than 1,500 salmon were seen spawning in Coho Creek on the Tulalip Tribes’ reservation in Washington state last fall. Pretty good considering 10 years ago, the creek was nothing but a drainage ditch in the Quilceda Creek watershed. The Tulalips...
3/1/11
BY:
Jaeleen Araujo
The Sealaska land legislation is an amendment to a forty year old act of Congress, but a lengthy public outreach process involving more than 225 meetings with local Southeast Alaska communities, stakeholders and organizations has set the stage for...
2/28/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
This week represents, perhaps, the most important week of lobbying for tribal nations since the end of the termination era. At a variety of meetings in Washington, D.C., including the National Congress of American Indians, leaders from Indian...
2/25/11
BY:
Gabriel S. Galanda
Two months ago, I published a series on the federal Indian consultation right, suggesting that the battle line in the ongoing tribal war against federalism should first be drawn in tribal council chambers—through federal-tribal consultation. There...
2/24/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Professor Steven L. Winter based the title to his book A Clearing in the Forest on a story told by William James about his experiences in the forest in the mountains of South Carolina. One day, James came across one of those large openings in the...
2/23/11
BY:
Peter D'Errico
When Jefferson Keel, newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) delivered the 9th Annual State of Indian Nations Address on January 27, 2011, he opened his remarks with the notion of an "Era of Recognition," of "...
2/22/11
BY:
Charles Trimble
I read with great interest the Lakota columnist Tim Giago’s column on the 1973 American Indian Movement’s occupation of Wounded Knee village (WKII), and the militants’ nearly three months standoff with the FBI, U.S. Marshals, Tribal police, and the...
2/21/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
Is there a Plan B? That is the question tribes, Indian organizations and government agencies should be asking—and answering, because it looks more and more likely there will be a federal government shutdown early next month. Why is this a concern...
2/19/11
BY:
Ray Cook
The conventional philosophy behind voting is clear. Through the collective action of casting ballots with equal value—one person, one vote—citizens elect a government committed to their welfare. But in our reality, the conventional philosophy is...
2/18/11
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Bryan Fischer, a graduate of Stanford University and the Dallas Theological Seminary, recently posted an ugly article against American Indians entitled, “Native Americans Morally Disqualified Themselves From the Land.” A title better reflective of...
2/18/11
BY:
Bob Gough
“So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.” With these words in January, President Obama challenged a contentious Congress to transition America to a...
2/17/11
BY:
Ryan D. Dreveskracht
Assuming tribal sovereignty is respected in any development process, Indian country is in an optimal position to embrace solar energies as a tool for sustainable economic development. Red Tape The largest impediment to the proliferation of solar...
2/16/11
BY:
Glenn Morris
Much fanfare has been made of Barack Obama’s December 16, 2010, announcement at the White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. Obama stated that the United States was finally “lending its support” to the United Nations Declaration on...

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