Opinions

11/27/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some of us who have embarked on a path of intellectual work have also worked throughout our lives with spiritual leaders so that our intellectual efforts and work is grounded in ceremony and prayer. Some of us have worked for decades with...
11/26/14
BY:
Dean B. Suagee
In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed regulation known as the Clean Power Plan rule. This proposed rule, which is a key component of the President’s Climate Action Plan, is intended to bring about major reductions...
11/25/14
BY:
Mark Rogers
I haven't participated in Thanksgiving for many years now. It is hard to celebrate the holiday when you know that it was created to commemorate the massacre of Indian people. The irony is that when I was a child, not many gave much thought to the...
11/24/14
BY:
Joe Sexton
In his famous 19th century treatise, “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville noted that whereas the Spaniards “pursued the Indians with bloodhounds” and “sacked” the continent “with no more temper or compassion than a city taken by storm...
11/24/14
BY:
Harold Monteau
There have been several recent deaths on my reservation, and others, of young people in their teens and 20s. The tragedy at Tulalip got me thinking about solutions or, at least, attempts at solutions. I didn’t want to state the question negatively...
11/24/14
BY:
Bryan Brewer
The power of technology is transforming classrooms across the country. Whether students on tribal lands will have the opportunity to reap the benefits of that technology rests largely on the future of a little known federal program called “E-rate”...
11/23/14
BY:
Crystal Willcuts
After Keystone XL Pipeline legislation was narrowly defeated in Congress, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), incoming Senate Majority Leader, promised to pass the bill in January when Republicans take control of the Senate. They already control the House of...
11/21/14
BY:
Winona LaDuke
After the narrow defeat of the Keystone Pipeline at Congress, Sicangu Lakota Greg Grey Cloud broke into a traditional Lakota song. I am reminded of prophecies of the Black Snake, coming to our territories. Earlier this week, the Sicangu Lakota...
11/21/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Much to-do has been made of the recent passage of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act (TGWEA). No longer will it be acceptable for the Internal Revenue Service to expect taxes on benefits paid to tribal citizens, or to harass tribal governments...
11/20/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In his recent column, Professor David Wilkins (Lumbee) says the doctrine of discovery has gone through many expressions, such as "a theological fiction" of popes, "a political fiction" of European nations, and "a legal fiction" of the United States...
11/19/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In Rudy Ryser’s recent article, “Governing and Demagogues,” (ICTMN, 11/10/14), Glenn Morris (Shawnee) and I are the ones being termed “demagogues.” Ryser, Executive Director for the Center for World Indigenous Studies, used that pejorative to...
11/18/14
BY:
Byron L. Dorgan and Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D.
We know what is number one in all American’s lives—and that is our children. Yet, tragically some children in the United States are too often forgotten and living in systems without equal access to opportunity. This is all too evident in Indian...
11/17/14
BY:
John H. Horst
On the heels of an electoral drubbing, the President and Republican leaders of the new Congress remain at odds over immigration. The Republican meme of ‘securing the border’ is beginning to skip like a scratched record. But the President’s ‘phone...
11/16/14
BY:
Julianne Jennings
The pursuit of family history (genealogy) and origins tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future...

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