Opinions

12/19/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
…And Native appropriation continues to evolve in ever more bizarre "fashion." Apparently putting scantily clad white women in warbonnets is losing its shock value, because designers are moving into a new phase of cultural assassination, in hopes of...
12/18/14
BY:
Brandon Ecoffey
Each December the tribal nations of the Great Plains are united by the children of our communities. Together we show the world that, despite our circumstances, we are people with hope. This week the most public of our international gatherings takes...
12/18/14
BY:
Walter Lamar
The Indian Law and Order Commission's report, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer bluntly described systemic public safety problems and the resulting devastation in Indian Country, especially for children. After the Senate Committee on Indian...
12/17/14
BY:
Boyd Cothran
In the wake the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture, we are all being asked to think historically. Many have seen this moment as an opportunity to set the historical record straight with California Senator Diane...
12/16/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A discerning eye is critically important when it comes to interpreting statements by the United States regarding our original nations, which are typically called “Indian tribes.” On September 13, 2007, the United States voted “no” on the UN...
12/14/14
BY:
Simon Moya-Smith
I couldn’t get up off the floor. I had collapsed on top of a stack of newspapers and atop my dry-cleaned, finely pressed suit and some soiled towels. I had completely lost every fucking marble I had. And to make matters worse, some asshole in the...
12/13/14
BY:
Alex Jacobs
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez made news after her Environment Secretary presented papers to DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, with fines for LANL – the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory - of $32.6 million for 24 violations and WIPP - the Waste Isolation...
12/12/14
BY:
John Kane
Now that the NYPD has literally been caught on video choking a man to death for defying the most oppressive taxation scheme in the United States and then exonerated itself of any wrong doing, it's time to make a few things clear. The Tax Foundation...
12/11/14
BY:
Steve Russell
It’s a time-honored method for getting legislation done in the middle of a gridlock to attach an unrelated “rider” to a bill understood as “must pass.” I write this at three o’clock on the morning it is claimed the U.S. government will be rolling...
12/10/14
BY:
Terry Rambler
The San Carlos Apache Tribe (Tribe) has worked for the past decade to shine light on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange that would transfer Oak Flat and nearby lands in the Tonto National Forest – lands held sacred by my Tribe and many other Native...
12/10/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The debate over the meaning and significance of the outcome document for the United Nations (UN) high level plenary meeting (erroneously referred to as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples) is not going to end anytime soon. On September 22,...
12/9/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Last week, President Obama went out on a political limb with his executive order allowing an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States. It was just more fuel for Republicans’ anti-Democrat fire, who of course...
12/8/14
BY:
Mike Myers
In 1977 I had the incredible opportunity to be the coordinator for the first UN NGO conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This effort grew out of the armed struggles that were occurring in North America and most notably the second battle...
12/5/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Suppose four police officers went to a man’s home, by invitation, to talk to him about a serious, violent crime. Three officers entered and the other watched the door. They talked to the man from about 7:30 p.m. until after midnight, at which point...

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