Opinions

10/31/14
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Kyle Dlaakaw.éesh Wark
I commonly work with racial equity issues in my role as Indigenous Researcher & Policy Analyst for First Alaskans Institute. With Halloween approaching, I’d like to share my perspective why wearing Native American “costumes” is a bad idea. It...
10/31/14
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Renée Roman Nose
The facts are there. We know them. We live them, every day. We see them in our children’s lives, especially now. According to Aspen Institute, 75 percent of all Native youth deaths between 12 and 20 are directly attributable to violence. 23.6 ...
10/30/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The Native American Law Students Association at Yale Law School held its first ever Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner October 23, 2014. The recipient, Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw), class of 1993, is Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S....
10/29/14
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Kevin Gover
Beneath the debate over the name of the Washington NFL football team is an underlying truth: the vast majority of Americans have a limited—and often mistaken—understanding of Native American history. Indeed, as people learn of the origins and...
10/28/14
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A-Dae Romero
The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed by President Obama in 2011. In 2013, the accompanying Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations were released. FDA’s regulations articulate sweeping changes in how agricultural businesses and farmer’s...
10/28/14
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Ruth Hopkins
When a loved one becomes ill, we often feel helpless. Seven years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The malignancy was relatively far along when discovered, so there was no time to adjust to the news. She underwent a mastectomy within...
10/26/14
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Gregg Deal
This morning as I sit in front of my eggs, corn beef hash and yerba mate, I am thinking about my next step. Is there a next step, or is it same as it ever was? Behind the scenes (and sometimes out front), I am one of the grass roots activists...
10/25/14
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Donna Ennis
“In the Fall of 1916,” he relates, “I was about my office when suddenly the door opened and a tall stern faced Indian entered. He asked if I was interested in the Indian claims to Wisconsin Point and I told him I was. With no further preamble he...
10/24/14
BY:
Steve Russell
Those of us who carry indigenous genetic material today descend from the survivors of biological warfare on a cataclysmic scale, principally smallpox and measles, both diseases caused by viruses that require no direct contact to spread and can...
10/24/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On October 4, Duane Champagne published on this website, “What is Indigenous Self-Determination and When Does it Apply?” If one were to rephrase Champagne’s question to, “What is Self-Determination and When Does it Apply to Indigenous Peoples?,” his...
10/24/14
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David Wilkins
“Again, were we to inquire by what law or authority you set up a claim [to our land], I answer, none! Your laws extend not into our country, nor ever did. You talk of the law of nature and the law of nations, and they are both against you.” —Corn...
10/23/14
BY:
Al Carroll
This is an excerpt from A Proposed New Constitution, a call for 15 articles to be adopted in a new constitutional convention. Currently, dozens of states have called for a new constitutional convention for a variety of causes, as well as proposals...
10/22/14
BY:
Charles Trimble
I have gotten e-mail recently asking what is up with me and Tim Giago since I had not written articles criticizing him over the past year. Actually I had unilaterally declared a moratorium on criticizing Tim; and I must confess, it felt good. Much...
10/22/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Some years ago, I purchased Latin for Americans (B. L. Ullman, Charles Henderson, and Norman E. Henry, New York: the MacMillan Co., 1962) at a used bookstore. It’s a high school textbook that was published at a time when some pre-college students...

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