Opinions

2/10/16
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
Our D/Lakota ancestors Vine Deloria, Jr., and Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman warned us of culture vultures. As Westerman sang: And the anthros keep on digging our sacred ceremonial sites As if there was nothing wrong, as if education gives them the...
2/9/16
BY:
Charles Kader
The hubbub surrounding the Nevada militia occupying the Oregon federal bird sanctuary now seems to be winding down, with only a few diehards left at the end to raise the distressed, upside down American flag over the Burns Paiute Tribe historical...
2/8/16
BY:
Mike Myers
As the season of Wahta Osis (Maple Sap) approaches I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a friend of mine who has gotten into the commercial maple syrup business. He’s been in it for about six years and he was telling about how it had been...
2/7/16
BY:
Harold Monteau
In my view, what the DNC has done in handpicking, from day one, the Presidential Candidate the Democratic Establishment prefers (Hillary Clinton), disenfranchises millions of Democrat voters who truly want the DNC to facilitate a “fair fight” on the...
2/5/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
I heard the term ‘crazy Indian’ a few times when I was a young girl. My cousins told me to “keep six” every time we walked into a bar, and then we ended up in a brawl where they showcased some Roadhouse moves. I called them crazy. When my cousin...
2/4/16
BY:
Charles Kader
As I get older the words of my elders ring louder and longer in my mind. “We are an original people. We have always been here. We will survive.” Such messages are proven to me daily. For instance, in Siberia, a frozen mastodon has been found and...
2/3/16
BY:
Laura Waterman Wittstock
The perverse history of governmental-Lakota/Dakota relations took a more sinister turn when the Hiawatha Insane Asylum was built 10 years after Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890. It operated for over 30 years before it was torn down. The bodies of...
2/2/16
BY:
Steve Russell
Video from the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge often reveals the occupiers waving paperback copies of the U.S. Constitution. This claim of authority for their actions in the fundamental law of the U.S. leads to media...
2/1/16
BY:
Paul Moorehead & Philip Baker-Shenk
Forecasting the 2016 legislative agenda requires the use of something like a political Rorschach Test. Some people look at 2016 and see it as more-of-the-same—the second year of the 114th Congress. To others, 2016 looks the final, lame duck year of...
1/31/16
BY:
Mike Myers
After nine years the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has made a landmark and far reaching decision about the quality of Indigenous child welfare. The really good news is that this is a legally binding decision, one that cannot be easily avoided or...
1/30/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
Indian life is full of incongruences. The sacred lands we live on, the land our ancestors cleared to make our lives livable, is the same land our youth blasts their bass-ridden, misogynistic lyrics on. Granted, it’s not all misogynistic, but I...
1/29/16
BY:
Misty Perkins
As a REAL Native American who went to Scappoose High School in Scappoose, Oregon for four years, I will share my experience as it relates to racism and mascots, though I doubt it will matter now since it didn't matter then. My three siblings and I...
1/28/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On January 2, 2016, a group of white ranchers who are part of what has been called “the Sage Brush Rebellion” began an armed occupation of lands designated as “the Malheur Wildlife Refuge,” outside Burns, Oregon. The protestors disagree with the...
1/27/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Lord Jeff no longer enjoys official support at Amherst College. News reports of the January 26 statement from the Board of Trustees varied in reporting the decision as 'dropping,' 'booting,' or 'dethroning,' but the official statement of the...

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