Opinions

7/1/15
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Elizabeth Hawksworth
There’s an absolutely wonderful song that was part of one of my favourite musicals, Chess. It’s called “Anthem” and it’s sung by the Russian chess champion on his move to another country. He’s accused of leaving his homeland and renouncing his...
7/1/15
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David Shorter
I’m not an Indian. It’s okay. By now, many of us have been confronted with the tangled ways to think about identity shifting in light of the Rachel Dolezal affair. Some attention has been rightfully paid to the long history of people “playing Indian...
7/1/15
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Micah A.
Half-breed, mixed-blood, metis… These words are more than familiar to us who are not full-blooded American Indians. And by those who are not full-blooded, I do not speak of those who claim a “great-great-great grandmother who was a Cherokee Princess...
6/30/15
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Harlan McKosato
Do you ever get tired of hearing about the plight of the American Redskin? Do you ever get tired of hearing about how pitiful it is to be Native American from our own Native writers, the mainstream American press, and international media outlets? I...
6/29/15
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Alex Jacobs
Events move fast in the internet age. The Rachel Dolezal “Black Like Me” story had people of every stripe, color, and political persuasion commenting, tweeting, and taking sides. Then we all find out that “transracial” is a real thing and these self...
6/28/15
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Steven Newcomb
A repetitious pattern may be repeated to the point of being boring or tiring. Yet, obviously, not every pattern of repetition is tedious. When notes and chords are repeated in an artful manner, based on the rules of musical composition, we may end...
6/27/15
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Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The Rachel Dolezal scandal came as a harsh wake-up call to the black community about what it means when people falsely claim an identity they were not born into, especially when there are tangible benefits to be gained such as scholarships or jobs....
6/26/15
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Terese Marie Mailhot
Maybe it all started with Kevin Costner, or Marlon Brando, or the missionaries, or that guy who got off a boat and said, “Man, these people need pants.” Either way, Indian country has seen its share of Great White Hopes, and all those hopefuls have...
6/25/15
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Michael L. Connor
This week, the Department of the Interior hit a significant milestone, paying more than $500 million to approximately 30,000 individual landowners through the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). The Buy-Back Program...
6/24/15
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Vicente M. Diaz
The following opinion was adapted from a presentation at the roundtable, “The Colonial Politics of Civility: Implications of the Steven Salaita case for Indigenous Studies and Beyond,” held during the Native American and Indigenous Studies...
6/23/15
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Elizabeth Hawksworth
Father Francis, I was once taught that if you’re going to tell a story, you need to tell it simply. The simplest stories are the easiest to understand. My story is simple. I’m a Chippewa woman from Toronto, Canada. I am the product of colonialism...
6/22/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
“To many men the sense of domination is sweet...” writes Leonard Barnes in his book Empire or Democracy (1939). James Crawford, in his Foreword to Antonie Anghie’s Imperialism, Sovereignty, and the Making of International Law (2005) says that Anghie...
6/21/15
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Maulian Smith
I am writing to you as a concerned citizen of the state of Maine. As you may be aware there has been an ongoing discussion and series of events regarding the Skowhegan High School’s use of the mascot “Indians” for their sports teams. I offer some...
6/20/15
BY:
Dennis Olson
This summer marks Head Start’s 50th anniversary, a historic milestone in our nation’s commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty and opening windows of opportunity to our most vulnerable children.  I am among the 32 million Americans Head Start has...

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