Opinions

12/7/16
BY:
Tiffany Midge
There is taking responsibility for one’s circumstances and then there is outsourcing responsibility for one’s circumstances, just as there is acknowledging injustice without imposing judgement upon legitimate victims of circumstances, situations...
12/5/16
BY:
David Archambault II
Yesterday we were notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not grant the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, they will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement regarding alternative routes for the...
12/5/16
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
In the aftermath of this historic—if hideous—election, we are waiting for the dust to settle and see where we all stand. Although there are not yet statistics to prove it, I think it's safe to say that most of Indian country was opposed to Trump and...
12/4/16
BY:
Harlan McKosato
Facebook has its usefulness. For instance, I get a lot of my information about the latest news from Standing Rock when the Water Protectors post videos and photos and give updates from the front lines. I sometimes get ideas for news stories from my...
12/2/16
BY:
Tiffany Midge
[More than half of the white women who voted in the presidential election cast their ballot for Donald J. Trump, according to exit poll data collected by The New York Times.] I’m a woman, and I supported Donald J. Trump. Well, if you want to split...
12/1/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The best way to understand the idea of decolonization starts with understanding colonization, which is a process of war that one nation wages against another. Colonization is the means by which an invading nation or empire forcibly enters the...
11/30/16
BY:
Steve Russell
There are many reasons I admired my late friend, the South African poet Dennis Brutus. He was “shot trying to escape,” did time on the infamous Robben Island prison that held Nelson Mandela, and had his work banned in his homeland. But one thing...
11/29/16
BY:
Alex Jacobs
So is everyone in America racist? Or are only half racists? If only 47% of eligible Americans cast votes, is it just 25% of Americans that are racist? Are the 10 million Americans who didn’t vote or were unable to vote racist? Those voters who feel...
11/28/16
BY:
Ruby Hansen Murray
For 41 days in January, white men wearing denim and cowboy hats occupied the semi-arid world of eastern Oregon. I followed the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from my home in the wet-gray world of the lower Columbia River. The...
11/27/16
BY:
Carly McIntosh
In Thunderchild First Nation, in what is known today as the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, many young boys get bullied for following their native culture by letting their hair grow long, slowly, and then formed into braids. After a youth is...
11/26/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
With Donald Trump’s recent election to the presidency of the United States, it would appear all bets are off. After 9/11, and the passage of the Patriot Act in 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney said the United States had entered “the new normal.” As...
11/25/16
BY:
Terese Mailhot
White people on the left are coping with the realization that America is racist. I’ve been doing that Indian thing where I disassociate and make jokes until I can commit to life again or resign completely. White tears taste like champagne. I wonder...
11/24/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The latest U.S. presidential election holds a major lesson for Indigenous politics. Lets explore what happened and add it up: Stand up for nationhood or lose it. We learned from the “upset victory” of Donald Trump that mass media and polls didn’t...
11/23/16
BY:
Connie Baxter Marlow
Once we recognize the role of the American Indian in the evolution of our country, the dream for humanity carried to these shores by the early settlers of New England and Virginia will be realized, and we will lead the world as exemplars of Liberty...

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