Opinions

5/23/15
BY:
Matthew Scraper
Rarely, if ever, do I extend myself to a social media rant. This is primarily because I'm not sure that such things ever change opinions and belief systems. That said, I'm going to take a moment to do just that. Feel free to tune out—I won't be...
5/23/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Galileo's telescopic observations converted him to the sun-centered view of the planetary system, and thereby made him a target for the Roman Inquisition. The Church was committed to an earth-centered view of the celestial realms. Galileo's deviance...
5/22/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
Young Native people, it's unfortunate how much you deal with on a day-to-day basis: navigating the world, developing your own beliefs, having to listen to your parents. It's bad enough you have to go through all that, but you also have to deal with...
5/21/15
BY:
Crystal Echo Hawk
As a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, and a nonprofit professional for more than 18 years, my work is to challenge my colleagues in philanthropy to examine implicit racial bias within our sector. In recent months, there...
5/20/15
BY:
Harlan McKosato
Every year during graduation season the issue of wearing eagle feathers comes up among Native students and their schools. The argument against Native high school and college graduates not being able to adorn their caps with a sacred symbol that is...
5/19/15
BY:
Bryan Newland
On May 14, the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs conducted a hearing entitled, “Inadequate Standards for Trust Land Acquisition in the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.” In advance of the hearing, the Majority Staff ...
5/19/15
BY:
Mark Rogers
An interesting question was posed to me in light of the recent injustice and unrest in Baltimore. The question: is Baltimore or life in Baltimore, comparable to an Indian reservation? On its face, the question seems to be a request for comparison of...
5/18/15
BY:
Mary Annette Pember
On a dark country road in Indian Country, the lessons of childhood come back quickly when the police pull you over. As a nation debates police violence, we should know that Native people are the ethnicity most likely to be killed by law enforcement...
5/17/15
BY:
Gina Sixkiller
I am a woman of mixed races. I grew up being called a squaw, half-breed, white, redskin and other names—none meant in a good way. I grew up wondering exactly where I fit in. Then I went to an all-Indian technical school. There I was defined by the...
5/16/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Regular readers know that I write as much about colonial politics as I write about tribal politics. I believe that political science really is a science but to apply principles of human behavior across cultures, you have to make allowances for...
5/15/15
BY:
Andre Cramblit
Sometimes it is hard to believe we still have to deal with racist misanthropic garbage that has been heaped on Natives since first contact. In some areas we have come so far, from having a Native as a U.S. senator (the Honorable Ben Nighthorse...
5/14/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez recently cut a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to pay for infrastructure, mostly new and upgraded roads, with a $73.25 million settlement for fines levied by the New Mexico Environmental Department...
5/13/15
BY:
Monique Vondall-Rieke
On February 14, 2014 President Obama began the White House initiative to bring peace to the justice practices of American communities which he named “My Brother’s Keeper.” Today, this initiative continues to address the disparate treatment of...
5/12/15
BY:
David Wilkins
“Every time we carry an eagle feather, that’s sovereignty. Every time we pick berries, that’s sovereignty. Every time we dig roots, that’s sovereignty.” — Billy Frank, Jr., Nisqually Tribal sovereignty is arguably the most important, unifying...

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