Opinions

3/1/15
BY:
Joseph H. Webster
When Congress enacted the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988 (IGRA), it included an important provision to allow for self-regulation of Class II gaming by tribal governments that established a record of successful gaming regulation. Tribes that...
2/28/15
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Occasionally I receive messages from readers who take issue with some of the things I write about. Sometimes they are people with no indigenous ancestry who are offended by what they see as a divisive, race-based ideology. One particular reader...
2/27/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has developed an important and visually striking exhibit titled “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.” It opened on September 21, 2014 and will run until...
2/26/15
BY:
Stanley Heller
At the start of December I came late to a Ferguson protest being held in New Haven and started video recording. Happily I got a good chunk of the remarks of an American Indian student at Yale, Sebastian Medina-Tayac. It’s here entitled “We Are Your...
2/26/15
BY:
Donna Ennis
A historic event happened in Indian Country this month. As part of President Obama’s budget request to Congress, federal funding for tribal contract support costs (CSC) for three years beginning in 2017 will be moved from the "discretionary" to "...
2/25/15
BY:
Steve Russell
The Oscars seem to produce a Sacheen Littlefeather moment every year, and this year Patricia Arquette, accepting the little gold guy for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood, departed from the script of thanking the academy, family, colleagues, and...
2/25/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
There is Women's History Month, Native American History Month, Latino History Month, Jewish American History Month, LGBT Pride Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and so on. With all of these months and days celebrating various...
2/24/15
BY:
Dean B. Suagee
RELATED: Reasons Why President Obama Must Reject Keyston XL, Part 1 Now that Congress has passed a bill approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and President Obama has said he will veto the bill, what’s next? When he does veto it, will the...
2/24/15
BY:
Kyle T. Mays
Before every February, I get numerous requests to participate in programming for Black History Month. And I say no to none of them because I love doing them. I’ll pause here to share a brief piece of knowledge in case you didn’t know. In 1926,...
2/23/15
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
February is Black History Month, a time to acknowledge African American contributions to the United States and celebrate black identity. It also inevitably means revisiting the very troubling history of this country to understand how European and...
2/22/15
BY:
Steve Russell
F. Scott Fitzgerald might have been talking about American Indians when he wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” Indians are in that...
2/21/15
BY:
Christine Dupres
In late December of last year, I braved slogging rain and dropping temperatures to join a sizable crowd of my fellow Cowlitz people and supporters as we gathered to celebrate a future reservation on beautiful, tree-graced acreage near La Center,...
2/20/15
BY:
Ray Cook
In mid-December the Department of Justice announced that Indian nations may look towards enacting rules and regulations concerning the growing of marijuana on reservations for medicinal (commercial) and recreational (commercial) use. So far, not...
2/20/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The San Carlos Apache battle cry, sounded by San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler to prevent the hostile takeover over of Apache lands by the United States and Rio Tinto mining corporation, goes to the core of U.S. neo-colonialism against Native...

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