Opinions

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...
5/11/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Political directions “left” and “right” come from the seating arrangement in the Estates-General (Parliament) at the onset of the French Revolution. Early on, the royalists were seated on the right. Then there were no royalists, but there were still...
5/10/15
BY:
Terese Marie Mailhot
I used to be the rez chick, pushing a bundled baby down a gravel road with a stick to ward off dogs. I used to be the rez chick dropping off my baby at subsidized daycare to study for my GED. I used to be the single Mom on the rez, bumming for rides...
5/10/15
BY:
Roger Birdbear
This is the second section of an article discussing transportation deductions from mineral royalties earned on allotted lands. The first section introduced an article from the Office of the Solicitor, and began to refute the claims made in it. This...
5/9/15
BY:
Roger Birdbear
This column, which has been split into two parts for publication, will cover issues surrounding transportation deductions and provide legal justification for the elimination of these deductions. This section will examine an article from the Office...
5/8/15
BY:
Stanley Heller
Connecticut activists working on the mascot issue need some suggestions about movies or other cultural events we could use to educate about Indian nations. There’s been some small progress in Connecticut in getting rid of Indian mascots, but not...

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