Opinions

4/11/14
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
In recent weeks, social media erupted in outrage after it was announced that Warner Brothers had cast Rooney Mara, a non-Native actress, to play the part of Tiger Lily, a Native character, in a new adaptation of Peter Pan. We’re all seen this...
4/10/14
BY:
John Christian-Hopkins
I believe so; and, somehow over the course of my leftist life, several of my best friends—people I love and respect—happen to be conservative. One in particular sometimes frustrates me to no end, with views that border on frightening. He’s not just...
4/9/14
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Every few decades it seems that Indian country has new concepts that it adopts that become the backbone for how we talk about ourselves. Those concepts usually seem to be about how we frame our relationships as Indian people to the dominant society...
4/8/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I expect Utah is as much a cesspool of corruption as Texas, because that happens in one party states. This is not a partisan comment directed at Republican Utah. When Texas was one party Democratic, a Democrat State Treasurer placed public money in...
4/7/14
BY:
Peter d'Errico
On March 6, 2014, the Connecticut Post newspaper published an editorial—"Some Indians are inconvenient"—blasting Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy for trying to block proposed changes in the federal recognition process for Indian Nations. The...
4/6/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In September 2014 a United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly is scheduled to meet at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The High Level meeting, that is falsely being labeled a World Conference on Indigenous...
4/5/14
BY:
Santy Quinde Baidal
Late last night, my father and I talked about how the ethnic term Latino mislabels Indigenous and mixed-Indigenous people from Mexico, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, etc. For a long time, we believed Latino and Hispanic correctly defined the Spanish-speaking...
4/5/14
BY:
Steve Russell
On March 25, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by a for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby, claiming it (the corporation) would be denied religious freedom if forced to offer Obamacare compliant health insurance policies that cover...
4/4/14
BY:
Loretta A. Tuell
My Nez Perce name is Sik-no-wit-Tats which means “Good Speaker,” which was given to me by my tribal elders as a nod that I am to be a “voice” for our people. True to my name, the Creator has blessed me, guiding my path to be a Native American lawyer...
4/3/14
BY:
Kenneth Deer
Mohawks, who are one of the six Nations of the Haudenosaunee, have traditionally not voted in Quebec or Canadian elections believing that, as Mohawks, they are neither Quebecers or Canadians, and should not interfere in other peoples politics....
4/2/14
BY:
Larry Roberts
In mid-March the Department of the Interior’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) sent purchase offers to approximately 16,000 landowners with fractionated interests at the Pine Ridge Reservation. This means that collectively...
4/2/14
BY:
Dave Lundgren
The hate group Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), and those like it, use similar tactics to disguise their fear of brown people in positions of authority. They disguise their fear and hatred with bogus legal arguments designed to rile up local...
4/1/14
BY:
Steve Russell
I suffer what may be a delusive hope that Indians want changes in how they are treated by the US government, state governments, and tribal governments. Like the African-Americans who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. mobilized and the farm workers who...
4/1/14
BY:
Steven Newcomb
The title of this column is taken from a letter sent by Christopher Columbus to Ferdinand and Isabella, explaining how he had found “many islands filled with people innumerable, and of them all I have taken possession for their highnesses, by...

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