Opinions

10/14/11
BY:
Cedric Sunray
A few weeks ago, I read the following paragraph in an NPR article about the Cherokee Freedmen: "This is not a club; you can't just claim to be Cherokee and show up and be included," says Cara Cowan Watts, a vocal member of the Cherokees' tribal...
10/13/11
BY:
Litefoot
All journeys have a beginning and an ending. No matter how large or small the endeavor, it begins, and—at some point—it will most assuredly come to an end. The substance of the journey is everywhere in between the start and finish of it. Arguably...
10/12/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
Greetings on Colonization Day, I begin by prayerfully remembering our free and independent ancestors, the Lenape and all the Original Nations and Peoples of this vast Turtle Island (Mother Earth), and of the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic...
10/12/11
BY:
Nellis Kennedy-Howard
Today, President Obama has the choice. Clean technology is at our feet. Sustainable resources are in our hands. And here we sit, digging for oil. The State Department is currently reviewing a proposal to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a...
10/11/11
BY:
John Bird
I feel like I have been waiting for this moment an entire lifetime. More like a hundred lifetimes when I count the 500 years and lifetimes of all our indigenous ancestors who went to their graves wondering if justice would ever again prevail on...
10/11/11
BY:
Kimberly Horton
The Cherokee Nation based out of Tahlequah, Oklahoma has decided to strip “Freedmen” of their Cherokee rights and to expel them from their nation. Freedmen are African American descendants of slaves. The decision to expel them is based purely on the...
10/11/11
BY:
Mark Trahant
There are many ways to look at America’s shift into the Era of Contraction. Budget numbers tell part of the story. Words of elected leaders tell yet another. Add to that, the stories of real discontent told by ordinary people and reflected by both...
10/10/11
BY:
Monique Vondall-Rieke
On the eve of what most Americans celebrate as “Columbus Day” I found myself turning to the History Channel to watch “Who Really Discovered America?” I was instantly upset by the summations of world experts on how other cultures, civilizations if...
10/6/11
BY:
Chase Iron Eyes
I hope we have all been following the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) action that is unfolding before us. Why are they protesting? Hopefully OWS is not only due to the rich-poor gap -although, that is reason enough. The main-stream media is describing this...
10/5/11
BY:
Steve Russell
Like most Indians who give thought to our relationship with the United States, I dream of Indian treaties as sacred promises or, at least, what the Constitution says in so many words: “all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority...
10/5/11
BY:
Billy Frank, Jr.
We all owe a big "thank you" to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. They never gave up on getting those two dams torn down, and today that dream is becoming a reality. For 100 years they have had to wait for their treaty rights to be restored and for the...
10/5/11
BY:
Thomas Jensen
The budgetary hard times that are facing the federal government and states can create a favorable environment for Indian tribal governments. There may be opportunities to reclaim assets and expand assertions of sovereign powers that have been taken...
10/3/11
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s recent safari to New Mexico to meet the Pueblo people and to make a guest appearance at a student forum at the University of New Mexico School of Law, had all the indicia of an apologist diplomatic mission (although she has...
9/30/11
BY:
Steven T. Newcomb
It is typical to refer to our respective nations and peoples as being "in" Canada or "in" the United States and therefore as being deemed subject to the jurisdictions of those two political constructs called "states" in international law. What we...

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