Opinions

4/4/16
BY:
Steve Russell
I owe the Indian nations and most of the United States an apology, because I’ve become a Texan. My family roots are in the Cherokee Nation, but I was raised just across the border in the Muscogee Creek Nation by grandparents who met on the Sac...
4/3/16
BY:
Charles Kader
Operation MYGALE was recently undertaken by regional law enforcement here in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Described as the largest such operation ever, the anti-border crime agenda was driven home by the execution of over 70 armed searches...
4/2/16
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Julian Cola
Shock and disbelief! Outrage and cryptic denial! Expect a healthy dose of these reactions whenever secrets are revealed and the truth spills out. Reservation, even fear, is known to accompany the admission of truths that cut sharply against a façade...
4/1/16
BY:
Jay Daniels
The United States Federal bureaucracy is notorious for using acronyms for everything under the sun, which is fine when used internally among federal employees. Believe me, there are so many acronyms internally and externally in the federal...
3/31/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
There is a movement underway to erect a statue in honor of Vasco Nunez de Balboa in Balboa Park, in that part of the Kumeyaay Nation territory commonly called “San Diego.” San Diego Union Tribune columnist Logan Jenkins calls attention to the...
3/30/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Thomas Jefferson's ghost stalks Oak Flat. Promoters of the proposed copper mine on Apache ancestral lands say more than 3,000 jobs would be created over the projected life of the mine. In 1802, President Jefferson mused about how to extinguish...
3/29/16
BY:
Mike Myers
The American presidential run is really heating up with clashes breaking out and road blocks at Trump events. Not surprising, given his propensity for making outrageous, inflammatory and racist remarks. At some point the “targets” of his foul mouth...
3/28/16
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
The social revolution of the 1960’s and 70’s was a time of positive change for American Indian people and America in general. Indians got self-determination as official federal Indian policy, ethnic minorities gained a greater degree of civil rights...
3/27/16
BY:
Steve Russell
The Cherokee Phoenix published news of a lawsuit to protect the Illinois River, crown jewel of summer recreation in the Cherokee Nation and a source of running water for ceremonial purposes. Since the Cherokee Reservation was allotted to create...
3/26/16
BY:
Alex Jacobs
It took generations for Americans to get this stupid. And that’s saying a lot when you actually look to see what passed as knowledge or just good information back then. And let’s move back then up to the 1950’s, since the Good Old Days of when...
3/25/16
BY:
Carly McIntosh
Many people placed on Turtle Island have a hard time speaking out that they are one living with depression. Depression has become the most common illness that is hidden from others, to hide depression I believe we all put on a smile and act as if...
3/24/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
A Nooksack "disenrollment" case has spawned a tangled web of rulings and resolutions, as the tribal council jousts with the tribal court. The long-running case raises issues that go to the heart of what it means to be an “American Indian” and what “...
3/23/16
BY:
David Wilkins
Open letter to the leaders of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA): Dear Native Leaders, Each of your organizations, founded at critical moments in native...
3/22/16
BY:
Myron Running Wolf
Following Hollywood ’s example, the #OscarsSoWhite movement erased living Native Americans from our society. Throughout all of The Academy Awards controversy, American Indians were nowhere to be found. Indians simply didn’t matter. It’s only been a...

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