Opinions

4/17/16
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Dave Archambault Sr.
On March 9, in a historic landslide vote, South Dakota’s State House Legislators voted 60 to 8 in favor of allowing Governor Dennis Daugaard to use his budget to fund three Indian public schools in searching for and implementation of alternatives to...
4/14/16
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Terese Mailhot
Recently, a beautiful Indigenous woman, Sharnell Paul, was barred from being featured in the Women of the Navajo calendar for being transgender. According to Paul, the founders called her after finding out she was transgender, and informed her that...
4/15/16
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Adrianne Chalepah
Context is everything. As soon as Ralphie May informed me that the joke was missing most of its context, I immediately felt bad for the backlash I had helped create. Because context is critical, it goes two ways. We need the full joke to make a fair...
4/14/16
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Ruth Hopkins
I’ve been a tribal Judge for four years. In the beginning, I was an Associate Judge for the tribe I’m enrolled with, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. That’s where I got my judicial feet wet, so to speak. In the years to come I’d preside over cases for...
4/13/16
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Steve Russell
The left coast and the right coast, California and New York, have gotten on board for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. That has been Bernie Sanders’ position. Hillary Clinton bids $12 an hour. The Economist reported last year that if the U.S...
4/12/16
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Steven Newcomb
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is comprised of four Catholic organizations across Canada. On March 19, 2016 the CCCB issued “The ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ and Terra Nullius: A Catholic Response.” Written partly in response to Calls...
4/11/16
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Ray Cook
Writer’s block, oy, what a flu that is to have. Last year, I believe I did not write, and if I did it was of no consequence. However, there were a great many thinkers that did write and contributed to the ICTMN Op/Ed pages. Why? Because we have...
4/11/16
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Stephen Fox
Women have for centuries struggled to achieve resolutions in the electoral realm, even before Susan B. Anthony shaped the early days of the suffragette movement, like Native Americans and African Americans have struggled through endless years of Jim...
4/10/16
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Randall Akee
Low-income individuals are less likely than their wealthier counterparts to invest in long-term assets and educational attainment. To some extent this might simply reflect the preferences of this population. On the other hand, it may be indicative...
4/8/16
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Darren Bonaparte
One of the most intriguing wampum belts of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy is one known by many names: the Remembrance belt, the Defeat of the French Record belt, the Peacemaker belt, the Prophecy belt, and—to keep life simple—the Peacemaker Prophecy...
4/7/16
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Steven Newcomb
On February 19, 2010, The Greanville Post republished “How Cruel Were the Spaniards?” by Iris Engstrand, an emeritus history professor at the University of San Diego. The title suggests a particular way of thinking about the subject matter: On a...
4/6/16
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Adrian Jawort
Some 14 years ago I sat in the back of a van along with a group of Little Big Horn College students on their way to pick up Joe Medicine Crow before going across the border to Ucross, Wyoming, home of the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery and temporary...
4/6/16
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Mike Myers
You just gotta love the so-called Chinese curse of, "May you live in interesting times. Because it seems that Indigenous nations and peoples have just entered into some “interesting times” in our relations with the U.S. Supreme Court. On March 22,...
4/5/16
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Frederich Trenchard
The one thing the 50 states that make up the United States of America (not counting insular territories) have in abundance is their claim to land. That vast amount of land is in large part Indian and Indigenous peoples land. There are some who say...

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