Opinions

12/12/15
BY:
Alex Jacobs
The name Edward S. Curtis immediately invokes spirited discussions amongst Native and non-Native artists, scholars and just plain folks who are attracted to the historic, romantic and nostalgic. From the beginning Curtis had critics, notably Franz...
12/11/15
BY:
Charles Kader
The old union hall sat silently at night. Ironworkers Local #348 was part of the Labor Temple Building, located on State Street, which is the original, main thoroughfare through this northern port city. The small family restaurant and bar located...
12/10/15
BY:
Robert DesJarlait
On November 22, the Minnesota Vikings organization hosted a special halftime event at TCF Bank Stadium in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. In front of 52,000+ fans, the RedBone Singers and Dancers performed in a historic performance –...
12/9/15
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Jody Wilson-Raybould, a First Nations woman, as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General. I was pleased to hear this. Natives were here before borders. We share mutual struggles and interests. I’m...
12/8/15
BY:
James Mills
To a large degree, the sovereignty that tribes in the United States have over their membership is often taken for granted. In Canada, the difference has been stark. Until 1985 and the passage of Bill C-31, only the federal government of Canada based...
12/7/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
On November 25, 2015, The New York Times published Ned Blackhawk’s op-ed piece “The Struggle for Justice on Tribal Lands.” Blackhawk (Western Shoshone) is a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, and the author of “Violence...
12/6/15
BY:
Frank Hopper
  In a maximum-security prison in Coleman, Florida, a 71-year-old Native man sits at an easel painting. His back hurts so much it's hard for him to walk. He needs someone to help support him for the first few steps. Squinting through reading glasses...
12/5/15
BY:
Peter d'Errico
On December 7, 2015, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The case involves alleged sexual assaults by the manager of a Dollar General store on Choctaw land against a 13-...
12/4/15
BY:
Mike Myers
An interesting case has landed in the U.S. Supreme Court: Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The case has churned up an interesting group of supporters of Dollar General, including the states of Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, Michigan...
12/3/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
Senator John Barrasso (R-Montana) is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He recently published a column at Indian Country Media Network, provocatively titled, “Getting Washington Out of Indian Country.” (Nov. 20, 2015). In the...
12/2/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2. The recent terrorist attacks in Paris, a city that in all but age could be in North America, have gotten attention from the obvious targets in New York and Washington to the most remote reservation. Nobody...
12/1/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A dispute between the store chain Dollar General and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue before the Court in Dollar General Corp. v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, is whether the court system of the...
11/30/15
BY:
Mike Myers
An interesting fact has emerged from the recent jihadist rampage in Paris is the age of the attackers. According to the BBC the attackers that have been identified so far are all in their late 20s or early 30s. This should be a time in young people...
11/29/15
BY:
Bobbi Rose Nez
November is Native American Heritage Month and is a welcomed opportunity for me to share about a program I believe is strengthening our Native American communities one youth at a time. Mentoring has been a long tradition in Native American cultures...

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