Opinions

4/25/16
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Ruth Hopkins
In the past week, Kourtney, the oldest sister of the infamous Kardashian clan, has doubled down on racism against Natives. She posted an Icelandic belfie (butt selfie) with the caption ‘Eski-Ho’ to Instagram and tweeted yet another picture of...
4/25/16
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Steven Newcomb
In “Doubts About Voting? Just Think Montana," journalist Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, says “American Indian voters are registered to vote in Montana at a higher rate than other ethnic group.” He thereby fails to classify us as belonging to Native...
4/24/16
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Steve Russell
Myth is often more satisfying than truth, and the apocryphal story of two famous novelists is a great example. F. Scott Fitzgerald is supposed to have said, “The rich are different from us.” To which Ernest Hemingway is supposed to have replied, “...
4/23/16
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Mike Myers
Been an interesting couple of weeks, but two things jumped out and caught my attention. At first they might seem kind of unrelated but a closer look reveals two sides of the same coin. And the coin is called racism. The first incident involved a so-...
4/22/16
BY:
Nick Estes
On October 13, 2014, University of New Mexico (UNM) Native students led a campus demonstration demanding the abolition of the university's racist seal and the recognition of "Indigenous Peoples Day of Resistance and Resilience" instead of the...
4/21/16
BY:
Harold Monteau
The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12, the Court was asked to resolve the question of whether “Metis” (Mixed Bloods) and “Non-Status Indians” were Indians under the...
4/20/16
BY:
Charles Kader
Strive to keep it alive. Fight the good fight. May your soul evade St. Peter before he knows that you are gone. Well, maybe not the last adage, but a lot could be said of Al Jazeera America’s television network that has now gone black. I have had...
4/19/16
BY:
Ruth Hopkins
During the 1970s, stories of Native women being forcibly sterilized began to emerge. In these cases, consent was absent. Some were manipulated and lied to in order for the government to gain access for sterilization. Young Native women living in...
4/18/16
BY:
Liza Gross
Several years ago, on a brisk spring day in the wild reaches of northeastern Arizona, I was helping an elderly grandmother scrape kernels off a bushel’s worth of dried corn cobs. She spoke no English and I knew little Navajo, so we worked in silence...
4/17/16
BY:
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
BY:
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
BY:
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
BY:
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...

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