Opinions

9/30/16
BY:
Winona LaDuke
In an impressive fossil fuels travel day, I left the Standing Rock reservation and flew to Italy for the International Slow Food gathering known as Terra Madre. A world congress of harvesters, farmers, chefs and political leaders, this is basically...
9/29/16
BY:
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
By now, most of us who have been following the standoff at Standing Rock know that a federal judge denied the application for a temporary injunction to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. And that only minutes after delivering the...
9/28/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
The late Browning Pipestem (Otoe/Osage) gets credit for coining the phrase "briefcase warriors" to describe Indian lawyers emerging from law schools in the 1970s. As Rennard Strickland (Osage/Cherokee) stated in reviewing the work of those lawyers...
9/27/16
BY:
Mark Fogarty
Coverage of the Dakota pipeline story by the mainstream media has been spotty and in some cases biased. But three young American Indian journalists I have mentored in the Native American Journalism Fellows program the past two years seem to have...
9/26/16
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The Sierra Club
In recent weeks, opposition to the controversial Dakota Access pipeline has grown exponentially, drawing the attention of the national media and activists across the country. The Dakota Access pipeline, which would extend 1,168 miles—just seven...
9/26/16
BY:
Steven Newcomb
A statue is dedicated to the conquistador Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo stands at the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma, California. On the ground nearby is a plaque the Navy of the country of Spain placed there a few years ago, with the approval...
9/24/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
Sebastian Junger's new book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, doesn't break any new ground and actually perpetuates some wrong-headed stereotypes about Indians; but it does present an old perspective in an easy-to-read popular format. And it...
9/23/16
BY:
Dave Archambault Sr.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe worries constantly about what the esteemed and honorable leaders of America will end up doing. Will the Army Corps, politicians, the judge, EPA, Justice Department, and the White House - will they just go ahead and put...
9/23/16
BY:
Dean B. Suagee
In this the year of the centennial of the National Park Service, a coalition has emerged with a vision for the future of our national parks and other public lands, a vision of greater diversity and inclusiveness. The “Next 100 Coalition” is...
9/22/16
BY:
Harlan McKosato
I know you are certainly aware of what is going on in North Dakota with the Dakota Access Pipeline and the NODAPL movement by Native Americans. I am requesting that you make a public statement recognizing the Native people who are protesting the...
9/21/16
BY:
Harold A. Monteau
Just in case anyone has been asleep under a rock, or is not informed because of the major news networks’ “Blackout” of Greasy Grass Fight in 1876any real news coverage of the thousands of people who have traveled to the North Dakota Prairie at the...
9/20/16
BY:
Alex Jacobs
Or could it be Selma 1965, Bloody Sunday, when the President had to federalize the National Guard. Many of the water and land protectors may feel it’s like the Greasy Grass Fight in 1876, Alcatraz 1969 or Wounded Knee 1973. A new generation of...
9/19/16
BY:
Peter d'Errico
As of this writing, the protectors have succeeded to an extent, though the pressure against them and arrests continue. The aptly named Dakota Access Corporation—it wants to access Dakota Territory—has not yet given up. While the protectors placed...
9/18/16
BY:
Carolyn Raffensperger
The battle cries across the length of Dakota Access’ crude oil pipeline are “Water is Life” and “For Future Generations.” These cries have been clearest at Standing Rock where a vast Indigenous community is defending the drinking water of the Tribe...

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