Ruth Hopkins
A few weeks ago, Susan G. Komen for the Cure defunded Planned Parenthood. Komen is a leading charity for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Planned Parenthood health centers used funds provided by Komen to make breast exams and...
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
Indian Country Today Media Network covered the draft critical habitat designation proposed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ("Caribou Crisis Sparks Familiar Economy-vs.-Environment Debate" ICTMN Staff February 6, 2012) without...
Dante Desiderio
Congress all but guaranteed tribal finance to be a clear winner in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. Included in the Act were two provisions that held the promise of jumpstarting local tribal economies (or at the very least, providing...
Julianne Jennings
The strength and the endurance of racism and discrimination against American Indians are easily traced to earlier periods of our history that we are desperately trying to understand and reconcile. No better example of the contradictions and the...
Steven Juneau
On Valentine's Day, our thoughts turned to those we love and care for: friends, wives, children and elders. When the people we love go through hard times, we feel their pain and try to make things better. Unfortunately, many members of our tribal...
John Maniscalco
The natural gas industry has spent tens of millions of dollars trying to convince consumers that their product is the proverbial “silver bullet” that will save them thousands of dollars in home heating costs for years to come, if only they would...
Steven Newcomb
When I began attending the University of Oregon, I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X as Told to Alex Haley, a book based on Haley’s interviews of Malcolm. One part of the book I found compelling was Malcolm’s time in prison. At that point he was...
Suzan Shown Harjo
Amid the top-volume crossfire these days about whose religion and whose health could be threatened by federal actions, it’s noteworthy that debaters and bloviators alike don’t notice or don’t care about ongoing violations of Native American Peoples...
Bono Mack & Daniel Akaka
As Congress debates whether to legalize Internet gaming, it’s important to guarantee that Native American tribes are dealt a fair and honest hand. They deserve nothing less. Not inviting majority stakeholders to weigh in when drafting game changing...
Jerry L. Hill
On January 19, a Menominee Indian seventh grader named Miranda Washinawatok was benched and suspended from a Catholic School in Shawano, Wisconsin, for speaking her Native Menominee language with two other girls from the Menominee reservation....
Charles Kader
It's good to be reminded that sometimes front line Indians themselves, without the aide of Federal programs, or elected Tribal leadership for that matter, are quite capable of developing and implementing strategies that have far ranging impacts....
Chipa Wolfe
My god, can the government even count? The United States Census recently assessed that the Native population in America has grown a staggering 39 percent in the past decade. It seems that there are now 5.2 million Native Americans across the United...
Peter d'Errico
Felix Cohen, author of the original Handbook of Federal Indian Law, played a major role in the Indian New Deal (aka, Indian Reorganization Act) to end the Dawes Act allotment era. In 1953, the year he died, he wrote, "Like the miner's canary, the...
Jennifer S. Baker
In an open executive session of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) withdrew his amendment to the Senate proposed highway legislation after meeting resistance from Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) on the grounds that...