Opinions

9/22/15
BY:
Brandon Ecoffey
Last week when Dartmouth College announced it hired Susan Taffe Reed as the director of the college’s Native American Program, alumni and Native people from across Indian Country took their keyboards to express their dissatisfaction. Although many…
9/21/15
BY:
Steve Russell
Missed Part I? Click here. Even if the tragedy on September 11, 2001 was not a conspiracy to arrogate more power to the federal government, it has still enabled exactly that. Americans have not betrayed the values they profess out of fear to this…
9/20/15
BY:
Steven Newcomb
In 1892, Burke Aaron Hinsdale delivered a commemoration address at the University of Michigan, entitled “The Discovery of America.” The occasion was the 400th year since Columbus’s first historic voyage from Spain to the Caribbean. At the end of his…
9/19/15
BY:
Kyle T. Mays
Detroit is a cold, stark place. And depending on where you are in the city, it can be gloomy even on the brightest spring or summer days. The narratives written and said about Detroit probably impact my vision of the city as well. A former arsenal…
9/18/15
BY:
Ray Cook
Last week the United States observed another anniversary of 9/11, a date that will remain as a reminder of why the U.S. went to war. 9/11 is the new century’s Gulf of Tonkin. It is not just one day. It is now an era. As with the raid on Pearl Harbor…
9/17/15
BY:
Steve Russell
I write on September 12 and that is no accident. I was waiting for September 11 to pass, to let people still grieving unspeakable losses have a bit of peace before I say this piece. This is about power and how it gets used and abused in an age when…
9/16/15
BY:
André Cramblit
Author’s Note: I originally wrote this article for the magazine Winds of Change back in 2002, published by the American Indians Science and Engineering Society (AIESES). In writing it I wanted to share some of the basic tenets of leadership as…
9/15/15
BY:
Julianne Jennings
Contemporary American Indian pow wows have been undergoing a considerable amount of cultural change. Among the various aspects examined are pow wows’ social networks — pow wows as an expression of identity, ideas of community, social integration,…
9/14/15
BY:
Mike Myers
Over the past month or so I’ve read some disturbing articles and reports related to Indigenous children. Suzette Brewer’s ICTMN article on the continuing legal assaults being thrown at the Indian Child Welfare Act first raised my curiosity because…
9/13/15
BY:
Timothy Davis
Race is ugly business. The business of race can be seen in the higher rates of incarceration of black Americans. It is in the higher rates black Americans and Native Americans are killed by law enforcement. It is an aspect of our existence that we…
9/12/15
BY:
Isadore Day
September 6 marked 20 years since Anthony “Dudley” George, an unarmed First Nation man, was shot by the Ontario Provincial Police and died. He and other First Nation men, women and children had been occupying their ancestral territory, which had…
Steven Storm
9/11/15
BY:
Steven Storm
“We have never been able to understand the white man, who fools nobody but himself.” —Chief Plenty Coups, Crow It was the founders’ aptitude for greed masked behind the colorful eloquence of Thomas Jefferson’s quill which sowed the seeds for the U.S…
9/11/15
BY:
Harlan McKosato
The NFL kicks off their first full slate of games on Sunday and the Washington R**skins will host their season opener against the Miami Dolphins. This will also kick off further protests against the team’s nickname by those who object to the name…
9/10/15
BY:
Michael McNally
This column was originally published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The recent assertion by Ojibwe community members of rights under the Treaty of 1855 to gather wild rice and fish on ceded lands at Gull Lake and Hole in the Day (“Tension mounts…

Pages