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 Opinion    August 22, 2014 

Janet Stewart: Candid cop puts spotlight on Tina Fontaine slaying

It hasn’t been easy reading the news lately, and I’m sure it hasn’t been easy watching it. There have been so many sad stories to report....

 
 Opinion    August 22, 2014 

Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe's police force is in shambles

On the morning of August 18th, 2014 I woke up early around 6:00 a.m., and checked my Facebook page. My daughter had sent a message where she wanted me to look at a video that was apparently recorded the day before. I found the video, watched it and what I saw was horrifying. The following is a graphical description of what was on the video....

 
 Opinion    August 21, 2014

Editorial: Indian band chief's huge pay raises questions

Controversy surrounding the business dealings of B.C. aboriginal chief Ron Giesbrecht demonstrates why a federal law aimed at promoting financial transparency on reserves does not go nearly far enough. Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Editorial+Indian+band+chief+huge+raises+questions/10135252/story.html#ixzz3B28cOg6D...

 
 Opinion    August 20, 2014

Generation Next tackles 'solvable' problem in schools

Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak describes the significant learning disparities between white and minority students in Minnesota a “solvable’’ problem....

 
 Opinion    August 18, 2014

With the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, seeing is believing

The First Nations Financial Transparency Act has only been law for a year and a half, but it has already shown its worth. Without it, the startlingly disproportionate compensation to Chief Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetlem First Nation in Coquitlam, B.C. would not have come to light....

 
 Opinion    August 18, 2014

President's policy on border crisis is inhuman

“American Indians welcome our people from Central America; They are refugees.” So reads a headline from a recent Native American online publication. This should be the sentiment of all decent-minded Americans. In fact, it is, as the latest polls indicate that 69 percent of the American people are in favor of the border-crisis children staying in this country....

 
 Opinion    August 15, 2014

Guest: What does it mean to be white?

I AM white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture....

 
 Opinion    August 13, 2014

Wanted this fall: A vigorous Minnesota campaign

Compared to memorable primary election battles in 1966, 1978, 1982, 1994 and even 2010, this year’s major-party primaries offered a fairly tame prelude to the general election campaign. This year — for a change — the biggest contests were in the GOP column. Perhaps because that party is unaccustomed to allowing primary voters to settle nomination fights, its campaigns were light on the sharp exchanges and diversity of perspectives that...

 
 Opinion    August 13, 2014

Don't Get Burned by Fake First Nations/American Indian Books and Authors

I can certainly appreciate and always encourage Canadians (in fact, anyone) to learn more about First Nations culture. This is one major step forward in Indigenous - Settler relations....

 
 Opinion    August 13, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Must Remain Public Policy Debate

As someone who has had the unique experience of witnessing America’s drug war from both the front lines and the prison camps, and as someone who is an Ivy League graduate who has spent the last decade advocating for the legalization of marijuana, I found a recent column printed by the Indian Country Today Media network both disturbing and offensive. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/12/marijuana-...

 
 Opinion    August 12, 2014

Auditing Tribal Sovereignty

In 1977 preeminent Native theorist Vine Deloria, Jr., was asked to write a paper about the current state of Indian affairs in the U.S. Deloria, already famous for his ground-breaking Custer Died for Your Sins, commenced to craft an essay which tackled the most difficult questions that bedeviled Indian Country—issues like federal recognition, membership, Native claims against the US, rejuvenating a land base, etc. His analysis was astonishing...

 
 Opinion    August 12, 2014

Editorial: Indian voters need to have voices heard at the polls

Native American Montanans successfully argued in court that they were disproportionately impeded from participating in elections because of the reservations’ remoteness from county seats where they needed to register to vote....

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2014

Yo, Potheads! Being a Stoner is Not the Native Way

I have a message for all of you “stoners” in our Native community; there is nothing “traditional” about using a natural herb found in our environment if your method of using it is smoking the herb for recreational purposes. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/08/yo-potheads-being-stoner-not-native-way...

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2014

Poppin' Corn for Thousands of Years

Growing up, my mother used popcorn to garnish cream of tomato soup with a few popped kernels on top "to make it pretty." I thought everbody did that. All corn can be popped—yet only certain varieties that are small, have a hard outer shell, and white or yellow kernels of the flint type are deemed best. The moisture within must be heated to its pressure point so it can burst. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork...

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2014

Vanity Fair poll: Was slavery or treatment of Native Americans the biggest 'ethical misjudgment'?

Vanity Fair, in partnership with “60 Minutes,” set off a firestorm this week by publishing a poll that forces readers to play the divisive game of who suffered the most as a result of U.S. acts of oppression: African slaves, Native Americans, victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki or the victims of the Vietnam or Iraq wars. The poll asks readers to choose between what editors label the worst “misjudgments in US...

 
 Opinion    August 11, 2014

Not afraid of Mukwa

The bear that patrols our neighborhood was particularly busy this year. He’s a three year old now and he’s gotten used to a regular route. Generally, he ambles out of the bush, snacks on a Saskatoon bush and moves on. This year was very different. See more at: http://anishinabeknews.ca/2014/08/08/not-afraid-of-mukwa/#sthash.y597Asv4.dpuf...

 
 Opinion    August 4, 2014

enate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman is Using IHS as a Political Ploy

I am writing in reaction to the article posted by Native News Online on Friday, July 31 entitled, “Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman questions problems at Indian Health Service.”...

 
 Opinion    August 4, 2014

Everyone needs to know about Anishinawbek History and colonization of Canada

THUNDER BAY - Boozhoo, Kapeetayawaywetung ndishnikaaz, Mikinaak ndoodem, Neskantaga ndoonji. See more at: http://anishinabeknews.ca/2014/08/01/everyone-needs-to-know-about-anishinawbek-history-and-colonization-of-canada/#sthash.ujj8cq24.dpuf...

 
 Opinion    August 4, 2014

The Immigration Crisis Is a Sham: Repopulating North America

The flood of undocumented Latin American immigrants crossing into the US cannot be assailed on moral grounds. The term "Hispanic" is a classic misnomer. It distorts reality and vaporizes the entitlement of the native population. Hispanics are not Spanish. Spain is not their homeland. Some speak Quechua or another Native language as their mother tongue. Some speak little Spanish or Spanish as a second language. "Hispanic," then, does not describe...

 
 Opinion    August 1, 2014

Thoughts on How We Re-Member

On July 2, the tribal council of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde held a special meeting to allow their citizens an opportunity to testify for or against a proposed emergency enrollment ordinance whereby the Council sought to delegate its constitutional authority to involuntarily dismember citizens. At issue was whether or not the Council should give the enrollment committee the power to make the final decision. The committee, made up...

 
 Opinion    August 1, 2014

Money Runs Like Water, Just Not for the People

SICANGU LAKOTA OYATE – Now that Tribal President Cyril “Whitey” Scott has advanced his pay to the end of fiscal year 2014, the question is how does a tribal president continue to bring in an income?...

 
 Opinion    July 31, 2014

Tribal Contracts Must Be Honored-Permanently

Most Americans know of the broken treaties that scar the history of the United States’ treatment of its First Peoples. Many do not know of more recent broken promises. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/07/29/tribal-contracts-must-be-honored-permanently...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2014

Indians Reclaim Wall Street: A Native's Guide to Investment

“Having a portfolio” was not something I understood while growing up in the rural Creek Nation AKA Oklahoma. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S & P meant nothing to me, but the commodity price reports did. Long and short described shoats and heifers, and stock was livestock. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/07/29/indians-reclaim-wall-street-natives-guide-investment-156104...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2014

Tribal Contracts Must Be Honored-Permanently

Most Americans know of the broken treaties that scar the history of the United States’ treatment of its First Peoples. Many do not know of more recent broken promises. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/07/29/tribal-contracts-must-be-honored-permanently...

 
 Opinion    July 30, 2014

Obama's Indian Education Proposals Shortchange Indian Kids-Again

President Obama recently visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota where he presented a series of Indian Education proposals intended to reform the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). Missing from the President’s proposals, however, are any references to a program that serves over 90% of Indian kids in the U.S., attending public schools and not in BIE schools. That program is the Johnson-O’Malley (JOM) program. Read more at...

 

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