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 Opinion    October 23, 2014

Young's words salt wounds, reflect need to think differently about suicide

The victims of suicide are countless. The individual, mother, father, spouse, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, classmates, siblings, teachers, principals, clergy, hunting partners, colleagues ... on and on and on. The suicide of a loved one is shattering for families and communities. It is more so when their U.S. Congressman fingers them for the death....

 Opinion    October 23, 2014

Boarding School Tribunal: Beatings and rapes of Indian children in US

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The Boarding School Tribunal began with a traditional prayer and AIM song on Wednesday morning. Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, and Bill Means, Lakota, welcomed Native Americans to the first day of the three day Tribunal focused on the devastating impacts of boarding schools....

 Opinion    October 20, 2014

Oklahoma’s relationship with tribal nations has warmed in recent decades with economic success, but tensions are rising over education funding and sales taxes. Originally the forced homeland to more than 200 Indian tribes, Oklahoma is now home to 39 of the country’s 567 federally recognized tribes and has the second largest Indian population. And while denied citizenship until 1924, now more than 10 percent of Oklahoma citizens are Indian....

 Opinion    October 20, 2014

Suicide on Reservations and the Need for More Studies

In the wake of the tragic suicide of legendary actor/comedian Robin Williams, after the initial wave of public shock, insight and awareness of the complexities of depression began to surface. The connections between depression, substance abuse and suicide were examined by the American media like never before. Read more at

 Opinion    October 16, 2014

K-12 schools can learn from black, American Indian colleges

It’s arguably the biggest challenge facing many public schools in Minnesota: Disproportionately high numbers of black and American Indian K-12 students aren’t doing well academically, compared with their white peers. Along with Latino kids, they are the focus of any discussion about learning gaps or disparities....

 Opinion    October 16, 2014

5 Fake Indians: Checking a Box Doesn't Make You Native

Perhaps no one causes more confusion and muddies the water more than fake Indians. We used to call them wannabe Indians, affirmative action Indians, Johnny come lately Indians, census Indians, among others. Read more at

 Opinion    October 16, 2014

Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline still offers best economic opportunity

When compared to the other major oil pipeline proposals on the table, Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project still offers the best economic opportunity for Alberta’s tarsands and the Canadian economy as a whole, says Alberta Premier Jim Prentice....

 Opinion    October 15, 2014

Nowhere to Turn: Our Mental Health System Is Sick

“All we have for our daughter’s mental health rights is a bag of her ashes,” said Maurie Redfeather-Looking of Sacramento, California. Read more at

 Opinion    October 14, 2014

Letter to the Editor: We need a new face in county attorney's office

As reported in this paper on Aug. 6, "...(Annie) Claesson-Huseby said transparency is important, as well as communication with citizens and being approachable." However, in the district court, before Judge Benshoof, in case File No. 04-CR-11-2328, Claesson-Huseby was involved in seeking to delay a person's trial, and when the district court refused, the county attorney's office dismissed the case. However, immediately following Claesson-Huseby's...

 Opinion    October 14, 2014

9 reasons Christopher Columbus was a murderer, tyrant, and scoundrel

It's somewhat old hat at this point to point out that Christopher Columbus — in whose name children are off school and mail isn't delivered today — was a homicidal tyrant who initiated the two greatest crimes in the history of the Western Hemisphere, the Atlantic slave trade and the American Indian genocide....

 Opinion    October 14, 2014

LaDuke Says Penokee Mine Will Profit Few

Native American Activist Winona LaDuke is speaking out against a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range....

 Opinion    October 14, 2014

The Big Lie Behind Voter ID Laws

Election Day is three weeks off, and Republican officials and legislators around the country are battling down to the wire to preserve strict and discriminatory new voting laws that could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Americans....

 Opinion    October 13, 2014

What does it take to create a holiday? It's all politics. (But Stevie Wonder can help.)

Who knew that a paid day off from work could be so divisive? The Seattle City Council’s unanimous vote last week to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s Day” had Native American activists cheering and Italian heritage groups up in arms....

 Opinion    October 13, 2014

Many Indian health ills are due to diets

It was almost 30 years ago, in May 1983, when my wife and I arrived at the Monument Valley Adventist Hospital, which served the sprawling Navajo Indian reservation....

 Opinion    October 13, 2014

Tribes, tackling a big issue, offer lessons for the rest of us

From the time they were tiny, fuzzy buds, to now, as they flush the last of their colors before blowing away in the wind, leaves serve as a reminder of the unique beauty in each stage of the earth’s cycle and the life that is to come again after a long winter....

 Opinion    October 10, 2014

'Unspeakable Poverty of Loss': Intergenerational Trauma and the Bakken Oil Fields

I wanted to write a story about strength and resilience. I wanted to write a story about the singers, the horse people, and the earth lodge builders of the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara peoples, the squash and corn, the heartland of agricultural wealth in the Northern Plains. That’s the story I have been wanting to write. But that story is next. The story today is about folly, greed, confusion, unspeakable intergenerational trauma and terrifying...

 Opinion    October 10, 2014

An American Indian in China

I came to China in August to teach English at Rongjiang First Senior Middle School in Guizhou, as part of their foreign English teacher recruitment program. Guizhou Province, in the south-eastern part of China, and under the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture, with the seat of the prefecture in Kaili. The prefecture is subdivided into one county-level city and sixteen county-level divisions: Shibing, Congjiang, Jinping, Zhenyuan,...

 Opinion    October 10, 2014

Traditional Teachings Are Not in the Public Domain

Whether it’s a pop star wearing a headdress in a music video or a sports team fighting to keep a racial slur for its name, cultural misappropriation seems to be a national past-time. The iconic Indian chief, warrior, and princess have been part of Americana before there even was an America, showing up in crests and emblems of the early colonists. For living Native Americans, the proliferation of it can wear you down. Read more at...

 Opinion    October 10, 2014

Do Other Countries Celebrate Columbus Day?

Baton twirlers, fancy cars and pretty pageant girls with Christmas-colored sashes. These are the things I remember seeing when I went to a Columbus Day Parade a few years back. But of course, those weren’t Christmas colors. Read more at

 Opinion    October 10, 2014

What Surprising International Cuisine and Food Originated from the Native American Culture?

Why are Native American restaurants relatively uncommon as compared to other ethnic cuisines?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and get insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+....

 Opinion    October 10, 2014

"Everything reminded me of her…I couldn't heal"

Delilah Saunders says lately she’s been having “a lot more good days than bad”, eight months after her sister Loretta was murdered, her body dumped in a wooded area near the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick where she lay for two weeks in the freezing cold. See more at:

 Opinion    October 8, 2014

Deep racial division exists in Winnipeg, poll finds

Most Winnipeggers believe there is a deep racial gulf between aboriginal and non-aboriginal citizens, according to a new poll....

 Opinion    October 8, 2014

Starchy foods plus alcohol are killing the Lakotah

Before proceeding with the Party Platform for Change, it seems appropriate we stop and examine in depth another of the more virulent by-products of the ubiquitous sense of powerlessness and despair induced by U.S. colonialism among the Lakotah....

 Opinion    October 7, 2014

Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery

Once again, it's time to celebrate Columbus Day. Yet, the stunning truth is: If Christopher Columbus were alive today, he would be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Columbus' reign of terror, as documented by noted historians, was so bloody, his legacy so unspeakably cruel, that Columbus makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish....

 Opinion    October 6, 2014

Struggling Minnesota schools need new solutions

Many parents are understandably relieved Minnesota schools are no longer labeled “failures’’ by federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) laws. Under those overly prescriptive, unrealistic rules, as recently as 2010 about half of the state’s 2,000 schools were on the dreaded AYP list for failing to make adequate yearly progress based on standardized tests....


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