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 Opinion    May 27, 2016 

'Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic' is Incredibly Relevant to Native Communities

Pain pills and heroin addiction are sweeping through many Native communities. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health the percentage of Native Americans reporting current use of prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes is higher than that for any other racial group. Where did it come from? How did this happen? White people do those drugs, right? Glad you asked. Read more at

 Opinion    May 27, 2016 

Stop buying alcohol and White Clay beer sales will also stop

After all the debate either for or against the possible legalization of alcohol on the homeland, it’s over. Perhaps this “mood altering chemical” will be legalized in the future, but for now it’s over. For the moment we are status quo, nothing changed. Alcohol will be purchased in places like White Clay, “bootlegged” on the “rez,” and consumed in excess. Yes, many will continue to drink this illegal substance to excess until their bodies cannot take it anymore and they will die prematurely. A normal death is not considered a...

 Opinion    May 26, 2016

Sen. John McCoy: I Oppose Disenrollment

I oppose disenrollment. I oppose disenrollment because our heritage is our heritage. Our lineage is our lineage. Our heritage and lineage define us as Indians—not residence, blood quantum, or other failed federal Indian assimilation practice. I oppose disenrollment because it undermines an Indian’s—and in fact all of our—heritage and lineage. We as tribal governments should establish our citizenship by relying on Indian heritage and lineage. There are reliable modern tools to establish that criteria, like DNA testing. I appreciate that...

 Opinion    May 26, 2016

Lakota people come together in times of need

For the last two weeks our entire community has been engulfed in worry as we were forced to contemplate what may or may not have happened to the three men who went missing since Saturday, May 7, 2016. As most of us have learned, their bodies were found inside of a vehicle that preliminary reports are saying drove off a 50-ft cliff that sits next to the White River located southwest of Oglala and northwest of Pine Ridge. There are still many questions to be asked and Lakota Country Times made the decision on the night of the incident to wait...

 By Congressman Collin Peterson    Opinion    May 25, 2016

Peterson Op-Ed: Observing Memorial Day

This year we will mark the 147th observance of Memorial Day. While many spend the long weekend enjoying the first days of summer with friends and family, we should not lose sight of the meaning behind this federal holiday. I hope you will take a moment to reflect on this Memorial Day. Government leaders first established “Declaration Day” following the Civil War as an opportunity for the nation to honor the graves of fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. The holiday has since extended to pay respect to all Americans who died serving in...

 Opinion    May 23, 2016

Trump's casual racism toward Native Americans

(CNN) - By now, I expect Donald Trump, who wants to be our president, to voice whatever acerbic thought he has. He has used adjectives such as "bimbo" and "fat pig" to describe women. So who could be surprised that he began attacking Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, by calling her "the Indian" and "Pocahontas."

 Opinion    May 23, 2016

It's time to acknowledge the genocide of California's Indians

Between 1846 and 1870, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Diseases, dislocation and starvation caused many of these deaths, but the near-annihilation of the California Indians was not the unavoidable result of two civilizations coming into contact for the first time. It was genocide, sanctioned and facilitated by California officials. Neither the U.S. government nor the state of California has acknowledged that the California Indian catastrophe fits the two-part legal definition of genocide set forth by...

 Opinion    May 23, 2016

Making Little Dollars Count; Native Dem Congressional Candidates

TRAHANT REPORTS—This week a small contribution to a political campaign is worth a lot more. Arizona’s Victoria Steele has two donors who are matching small contributions made until midnight tonight. “One donor will match all $25.00 donations and the other will match all copy0.00 donations,” a Steele campaign news release said. “Of course, you can always donate more if you like!” Read more at

 Opinion    May 20, 2016

Lessons from 1968: Bernie Sanders needs to put snide aside

A cheering audience is a political aphrodisiac. Candidates for president, moved by crowds’ affection, become convinced that they are right, their opponents wrong. The pout of political pride makes backing off difficult later on. Every campaign, no matter how humble and reasonable the candidate at the beginning, encourages a growing conviction of unique importance. This year, Donald Trump is the leading example, but self-importance is not a partisan condition. Sen. Bernie Sanders is justifiably gratified by his leap from obscurity to a...

 Opinion    May 17, 2016

The Skills Schools Aren't Teaching But Must

The U.S. presidential campaign has focused a great deal on the need to expand economic opportunity, but candidates in both parties have not said enough about how they would achieve it. While helping more students go to college has been a topic of discussion and is a vitally important goal, what about those who do not go — or who drop out of high school? They are largely being ignored, as they have been for decades, by an education system that is stuck in the past. That must change. We will not solve the critical challenges of poverty,...

 Opinion    May 17, 2016

LaRose,' by Louise Erdrich

There was a 10-year stretch — roughly 1975 to 1985 — when the landscape of American literature was illumined and enriched and transformed forever. The words “identity politics,” accompanied by the de rigueur curled lip, had not yet been introduced into the cultural conversation by those who saw themselves as the preservers of civilization, and “feminist” was not the F-word. It was a time when one would have been pleased to be described as “politically correct” because, after all, wasn’t it a good thing to be political, and...

 Opinion    May 16, 2016

Lawmakers should give tribe control of conservation project

Legislative gamesmanship in 2015 derailed a worthy proposal from the White Earth Nation to protect more than 2,000 acres of pristine northern Minnesota forest and wild-rice habitat. But the conservation project, which would open the privately held land to the public, is back again, and its fate hangs in the balance in the session’s waning days. Legislators should avoid repeating last year’s mistake — which raised troubling questions about biases against American Indians — and approve the project with White Earth at its helm....

 Opinion    May 13, 2016

Bootlegging Inconvenient Truths

Don’t lecture me about alcohol and in particular about drunk driving, because I can turn incoming admonishments around on a dime. I’ll take you to 1966, when I was traveling back to Kelly AFB to gather my stuff and head for something called “counter-insurgency training” in preparation for a 13 month vacation in sunny Vietnam. I was driving south on IH 35 while the police were chasing a drunk driver north in the southbound lanes. Read more at

 Opinion    May 13, 2016

To Vote or Not to Vote: Native Choice

I teach native politics, treaties, and federal Indian law at the University of Minnesota. In my current course, Law, Sovereignty, & Treaty Rights, we just read a splendid short article by Russel Barsh that describes the rich political and cultural diversity of Indigenous peoples at the global level. He points out, for example, how Indigenous peoples in states like the United States and Australia, where their demographic footprint is small—less than 2 percent of the overall population and controlling less than 5 percent of the...

 Opinion    May 11, 2016

Why a white woman's discrimination lawsuit against the Getty is no joke and could set a precedent

The case of Samantha Niemann vs. the Getty Foundation has generated all manner of headlines and Internet jabs after the white university student claimed she had been deterred from applying for an internship program geared toward underrepresented minorities. Boing Boing responded with a tearful emoji under the headline "White woman wants minority internship, sues Getty Foundation." The arts website Hyperallergic illustrated its piece with an image of a crying figure taken from a 15th century painting by the Flemish master Rogier van der Weyden....

 Opinion    May 6, 2016

Trump becomes that politician he attacked the other day

Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Having caught our breath from the stunning turn of events in Indiana, we cannot take our eyes off the coming crash of the Republican Party. We focus on Trump and Cruz, and Cruz and Trump, with a side of tobacco legislation. We promise to find other topics in days ahead. But today, we dwell. Among the many head-spinning moments of Donald Trump’s campaign, the Trump endorsement shuffle would not rank high. But just last...

 Opinion    May 4, 2016

'Off the Reservation' – A Teachable Moment

“Off the reservation” is a term I’ve heard tossed off casually by policymakers and bureaucrats from the White House to Capitol Hill, and by reporters who cover them and editors and producers who place stories and write headlines. When that term is used in my presence, I can tell if its user knows its history -- or gets that the historical reference is hurtful or offensive to many Native Peoples today -- because I’m given a full or partial apology or a sheepish or apologetic look. Read more at http://indiancountrytoda...

 Opinion    May 2, 2016

Review: What we liked, disliked about Neil Young's New Orleans Jazz Fest performance

Thunder and heavy rain couldn’t stop Neil Young from being his usual, cantankerous self. With his new band, Promise of the Real, Young brought a heavy jam session to the Acura Stage on Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Rather than building a solid set of popular songs, Young and the group of young guys offered up relentless solo breaks and cascading soundscapes.

 Opinion    April 28, 2016

Why Canadian white people have so much trouble understanding why somebody wouldn't want to leave Attawapiskat

Lately, it has been quite popular to diagnose Attawapiskat as a geographic problem that can be solved by moving everyone to a more prosperous locale. The National Post’s own columnist Jonathan Kay argued as much recently. As did Macleans’ Scott Gilmore. Even former prime ministers have echoed the sentiment. “It’s desirable to stay if they want to stay, but it’s not always possible,” Jean Chretien told reporters on Parliament Hill.

 Opinion    April 28, 2016

The United States Moral Trust Responsibility to Indian Peoples

In this era of tribal self-annihilation and self-termination, it is no longer easy to answer fundamental questions of tribal existence, like: Who's the tribe (qua tribal council)? Who's a tribal member? Two centuries of federal laws designed to dispossess Indians of land and terminate tribes (i.e., Treaties, Dawes Act, Burke Act, IRA, P.L. 280) have converged to greatly confuse such questions. In particular, the federally prescribed dissolution of tribal cash assets on a "pro rata" or "per capita" basis over the last 110 years (Lacey Act of...

 Opinion    April 22, 2016

Ernestine Chasing Hawk: Dennis Banks professes love for Anna Mae

RAPID CITY –– Twenty-eight years after the body of Mi’kmaq Indian Activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash was found near Wanblee on the Pine Ridge Reservation, an Oglala man stood trial for his role in her 1975 disappearance. In February of 2004, Arlo Looking Cloud was convicted of “being a party to 1st Degree Murder” in the death of Anna Mae. Six years later, in 2010, a Canadian man was convicted for being the trigger man in her execution. John Boy Patton aka John Graham was sentenced to life behind bars in a South Dakota State Prison....

 Opinion    April 18, 2016

How racism can ruin athletics

Two volunteer workers who made racist comments captured on video during a recent youth wrestling tournament in Aberdeen have been banned from working future events. That was the right call. As hard as it can be to find people willing to donate weekends to assist at sporting and other events, there's no place for helpers who make mean, ignorant comments while they're supposed to be helping kids — Native American or any other race.

 Opinion    April 18, 2016

South Dakota Oil Spill Reveals Major Pipeline Problems

When I trespassed across America in 2012 as part of my 1,700-mile hike along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, I fell in love with South Dakota: its big skies, its gently rolling grasslands, its herds of deer and pronghorn. Despite being hit by blizzards and stampeded by cows and called “crazy” every day, South Dakota would settle into my memory as one of the grandest places I’ve ever visited. Most of this land, though, was considered by TransCanada, the Canadian pipeline company that wanted to build the Keystone XL, to be...

 Opinion    April 15, 2016

Conspiracy of Indifference: Press and Police Ignore Violence Against Native Women

This piece was published in partnership with Rewire. This is the final installment of a three-part series about the missing and murdered Native women in the United States and Canada. The “missing white woman syndrome,” explains the lack of media attention for missing Native women, according to Makoons Miller Tanner of Duluth. “Pretty, young, middle class white women make good victims versus Native women who may have criminal pasts,” noted Miller Tanner who maintains the Justice for Native Women blog. In Indian country, cases of the...

 Opinion    April 13, 2016

Native Journalism Benefits Us All

Writer’s block, oy, what a flu that is to have. Last year, I believe I did not write, and if I did it was of no consequence. However, there were a great many thinkers that did write and contributed to the ICTMN Op/Ed pages. Why? Because we have impact where it counts. Our readership crosses many lines, and many barriers. Every one of our writers are either civilians or players in NDN politics and social issues. The Natives and the non-Natives that you read in the Opinion section are either civilians or players in NDN politics and social...


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