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Charles Trimble: Taking responsibility for upkeep of our cemeteries Charles Trimble: Taking responsibility for upkeep of our cemeteries (02/05)
As anyone who has buried a loved one in a public or private cemetery knows, there is a large up-front payment for the plot and for future upkeep of graves.
Terese Marie Mailhot: I guess I'm just one of those 'crazy' Indians Terese Marie Mailhot: I guess I'm just one of those 'crazy' Indians (02/05)
If crazy is being out of one’s mind, I guess, by all accounts, Natives could be crazy.
Samuel Winder: Indian defendants face harsher criminal penalties Samuel Winder: Indian defendants face harsher criminal penalties (02/04)
The net effect is American Indians will incur far longer terms of imprisonment than they probably would have received in state court for the same conduct.
Roger Chelsey: Pamunkey Tribe clears final hurdle for recognition Roger Chelsey: Pamunkey Tribe clears final hurdle for recognition (02/04)
Bob Gray, chief of the Pamunkey Indians, knows tribal members should’ve worked ages ago to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles leading to federal designation.
Charles Kader: Tribal burial grounds in Florida are being desecrated Charles Kader: Tribal burial grounds in Florida are being desecrated (02/04)
Lying in peace becomes more important when it’s your own bones being dredged up. The ownership of the past requires a wider vision than one’s own shadows.
Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign (02/03)
My ideal? Presidential campaigns would focus on policy, not the politicians, and the first votes would be cast in states like Arizona, New Mexico, or even Montana, where issues that impact First Americans would get a full airing by all the campaigns.
Tim Evans: Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case Tim Evans: Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case (02/03)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a tribe has six years from the time a claim for self-determination contract support costs first arises to present the claim to a governmental agency allegedly owing it reimbursement for those costs.
James Giago Davies: Only one candidate can help Indian Country James Giago Davies: Only one candidate can help Indian Country (02/03)
Events happened in the 19th Century, beyond the war Lakota fought against the U.S. military, beyond even being rounded up and penned on desolate reservations, events that deeply resonate in our Lakota circumstance today.
Laura Waterman Wittstock: Horrors at facility for 'insane' Indians Laura Waterman Wittstock: Horrors at facility for 'insane' Indians (02/03)
The perverse history of governmental-Lakota/Dakota relations took a more sinister turn when the Hiawatha Insane Asylum was built 10 years after Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890.
Reyn Leno: Trust tribes to make decisions about 'Indian' mascots Reyn Leno: Trust tribes to make decisions about 'Indian' mascots (02/02)
Be assured, the days of comic and denigrating representations of Native Americans are over.
Steve Russell: Cowboy legal scholars fail big on federal Indian law Steve Russell: Cowboy legal scholars fail big on federal Indian law (02/02)
The cowboy legal scholars are about as competent as legal theorists as most law professors would be as cowboys.
Ivan Star Comes Out: Alcohol becomes a permanent fixture of tribal society Ivan Star Comes Out: Alcohol becomes a permanent fixture of tribal society (02/02)
We have allowed ourselves to lose sight of the tiwahe (family), which was the basic social unit of traditional society.
Native Sun News Editorial: Indian school's cemetery is a disgrace Native Sun News Editorial: Indian school's cemetery is a disgrace (02/02)
For many years, we have been pleading with the priests and management at Red Cloud Indian School to do something about the old cemetery.
Debora Juarez: Disenrollments are not an exercise in sovereignty Debora Juarez: Disenrollments are not an exercise in sovereignty (02/02)
Tribal Councils do not own my Birthright. It is not their property to acquire or extinguish.
Mato Standing Soldier: Sorry but Indian mascots are unacceptable Mato Standing Soldier: Sorry but Indian mascots are unacceptable (02/01)
Because Indian mascots put us in a historical box and continue to harm our children, I believe they must be abolished.
Opinion: A year of opportunities for Indian Country on Capitol Hill Opinion: A year of opportunities for Indian Country on Capitol Hill (02/01)
Forecasting the 2016 legislative agenda requires the use of something like a political Rorschach Test.
Mike Myers: A landmark decision for the future of Native children Mike Myers: A landmark decision for the future of Native children (02/01)
The really good news is that this is a legally binding decision, one that cannot be easily avoided or brushed off by the federal or provincial governments.
Terese Marie Mailhot: Native people revel in our contrary natures Terese Marie Mailhot: Native people revel in our contrary natures (02/01)
I simply want to revel in the beauty of our crazy culture and its future.
Lael Echo-Hawk: Too much uncertainty for tribes and marijuana Lael Echo-Hawk: Too much uncertainty for tribes and marijuana (01/29)
We are still in the infancy of this industry, both in Indian Country and the 'outside' world. Growing pains are inevitable.
Gabriel Brisbois: Erma Vizenor advanced the White Earth Nation Gabriel Brisbois: Erma Vizenor advanced the White Earth Nation (01/29)
This letter is not meant to be a political statement but rather a letter of appreciation and commendation for the 12 years of Erma’s leadership and accomplishments while serving in this position.
Mark Trahant: Native Congressional candidates gain some steam Mark Trahant: Native Congressional candidates gain some steam (01/29)
Montana’s Denise Juneau has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in eight weeks in her bid to represent the state in Congress.
Misty Perkins: High school in Oregon disparages tribal cultures Misty Perkins: High school in Oregon disparages tribal cultures (01/29)
You cannot possibly honor a people you know nothing about, because you couldn't possibly understand what is offensive or not.
Gyasi Ross: African and Native Americans share much in common Gyasi Ross: African and Native Americans share much in common (01/29)
The treatment of Natives foretold how black folks would be treated.
Editorial: Stop using every opportunity to battle Chumash Tribe Editorial: Stop using every opportunity to battle Chumash Tribe (01/28)
Think of the Chumash as the solid wall, and opposing neighbors as the head-bangers. The end result is inevitable, an immutable law of physics.
Meredith Simons: Playing Indian is an old tradition in Hollywood Meredith Simons: Playing Indian is an old tradition in Hollywood (01/28)
Despite decades of protests over racially inappropriate casting, and the recent protests over the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees, filmmakers continue to cast white actors as minority characters on a depressingly regular basis.
Steven Newcomb: Federal refuge belongs to Burns Paiute Tribe Steven Newcomb: Federal refuge belongs to Burns Paiute Tribe (01/28)
The mainstream media, however, is unlikely to ever acknowledge that to this day the lands in question are still Northern Paiute Nation territory.
Peter d'Errico: Lessons learned from 'Lord Jeff' mascot brouhaha Peter d'Errico: Lessons learned from 'Lord Jeff' mascot brouhaha (01/28)
Tearing down a historical monument or renaming a building will be significant only if it grows from learning about history.
Steve Russell: Bundys finally ousted from Paiute ancestral lands Steve Russell: Bundys finally ousted from Paiute ancestral lands (01/27)
Most Indians agree when pushed that we are better off that the Constitution commands the federal government to deal with us to the exclusion of state and local governments.
Simon Moya-Smith: Paper publishes offensive and sexist cartoon Simon Moya-Smith: Paper publishes offensive and sexist cartoon (01/27)
Here’s what you see in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph editorial cartoon: A Native American woman in tears, bound at the wrists, barefoot, while some white business-cretin in a suit jubilantly leads her against her will.
James Mills: Sovereignty trumps paternalism in tribal enrollment James Mills: Sovereignty trumps paternalism in tribal enrollment (01/27)
Almost every tribe I have worked with, and I have worked with hundreds, have problems in enrollment.
Mark Trahant: A new era in energy development with low oil prices Mark Trahant: A new era in energy development with low oil prices (01/26)
So many of our people (both reservation and urban) drive pickup trucks and the price at the pump becomes a daily worry.
James Giago Davies: Honoring the pain and suffering of Lakota people James Giago Davies: Honoring the pain and suffering of Lakota people (01/26)
When you turn your back on the flag, you dishonor yourself, but when you can’t bring yourself to cover your heart it is because you honor what has been lost, all the pain and suffering of Lakota people for over a century, all the pain and suffering of my relatives and friends.
Kyle Mays: Michigan city's water crisis impacts Native people too Kyle Mays: Michigan city's water crisis impacts Native people too (01/26)
I am outraged because the people of Flint don’t have access to a basic human right: clean water.
Mary Louise Schumacher: Tribes rally for sacred sites in Wisconsin Mary Louise Schumacher: Tribes rally for sacred sites in Wisconsin (01/25)
An incomparable aspect of our state's culture came under attack when a bill was proposed to make it easier for landowners to excavate and perhaps destroy surviving Indian mounds in Wisconsin.
Charles Schneider: Restore criminal jurisdiction to Meskwaki Tribe Charles Schneider: Restore criminal jurisdiction to Meskwaki Tribe (01/25)
Senate File 2022 rescinds state jurisdiction, leaving the Meskwaki with jurisdiction over offenses committed by tribe members against tribe members on settlement territory.

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