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David E. Wilkins


Articles by David E. Wilkins

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How to Honor the Seven Generations

There isn’t a day that goes by in Indian Country that we don’t hear something about the Seven Generations. From respected leaders like NCAI Chair, Brian Cladoosby, to just about every Native high school or collegiate valedictorian giving a graduation speech, someone you encounter today will likely invoke ubiquitous...

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The U.S. as an Immature State

Recently, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, visited Egypt.  As part of her visit, a number of Egyptian youth were encouraged to submit written questions to Clinton for her consideration.  Nearly 6,000 were sent in by inquisitive Egyptian youth.  Many of the were...

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Some Observations on the Here and Now

Beginning in the 1950s Native peoples across the country, fed up with poverty, stereotypes, and racism, rose up and challenged an oppressive set of federal policies—termination, relocation, and state imposition of jurisdiction (P.L. 280). Their arguments against these conditions and policies were rooted in core humanitarian concerns and values...

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Speaking ‘Frankly’ of Leadership

I had the good fortune of attending Billy Frank, Jr.'s 80th birthday celebration on March 11-12 on the lands of the Squaxin Island people in Washington State. Billy, as many within and without Indian country know, is considered one of the finest, frankest, and most ferociously effective leaders our...

Wilkins: 1969: A landmark year for Native America

Numbers matter. Whether one is shouting a “We’re No. 1!” chant at a sporting or political event, being reminded by your spouse that it’s your 25th wedding anniversary, or being taken out for dinner and a party on your 18th or 50th birthday, we are drawn to celebrate, mourn,...

Wilkins: The right to know: Another Deloria suggestion

Northwest Indian College, located on the Lummi Reservation in Washington, recently hosted the 4th Annual Vine Deloria Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium. The event brought together a bevy of academics, students, and activists who shared research and ideas, and reminisced about how they had been influenced by Deloria’s unparalleled and...

Ask those who lived through Great Depression

No economist am I – my fields of study are politics, law and history – but the present state of profound economic disrepair across Native nations, the United States and the global community, calls for each of us to put on our thinking caps and ponder what we experienced...