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Colin Kaepernick Takes a Knee

This election cycle has been a shameful joke that has exposed how America has slid backwards to the "goot ole daze." San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick takes a knee during the national anthem when others stand; I don’t find that disrespectful. Yet he took it in the for...

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Forget Serra; Let’s Talk About Papal Bulls

Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized 18th century Spanish friar and missionary Junipero Serra. I believe a more suitable title than Saint would be the Administrative Butcher of California. Sometimes he’s credited with authoring a “Bill of Rights” for Indians, though no such rights exist or ever existed.The Pope bless...

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9/11: A Prayer for Peace or Commitment to War?

Last week the United States observed another anniversary of 9/11, a date that will remain as a reminder of why the U.S. went to war. 9/11 is the new century’s Gulf of Tonkin. It is not just one day. It is now an era.As with the raid on Harbor,...

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Rez Should Say No to Pot—But A Huge YES to Hemp

In mid-December the Department of Justice announced that Indian nations may look towards enacting rules and regulations concerning the growing of marijuana on reservations for medicinal (commercial) and recreational (commercial) use. So far, not much has come of this, since the DEA considers marijuana a drug and illegal, still...

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Resolution for ’15: Native Land—Use It or Lose It

New Year’s at ICTMN finds me at home, shuttling between the computer, the woodpile outside, the kitchen where I hope to sautee some mushrooms soon, and the enticing couch with its open invitation to me to enjoy a brief afternoon snooze. It is time to reflect and look I..