Instead of Pardoning a Turkey, Obama Should Free This Man

Instead of Pardoning a Turkey, Obama Should Free This Man

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve got a suggestion for President Barack Obama. Instead of following the White House tradition and “pardoning“ a turkey destined for a holiday dinner table, Obama should extend that courtesy to some of the thousands of human beings caged...
The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

Oil and coal Pollute the land, But burning them Brings profits grand. There’s money to be made in wind and solar power, but so far, not very much. And that’s the way fossil fuel giants aim to keep it. As of today, they’re winning the energy battle...
Supreme Court Side-Steps Hate, Racial Profiling in Arizona

Supreme Court Side-Steps Hate, Racial Profiling in Arizona

Em Dickey is an intern for the Break The Chain Campaign at the Institute for Policy Studies. The Supreme Court split decision on Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 law came just 10 days after President Obama’s memo expanding prosecutorial discretion and...
Lobby Responsibly

Lobby Responsibly

The big beer brewers often admonish us imbibers of their products to “Drink Responsibly.” Well, I say back to them: Lobby Responsibly. In particular, I point to a disgusting binge of besotted lobbying by Anheuser-Busch and other beer barons this year in...
Review: The Militarization of Indian Country

Review: The Militarization of Indian Country

As the U.S. military wreaks havoc in faraway places around the world, a new book by Winona LaDuke and Sean Cruz sheds light on the historical and continuing damage done to native peoples and their lands within the United States and its colonial holdings. Author,...
Israel’s Third-Rail Borders

Israel’s Third-Rail Borders

I don’t write much about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Mainly, I think, it’s because writing about the Palestinians and Israelis is an exercise without profit. There’s no way to try to take a reasonable stand on the issues involved...

Recklessness with Nuclear Waste

President Obama is holding a meeting today with the leaders of indigenous people in the U.S. One important issue is the fact that tribal people, because of their subsistence lifestyle, are the most vulnerable group of humans to environmental contaminants. In 2002,...

This isn’t Sarah Palin’s Alaska

With the holidays upon us again, I think back with both pleasure and distress to the feast I was welcomed to a few seasons ago at the top of Alaska. The effects of climate change in polar regions are now starkly obvious–and they have consequences. Not so long...

Addressing the Scourge of Rape on Tribal Lands

Imagine that you’ve been raped. There’s only one police officer on duty, and even if he has time to investigate, federal law prevents him from charging the suspect in court. At the hospital, the nurses aren’t trained to use a forensic rape kit to...

From the Frontlines: July 6, 2010

The DOJ finally files suit to block Arizona’s immigration law. Oil threatens Louisiana tribal life. “If we have to leave, we’ll be spread out and no longer be a community,” she explains. “We don’t know where we’d go. BP should...

Thanksgiving: Time to Consider Native Americans’ Plight

This Thanksgiving season, the nation should finally commit itself to bridging the socioeconomic divide between the descendents of those who came together during the first Thanksgiving: the Native Americans and the white newcomers. More than cranberry sauce and turkey,...