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8/17/2018

article BUFFALO: Kavanaugh's record poses threat to Native people
(Washington D.C.) -- Judge Brett Kavanaugh's views on voting rights and racial justice in America are extremely troubling, especially in light of the fact that right...
article Sandoz symposium focuses on Native American activism
(South Dakota) -- Susan Power, an attorney turned author and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Tribe of the Dakotas, will deliver the annual Mari Sandoz Heritage...

8/14/2018

article Revisiting The Way We See Native America With Photographer Matika Wilbur On Tuesday's Access Utah
(Utah) -- In 2012, photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and created Project 562, which reflects her commitment to visit, engage with and...

8/12/2018

article TRAHANT: Andria Tupola wins Republican nomination for governor
(Hawaii) -- Andria Tupola easily won the Republican nomination to be the next governor of Hawaii. She will face the incumbent, Gov. David Ige in November. Tupola, Native...

8/11/2018

article TRAHANT: Championing Native people and values on Election Day
(Minnesota) -- Peggy Flanagan has been a candidate for Minnesota’s lieutenant governor for a long time, since last fall. She was one of the first Native candidates...

8/5/2018

article TRAHANT: Forget political parties (for now) Native candidates seek to be The Top Two
(Washington D.C.) -- Voters in Washington have been “going to polls” since July 20. But the ballot boxes are found in a living room, a kitchen, or anywhere...

8/4/2018

article ECCOFEY: Tribal Workers Come Together In Era Of Climate Change
(South Dakota) -- The storms that ravaged the Oglala Lakota Nation this past weekend could be a sign of things to come due to climate change. Hopefully, the unity and...

8/3/2018

article LaDUKE: Finding beauty in horses, hemp and solar panels
(Minnesota) -- Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard not to hang your head with the challenges of these times. To counter this, I just pick my head up and...
article TRAHANT: Meet the Native Americans running for office in 2018
(Washington D.C.) -- Countdown. There are now less than 100 days until Election Day. That means little time for campaigns to reach every possible voter or to raise money...

8/2/2018

article ECOFFEY: Tribal Workers Come Together In Era Of Climate Change
(South Dakota) -- The storms that ravaged the Oglala Lakota Nation this past weekend could be a sign of things to come due to climate change. Hopefully, the unity and...
article Family From High Plains
(North Carolina) -- In a field indistinguishable from the thousands that blanketed the North Carolina countryside, a bead of sweat dripped from O.C. Martin’s chin...

8/1/2018

article TRAHANT: Senate reaches deal with Democrats to pass budgets; but will president go along?
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate leaders would like 90 percent of the federal budget to move forward next month, including Interior Appropriations.

7/31/2018

article ROLO: Going Native: Kneading My Soul
(Minnesota) -- A few years back, I decided to learn how to bake homemade bread. My first time, I failed miserably. The loaf came out of the oven as heavy as a brick,...

7/30/2018

article Native films and documentaries for the 2018-2019 television season
(Indian Country) -- Public TV and the web have a plethora of great shows coming up for the 2018-2019 season you want to keep your eye out for. Here is a list below...

7/26/2018

article TRAHANT: A Farm Bill? More like a food bill and the House & Senate offer different diets
(Washington D.C.) -- Every five years or so Congress enacts a “farm bill.” Those two words are misleading. It’s really a food bill. A trade bill. A...

7/25/2018

article HARJO: If you don’t know treaties and sovereignty, you don’t know history
(Washington D.C.) -- There’s a widespread notion that “tribal sovereignty” and “Indian treaties” are legal, historical, practical and...
article GREAGER: Life and death: The rise of anti-abortion terrorism
(Washington D.C.) -- Since the pivotal 1973 case of Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United Sates, not only have the abortion laws been under attack, so have the...

7/23/2018

article CLARKSON: Elizabeth Warren just failed to stand up for Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- For her claim of Native American heritage, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has gotten a lot of attention, mostly negative. Attempting to turn that...

7/19/2018

article STAR COMES OUT: Native people go without justice on their own lands
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota primaries are over and the winners have celebrated and are now preparing for the general elections. However, there are things that...

7/15/2018

article CHAIRMAN STERUD: Watch our canoes, respect our life force
(Washington D.C.) -- Beginning July 28, the Puyallup Tribe will celebrate its 25th year of participation in the Canoe Journey. As we gather with thousands of relatives...

7/11/2018

article CHIEF BAKER: Sweeney will be champion for Native issues at federal level
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate’s recent confirmation of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior is a...

7/9/2018

article PEMBER: Amid Staggering Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates, Native Communities Revive Traditional Concepts of Support
(USA) -- “We stopped keeping statistics on the number of Native moms and babies that are lost in our region; it was just too upsetting,” said Millicent...

7/6/2018

article EDITORIAL: The ‘Blood Quantum’ Question, Part Three
(USA) -- We gathered for a family dinner on Thursday evening at the home of my friend Cynda Green. My son, Kahlil, and his wife, Miki, and their two children had come up...

7/5/2018

article ROLO: Boarding schools, border wall and the BIA
(Minnesota) -- While illegal immigration is not a pressing issue for the American Indian (when infact, it should have been as in why weren’t the Puritans vetted...
article CHIEF BAKER: Expanded laws allow CN to better enforce VAWA
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation remains committed to protecting our women and children from violence. As principal chief, I reinforced that dedication by creating the...

7/3/2018

article EDITORIAL: The ‘Blood Quantum’ Question, Part One
(Colorado) -- The New York Times posted a YouTube video last April, entitled “A Conversation With Native Americans on Race.” The six-minute “op-doc...
article Nebula Award-winning author Rebecca Roanhorse is indigenizing the future of science fiction and fantasy
(California) -- Rebecca Roanhorse is still excited after she won a Nebula Award for her first-ever short story, "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience."...

7/2/2018

article AHTONE: Share your stories and reclaim your Native truth
(Indian Country) -- The Kiowa word I know for “reporter” is Khoot piah-gyah Maw-tame-Kxee. The rough English translation is “one who teaches with a...

6/30/2018

article Tommy Orange and the New Native Renaissance
(California) -- On a June afternoon, Tommy Orange, author of There There, one of this summer’s breakout books, stood at the foot of the stage at the Fellowship of...
article Tommy Orange: ‘There’s a monolithic version of what a Native American is supposed to be’
(New Mexico) -- The Native American novelist on the many voices of his bestselling debut, his own personal canon and the fear of tokenism in publishing.

6/28/2018

article RED SHIRT: Separating Children from Parents
(South Dakota) -- In September of 1995, the National Park Service observed the date, one hundred years ago, when nineteen Hopi men from Oraibi returned home after...

6/26/2018

article ECHOHAWK: For Native people, the trauma of family separation is nothing new
(Washington) -- America has a long history of removing indigenous children from their families — and often, it came with the “best of intentions.”...

6/25/2018

article David Quincy: Indigenous people remember when America was 'great'
(Minnesota) -- Once upon a time before there was a America – a so called explorer, got lost and “discovered” what would become America, this new world...
article Tim Giago: South Dakota still doesn't get it when it comes to tribes and bison
(South Dakota) -- Last year and the year before that I wrote columns suggesting that the State of South Dakota’s Game, Fish, and Parks open its Buffalo Roundup at...

6/23/2018

article OP/ED: Reduced tuition for Native Americans
(Idaho) -- I am so very pleased that the Idaho State Board of Education has finally decided to offer American Native people much reduced ISU tuition. Good going to them!
article Decolonize and Indigenize: A Reflective Dialogue
(Indian Country) -- Borne from the cabinets of curiosities of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, museums embody colonial worldviews rooted in white supremacy, and...
article Santa Fe author pens tale of indigenous futurism
(New Mexico) -- The world as we know it has ended — or at least it has at the beginning of the new book Trail of Lightning. The debut novel focuses on the Navajo...

6/22/2018

article BREWER: On the border, colonial violence goes unpunished
(Colorado) -- Last week, a Tohono O’odham citizen was struck by a Customs and Border Protection vehicle on his nation’s reservation in southern Arizona. In...

6/20/2018

article 'Locked in cages': James Singer on forced separation of families
(Utah) -- Immigrant children and families being separated by our government is a despicable policy and must stop now. It seems like a cheap and immoral way for the...
article Aaron Payment: Innocent children victmized again by our government
(Michigan) -- Unfortunately, American Indians all too well know the trauma induced by federal policy that separated our children from their families and tribal nations.

6/18/2018

article A Chicago Native American Youth Shares His Experience with Gun Violence
(Illinois) -- I remember the day I got shot clearly. I was waiting to get my hair cut after school in my Chicago neighborhood when I heard that a friend of mine had been...

6/15/2018

article CHARLES: Separating Families? It’s What the US has Always Done
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a crisis going on at our borders. Children are being separated from their families. Mothers are being separated from their babies. Many...
article Opinion: My father’s name
(Canada) -- With a last name like Orange you can imagine I’ve given some thought to names and what they mean. Kids weren’t mean about my name growing up...

6/14/2018

article OP/ED: Higher Education Should Be A Remedy, Not A Tool, For Anti-Native Racism
(USA) -- Recently, two young Native American men had the police called on them during a campus tour at Colorado State University, because the mother of another potential...

6/11/2018

article PAYMENT: Congress must work with, not against, tribal communities in crafting Farm Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- From dairy farmers to foresters to everyone depending on nutrition assistance, Americans will be significantly impacted by the 2018 Farm Bill....
article GIAGO: Try to see America through the eyes of a Native American
(Indian Country) -- Many years ago Leta Rector, a lady of the Cherokee Nation, came to work for me at Indian Country Today when it was based in Rapid City. Rector was...
article Graham Lee Brewer: Native ancestors are often treated like collector's items
(Washington D.C.) -- A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer describes the discovery of Indigenous human remains in the collection of a small library in...

6/8/2018

article BREWER: Why Native remains are treated like collector’s items
(Colorado) -- A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer describes the discovery of Indigenous human remains in the collection of a small library in Philadelphia. The...

6/7/2018

article Entrepreneurial News: Veteran Journalist Fills a Niche with Indian-Country Coverage
(Washington D.C.) -- For the past eight years, journalist Mark Trahant has been a one-man newsroom covering Native American issues. Several times a week, his column,...

6/6/2018

article Native Voices celebrates new plays in annual series
(California) -- Jean Bruce Scott seems to live and breathe theater. As the producing executive director of the exciting initiative known as Native Voices, Scott is...

6/5/2018

article NAGLE: A Recent Trump Administration Ruling Attacked the Heart of Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) caused a stir in Indian Country and Capitol Hill last month by announcing that...
article ORANGE: How Native American Is Native American Enough?
(California) -- I’m not trying to be more Native than I am. Less white than I am. I’m trying to be honest about what I have to include. More often than not I...
article PRESIDENT WESTON: Tapio proposal to end Indian reservations
(South Dakota) -- As recently reported, Candidate Neal Tapio called for ending the “reservation system,” without ever consulting with our Sioux Nation tribes...
article TRAHANT: Congress about to hear a voice that it's never heard before, Deb Haaland
(New Mexico) -- There have been 12,244 men (and a few women) elected to the U.S. House, the Senate, or both since March 4, 1789. None of those representatives have been...
article ROSS: Why is Bob Ferguson attacking Native rights?
(Washington D.C.) -- This isn’t what I initially planned to write. Initially, I planned to write an impassioned opinion piece discussing how Democratic champion...
article Guest Column: Navajo Hopi Honor Riders complete honor run
(Arizona) -- What kind of people save their vacation hours annually so they can use it to visit families who have lost their loved one while serving their country? The...

5/31/2018

article Indian Country Today Negotiates Tightrope of Editorial Independence
(New York) -- A few weeks ago, NPQ reported with some relief that the online news site Indian Country Today (ICT) had reopened after a half-year hiatus. Last year, the...
article Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Let's have a real conversation about our stolen lands
(South Dakota) -- At the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City earlier this month, a gathering said to be called by the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors was held and it was...

5/29/2018

article TRAHANT: #NativeVote18 Not just a political ad – Candidates are changing the very image of Native people on TV
(USA) -- Here’s one way that Native politicians have already won this election: Stereotypes are shattered every time a campaign commercial is produced and aired on...
article WHALEN: Oglala Sioux Tribe heads in right direction with constitution
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal Constitutional Reform Task Force has been very active in gathering information from tribal members concerning suggested changes...
article Native Identity: Reclaiming Our Place For Social And Economic Prosperity
(USA) -- I have spent more than 25 years crisscrossing America as an artist, actor, entrepreneur, advocate and leader for multinational corporations, national nonprofits...

5/28/2018

article BREWER: When colleges let down Indigenous students
(Colorado) -- In April, police removed two Mohawk teenagers from a campus tour at Colorado State University. By now the video of officers removing Lloyd Skanahwati and...

5/23/2018

article PEMBER: Indian Country Today returns. Can it protect its editorial independence?
(New York) -- Scrappy and resilient as the population it covers, a reinvented Indian Country Today recently announced its return after a nine-month hiatus. The National...
article PEMBER: Indian Country Today returns. Can it protect its editorial independence?
(Washington D.C.) -- SCRAPPY AND RESILIENT as the population it covers, a reinvented Indian Country Today recently announced its return after a nine-month hiatus. The...

5/22/2018

article Spotted Eagle hoping to defend South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Stories sustain Faith Spotted Eagle. They define her, bind her to a purpose and give her strength. The 70-year-old Lake Andes therapist became widely...

5/19/2018

article ROLO: Going Native: My Longing to Migrate Home
(Wisconsin) -- Growing up on the southside of Milwaukee during the late 1960s, I remember a particularly painful coming-of-age moment. We were poor; eleven children...

5/18/2018

article BREWER: When colleges let down Indigenous students
(Colorado) -- In April, police removed two Mohawk teenagers from a campus tour at Colorado State University. By now the video of officers removing Lloyd Skanahwati and...

5/10/2018

article Arne Vainio: Sharing our stories with 'In the Spirit of Medicine'
(Minnesota) -- KUMD 103.3 asked me to read my stories on the air. I’ve been writing them for over ten years and I was pretty excited when they asked me.
article James Giago Davies: All I knew were Lakota alcoholics and it hardened my heart
(South Dakota) -- My first experience with Lakota alcoholism came in the dark of a winter’s night, when we were rousted out of our beds by my drunken uncle and his...
article KEENE: To the man who gave me cancer
(Rhode Island) -- I. My cervix and I were closer friends than many. I relied on her to fight my monthly stone man, to help manage my Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

5/9/2018

article PEMBER: How a University and a Tribe Are Teaming Up to Revive a Lost Language
(Ohio) -- For indigenous people, language and song are everything. Since language is mostly an oral tradition for tribes, songs and stories handed down through...

5/8/2018

article Indian Country Today’s New Editor Mark Trahant On The Future Of Native Journalism
(Alaska) -- Last week KYUK got a visit from Indian Country Today’s new managing editor, Mark Trahant. A longtime independent journalist, Trahant has been coming to...

5/5/2018

article Whalen: It's time to remove 'rogue leadership' within Oglala Sioux Tribe
(South Dakota) -- Recently, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Treasurer had a heavy hand in the termination of a writer from a competing newspaper. The writer had previously...

5/4/2018

article Ivan Star Comes Out: A domineering and condescending constitution governs our people
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution grants its Tribal Council absolute power and authority to govern. So why do we have satellite governments...

5/2/2018

article ROLO: Securing Tribal Self Determination
(Minnesota) -- Thirty years ago, the U.S. Congress passed one of the most sweeping legislative acts in the history of federal-Indian policy – the Tribal Self...

4/30/2018

article Native American poet, musician, activist, and compelling voice for healing Lyla June is coming to Winona
(Minnesota) -- Lyla June Johnston will share her creative inspiration with the Winona community at the Science Laboratory Center (SLC 120) on the Winona State University...
article California man indicted for selling fake Native American jewelry
(New Mexico) -- Robert Haack, 51, of Los Angeles, Calif., was arraigned Friday on a federal indictment charging him with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA)...

4/28/2018

article SCHENANDOAH: Reclaiming the Right to Being
(USA) -- Indigenous Women take the Forefront to Address the Global Epidemic of Violence they Face; and the Rising, Unaddressed Issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous...

4/27/2018

article 'Yellowstone': Kevin Costner Fights to Keep His Land in New Trailer
(California) -- In the Paramount Network’s (formerly SpikeTV) new series Yellowstone, Kevin Costner plays Josh Dutton, who owns the largest contiguous ranch in the...

4/26/2018

article WALN: Tribes Must Be On Board To See 65 Percent Attainment
(North Dakota) -- Kudos to the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck, ND for approving a permanent tuition waiver program. This program was initiated in...

4/24/2018

article Native and European—How Do I Honor All Parts of Myself?
(USA) -- One memory comes to me like a photo. It’s a snapshot of my mom’s kitchen, the lights dimmed with just the glow of the stove in the background. A...

4/20/2018

article Victor Swallow: We are a broken and scattered people. How do we rebuild?
(South Dakota) -- Most of what I write about are people that lived in the Red Shirt Table and Oglala area where I lived till 1960. My mother Lizzie Two Bulls talked a...

4/19/2018

article James Giago Davies: We grew up never knowing my veteran dad was suffering
(South Dakota) -- After Irvin “Shorty” Davies finished fighting for his country, he married my mom, Ethel Giago. He had survived the Great Depression,...

4/17/2018

article HOPKINS: Why Tax Day For Native Americans Can Be Such An Infuriating Time
(South Dakota) -- Every April, it’s the same story. A non-native person confronts me with their belief that I don't pay taxes. Let me dispel that myth right...

4/12/2018

article ECOFFEY: Early Morning Wakalapi Show Is Ahead Of The Times
(Indian Country) -- There are a few podcasts starting to gain steam that claim to capture the feel of Indian County, however, I believe there is one that stands out...

4/11/2018

article MONET: What Standing Rock gave the world
(North Dakota) -- At the height of the movement at Standing Rock, Indigenous teens half a world away in Norway were tattooing their young bodies with an image of a black...

4/10/2018

article GREENE: Indigenous knowledge is critical to understanding climate change
(Washington) -- Good science is critical to our health, ability to live full lives and community well-being. We use science to advance medicine, enhance our use of...

4/9/2018

article DeVILLE: Hearings needed on methane rule
(North Dakota) -- Recently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed destructive rollbacks to the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention rule...

4/6/2018

article MARSHALL: The KBRA killed the Klamath River
(California) -- I’m still livid over the March 29 Times-Standard deck head under the headline, “Salmon season likely to reopen” which read, “...
article What does decolonization mean? Our panel debates the buzzword
(Canada) -- The term decolonization can mean many different things, leaving the term's meaning up to the person using it. This week, CBC Indigenous asked a panel of...

4/5/2018

article Tim Giago: Nothing could ever beat the smell of ink in a Native newsroom
(Indian Country) -- Loren Tapahe did a slide show at the Native American Journalists Association Convention a couple of years ago and Loren should revamp it and run it...
article Why Do Tribal-Governments Need Public Relations?
(South Dakota) -- After working behind the screen of a computer for so long, I was quite surprised that I was offered a chance to speak at this year’s Great Plains...

4/4/2018

article MENTZ: New FCC policy sacrifices our sacred sites for monetary gain
(Washington D.C.) -- As Indian Tribes, as referenced in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, we had to jump over numerous legal and legislative hoops to have...
article TRAHANT: What Is A Tariff? And How Does A Campaign Against China By Trump Affect Indian Country?
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has launched a campaign to fight a trade imbalance against China because ‘China and other nations trade unfairly with...
article New Report Finds Few Gains For NC's Native American Students
(North Carolina) -- Fewer Native American public school students in North Carolina are dropping out of school, and more are graduating. But academically, they have made...

4/3/2018

article WHYTE: White Allies, Let’s Be Honest About Decolonization
(USA) -- Indigenous environmental movements in North America are among the oldest and most provocative—from the Dish With One Spoon Treaty between Anishinaabe and...

3/31/2018

article Report from the Field: Native Women Writers Take on the ‘Indian Du Jour’
(USA) -- Indian Country and, in particular, the Native writing community, is grieving today because of the scandal (known among many Native women writers for years) that...

3/30/2018

article Confronting the ‘Native Harvey Weinsteins’
(Indian Country) -- When Amber Kanazbah Crotty first went to work for the Navajo Nation, she was full of hope. She was passionate about education and health care, and...

3/29/2018

article HOUSKA: To the PUC, Native culture matters — but not enough to affect its Line 3 decision-making
(Minnesota) -- At what point do we get tired of the same old narrative? The old trope of theft of Indian lands, of breaking treaty promises, of a government suppressing...
article BLOG: Don't Blame Indigenous Leaders For Not Engaging A Historically One-Sided Treaty Process
(Ottawa) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones has to stop blaming Indigenous people for having little to no desire to participate in the...
article What's driving the new wave of indigenous filmmaking?
(Worldwide) -- Anne Lajla Utsi, managing director of the International Sami Film Institute (ISFI), brought out a ceremonial chest, known as a giisá, during the recent...

3/28/2018

article ROLO: Going Native: Indian Country Has Its Own Legacy of Abuse
(USA) -- Lately, I have been reflecting on all the Indian Country stories I covered in my many years as a reporter and those I did not devote enough coverage to. There...

3/27/2018

article MONET: Indian Country isn't rushing to #DeleteFacebook
(Indian Country) -- In the last 48 hours, I’ve seen several people turn to one social network, Twitter, to vent their frustrations about another one: Facebook. In...
article WHALEN: It's past time to take our tribal government back
(South Dakota) -- Recently I wrote an article on travel which included a spread sheet about council travel expenditures and who was overdrawn. You, the reader, may have...
article TREPPA: Sharing our tribal histories through storytelling
(California) -- The continuing legacy of the Native American people is one of courage and tenacity against seemingly insurmountable opposition. Because of this,...

3/24/2018

article TRAHANT: A Record-Breaking Year Ahead For #NativeVote18 Candidates
(USA) -- What kind of year is this for Native American candidates running for elected offices across the country? Once again there is a great answer found in Montana:...

3/23/2018

article In Louisiana, A Plan To Relocate The Country's First 'Climate Refugees' Hits A Roadblock
(Louisiana) -- A small Louisiana tribe hoping to reunite its members in a new, upland community before their island home disappears under rising seas is now watching...
article MONET: #DeleteFacebook? Not in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- In the last 48 hours, I’ve seen several people turn to one social network, Twitter, to vent their frustrations about another one: Facebook. In...

3/22/2018

article WALN: Tribal Needs Assessment is Important
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, in partnership with the SWA Corporation, engaged Big Water Consulting to design and implement a household survey. Following...
article OP/ED: Indian country deserves a competent, permanent Indian Health Service director now
(Washington D.C.) -- The urgency to confirm a qualified, competent American Indian or Alaska Native Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) is overdue. Created by...

3/20/2018

article Tim Giago: Indian Country news slowly moving into the digital era
(South Dakota) -- The electronic media in Indian country is like an infant that has just learned to walk. Here’s what was happening in Indian Country nearly 50...
article TRAHANT: Congress Nears Another Deadline for Federal Spending Bills
(Washington D.C.) -- Here we go again. Congress has three days to resolve long standing disputes over immigration, health care, taxes, abortion rights, guns, building a...

3/19/2018

article OP/ED: I am a Mi’kmaq lawyer, and I despair over Colten Boushie
(Ottawa) -- My law school recently organized a panel on Gerald Stanley’s acquittal in the death of Colten Boushie. Timing was such that the talk occurred two days...

3/16/2018

article Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running
(Washington D.C.) -- A special election in Pennsylvania is a good sign for Native American #NativeVote18 candidates running for office. Why? Because this cycle is...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Let us remember the victims of the My Lai massacre
(New York) -- In 1968, that most turbulent of years, the United States and the world seemed to be in a state of turmoil characterized by wars, assassinations, civil...

3/14/2018

article WALN: Racial Slurs Flourish in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Congratulations to all of our Lakota/Dakota high school basketball teams who qualified to play in all State Basketball Tourneys. We love our young...

3/12/2018

article KEELER: Why Reading Sherman Alexie Was Never Enough
(Washington) -- Woody Allen’s depictions of New York City largely define that immense, complicated city to the world. Harvey Weinstein’s films spawned a...
article LaDUKE: Waiting for my spirit to catch up
(Minnesota) -- My ancestors and those to the west used to keep track of historic events on Winter Counts—records inked on buffalo and elk robes. Our ancestors...
article PEMBER: ‘It’s Time for Indian Women to Be Heard’: The Promise and Problems of the Tribal Law and Order Act
(Washington D.C.) -- “The Tribal Law and Order Act [TLOA] feels like window dressing,” said Sarah Deer of the Muscogee Creek Nation, who worked on the...

3/10/2018

article Treppa: Storytelling – tribal history and our future
(California) -- The continuing legacy of the Native American people is one of courage and tenacity against seemingly insurmountable opposition. Because of this,...

3/9/2018

article TRAHANT: Who Should Run The Indian Health Service? This Is No Longer the IHS We Grew Up With
(Washington D.C.) -- Who should run the Indian Health Service? Not “who” exactly, but what kind of leader? What kind of skills and experience would be the...

3/7/2018

article Mark Trahant: To a new kind of news organization for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Many years ago Richard LaCourse and I would sit around and toss ideas about what the perfect Indigenous newspaper would look like. LaCourse, at the...
article Tim Giago: Indian newspapers and Indian journalists are alive and well
(South Dakota) -- It seems that the newspaper I founded on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981 has been kicked from pillar to post since I sold it to the Oneida Nation in...

3/6/2018

article “We are not alone in our struggles”: A Call for Native Artists to Take Back Ownership of Their Stories
(Indian Country) -- Erin Lau is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker and 2017 Sundance Institute Native Lab Fellow. She has written and directed multiple award-winning shorts...

2/28/2018

article Native American actor relishes rare Oscar invite
(California) -- Wes Studi will take the stage at Sunday's Oscars to present an award. But the actor, among the few Native Americans included in the ceremony's 90...

2/27/2018

article MOQUINO: Education efforts must build on strengths of tribal communities
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico is a beautiful state. One of the aspects that makes our state so beautiful is the presence of the 22 tribal nations who are indigenous to the...

2/25/2018

article TRAHANT: The Disruption of White Supremacy
(Connecticut) -- Imagine the end of the United States. It could happen like this: California secedes over a Trump-era order that is a total affront to the state’s...
article Aboriginal musicians to perform in Church Point
(Nova Scotia) -- A couple of Juno Award-winning acts make up the double bill for an upcoming evening of music in Church Point. Aboriginal artists Digging Roots and...

2/22/2018

article At Last, We May Get Our First Native American Woman In Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Deb Haaland wishes people could just ignore President Donald Trump. “Every time he says something stupid, it gets on the front page,”...
article A Tribe Called Red uses Indigenous influences to elevate electronic music
(Wisconsin) -- So much of Indigenous tradition is rooted in art. As Native American poet and activist John Trudell once said, “When one lives in a society where...

2/20/2018

article JUAREZ: Prioritize Native leaders’ role in Seattle’s governance
(Washington) -- Native Americans predate the City of Seattle and have been part of our city’s history since its founding. Coast Salish people have always had a...

2/19/2018

article ROLO: Going Native: Earth Ethics in a World of Greed
(USA) -- In the spring of 2015, Chris Cline and his Gogebic mining company decided that tearing open the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin to mine low-grade taconite...
article WILBUR: I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence
(Washington) -- It is important to understand that decolonization is a physical action and that since the creation of the United Nations, more than 80 countries have...

2/8/2018

article Running Women Q&A: Deb Haaland on Bringing a Native American Voice to Congress
(New Mexico) -- Debra Haaland, New Mexico’s former Democratic Party chairwoman, aims to become the first Native American woman to have a voice in Congress. She...

2/5/2018

article TRAHANT: Native candidate Peggy Flanagan faces critical test in Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- The November election seems far off. It’s almost a year away, right? Sorry. Elections are a series of steps that lead to that moment when ballots are...
article Native American Rap Star, JOEY STYLEZ, Seeks To Empower The People
(Saskatchewan) -- Joey Stylez, real name Joseph LaPlante, has opened up about his own experiences with drugs and alcohol - and how those experiences robbed him of...

2/1/2018

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Education must emphasize our cultural identity
(South Dakota) -- It should have been common knowledge by now that our ancestors endured atrocity after atrocity at the hands of a displaced European with an extreme...

1/28/2018

article American Indian Candidate, Paulette Jordan, Gets Endorsement for Idaho Governor from Cher
(Idaho) -- A week ago Saturday, Idaho Democratic state Rep. Paulette Jordan (Coeur D’Alene), who is running for governor of Idaho, spoke at the Las Vegas women...

1/27/2018

article BELLEGARDS: Indigenous rights in NAFTA are not a social agenda
(Canada) -- This week, as North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations were underway in Montreal, the Indigenous Peoples Chapter was characterized by some media as...

1/26/2018

article BAKER: Inter-Tribal Council plays important role for Five Tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is an organization that unites the tribal governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (...

1/25/2018

article BELCOURT: The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face
(Montana) -- I was an American Indian student pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the 1990s, when I realized the stark contrast between my life...
article Women March In South Dakota For Native Issues?
(South Dakota) -- It’s always nice to see Native American women’s issues receiving media coverage. But when that attention is used as a smokescreen to hide...

1/24/2018

article Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe has no business running a business
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala-Ridge Store in Oglala, South Dakota has been a small but important economic engine for that village. Locals didn’t have to travel 30...

1/23/2018

article Jason Small: The digital divide grows day by day on our reservations
(Indian Country) -- The digital divide is real and it’s widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those...
article Jason Small: The digital divide grows day by day on our reservations
(Indian Country) -- The digital divide is real and it’s widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those...
article Finding a new voice for strong Native Americans
(Indian Country) -- “We wanted to focus on the people that use heritage as a source of strength," says photographer Carlotta Cardana, whose work with writer...

1/20/2018

article Reconciliation in small towns: Is it happening?
(Indian Country) -- What does reconciliation look like in small communities? It's a question that reporters for Discourse Media and CBC Indigenous have been trying...

1/19/2018

article Victor Swallow: All the Lakota women that I knew loved their children
(South Dakota) -- The year has come and gone and the world is changing. Our Federal Government, State Government and our Tribal Government are experiencing hatred and...

1/18/2018

article ECOFFEY: Indian Country Could Use Some Help From Those Being Deported
(South Dakota) -- Around the country federal immigration officers are rounding up people who are living in the United States and deporting them to their countries of...

1/17/2018

article What Does It Take to Run the Indian Health Service? Questions Surround Trump’s Pick
(Indian Country) -- The already beleaguered Indian Health Service (IHS), a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that is charged with...
article Gyasi Ross: Everyone mad about Trump should have listened to Native people
(Washington D.C.) -- As controversy over President Donald Trump's "shithole" remarks enters its second week, Gyasi Ross, a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation...

1/16/2018

article CHINO: Tribal Supreme Court needs to abide by the rule of law
(New Mexico) -- I hope many of our Mescalero Apache tribal members took the opportunity to read the story “Push Made For New Election” in the Dec. 13 issue...

1/15/2018

article Tim Giago: Indian Country in danger as long as Donald Trump remains in office
(Indian Country) -- When Clark Gable stood in the doorway of Tara, the mansion of Scarlet O’Hara, and said, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,...

1/12/2018

article TRAHANT: Let's make 2018 the year we focus on policy instead of tweets
(Indian Country) -- Elections in America are usually fought over nonsense. Trivial topics. Stuff that grabs headlines. Or issues that remind voters why they are in...

1/10/2018

article Mark Trahant: Climate change cost $1.5 trillion in just the last year alone
(North Dakota) -- The Trump administration, and its allies in Congress, are fighting a losing war. They continue to press forward for the development of oil, gas, coal,...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact
(South Dakota) -- This commentary may be as boring as a mid-afternoon World History lecture. Anyway, with a bit of downtime on my hands, I closed my eyes and opened my...

1/9/2018

article Mark Trahant: What does it take to manage the Indian health care system?
(Indian Country) -- What qualifications are needed to manage (and possibly reform?) the Indian health system? It’s Indian Country’s largest employer with...

1/8/2018

article PEMBER: The Midwives’ Resistance: How Native Women Are Reclaiming Birth on Their Terms
(Arizona) -- Aboriginal or indigenous midwifery is seeing a resurgence as conventional health-care policies in hospital and clinics perpetuate an environment in which...
article Twitterati: The Indigenous voices edition
(Indian Country) -- For this year's edition of OpenCanada's annual Twitterati list, we celebrate the contributions of Indigenous peoples to policy in Canada and...

1/4/2018

article TRAHANT: Make 2018 the year we fight about policy (instead of tweets from Donald J. Trump)
(North Dakota) -- Elections in America are usually fought over nonsense. Trivial topics. Stuff that grabs headlines. Or issues that remind voters why they are in...

1/2/2018

article How Haisla hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids took on stereotypes and won fans in 2017
(British Columbia) -- In the past year, Haisla hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids released two albums, played clubs across Canada and found themselves in rotation on...

1/1/2018

article Navajo Trickster Movie Filmed in 100% Diné Bizaad
(Indian Country) -- Another cool short film from Dayish siblings, Kody, Kolette and Kolin. This also looks scary like their previous thriller The Red Hogaan. This time,...

12/29/2017

article Delilah Saunders back in hospital after being discharged amid transplant controversy
(Labrador) -- An Inuk activist from Labrador is back in hospital with pancreatitis after doctors told her she would not need a liver transplant amid questions about her...
article Louisiana man wants to bring art back to rez
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana antiques dealer who acquired a collection of about 50 paintings and sketches by students and teachers at Chinle Boarding School wants to bring...

12/28/2017

article DOUGLAS: Native voices will not be quelled on monuments
(Las Vegas) -- I’m tired. Watching President Donald Trump announce huge changes to Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments this...
article ECOFFEY: Threat Of Government Leaving “Indian Business” Always Present
(South Dakota) -- Like most years, 2017, has had its up and downs. Like all years, us Lakota are still here. We have endured everything from blatant genocide to the...
article PEMBER: 10 Photos: I Saw What Resilience Looks Like
(USA) -- By the numbers, Native Americans reliably top lists of violence, poverty, unemployment, and addiction in the United States. Taken alone, the data paint a dismal...
article American Indian nursing documentary garners awards
(Indiana) -- “Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses,” a documentary, received the 2017 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Media Award at...
article Indigenous filmmaking set to rise in Canada in 2018 and beyond
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin never thought she would see this in her lifetime. Fifty years after starting her distinguished career amid major...
article Lido Pimienta reflects on her very big year
(Ontario) -- Lido Pimienta didn’t release an album in 2017, but you’d never know it from the year she had. Though La Papessa came out in 2016, its mix of...

12/26/2017

article Indigenous filmmaking set to rise in Canada in 2018 and beyond
(Ontario) -- Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin never thought she would see this in her lifetime. Fifty years after starting her distinguished career amid major...

12/22/2017

article YOURS: Where is Great Plains health care?
(Indian Country) -- As a Rosebud Sioux Tribal member, an at large member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Health Board, Navy veteran, and citizen of South Dakota and the...

12/17/2017

article OP/ED: American Indians’ Support of the United States
(Indian Country) -- There was a flap surrounding a White House ceremony a few weeks ago honoring Native American contributions to the military. And while there were...
article Snotty Nose Rez Kids Flip The Script With Wit And Wordplay
(British Columbia) -- Snotty Nose Rez Kids are sick of hearing the grim narrative in the media about suicide, drug abuse and substandard housing among First Nations...

12/15/2017

article Native stories: Shelley Morningsong to play at ABQ library branches
(New Mexico) -- Shelley Morningsong enjoys telling stories through music. And she’s good at it. In 2016, Morningsong was awarded artist of the year at the Native...
article Kelly Derrickson puts First Nations pride and healing into songs
(British Columbia) -- Kelly Derrickson has her grandfather to thank for the twang in her tunes, and her heritage for the lyrical honesty in her music. The West Bank...

12/14/2017

article Indigenous rights advocate's liver transplant rejected over alcohol
(Ontario) -- Friends of a 26-year-old advocate for Indigenous rights say they’ve launched a campaign for her to receive a liver transplant after they say she was...
article Supporters Appeal for Liver Transplant for Indigenous Activist
(Ottawa) -- Friends and family of a Labrador woman recognized for her social advocacy on indigenous issues are appealing to the health care system to loosen restrictions...

12/11/2017

article Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress
(Minnesota) -- There is an uncomfortable, even painful re-balancing going on across so much of society. The old world of male hegemony is slowly coming to an end.
article James Giago Davies: You can't break from the past until you admit you're stuck
(South Dakota) -- People can get trapped in the past, shackled there by events too harrowing to let go. My stepdad is in an East River nursing home, he’s ninety...

12/10/2017

article LaDUKE: With Franken, Dems threw out baby with the bathwater
(Minnesota) -- Dramatic times for sure. And more drama made by our own community. The resignation of Sem. Al Franken is a tragedy for many of us; and for some a moral...
article STERUD: Halt LNG plant, respect Puyallup tribal concerns
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians opposes the location of the proposed liquefied natural gas plant on the Tacoma Tideflats. The LNG plant would be sited...

12/5/2017

article GIAGO: Notes From Indian Country: Trying to make sense out of nonsense
(South Dakota) -- If I sound a little bit angry today, I am. What started out as a government “of the people, by the people and for the people” has become a...

12/4/2017

article TRAHANT: Tens of thousands Native children stand to lose healthcare
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will...

12/3/2017

article KEELER: Pocahontas Is Not a Name That Should Offend You
(USA) -- The name of Pocahontas is not a slur, though that’s what news outlets and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have repeatedly said following President Trump’s...
article Star Comes Out: Oglala Sioux Tribe remains divided on future of our nation
(South Dakota) -- I attended the first of a series of meetings organized by a tribal task force to amend the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution for the fourth time...

12/2/2017

article BEGAY: Trump’s slur highlights the need to preserve native languages
(Washington D.C.) -- When I was forced into boarding school in Arizona I was one of the disobedient children who got their mouth washed by the dormitory aides many times...
article ORNELAS: Donald Trump Would Make a Terrible Navajo
(Washington D.C.) -- I am Navajo, born into the Edgewater clan and for the Mexican clan. My maternal grandfather is Water Flowing Together clan and my paternal...

12/1/2017

article Singing In Choctaw, Samantha Crain Aims To Create New Traditions
(Oklahoma) -- “So much of its original identity is gone because of the Christianization that has happened. If you look around my house, every book that says...

11/30/2017

article Webinar on `Empowering-indigenous-voices-in-impact-assessment`
(British Columbia) -- Are you a practitioner who works with indigenous peoples or diverse community groups? Or are you interested in understanding an indigenous...

11/29/2017

article Native Sun News Today Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must bring back its many disenfranchised citizens
(South Dakota) -- The Tribal Council of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will be setting up meetings through the end of December across the reservation to talk about revisions to...
article TRAHANT: Yes, a Government Shutdown Might Be the Best Strategy
(Washington D.C.) -- Should Democrats shut down the government? Of course not, right? Twisting Ronald Reagan’s words: In the present crisis, government is not the...

11/28/2017

article TRAHANT: Press performance: Reporting Trump, Native code talkers, and viral outrage
(Washington D.C.) -- How does the national press cover Indian Country? That’s often an easy question to answer because it’s so rare for the media to weigh in...

11/27/2017

article TRAHANT: Indian children lose health coverage as GOP focuses on tax cuts
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will...

11/26/2017

article Mark Trahant: Indian children lose health coverage as GOP focuses on tax cuts
(Indian Country) -- Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will...

11/25/2017

article The Alcatraz Proclamation: Annotated
(California) -- We, the native Americans, reclaim the land known as Alcatraz Island in the name of all American Indians by right of discovery. We wish to be fair and...
article Respect for elders a vital part of actress Roseanne Supernault's life and new film, Neither Wolf Nor Dog
(Alberta) -- For Métis/Cree actress Roseanne Supernault, playing the role of granddaughter to a respected Lakota elder in Neither Wolf Nor Dog came naturally. Supernault...

11/24/2017

article Understanding Tribal governance
(Wisconsin) -- Many misconceptions exist about the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Cultural differences, historic events and more contribute to...
article Faces of Faith: Native American's 'everyday glory'
(Alabama) -- She's 29, grew up Southern Baptist and now attends an Anglican church and calls herself a Native American Christian. She lives in Atlanta with her...
article Artist Kent Monkman’s alter ego gets a book deal
(Ontario) -- On a recent morning in the artist Kent Monkman’s west end Toronto studio, riot police in black-visored helmets and flak jackets variously beat,...

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