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“Has it really been sixteen years?” “It has.” She answered. “I still think about him every day.” She was 78 now and I could tell seeing me brought back a flood of memories.

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10/25/2020

article Q&A: Shannon Keller O’Loughlin on the border wall, religious freedom, NAGPRA and sovereignty
(USA) -- The Supreme Court announced last Monday that it would take up a case involving the U.S.-Mexico border wall. There’s been no shortage of lawsuits filed...
article RICKERT: Trump vs. Biden: Here’s How Their Plans for Indian Country Compare
(Washington D.C.) -- With the release of the White House’s Putting America's First Peoples First - Forgotten No More! policy vision and the Biden campaign...
article Congress: Doglio works with tribes to save climate
(Washington) -- I am a young woman of color. I am scared of the climate crisis and how it is already disproportionately impacting communities of color. That is why I am...

10/24/2020

press release Layli Long Soldier Reflects on America’s (Unapologetic) Apology to Native Americans
(Pennsylvania) -- In a virtual Q&A Session followed by a live virtual poetry reading on September 22nd, Swarthmore students had the opportunity to directly ask Layli...

10/23/2020

article NAC: Book of the Month: “The Ghost Road: Anishinaabe Responses to Indian Hating” by Matthew Fletcher
(Indian Country) -- Matthew Fletcher, creator of the Turtle Talk blog and member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, uncovers the story on how the...
article Native American Family Drama 'Sovereign' From Ava DuVernay in the Works at NBC
(Hollywood) -- Ava DuVernay is producing the first-ever Native American family drama developed for network television. Titled “Sovereign,” the potential...

10/20/2020

press release University of Oklahoma art museum reexamines legacy of seminal Native American artists the Kiowa Six with new exhibit
(Oklahoma) -- The University of Oklahoma art museum is reexamining the legacy of the Kiowa Six in a new exhibition. "Kiowa Agency: Stories of the Six" is...

10/18/2020

article RICKERT: For Indian Country, Now Is Not The Time To Be Apolitical
(USA) -- As justification for not voting in the American election process, apathetic and apolitical citizens often say it doesn’t matter who the president of the...

10/15/2020

article OP/ED: The politics of being native
(Montana) -- When it comes to politics, Montanans like to use the words “native” and “generation.” A lot. And we’re in good company. As...
article VASSAR: Digging Up the Indian Burial Ground Trope
(USA) -- The Indian Burial Ground, also known as the IBG, is a trope that has a history of mediocre usage in horror cinema. Many who think of the IBG immediately recall...

10/14/2020

article Little Thunders— As the thunder rolls, reflections and questions
(Ohio) -- It is said by my Anishinaabe Ojibwe Elders that whenever you hear thunder, it is an indication that the spirits are ready to speak to you and give you wisdom...

10/12/2020

article Announcing the Texas Observer’s Indigenous Affairs Desk
(Texas) -- Six state and federally recognized tribes reside in the State of Texas including the Alabama-Coushatta, Kickapoo Traditional Tribe, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo,...

10/7/2020

article The Race is On for a Seat on the SD Public Utilities Commission
(South Dakota) -- The race for a seat on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is the only statewide election connected to a state office this year.

10/4/2020

article COMMENTARY: Native Americans and Columbus
(South Carolina) -- Almost every American school child was taught to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of the Americas. However, Columbus was...

10/3/2020

article GIAGO: What political party did most Native Americans choose and why?
(South Dakota) -- The Great Depression of the 1930s hit Indian reservations particularly hard. Tribes were already struggling to survive under all of the new laws and...
article New Podcast: Native American Rights Fund Lawyer Joel Williams on Tribal Sovereignty and the U.S. Death Penalty
(Washington D.C.) -- In the September 30, 2020 episode of the Discussions With DPIC podcast, Native American Rights Fund senior staff attorney Joel Williams joins Death...

9/27/2020

article RICKERT: With Over 200,000 Americans Dead, It’s Insulting to Call Covid-19 a Hoax
(USA) -- Friday was Michigan Indian Day. It was a time to celebrate our American Indian heritage on a day set aside for each fourth Friday of September in 1974 by...

9/26/2020

press release GIAGO: Reminiscing about ‘The Mystic Warrior’
(South Dakota) -- Stan Margulies was a little apprehensive about coming to Rapid City for the preview of a film produced by him and David Wolper called The Mystic...

9/24/2020

article Meet Mattmac, the blind Oji-Cree artist who writes, raps and produces his own music
(Canada) -- From small gospel jamborees on the rez to the bright lights of the big city, one self-taught, blind Oji-Cree artist is hoping his music will break down...
article NAC: Book of the Month: “Becoming Miss Navajo” by Jolyana Begay-Kroupa
(Indian Country) -- “Becoming Miss Navajo” is a young readers’ book that shares the story of what it means to earn this esteemed title. The author writes the competition...

9/23/2020

article An original essay: COVID-19 has changed my life in many ways
(Minnesota) -- My name is Renita “Beth” Roy. I am 49 years old and an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. I have lived here on the Red...
article An original essay: Friend’s death from coronavirus ‘a wakeup call’
(Minnesota) -- You might think you’d never come down with the coronavirus, but when someone your age not only becomes infected, but dies of it, the reality sinks...
article An original essay: The Unconquered and Unconquerable
(Minnesota) -- The COVID-19 pandemic brought uncertainty and fear to everyone. It is no surprise that many people all over the world experience anxiety one way or...
article View the entire 'Indigenous Impacts' project
(Indian Country) -- "Indigenous Impacts: How Native American communities are responding to COVID-19" takes a deep dive into the effects of the coronavirus on...
article Children’s book honoring EBCI Beloved People available for free download
(North Carolina) -- A new children’s book will allow kids to learn about the Beloved Men and Women of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). “...
article An original song: ‘Legacy’ featuring Gene Thin Elk
(South Dakota) -- I wrote this song after the University of South Dakota transitioned to online classes during COVID-19. It is titled “Legacy,” and it speaks...
article Making the Native Voice Heard
(Oklahoma) -- One night back in 2002, an Oklahoma legislator named Cindy Hughes came to speak to a group of young adults in the Indian Methodist Church. Hughes, a member...

9/21/2020

article GIAGO: Honoring the professors and Native journalists who paved the way
(Indian Country) -- It seems that this past year has been a terrible one filled with the loss of some great American journalists and journalism professors, Native and...

9/20/2020

article RICKERT: Allegations of Unwanted Hysterectomies at ICE Facility Reminiscent of Feds’ Mass Sterilization of Native Women in 1970s
(USA) -- A whistleblower story surfaced Tuesday that accused the Trump administration’s Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of allegedly sending detained...

9/18/2020

article TIFF trailblazer Michelle Latimer leads group of Indigenous filmmakers telling their own stories
(Indian Country) -- There's a moment during the shooting of the new documentary Inconvenient Indian — which premiered at the Toronto International Film...

9/17/2020

article Mary Brave Bird: A Journey Through Her Life As An Indigenous Rights Activist And Her Career As A Writer
(South Dakota) -- Mary Brave Bird was a writer and a member of the ‘American Indian Movement‘ during the 1970s. She was born with the name Mary Ellen Moore-...

9/14/2020

article Harangozó: Passenger Pigeon Manifesto
(Indian Country) -- How many people know about the passenger pigeons? Martha, the last passenger pigeon to ever live on Earth, died on September 1st, 1914. Less than 50...
article NAC: Native Lens: amplifying Native stories
(Indian Country) -- Storytelling has always been an important tradition for Indigenous people. And modern personal technology provides a means to share that tradition...

9/8/2020

article Native youth are transforming into the leaders of tomorrow
(Arizona) -- In March, Tawny Jodie was preparing to travel to Israel for her first trip overseas. By July, she was masked and delivering food boxes in rural New Mexico...
article NAC: Native in the Spotlight: Marcie Rendon
(Indian Country) -- The dead speak to Renee “Cash” Black Bear in her dreams. They help her solve gruesome murders in the Upper Midwest. She is the...

9/7/2020

article GIAGO: A disease that ravages Indian Country and America
(Indian Country) -- Many years ago I knew a nutritionist named Linda Biel. Her mantra was, “You are what you eat.” When one is young and healthy that mantra...
article TRAHANT: Lessons from a census past
(Indian Country) -- A friend writes: “The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that they have digitized 18,000 photographs from the...

9/6/2020

article LETTER: Daines not standing with Native Americans
(Montana) -- Sen. Steve Daines’ track record on supporting Native American issues is patchy, to say the least. While serving in the House of Representatives in...

9/4/2020

article NAC: Animation: bringing art to life
(Indian Country) -- Creating animated films takes months of artistic and technical work; from character design and storyboards to voiceover recording and digitizing....
article Phoenix Indigenous Painter Thomas 'Breeze' Marcus Talks Native Art Today
(Arizona) -- The work of Phoenix-based Tohono O’odham artist Thomas "Breeze" Marcus dots the Valley landscape. But later today, he'll reach a much...

9/3/2020

article Event to celebrate publication of Saunooke Clapsaddle’s new novel
(North Carolina) -- Join City Lights Bookstore on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 10, for an outdoor event to celebrate the publication of Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle...

9/2/2020

article Virtual Artist Talk: Cara Romero, September 10
(California) -- Held in conjunction with the current exhibition Magnetic West: The Enduring Allure of the American West, a special Virtual Artist Talk with...

8/22/2020

article GIAGO: The laws that impacted the lives of the Lakota
(South Dakota) -- Voting rights has never been something that the men and women of the Sioux Nations took lightly. Before there was a United States government the Lakota...
article MONET: Meet the Indigenous women who fought for the vote
(Indian Country) -- It took the better part of a century to pass a law saying American women had the right to vote. It took even longer to deliver this right to...

8/18/2020

article OP/ED: A real and present fear. What it's like to be a woman, Indigenous and a reporter in Canada
(British Columbia) -- Tensions were high when I arrived in Blue River, B.C., on July 24. I was there to cover a protest being held by townspeople upset with Secwépemc...
article What's in a Page: Inside the Tommy Orange and Louise Erdrich-approved own voices thriller Winter Counts
(South Dakota) -- Get to know the name David Heska Wanbli Weiden. The author will release his debut, Winter Counts, on Aug. 25, has received high praise from none other...
article Virtual Storytellers Project show to share 'Lessons Learned'
(Iowa) -- Dianna Náñez believes storytelling builds bridges across diverse communities. That’s why she writes stories. And that’s why she tells stories....

8/17/2020

article GIAGO: The laws that impacted the lives of South Dakota Indians
(South Dakota) -- Voting rights has never been something that the men and women of the Sioux Nations took lightly. Before there was a United States government the Lakota...

8/15/2020

article GIAGO: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
(South Dakota) -- It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were...

8/14/2020

article NAC: Music Maker: Angel Baribeau
(Indian Country) -- First Nations Cree recording artist Angel Baribeau brings us their debut solo album, “For Those I Love(d).” After years of growing their...

8/11/2020

article Virtual Sydney Science Trail features Indigenous specialists in their fields
(Australia) -- The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Australian Museum have announced a free online science festival with programs featuring First Nations people who...

8/7/2020

article Kelsey Leonard: What If Lakes And Rivers Had Legal Rights?
(USA) -- Water is life. Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected. Legal scholar Kelsey Leonard says granting water bodies legal personhood can...

7/31/2020

article Three Questions with Scholar Sarah Deer on Empowering Tribal Nations to Protect Native American Women (sub req)
(Indian Country) -- Sarah Deer is a Native American scholar, advocate and attorney. She’s also a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation in Oklahoma and a professor...

7/29/2020

article Portugal. the Man Speaks on Music, Portland, Launching the PTM Foundation, and Indigenous People
(Indian Country) -- By now, you’ve likely heard the music of the Portland-via-Alaska-based band, Portugal. the Man. The group has a number of hits, but their most...

7/28/2020

article Arts leader Jesse Wente named head of Canada Council for the Arts
(Canada) -- Jesse Wente, a prominent advocate for an increased presence of Indigenous voices in Canada's cultural landscape, has been appointed chairperson of the...

7/27/2020

article Cook-Lynn: Democracies don’t last long
(USA) -- The “norms” sustaining our political system in America as well as the State of South Dakota have never favored American Indians because they have...
article This Iñupiaq woman has become 'TikTok famous' for celebrating her culture online
(Alaska) -- An Iñupiaq woman from Utqiagvik, Alaska, is taking the TikTok world by storm by giving her followers a taste of her culture. Patuk Glenn is entertaining and...

7/24/2020

article Two Taos Pueblo filmmakers win Sen. John Pinto Fund grants
(New Mexico) -- The legacy of the longest-serving Native American legislator in U.S. history, Senator John Pinto, of the Navajo Nation, who served as a Democratic member...

7/18/2020

article GIAGO: Native American Culture lesson 101
(South Dakota) -- All week I have heard so many idiotic comments by fans of the Washington Redskins that I believe it is time for a short lesson in Native American...

7/17/2020

article The long and short of it: "Emerging Voices in Native Film"
(New Mexico) -- Short films are an essential building block for aspiring filmmakers to practice their craft. Even so, they aren’t always easy to find and watch....
article Indigenous lawyer taking on Harvard Law School in 2021
(Australia) -- With an ambition to influence legislative changes, young Wilman Noongar lawyer Chloe D’Souza is not letting a global pandemic get in the way of her...

7/16/2020

article Diversity, inclusivity dominates Polaris Music Prize short list
(Canada) -- Musical acts representing a diversity of races and cultures — from Edmonton-based Indigenous rock act nêhiyawak and the Filipino-Canadian quintet...
article Nunavut singer Riit a finalist for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize
(North Canada) -- Inuk electropop musician Rita Claire Mike-Murphy is a finalist for this year's SOCAN Songwriting Prize. This year is the 15th anniversary of The...

7/15/2020

article This Lansing attorney is running to be the first indigenous justice on the Michigan Supreme Court
(Michigan) -- Michigan has never had an indigenous justice on its Supreme Court, according to the state’s Supreme Court Historical Society. Katherine Mary Nepton...

7/9/2020

article Plaza MAC cofounder's documentary explores Native American massacres
(New York) -- How do you forgive historic massacres? And then a recent senseless killing? Campbell Dalglish, Plaza Cinema cofounder, began a documentary eight years ago...

7/8/2020

article N. Bird Runningwater: Enduring Indigenous values
(Indian Country) -- This year the world changed in a way that many of us would never have dreamed possible. The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the planet and has...
article Indigenous-led podcast focusing on conversation in performing arts community
(Internet) -- A new Indigenous-led podcast is aiming at having conversations on racial representation in the musical theatre industry. Dillan Meighan Chiblow is...

7/7/2020

article NAC: Music Maker: Cary Morin
(Indian Country) -- Finger picking bluesman Cary Morin (Crow Nation) is a musician that likes to bring his life into his work. We touch in with him to hear about his new...

7/6/2020

article RICKERT: We Don’t Need Donald Trump and His Cohorts Telling Us Who Our American Heroes Are
(USA) -- President Donald Trump went to Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day and brought a message aimed to excite his base as the summer progresses to the...
article Colorado Creatives: David Heska Wanbli Weiden
(Colorado) -- Author David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Colorado-born and an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation, writes as a dedicated student of his own heritage,...

7/2/2020

article Grammy-Nominated Jewel & Indigenous Artist Lyla June Host ‘Voices of Siihasin (Hope)’ Benefit Concert
(Internet) -- Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, actress and mental health advocate, Jewel, will co-host the “Voices of Siihasin” Benefit Concert together...
article LISTEN: Kasigluk Artist Golga Oscar
(New Mexico) -- Golga Oscar is a photographer and designer from Kasigluk. He graduated from Akiuk Memorial School in 2016, and is now attending the Institute for...
article NAC: Native theater table read
(Indian Country) -- The coronavirus threat has closed theaters across the country, from New York’s Broadway to South Dakota’s Black Hills Playhouse. Theater...

7/1/2020

article Traditional, Futuristic Native American Art of Vigil Ortiz
(New Jersey) -- One wears an oxygen tank. One is a blind archer. The figures marching across the desert are Native Americans, in the year 2180. “Odyssey of the...

6/27/2020

article GIAGO: You have to be carefully taught
(South Dakota) -- I recently heard someone say, “One is either a racist or is not.” Is it really that simple? Several year ago I heard the former Mayor of...

6/22/2020

article Five Indigenous teens you should know
(Canada) -- A whole new generation is finding ways to make a difference in their communities and beyond. That generation consists largely of Indigenous youth, who are...

6/20/2020

article GIAGO: Reflections on Father’s Day
(South Dakota) -- My father, Tim. Sr., was born on January 22, 1895 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation just a few years after South Dakota was admitted to the Union on...

6/17/2020

article GIAGO: Reflections on Father’s Day
(Indian Country) -- My father, Tim, Sr., was born on January 22, 1895, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation just a few years after South Dakota was admitted to the Union...

6/16/2020

article BENALLY: Will Native Americans be left out of conversations about racial injustice?
(USA) -- While the murder of George Floyd at the all-too-familiar hand of police brutality has created much needed discussions on the continuing racial disparities in...
article LaDuke: In praise of potato
(Minnesota) -- I’m particularly fond of purple potatoes. I grow them. Mewizha, way back in the day, my ancestors also grew a purple potato. “The Ojibwe have...
article OP/ED: Why Native and Indigenous people should be the only reviewers of Native/Indigenous plays
(Indian Country) -- Recently, Ojibwe/South Asian playwright Yolanda Bonnell wrote a piece in Vice asking that white theatre critics not review her work because those...

6/13/2020

article GIAGO: A knee on the Oyate’s neck
(South Dakota) -- There are many ways to put a knee on someone’s neck. Here are a few examples. A Lakota man from Pine Ridge found a job in Rapid City. His next...

6/10/2020

article Six American Indians Named 2020 to Bush Fellows Roster
(Minnesota) -- On Tuesday, the Bush Foundation, based in St. Paul Minnesota, named six American Indians to its roster of 2020 Bush Fellows.The list of 2020 Bush Fellows...

6/8/2020

article EagleWoman: How to fight systemic injustice against racialized, Indigenous people
(Canada) -- For Indigenous and racialized lawyers and judges, the experience of racial profiling occurs when entering courthouses and being seen as either an offender or...

6/7/2020

article LaDuke: Take a knee
(Minnesota) -- Around the country, police officers are taking a knee. Multiple groups of police officers in Boston took a knee Tuesday night in solidarity with those who...

6/6/2020

article NOISECAT: How to Survive an Apocalypse and Keep Dreaming
(USA) -- An Indian named Cowboy once told a lecture hall full of Frenchmen that us Natives are a postapocalyptic people. Cowboy is a Blackfoot filmmaker from the Piikani...

6/1/2020

article Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
(South Dakota) -- It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were...
article 'Indigenous voice matters:' What to watch this June
(Internet) -- Not able to go out for entertainment when the COVID-19 pandemic started, Duncan McCue was looking for television and movies to stream at home when it...

5/30/2020

article GIAGO: ‘Only God can make a tree’
(South Dakota) -- “I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree.” This poem by Joyce Kilmer crossed my mind as I drove down West Omaha Street...

5/26/2020

press release RICKERT: With the Trump Administration, It’s All About Energy — and Sweeney is Complicit
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara MacLean Sweeney may be taking the heat, but the problem at the Department of the Interior goes beyond her...
article Public broadcasters in Alaska face a convergence of crises
(Alaska) -- Public broadcasters in Alaska are getting help from financial assistance programs due to the pandemic but still face an uncertain future amid the state...

5/14/2020

article NAGEL: Tribal Colleges and Universities Are Putting Native Students First During the Pandemic
(USA) -- “I had a friend who told me one time that the more degrees you get, the more credentials you get, the harder it is to ignore you,” Jasmine Neosh (...

5/9/2020

article BLACKWATER: For tribal lands ravaged by COVID-19, broadband access is a matter of life and death
(Arizona) -- If anyone doubted the importance of the internet before the COVID-19 pandemic, those doubts have vanished like toilet paper at Kroger. During this time, the...

5/8/2020

article How indigenous zombie horror film ‘Blood Quantum’ became prescient in the pandemic
(California) -- Jeff Barnaby never thought he’d be releasing his zombie outbreak movie “Blood Quantum” during an actual global pandemic, or that the...

5/6/2020

article Chase Iron Eyes: COVID-19 and the climate crisis are intertwined threats to Native Americans and the Earth
(North Dakota) -- With the outbreak of COVID-19, our society is reeling. Sadly, the uncertainty, displacement and fear you may now feel has been the common, everyday...

5/4/2020

article RICKERT: Finding Balance as We Try to Make Sense of These Pandemic Days
(USA) -- In traditional American Indian teachings, our elders instruct us to find balance in life so that we may live in harmony. They teach us we should find balance...
article Health care for Alaska Native people must be prioritized and protected
(Alaska) -- I have proudly dedicated my life to fighting and advocating for Alaska Native people. From civil and voting rights to economic equity, it has been my...

5/2/2020

article COLFER: Coronavirus - and red tape - are costing lives in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- The coronavirus pandemic has upended the daily lives of most Americans in ways we have never imagined. For Indian Country, this crisis has shined a...
article GIAGO: Will things ever be the same?
(South Dakota) -- Former television newscaster Tom Brokaw called the generation that survived the Great Depression and World War II, “The Greatest Generation.” Those of...

4/30/2020

article HOPKINS: Native Tribes’ Rights to Permanent Homelands Are at Risk
(Massachusetts) -- In this op-ed, Ruth Hopkins, a Dakota/Lakota Sioux writer, biologist, attorney, and former tribal judge, says that the decision to disestablish the...

4/23/2020

article Social distancing saves lives while pulling tribes down together
(Minnesota) -- Tribal economies, health care systems and governments are disproportionately harmed by preventive measures such as social distancing that have closed...

4/20/2020

article HOPKINS: As Native peoples self-isolate, outsiders are still demanding in
(Indian Country) -- Indigenous communities of the western hemisphere have been fighting for survival since Christopher Columbus washed up on our shores in 1492. You have...
article KEELER: Native Americans Helped Invent American Democracy But Are Often Prevented From Practicing It
(Utah) -- WILLIE GRAYEYES WAS BORN IN 1946 in San Juan County, Utah, in a small, isolated community not far from the base of Navajo Mountain. A striking dome of igneous...

4/13/2020

article RICKERT: American Indians and Alaska Natives are Survivors and Will Get Past the COVID-19 Pandemic
(Indian Country) -- Regardless of socio-economic status, religion, race or ethnicity, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the normalcy of people’s lives....

4/11/2020

article GIAGO: How long before the digital media replaces print newspapers?
(South Dakota) -- The foreign journalists admitted to the Nieman Fellowship Program at Harvard came to America to learn about freedom of the press. In my Class of 1991...

4/10/2020

article HOPKINS: The Use of War Paint in Native Communities Is Evolving
(Indian Country) -- The popular understanding of war paint, like so many other elements of Native culture, has been warped by false, hostile, stagnant stereotypes that...

4/9/2020

article DAVIS: Amid coronavirus hard times, US government must honor its commitments to Native Americans
(USA) -- The global economic and social devastation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic is revealing stark contrasts between the fortunate and vulnerable in American...

3/30/2020

article RICKERT: Native People Would Never Sacrifice Their Elders for the Good of the Economy
(Michigan) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our normal lives in ways that seemed unimaginable until three weeks ago. Native News Online views its coverage of the...

3/25/2020

article COMMENTARY: 'The life-giving Skagit has been purposely dewatered by the city of Seattle, and why?'
(Washington) -- Dear Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Councilmembers: I am writing to share my feelings with you and ask questions regarding the three hydroelectric dams...

3/23/2020

article A Poet a Day: Sherman Alexie
(Internet) -- During these trying days of social distancing, self-isolating and quarantines, days rife with fear and anxiety, my colleagues and I thought you might like...

3/4/2020

article Native American journalist and activist Chuck Trimble dies at 84
(Nebraska) -- Charles “Chuck” Trimble, a former leader of the National Congress of American Indians and founder of the American Indian Press Assn., has died...
article Native American leader, journalist Chuck Trimble remembered as great advocate and mentor
(Nebraska) -- In the 1980s, the Nebraska State Historical Society was embroiled in controversy — it possessed skeletal remains of hundreds of Native Americans, and...
article GIAGO: His passing leaves a big hole in the world of Native journalism
(South Dakota) -- When Charles Trimble first showed up at the Holy Rosary Indian Mission Boarding School on the Pine Ridge Reservation he was dropped off by his mother....

3/2/2020

article Top journalist focuses on sovereignty, ICWA
(Oklahoma) -- Tahlequah resident and Cherokee Nation citizen Rebecca Nagle has received national attention lately as a recipient of the 2020 American Mosaic Journalism...
article LaDuke: In praise of good governance
(Minnesota) -- This past week, I attended the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council meeting. That meeting, convening the elected tribal leaders of the 11 Dakota and...

2/12/2020

article OP/ED: Dating as a Native? It’s more complicated than sovereignty
(Indian Country) -- So, I started dating someone. Weird to admit to a bunch of people I don’t know, but we’re just going to roll with it. When we started dating, I asked...

1/12/2020

article Julian Brave NoiseCat: Perhaps the World Ends Here
(South Dakota) -- On a chilly and overcast Saturday in March, I parked my rental car at the base of the hill at Wounded Knee. The week before, historic blizzards and...

1/6/2020

article COMMENTARY: 8 of the biggest misconceptions people have about Native Americans
(Washington) -- As one of the very few Native American people working in the entertainment industry, I'm used to being asked bizarre questions about my culture and...

1/1/2020

article GIAGO: Wounded Knee: 129 years later
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889. One year and 27 days after joining the Union nearly 300 innocent men, women and children were murdered...

12/26/2019

article HOPKINS: Treaties Between the United States and Indigenous Nations, Explained
(Washington D.C.) -- Treaties are part of what the U.S. Constitution calls "the supreme law of the land." Yet they are too seldom discussed, too often ignored...

12/23/2019

article PEMBER: Tribal Elder Hears Grandfather’s Voice in Archived Songs
(Washington) -- Alvin Schuster could scarcely believe his ears. He was hearing the voice of an ancestor whom he’d never met but whose legacy was a constant guiding...

12/14/2019

article TRAHANT: Newseum's past, its future and a pair of glasses
(Washington D.C.) -- The Newseum is not an Indigenous institution. Yet it did represent. A practice that’s too often missing from most museums. But I had better...

12/10/2019

article GIAGO: A Christmas play to remember
(South Dakota) -- Pejuta Haka is a community in the heart of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Translated the name means Medicine Root. Like nearly every river, mountain or...

11/30/2019

article 'Things are shifting': Tanya Talaga sees change in Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay) -- Eight years ago, Toronto Star reporter Tanya Talaga was sent on assignment to Thunder Bay. She went there with a plan of writing about why First Nation...
article Maria Campbell on the pain and relief of re-releasing Halfbreed with uncut account of RCMP rape
(Canada) -- Nearly five decades after Maria Campbell first published her seminal memoir Halfbreed, she says she finally feels like it's finished. That's because...

11/29/2019

article BLACKWATER: Time for the ‘well-meaning man’ to return spectrum rights to Native American tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Henry Laurens Dawes didn’t see himself as a bad man. Nor did the men in Massachusetts who voted the abolitionist attorney into Congress just...

11/13/2019

article Are elders being replaced by screens? A letter to my grandchildren
(Canada) -- Dear grandchildren, Right up until I was about five or six years old, I went to residential school. We always went home to our grandma in the summertime. The...

11/11/2019

article GOVER: Recognizing the long history of Native Americans in the US Armed Forces
(Washington D.C.) -- On Veterans Day, our country pauses to remember those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Yet how many Americans know of the exceptional...
article RUSSO: Minnie's War Bonnet: A modern Native warrior woman
(South Carolina) -- Yvonne Russo's animated short pays tribute to Minnie Hollow Wood, one of the many women warriors who fought courageously alongside male warriors...

11/10/2019

article COMMENTARY: I grew up in youth protection. Now, I work to give the homeless the support I didn't get
(Montreal) -- I grew up in and out of Quebec's youth protection system. When I got out, I decided I wanted to change my life for the better. I started speaking with...

11/7/2019

article Custer Died For Your Sins, tributes from Indian Country: Deron Marquez
(Indian Country) -- Fifty years ago Vine Deloria Jr. published Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto. It became a must-read for Indian Country and many non-...

11/4/2019

article Suzan Harjo’s work garnered the Presidential Medal of Freedom
(Washington D.C.) -- Suzan Shown Harjo has worked tirelessly for the benefit of Indian Country for decades. Her work as a policy advocate, writer, curator, human-rights...

10/31/2019

article Haskell Remembers
(Kansas) -- On Wednesday Oct.4th, over 40 students marched down Massachusetts Street, The students were joined with staff and local tribal people, all carrying and...

10/28/2019

article ESTUS: The fix for Alaska's public safety crisis? Recognize tribal powers
(Alaska) -- Congress is considering legislation that would recognize that Alaska tribes have the clear authority to fight the record rates of domestic violence and...
article ORANGE: A Letter to Marlon Brando About Putting an Indian on the Oscar Stage
(Hollywood) -- Dear Marlon Brando, You’re dead, but I’m writing you. We can’t know that letters don’t reach the dead. I don’t mean I’...

10/27/2019

article LITTLEFOOT: Indigenous Abortion Access Shouldn’t Be Tied to Western Religious Values
(USA) -- As a Diné woman raised by my maternal grandmother and my sisters, I know that respecting someone’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions...

10/21/2019

article LaDuke: A tale of two tribal councils
(Minnesota) -- Some governments are visionary and some are twirling in their own drama: That’s my conclusion after recently observing the Red Lake and White Earth...
article TREUR: Rescuing Native Americans From the Imaginative Prison of the Past
(USA) -- Native people, if we are encountered at all, are encountered during childhood. From the dull art of crafting Thanksgiving turkeys out of handprints to the bad...

10/18/2019

article NAGLE: Criticisms about a Cherokee woman's choices in the play 'Sovereignty' are very problematic from a Native and women's rights standpoint
(California) -- I have received lots of bad reviews from professional critics—believe me—I am used to them. But I recently received one that I must respond...

10/3/2019

article Acknowledging Native Lands
(Oregon) -- Luhui Whitebear of the Coastal Band Chumash Tribe acts as the Assistant Director of the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws at Oregon State University, and...

9/30/2019

article GIAGO: Native American media faces a perilous future
(South Dakota) -- Here’s what was happening in the field of Native American media 50 years ago. Innovators like Gerald One Feather, former president of the Oglala...

9/24/2019

article COMMENTARY: Why I refuse to hang my paintings in Gov. Brown’s office
(Oregon) -- I am an indigenous artist, based in Klamath County. Recently, Gov. Kate Brown invited me to show my art at her Salem office as part of the annual “Art...

9/23/2019

article KEELER: Native Women's Equal Pay Day Statistics Reveal The Price Of Injustice
(USA) -- Often, when white Americans meet a Native American, the first thing they ask about is the "free money" they believe all Natives get. But free money...

9/3/2019

article LEZA: For Native Americans, United States-Mexico border is an ‘imaginary line’
(USA) -- Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the United States-Mexico border even before...
article SAYET: America’s obsession with killing Indians hasn’t died
(Hollywood) -- When I was a toddler, I watched my mother fixate on her typewriter as she hammered out her first work of nonfiction, The Lasting of the Mohegans, a book...

8/27/2019

article Journalist Tim Giago ~ Oral Histories from StoryCorps and Breaking Barriers
(South Dakota) -- Journalist Tim Giago, upon seeing that his Native American people were not fairly represented, or represented at all, by main stream journalists,...

8/8/2019

article LCO Ojibwa College Library to host Native Voices exhibit
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Library has been selected in a competitive application process to host Native Voices: Native Peoples...

7/22/2019

article PEMBER: Painful thorns are found in Denise Lajimodiere’s history of Indian boarding school survivors
(Indian Country) -- “Stringing Rosaries,” is a labor of love. But like most books associated with the Native experience in the U.S. Denise Lajimodiere’s history of...

7/19/2019

article Justina Bruns: I'm an Oglala Lakota Woman and I Won't Be Labeled as "White-Passing"
(North Carolina) -- In this op-ed, Justina Bruns explains why she, a Native woman, rejects the label "white-passing." Hān Mítakuyāpi! Čhaŋté waštéya napé...

7/7/2019

article LaDUKE: Pipeline posturing powered in the shadows: Sometimes 'grassroots' is anything but
(Minnesota) -- It turns out that Minnesotans for Line 3 is actually paid for and governed by the Enbridge Corporation, according to a DeSmog investigative research study...

7/6/2019

article Story in the Public Square: Scholar sheds light on the plight of indigenous women
(Massachusetts) -- Philip J. Deloria is the first-ever tenured professor of Native American History at Harvard University. The author of several books — from his...

7/4/2019

article Tara Pretends Eagle Weber: History is repeating itself when it comes to genocide
(USA) -- I am a survivor of genocide. I am a direct descendent of Pretends Eagle, a documented survivor of The Battle at Little Bighorn. My ancestors fought for me to...

7/1/2019

article Klamath Neighbors: Auyukii hutt kich!
(Washington) -- It is always nice to be greeted with a wave, or “hello” or “good morning!” If you are around Happy Camp, your cheery “hello...

6/30/2019

article GIAGO: The city's economic merry-go-round
(South Dakota) -- The first sentence in the latest editorial in the local daily reads, “Successful economic development requires every single essential ingredient...

6/27/2019

article ECOFFEY: Creating Hope Must Be A Priority
(South Dakota) -- For the better part of my lifetime, our people have been in a battle with suicide. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

6/25/2019

article HALBRITTER: Why Wes Studi’s Governors Award Will Be a Landmark for Native Americans
(Hollywood) -- One of the very first images – or flickers of light — ever put on film was shot by Thomas Edison on a kinescope in 1894 depicting Native...
article TRAHANT: Democratic candidates debate full funding for Indian health (well, kinda, sorta)
(Washington D.C.) -- This week 20 Democratic candidates for president will have their first presidential debates; candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not...

6/19/2019

article Port Angeles library to host ‘Native Voices’ series
(Washington) -- The North Olympic Library System has been selected in a competitive application process to host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of...

6/17/2019

article Arne Vainio: This is what I would have wanted my father to say
(South Dakota) -- He wasn’t my patient, but he told his mother he was having suicidal thoughts and he needed to be seen right away. He had been started on an...

6/11/2019

article McKASATO: Attacking the root cause of the opioid crisis in Indian Country by suing big pharma
(USA) -- In a move demonstrating big pharma companies are one of the root causes of opioid problems plaguing Indian Country, more than 100 tribes are setting the stage...

6/9/2019

article GIAGO: Looking at end of an era
(South Dakota) -- A recent editorial titled, “Public shaming over CBD oil unnecessary” was apparently written by a young person or by someone new to Rapid...
article Three Forks History: Cherokee marriage sometimes required an extra vow
(Oklahoma) -- Like most other people groups, the Cherokees for many years had only a common law. It was not written down but was well-known and understood by citizens of...

6/7/2019

article Schooling: How can we address our five-alarm teacher diversity shortage?
(Washington) -- In today’s world, we have a lot to worry about, so why should you be concerned about the current state of education if you don’t have school-...

6/5/2019

article HOPKINS: American Citizenship for Natives Was Withheld, Then Rights Were Long-Ignored
(USA) -- Artifacts and DNA evidence prove that Native people have occupied North America for upwards of 20,000 years, but many elders—my grandmother included...

6/3/2019

article Redefining We The People to include the Indigenous
(Washington D.C.) -- His salt and pepper hair tied into a tsiiyéeł stood out to me before Mark Charles shook my hand. “Yá'át'ééh abiní,” he said with...

6/2/2019

article SARAH DEER: Native communities want equal justice — Congress can help
(Washington D.C.) -- For four decades, a dangerous loophole in federal law has been allowed to remain even though it threatens women and children on a daily basis. In...

5/29/2019

article BREWER: The Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Cherokee Nation — the largest Native American tribe — will cast votes for a new principal chief this week from every corner of...

5/28/2019

article PEMBER: The #MeToo movement has skipped Indian Country'
(Indian Country) -- Sexual harassment in Indian Country is an inconvenient and deeply uncomfortable truth. Most media coverage of sexual violence and harassment focuses...
article SOTO: Religious freedom for all Native Americans
(Texas) -- It was a beautiful morning for worship. As a spiritual leader for my tribe, the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, I wore my traditional clothing and eagle feathers...

5/26/2019

article BLACKHAWK: The Indian Law That Helps Build Walls
(Washington D.C.) -- The first two years of the Trump administration have brought us horror story after horror story about our government: children separated from their...

5/23/2019

article Charmaine White Face: Divide and conquer for Indian people all over again
(South Dakota) -- The Tribes: Oglala, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud Sioux Tribes, and all the rest of us, got played big time by Jerrilyn Church and the Great Plains...
article RAVE: Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
(USA) -- Grand Ronde tribal citizen Mia Prickett used to assume she was reading unbiased reporting in the tribe’s newspaper, Smoke Signals. But all that changed...
article Rep. Tom Cole: The 'American dream' is all about free markets
(Oklahoma) -- Ever since our brave forebearers declared America’s independence, the United States has been a beacon of liberty, hope and opportunity.

5/19/2019

article Hatter: Canada must honor indigenous rights
(Washington) -- Though many Spokanites have experienced the frustration of crossing the Canada-U.S. border in the post-9/11 world, they can at least take some comfort...

5/12/2019

article TRAHANT: Ask those presidential candidates to explain the mess we call an election
(Washington D.C.) -- Candidates are telling us why they should be the next president. And there are a lot of them. At least 20 Democrats, a major independent, and two...

5/7/2019

article TRAHANT: Indigenous knowledge incorporated into global climate assessment
(Indian Country) -- The most comprehensive biological survey ever conducted has reached a terrifying conclusion: Extinction is the new normal. The international...

5/5/2019

article MARSHALL: ‘The most unethical misuse of power ever seen in Hoopa politics’
(California) -- The article “Tribe to vote again on hemp, pot” (Times-Standard, May 1, Page A1) was one of the most dishonest pieces of journalism that I...

5/4/2019

article Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic
(South Dakota) -- The events we see happening on the political scene today WHATEVER they are, send us all a signal of who is in charge that means empowerment. Kristi...

4/28/2019

article PEMBER: Native Peoples’ Bones Are Not Collectors’ Items. They Must Be Returned
(Indian Country) -- How did the ghoulish practice of grave-digging become an “innocent hobby” for so many white people in the US? A recent FBI press release...

4/25/2019

article GALANDA: Washington State Corrections Religious Laws: "Changing the Language, Changing the Culture"
(Washington) -- “Language is culture and culture is behavior. If you change the language you change the behavior.” These are teachings from late Blackfeet...

4/22/2019

article KUNESH: Indian Country can help solve rural America’s decline
(Indian Country) -- Recently, Paul Krugman shared his thoughts about the decline of rural America: “There are powerful forces behind the relative and in some cases...

4/19/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Native students have the right to wear eagle feathers at graduation
(Oklahoma) -- High school graduation ceremonies across Oklahoma will soon take place. Graduation from high school is an especially significant occasion for Cherokee...
article KEELER: Notre Dame and the Fight for Sacred Lands
(USA) -- In Chiapas, Mexico, I first considered the difference between the kind of society that builds monumental architecture in stone and the kind that nurtures great...

4/17/2019

article COLUMN: Covering Indian Country in the media
(Minnesota) -- I was honored to join a panel of fellow media experts to discuss “Covering Indian Country: How is Indian Country being covered in mainstream media...

4/14/2019

article GIAGO: After all, what’s in a name?
(South Dakota) -- It seems that behind every nickname there is a reason. I was six years old when my parents dropped me of in front of Red Cloud Hall. The building was...
article TRAHANT: This really is a Montana debate: Support coal or else forget Medicaid
(Montana) -- This is really a debate in 2019: Conservative legislators in Montana are demanding that the coal industry get state support or else they will not support a...

4/7/2019

article TRAHANT: What difference does it make to have Native Americans in Congress? This.
(Washington D.C.) -- What difference does it make to have Native Americans in the Congress? The debate last week about the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women...
article NAGLE: How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people
(Indian Country) -- The day before Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released the results of her DNA test last fall, the Los Angeles Times revealed another prominent...

3/30/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Cherokee graduates can share tribal pride through new stole program
(Oklahoma) -- A new program will allow Cherokee Nation citizens graduating from college the opportunity to show their tribal pride. The Cherokee Nation Stole Program,...

3/29/2019

article MONET: The crisis in covering Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- When Elizabeth Warren remarked during a recent campaign event that Native Americans should be “part of the conversation” about proposed...

3/25/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Cherokee graduates can share tribal pride through new stole program
(Oklahoma) -- A new program will allow Cherokee Nation citizens graduating from college the opportunity to show their tribal pride. The Cherokee Nation Stole Program,...
article TRAHANT: American 'democracy' should include more Native voices
(Indian Country) -- What kind of “democracy” is the United States? Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren asked the question in a big way this week. "I...

3/22/2019

article TRAHANT: What kind of democracy? One where Native votes are counted
(Washington D.C.) -- What kind of “democracy” is the United States? Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren asked the question in a big way this week....

3/19/2019

article COMMENTARY: Let’s talk about the Oliphant in the room
(North Carolina) -- This commentary isn’t about the mythical creature from Tolkien stories but a landmark federal case that has adversely affected tribal...

3/18/2019

article GIAGO: Let us stay for awhile and see what we shall see
(Indian Country) -- I want to speak but I cannot and the face is becoming hazy in the crowd. I say “Wait… do not leave yet…stay and talk awhile....

3/13/2019

article MOSES: Yup’ik (Cup’ik) Judicial Practices
(Alaska) -- Yup’k and Cup’ik (Y/Cup’ik) Tribes make up the largest Indigenous or Native Group in Alaska. Their territory covers most of Southwestern...

3/10/2019

article GIAGO: A city of ducktails and ponytails
(South Dakota) -- I often write about the way it was in Rapid City back in the 1940s and 1950s. I do not do this to diminish the fact that there were some racial...
article PEMBER: Seasonal complaint: 'Missionaries are on our reservation!'
(South Dakota) -- Davidica Little Spotted Horse has handed out flyers on the Pine Ridge reservation since 2014. It's a seasonal thing. The weather is warmer and...

3/5/2019

article BREWER: Is a new copyright law a ‘colonization of knowledge’?
(USA) -- In the wake of a sweeping music copyright law that went into effect in October, some historic Indigenous songs, stories and languages could be released to the...
article EAGLEWOMAN: Indigenous legal traditions of stewardship and the rights of nature
(Canada) -- Indigenous peoples worldwide have a deep and abiding relationship with the earth. The Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere commonly refer to the...

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