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CHAMPAGNE: The Case for Indigenous-Based Education

The most critical and radical contemporary approach to schooling today is culturally based education. Its virtues and drawbacks are many.

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1/26/2015

article NEWCOMB: Chief Justice Earl Warren: A Christian Land, Governed by Christian Principles
(Washington D.C.) -- In a previous column, I noted that U.S. federal Indian law is traced to the religio-political narrative of Chosen People and Promised Land in the...

1/25/2015

article Ivan Star: Indian Country must put more effort in public relations
(South Dakota) -- While sipping my morning coffee I began reading a White House document titled “2014 Native Youth Report.” As with every other tribal member...
article Guest Opinion: Sequim schools and the future of our community
(Washington) -- On Feb. 10, 2015, the Sequim community will vote on a $49.2 million school facility bond. Last year, the district requested a $154 million bond.
article THORNTON: Peeling Away the Layers of Forgotten History
(Oklahoma) -- “I don’t want to talk about it! They treated us worse than the coloreds.” That is what my Granny Ruby would generally say when we asked...

1/24/2015

article LUGER: Well For Culture: Wellness as a Political Statement
(North Dakota) -- “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it’s self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde, Caribbean...
article RUSSELL: Death by Drink: Indian Country’s Curse
(Texas) -- The Center for Disease Control released a study on January 6 about U.S. deaths from alcohol poisoning based on two years of death certificate data, 2010 to...
article ROSS: The Seahawks' Indigenous Connection: 5 Natives on Why They Just Can't Get Enough
(Washington) -- The Seattle Seahawks, as they get ready to crush the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, are undoubtedly the most Indian-nest professional sports...
article BLOG: Native Lives Matter
(Arizona) -- As the daughter of a Law Enforcement Officer who has served for almost 30 years, I have always been keenly aware of the issues that affect the families of...

1/23/2015

article TRAHANT: Unlocking digital tools in Indian Country to build a new economy
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s time for State of the Unions. President Barack Obama, of course, on Tuesday. Then, a variety of state reports across the country. And, on...

1/22/2015

article NEWCOMB: The Old Testament Religious Basis of U.S. Federal Indian Law and Policy
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal Indian law and policy system of the United States is unmistakably tied to a Judeo-Christian religio-political worldview which is well-...

1/21/2015

article ECCOFEY: The Inequity of Justice and Reporting in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Late last week the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation released the findings of its investigation into the shooting death of Allan Locke...

1/19/2015

article JOHNSON: Reminded of a vision quest
(California) -- Saturday, I did a reading for the Native Voices Poetry Festival at the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center in Banning. The learning center is a community art...
article NEWCOMB: Father Serra’s Sainthood: Sanctifying a Legacy of Domination
(California) -- On January 15, 2015, during a flight from Sri Lanka to Manila, Pope Francis declared to reporters: “In September, God willing, I will canonize...
article WHALEN: Oglala Sioux Tribe denies off-reservation voters
(South Dakota) -- The tribal folks in the Great Plains Region should be concerned about how their constitutions were drafted and the subsequent language that is...

1/16/2015

article TURTLE TALK: Who Won American Indian Law and Policy in 2014? The Tribal In-House Counsel Association (of course)
(Michigan) -- It pays to get organized. As you may know, MSU and TICA will be hosting the first Indian law conference (that I know) dedicated exclusively to issues...
article BLOG: Pope Francis decides to make Father Junipero Serra a saint or In Which I Tell Pope Francis he needs to take a Native Studies class like stat
(California) -- Canonization (in American English and Oxford spelling) or canonisation (in British English) is the act by which the Catholic Church or Eastern Orthodox...
article JACOBS: They Want You to Be Afraid: Fight Against the Emerging Police State
(New Mexico) -- Is this country headed toward becoming a police state? Some will tell you we’ve been on that road since 9/11, and maybe since the imperial...

1/15/2015

article GALANDA: Tribal Per Capita Poverty–How About Disenrollment Bankruptcy?
(Washington) -- “In November, a [Las Vegas] Review-Journal reporter and photographer encountered one of the disenrolled, 52-year-old Darla Hatcher, sleeping with...
article Ivan Star: Successes and failures in Indian education system
(South Dakota) -- I have been admonished (more than once) for trying to bring our history into the classroom here on the Pine Ridge. The gist of these retorts seemed to...
article TRAHANT: Obama’s State of the Union will call for investing in youth. Will Congress listen?
(Washington) -- Indian Country is rarely mentioned during a presidential State of the Union. That’s too bad. There is so much a president could do to improve the...

1/14/2015

article HANSEN: Applying 'Diversity in Science Writing' to Native Journalists
(USA) -- Coastal tribes began documenting thousands of dead fish, crabs and other alarming changes on the beaches of Washington State’s rugged coastline in 2006....

1/12/2015

article BAKER: Higher Education Aid Means Hope and Opportunity for Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- Education has always been valued by Cherokees, and the Cherokee Nation is investing more today in higher education scholarships than at any time in our...
article BLOG: Crow Nation Accused of Stockholm Syndrome for Proclaiming “Jesus is Lord”
(South Dakota) -- I was truly embarrassed for myself, my kids, and my forefathers when I read that the Crow Nation Tribal Government had paid for and erected a 33ft...

1/9/2015

article Doug George-Kanentiio: Late governor was no friend to Iroquois
(New York) -- Whenever an individual passes into the spirit world it is our duty to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the departed. We do so for former...
article BLOG: The “that isn’t traditional” meme.
(Ontario) -- The “that isn’t traditional” meme. Dude. Say it with me. Traditions aren’t technology-dependent. I feel like I’ve said this so...
article James Giago Davies: A New Year's resolution I won't be breaking
(South Dakota) -- My schoolboy buddy Barry never said he didn’t believe in God, he had just asked me five minutes before if I did. We talked about not believing,...
article OP/ED: The stew over Land Run reenactments
(Oklahoma) -- Many, even outside of Oklahoma, are aware that once upon a time, there was a Land Run held here in 1889. Most may not know the exact date off the top of...
article Niigaan Sinclair: Stop apologizing for John A. Macdonald
(Ottawa) -- In a Jan. 3, 1887 letter referring to Indians as “inveterate grumblers,” Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald wrote that it would be...

1/8/2015

article COOK: Resolution for '15: Native Land—Use It or Lose It
(New York) -- New Year’s at ICTMN finds me at home, shuttling between the computer, the woodpile outside, the kitchen where I hope to sautee some mushrooms soon,...
article RUSSELL: The Torture Report and the Indian Wars
(Texas) -- Some of my friends are celebrating that 2014 was the year the “Torture Report” finally came out, allowing the world to see that the United States...
article RUSSELL: Say What? Four More Dumb Things Supreme Court Justices Wrote About Indians
(Texas) -- The first half of eight selected dumb things Supreme Court justices have written about Indians left us breathless. It will take your breath away when tribal...
article NoiseCat: The Road to Becoming a Rhodes Scholar Is Fraught With Obstacles
(British Columbia) -- Over the past several months, I poured my heart and soul into trying to be one of this year’s eighty-three Rhodes Scholars.
article RUSSELL: The Columbus Jinx Was Still Strong in 2014
(Texas) -- Christoforo Columbo, most of us learn only as adults, was not Spanish. He would have been Italian if Italy had existed at the time. As it was, he was Genoan,...

1/6/2015

article GIAGO: Racism is racism no matter how you chant it or chop it
(South Dakota) -- If Michael Haney and Vernon Bellecourt were alive today they would be dancing on the table tops because Florida State University got their butts kicked...
article TRAHANT: Climate change? Treaty rights? Sure, but the real killer is The Market
(Washington D.C.) -- The new Republican Congress has promised to expedite legislation to promote the Keystone XL Pipeline. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven is expected to...
article RUSSELL: Say What? Four Dumb Things Supreme Court Justices Wrote About Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- This report started out titled “Eight Dumbest,” but I have retreated from that claim. In the midst of roiling rivers of absurdity,...

1/3/2015

article COMMENTARY: The Doctrine of Discovery- A Buried Apology and an Empty Chair
(Washington D.C.) -- Picture a chair, an empty chair. There are dozens, even hundreds, of them sitting on the stage behind the podium. At the microphone is a Native...
article Unreserved: From Thomas King to Tomson Highway
(Canada) -- Ever since I was a wee Deerchild I have loved a good story. From Sesame Street to Reading Rainbow to the public library you could always find me enthralled...

1/1/2015

article COURCHENE: The Trail of the Turtle
(Manitoba) -- Boozhoo, Aniin! Denay Makinitook! Welcome, My Relatives, to the Centre, the heart of Turtle Island, the sacred place of Manito Api. Today we come forward...

12/31/2014

article Column: The Ghost of Christmas Past
(USA) -- To my little brat daughter that I drove 189 miles to see and then would not see me or receive her Christmas gifts: Your mother was a ho when I met her and...
article Happy New Year: Welcome to Twenty Fifteen
(Michigan) -- Happy New Year Twenty FifteenTwenty Fifteen (2015) has a nice ring to it! A New Year brings a renewed hope complete with good intentions to carve out a...
article Ivan Star: Manifest Destiny continues to dominate our peoples
(South Dakota) -- Long before I was born my ancestors endured genocide under the banner of Manifest Destiny. We continue to endure the vilest of what is now referred to...
article JENNINGS: Wok the Dog: Christmas in China
(China) -- As Americans scrambled to prepare for the Christmas holiday, it was time to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. Things that make the holiday special...
article ROSS: My Indigenous Mount Lovemore: Happy New Year!
(Washington) -- Symbols matter. We need to show off our icons and heroes. I know some people dislike Mount Rushmore mightily. I get it—slaveowners, racists, guys...

12/29/2014

article BLOG: Unbroken: Continued Resistance to Settler Colonialism
(South Dakota) -- On December 21st 1866, allied Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors dealt a devastating defeat to the United State military at the Battle of the...

12/28/2014

article American Indian College Fund’s Cheryl Crazy Bull: Why Tribal Colleges Matter
(Colorado) -- In regard to the article “Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money” in the November 26, 2014 issue of...
article James Giago Davies: How to think about others first for a change
(South Dakota) -- For those of you who don’t know, Terry Gwinnett is an iyeska from a parallel universe, and it is amazing how often life in his universe mirrors...
article MCKOSATO: Race matters for tribal members
(New Mexico) -- Race has become a most interesting topic these days. People are protesting all over our nation about black men, and minorities in general, being killed...
article RUSSELL: Sacred Blindness I: Only Half the World is Sacred?
(Texas) -- There’s a “list website” called The Daily Eight. A “list website” makes lists that are intended as click bait, places teasers...

12/27/2014

article CHAMPAGNE: Are Ethnic Indians a Threat to Indigenous Rights?
(USA) -- Ethnic Indians who do not have ties to tribal nations form a potential threat to Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous rights. Trying to define “indigeneity...
article CHAVERS: A Genealogical Journey About the Family I Never Knew
(New Mexico) -- My Chavers family started in Surry County, Virginia in 1645. Elizabeth Gibson was born that year and married William Chavis, or Chavers.
article Commentary: Christmas 2014: May Peace on Earth Become a Reality in Our Lives
(Michigan) -- “Peace on Earth” is one of the tenets of the Christmas story. You don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate this tenet. Peace should be...

12/25/2014

article ROSS: Our Native Children Are Not Poverty Porn: 'If One Succeeds, a Hundred Are Coming After' (a Poem)
(Washington) -- Native kids from Indian Reservations are supposed to feel like victims. Right? And ESPECIALLY kids from the Pine Ridge Reservation—they don’t...

12/24/2014

article BLOG: Open Season on Native Men
(South Dakota) -- Rapid City, South Dakota was the focal point for Natives across South Dakota last weekend, a destination for families from all reservations across the...

12/23/2014

article DEVALOS: Decolonizing Medicine: Physical, Social and Mental Healing
(California) -- de·col·o·nize - verb (of a country) withdraw from (a colony), leaving it independent. I notice a lot of talk on “decolonizing...
article TACHINE: Native Americans in Higher Education Are More Than Just an Asterisk
(Arizona) -- A population that was nearly decimated from colonization is now growing and thriving. According to the 2010 Census, 5.2 million people in the United States...

12/22/2014

article GIAGO: Remember the victims of massacre at Wounded Knee
(South Dakota) -- Fifty-one years before the Japanese carrier strike force dropped their deadly bombs on Pearl Harbor, another “Day of Infamy” that will live...
article JOHNSON: Getting into the holiday spirit
(California) -- I don’t know what’s the matter. It’s Christmas week, yet I don’t have one decoration up in my house. Not one inflatable Santa...

12/21/2014

article The Urban Indigenous Woman: I Love Being Indigenous
(USA) -- I love being Indigenous. Don’t you? As we go forward, The Urban Indigenous Woman is going to be talking a lot about health disparities, lack of access to...

12/20/2014

article JAE: #Native Lives Matter: It’s a Different Kind of Hurt
(Oklahoma) -- All lives matter, but this is not a discussion about all lives. This is not about putting the lives of one people above the lives of others. This is not...

12/19/2014

article Where's the Senate Torture Report on All the Violence Done to Natives?
(Ontario) -- In the wake the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture, we are all being asked to think historically. Many have seen...
article ECOFFEY: The Love of the Game and the Hope of the People
(South Dakota) -- Each December the tribal nations of the Great Plains are united by the children of our communities. Together we show the world that, despite our...
article Justification for War and Acts of Violence By Gadudage
(North Carolina) -- There are many examples of genocidal acts that the United States government committed against the indigenous population of North America.

12/18/2014

article LAMAR: The Good News Behind the Bad News About Crime and Violence in Indian Country
(USA) -- The Indian Law and Order Commission's report, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer bluntly described systemic public safety problems and the resulting...

12/17/2014

article TRAHANT: Gimmicks and governing are Old School’s last act; painful austerity ahead
(Washington D.C.) -- We just watched the last act of The Old School Congress. In its last moments, it passed bills with thousands of pages, giving permission to members...

12/16/2014

article BAKER: Why the Affordable Care Act is Important to the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee People
(Oklahoma) -- Helping improve health care for the Cherokee people is something I’ve made the cornerstone of my administration. Since being elected Principal Chief...
article IRON EYES: Sitting Bull is Alive
(South Dakota) -- Today, December 15, 2013, marks the 123rd memorial/anniversary of the murder of Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota (Great Sioux Nation). My...
article GIAGO: Think unity and fun at Olympics of Indian basketball
(South Dakota) -- It started in 1977 as a tournament to bring American Indian teams together and prepare them for the long season ahead. It has gone where no one alive...

12/15/2014

article DANIELS: Tribal Sovereignty will survive and tribes will thrive
(Minnesota) -- The year of 2014 is winding down and soon we will begin 2015. Tribes have gained significant inroads against those who have tried to strip and erode...
article Ivan Star: Being Lakota is something that comes from the heart
(South Dakota) -- In the space of 500 years Native America endured massacres, exile, broken treaties, reservations, boarding schools, smallpox infested blankets,...
article TWO EAGLES: Coping With Conflict
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Pope Benedict XVI once penned: "The life of the community, both domestically and internationally, clearly...

12/12/2014

article Letter to My Nephew Antonio: Suicide Chronicles, Part 5 of 5
(USA) -- Antonio, First and foremost, I love you, nephew. You’re one of the main reasons that I do what I do. I remember when I was 13 years old, my little brother...

12/11/2014

article Re: Raiding Native Sacred Places in a Defense Authorization: Everything Wrong with Congress
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe (Tribe) has worked for the past decade to shine light on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange that would transfer Oak Flat and...
article CHAVERS: Tackling the Stanford Indian and Other Racist Mascots
(New Mexico) -- Stanford University in California was the first institution in the U.S. that changed a demeaning Indian symbol to a positive one. As in many other...
article BLOG: President Responds to injunction Criticism
(South Dakota) -- I would like to take this opportunity to inform the public as to what is going on with my ethics hearing before the Tribal Council and the injunctive...
article GILIO-WHITAKER: Obama Draws Natives Into Immigration Reform Battle
(Colorado) -- Last week, President Obama went out on a political limb with his executive order allowing an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the...
article MYERS: Heed the Higher Calling of Indigenous Rights
(USA) -- In 1977 I had the incredible opportunity to be the coordinator for the first UN NGO conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This effort grew out of...
article NEWCOMB: The United Nations' High Level Outcome Document
(California) -- The debate over the meaning and significance of the outcome document for the United Nations (UN) high level plenary meeting (erroneously referred to as...
article RUSSELL: Congress Sinks the Boat Unless We Rock the Boat
(Texas) -- It’s a time-honored method for getting legislation done in the middle of a gridlock to attach an unrelated “rider” to a bill understood as...
article ARMITAGE: Domestic Violence: Women Must Never Forget How Powerful and Sacred They Really Are
(Wisconsin) -- It had been the perfect day. My boyfriend had taken me to sunny Riverside to meet his parents and their lovable Weimaraner, Clancy. On the drive home, I...
article ROSS: We Are All to Blame for Michael Brown and Eric Garner Not Getting Justice
(Washington) -- Quick story. It was like a game. I come from a family that doesn't easily go along with government stuff. We hate taxes. We hate surveillance. We...

12/10/2014

article McKASATO: New Railway System Raises Concerns Within Indian Country
(USA) -- Railroad lines run all over Indian country – from New York to Washington, from the Dakotas through Oklahoma and clear down to the gulf of Louisiana....

12/7/2014

article The Kansas City Mic-O-Say Chiefs, By Jimmy Lee Beason II
(Kansas) -- At first, I wasn’t going to comment too much on the Kansas City Chiefs and there slightly less offensive team brand and all the culturally appropriated...
article Armstrong Wiggins: Implementing UNDRIP will save Native lives
(Washington) -- Speaking out against illegal logging in indigenous territories is a death sentence in Peru. This past September, in Peru’s remote Amazon region of...
article ROBERTSON: No Surprise, But We All Should Matter
(Kansas) -- I'm not surprised by the recent grand jury ruling against indicting Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri....

12/6/2014

article ‘Freedom Has to Be Fought For’: Brothers in Vietnam and Life Pt. 1
(New Mexico) -- “War is hell and it isn’t right, but when your country needs you, you cannot turn your back on it,” says Mervyn Hillis, a Navajo...
article BLOG: "True Blood Brothers" in NBC's production of Peter Pan
(USA) -- In an earlier post, I wrote about how NBC had hired a Chickasaw man to rework the "Ugg-A-Wugg" song, replacing that phrase with a word used by the...
article Commentary / #NotYourTigerlily: Nine Months Later and They Still Don’t Get the Point
(Oklahoma) -- The #NotYourTigerlily movement began nine months ago with a single tweet during the #NotYourTonto twitterstorm that was being held in response to the Oscar...
article Keene: Why 'Fix' Tiger Lily? Why Can't We Just Let Her Go?
(Rhode Island) -- On Thursday night, NBC aired their Peter Pan Live! event, a highly publicized three-hour-plus live performance starring Allison Williams as a weirdly...

12/5/2014

article Interpreter praises mother’s work
(Arizona) -- A strong, God fearing, Native American woman’s voice advocating for the indigenous people of the community of Bylas. It’s a powerful thought of...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Alcohol is the most devastating weapon
(South Dakota) -- I paid a short visit to our courthouse and ended up with a task. So, this article is about a long-standing serious brain disorder called Wernicke-...

12/4/2014

article PEMBER: ‘The Great Hurt’: Facing the Trauma of Indian Boarding Schools
(Minnesota) -- “Aww, here we go again, talking about the dang boarding schools!” This was the first thought Chally Topping-Thompson had when the topic came...

12/2/2014

article TRIMBLE: Standing our ground -- Our moral obligation
(South Dakota) -- A recent Indianz.com story entitled “North Dakota tribe puts oil refinery on pause to review plans,” told of the leadership of the Three...

12/1/2014

article GIAGO: We call ourselves survivors of the boarding schools
(South Dakota) -- In the old days the education of American children was paramount to the Democratic system of government. The adage of the 3 R’s, “Reading,...

11/30/2014

article GILIO-WHITAKER: Indian Country Legal Experts Help Untangle Sovereignty in Hawaii
(Washington) -- “Kamau a Ea” in Hawaiian means “keeping the breath of life.” Ea is life but it can also mean sovereignty, rule, or independence....
article NEWCOMB: Leadership and the Liberation of Our Original Nations
(California) -- Some of us who have embarked on a path of intellectual work have also worked throughout our lives with spiritual leaders so that our intellectual efforts...
article SEXTON: BIA's Ugly, 19th-Century Attitudes Toward Native Land Rights
(Washington) -- In his famous 19th century treatise, “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville noted that whereas the Spaniards “pursued the...
article Connecting the Dots on Climate Change and Economic Development
(Washington D.C.) -- In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed regulation known as the Clean Power Plan rule. This proposed rule, which...
article Domestic Violence: If the Abuse Is so Bad, Why Do You Stay?
(Wisconsin) -- “Lady, if it’s so bad, why don’t you leave?” said the police officer standing my kitchen, summoned by me in response to an...
article James Giago Davies: Polygamy and shunning in Lakota culture
(South Dakota) -- Shunning works for all cultures — not just Lakota tiospaye. Better than beating on the kid until he winds up in the emergency room, while Mom...

11/29/2014

article Opinion: Custer County is American Indians’ Ferguson: The Story Won’t Make It to CNN
(Michigan) -- In the aftermath of Ferguson, I am reminded of Custer County. On Monday night, the nation waited for the grand jury’s decision on whether or not...

11/28/2014

article COOK-LYNN: Indian children exploited for fundraisers
(South Dakota) -- CNN, filled with their reporter's indignation that goes with the “expose” of another Indian story of fraud, racism, greed and hypocrisy...
article WALN: My family's Thanksgiving on the reservation is a rebuke to America's colonialism
(South Dakota) -- When I was a little kid, I was unaware that I am the bastard child of colonisation, born into a reality in which I’ll spend my entire life...

11/26/2014

article BAD HAND: Lakota Song Cut Short in Senate, Created
(South Dakota) -- Lakota Voice contacted Howard Bad Hand to talk with him about the song he made, a portion of which Greg Grey Cloud sang in the Senate chamber a week...
article BLOG: Attorney General Concha Lies about being Indian, Makes Racist Comments Against Indians
(South Dakota) -- What happens when an attorney pretends to be an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe in order to get a job as the attorney general on the...

11/24/2014

article BREWER: Internet Access Will Be a Game-Changer for Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- The power of technology is transforming classrooms across the country. Whether students on tribal lands will have the opportunity to reap the benefits...
article GIAGO: Cornflakes every Sunday at Indian boarding school
(South Dakota) -- There is a poem in my book "Children Left Behind" called “Six days a week and twice on Sunday” that describes the lives of the...
article TRIMBLE: A time to give thanks -- For whatever reason
(South Dakota) -- I got a call recently from Indian Country Today Media Network reporter, Christina Rose, whom I’ve gotten to appreciate for her accurate and...
article Unreserved: Starlight tours, diabetes and young indigenous thespians as part of our story
(Canada) -- From the oral traditions of our ancestors to contemporary forms of books, art, music or film Indigenous Peoples have been sharing stories for thousands of...

11/23/2014

article NEWCOMB: Toward Disestablishing the Doctrine of Christian Domination
(California) -- In his recent column, Professor David Wilkins (Lumbee) says the doctrine of discovery has gone through many expressions, such as "a theological...
article TRAHANT: New Governor Works with Citizens, Tribes to ‘Create a Vision for Alaska’
(Alaska) -- Alaskans from across the state met on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage over the weekend to talk about the transition to a new governor’...
article RUSSELL: Muslims and Christians Fight Over Which Was Discovered First
(Texas) -- When Cherokee cowboy Will Rogers said his relatives did not come over on the Mayflower but “we met the boat,” he did not imagine that Europeans...

11/21/2014

article Mass Media Fail(s): Describing Indian man's singing as "chants" and "yowls" and "wails"
(USA) -- When they were kids, did Dina Capiello of the Associated Press, Andrew Kirell of Mediaite, and the nameless person who posted a video at CNN read children's...
article SPEED: "Pro-American" History Textbooks Hurt Native Americans
(Texas) -- I teach Native American Studies and virtually none of my university students has had any education whatsoever in the history of this country's treatment...
article Moai Than Meets the Eye: More Proof Bering Strait Theory is Wrong
(Texas) -- The indigenous people called the island Rapa Nui; the Spanish explorers called it Isla de Pascua, Spanish for the name bestowed by the Dutch “discoverer...
article OP/ED: I Wish I Was White
(New York) -- I wish I was white not because I think life would be easy, but because more things would become an option. Like the option of choosing or choosing not to...
article SPENCER: Changing the Narrative for Native American Youth
(USA) -- Throughout my life I've encountered many misconceptions and stereotypes about Native Americans: inaccurate and hurtful depictions in film, in textbooks, and...

11/20/2014

article TRAHANT: A Senate memory: Blue Lake
(Washington D.C.) -- The story of Greg Grey Cloud's honor song in the Senate (and his removal from that chamber) reminded me of a story. On December 2, 1970, the...

11/18/2014

article TRAHANT: This election is historic. Welcome to the 21st century, Alaska
(Alaska) -- Watching Alaska politics, for me, has been like looking back in time. The animosity of state institutions toward Alaska Natives is all too familiar. It...

11/17/2014

article South Dakota Native Election Victories—And What They Say About 2016
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s Native vote generated a lot of media attention in the run-up to Election 2014. Pundits wondered, would tribal voters there save...
article GIAGO: The final Indian war in America is about to begin
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s Republican leadership of John Thune and Kristi Noem always march lockstep with the other Republican robots. Neither of them care...
article TAYLOR: Everyday Adventures On and Off the Rez
(USA) -- I live and sleep in the mountains. Been living this way for a year now, so I guess that technically makes me homeless. I know an Indian who was similarly...
article Ivar Star Comes Out: Empower our youth to forge better lives
(South Dakota) -- I write this with due respect to all the tribal members who campaigned for public office regardless of whether you won or not. It is time now to place...

11/14/2014

article James Giago Davies: Newspaper proves dreams can come true
(South Dakota) -- News reports from Indian Country have evolved over the years. It most often consisted of petty gossip, ego-driven squabbles, blatant nepotism, or of...
article Cobell checks and Skoal tins: How we do Thanksgiving in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Gratitude is like a warm, fuzzy blanket. There is a natural reluctance to gratitude that comes at virtually any age. Ask a toddler if they are grateful for...
article GILIO-WHITAKER: Surfing as Sovereignty: How Native Hawaiians Resisted Colonialism
(USA) -- In Hawaiian culture, surfing has always been more than a sport. So important was it that prayers and chants for good waves connected the art of he’e nalu...

11/13/2014

article TRAHANT: From Ballots to Policy: Budget Cuts Will Be Here Soon
(Alaska) -- The federal budget is complicated — and the politics of that budget is even worse. But we know that spending cuts are ahead. The questions are how deep...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: No 'Welcome Home' for Vietnam vets
(South Dakota) -- Today I hear “Welcome Home!” regularly to greet returning war veterans from Northeast Asia and that is good. They deserve to be welcomed...
article BLOG: Is that Native American Encyclopedia website any good?
(California) -- My answer to that question is a resounding NO. This is a long overdue post. Some time back--years maybe--I saw an online encyclopedia called "Native...
article CARRO: The Forgotten People of the Other America
(New Jersey) -- If you are an American, born and raised, reading this article, than you were most likely told the same Thanksgiving fairytale story growing up.
article CRAMBLIT: Fix the Earth With the Sacred Jump Dance
(California) -- The basis of the religion of the local people relies on individual effort through ritual cleanliness and ceremonies that include the entire tribe.
article Delphine Red Shirt: Lessons from our history as Lakota people
(South Dakota) -- It is interesting how, after the Civil War, policy-makers faced two racial problems concerning African-Americans and American Indians: how to bring...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Deskaheh was hero to the Iroquois
(New York) -- Throughout the long history of the Iroquois there have been many women and men who have become heroes because of their courage, dedication and compassion...
article Speaking Up: Native Women's Voices and the Challenges of Putting Yourself Out There
(USA) -- “There are not enough young Native women getting their voices out there.” This is what they tell me. I have been thinking about it. I have only...

11/11/2014

article TRAHANT: From ballots to policy: Next round of budget cuts are coming soon
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal budget is complicated — and the politics of that budget is even worse. But we know that spending cuts are ahead. The questions are...

11/10/2014

article BLOG: Judiciary Chairman Tries to Hide in Executive Session
(Nebraska) -- For those of you wondering what happened with the ICWA cases in Nebraska that Attorney General Concha ordered Attorney Guy to drop, you’ll have to...
article BLOG: Recourse for Trafficked Native Women in the Duluth Harbor
(Minnesota) -- I am of Anishinaabe and Cherokee ancestry and a MSW student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Six years ago, on the White Earth reservation, an elder...
article GIAGO: Walking in the footsteps of the late Ben Bradlee
(South Dakota) -- There are faculty luncheons and dinners at Harvard throughout the year. It was at one of these functions in 1990 that I first met Ben Bradlee, the...
article RYSER: Governing and Demagoguery
(USA) -- Reading the Glenn Morris comment in “Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” and Steven Newcomb’s “A Response...
article TWO EAGLES: Seasons And Generations
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Sitting Bull, one of the more famous Titowan Lakota elders, leaves us with these thoughts to ponder as penned...
article MASTEN: Calif. Tribes’ sovereign rights at risk
(California) -- The H&N recent editorial (“A Poor Future Beckons Without Water Settlement”) conflates the need for water settlements with Sen. Ron Wyden...

11/9/2014

article TRAHANT: This election The People are singing
(Alaska) -- There are two things you need to know about the Native American vote in 2014. First, the election is not over because ballots are still be counted in Alaska...

11/8/2014

article GILIO-WHITAKER: Perspectives on Self-Determination: A Response to Champagne, Newcomb & Wilkins
(Colorado) -- I never cease to be amazed at the intellectual brilliance that comes out of Indian country. Much of it graces the pages of this site; some of these people...
article OP/ED: Congress Must Reauthorize Native American Housing Programs Now
(Oregon) -- The cornerstone of healthy communities throughout the world is access to safe, culturally relevant and quality affordable housing.
article ROGERS: New York State of Mind: The Native Peoples of Long Island
(New York) -- When people mention Long Island in New York, the image that most people get is what pop culture has had to offer. To most people, it is an island and...

11/6/2014

article BREWER: Remembering the time of statehood
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota is celebrating its 125th anniversary as a state. We should recall what our Lakota people were asked to sacrifice at the time.
article PEMBER: Mapping the Market for Sex: Challenging Attitudes to Create Change
(USA) -- The business of sex trafficking young girls is a highly organized criminal enterprise in which brutality and cruelty are tools of the trade. Native American...

11/4/2014

article MORRIS: Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference–Act II
(United Nations) -- The fiasco that was falsely proclaimed to be the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), continues to endanger the international movement...
article PEMBER: Mapping the Market for Sex: New Report Details Minneapolis Sex Trade
(Minnesota) -- Seventy-five percent of juvenile sex trafficking cases in Minneapolis in 2013 involved Native American victims even though Native people make up just 2...
article What matters… My way of coping with suicide by Jayson Brave Heart
(South Dakota) -- Its been almost two months since we as a family put my nephew in the ground. Its been two long months to think about what happened, what changed, and...

11/3/2014

article GIAGO: SuAnne Big Crow passed but her dream still lives on
(South Dakota) -- SuAnne Big Crow was furious after she watched an NBC broadcast about the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981. “They came here and showed all of the...
article TRAHANT: Yes, it’s an imperfect system but the Native vote is worth counting
(USA) -- It’s almost time to count. Since I began my blog around Labor Day about Indian Country and elections I’ve written some 16,000 words, posted 25...

11/2/2014

article Hill Wonk | Community — and curiosity — reason enough to vote
(Montana) -- In the August 2014 primary, roughly 29% of registered voters in our legislative district actually voted. It troubles me that a majority of people —...
article VAN NORMAN: Founding Fathers Knew Indian Nations Are Sovereign
(USA) -- The Constitution’s original intent treats Indian nations and tribes as prior sovereigns, with jurisdiction over our citizens and territory. The Treaty and...
article GIAGO: SuAnne Big Crow Died, But Her Dreams Live On
(South Dakota) -- SuAnne Big Crow was furious after she watched an NBC broadcast about the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981. "They came here and showed all of the...
article How Sacred Objects Heal: A Tlingit's Journey, Part II
(Alaska) -- I wondered how medicine can help people when it's treated like a museum relic. My own growing sense of connection to my mother's tribe told me at.óow...

11/1/2014

article ROMAN NOSE: Save Our Children, Save Ourselves
(Oregon) -- The facts are there. We know them. We live them, every day. We see them in our children’s lives, especially now. According to Aspen Institute, 75...
article LEECY: The Truth About Our Origins Will Set Us All Free
(Minnesota) -- In Germany, students in grades K-12 receive mandatory instruction about the Holocaust. In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission bore...

10/31/2014

article RUSSELL: Indigenous Origins of the Day of the Dead, Versus Halloween
(Texas) -- El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is not Halloween, although Halloween introduces it on the calendar and putting the two together would result in...

10/30/2014

article SHEBALA: Navajo Hopi Land Office Director Says Hopi Police/Rangers Dressed In Swat Gear
(Arizona) -- About 70 Navajo people, many of them elders, walked peacefully from the Window Rock, Ariz., mini-mall to the Navajo Nation Council chambers. It took the...
article TRAHANT: 2014 is the ideal election scenario for Native American voters
(USA) -- If there ever was an election that was ideal for American Indians and Alaska Natives to determine the outcome, it’s 2014. Flip through the state campaigns...

10/29/2014

article DARLING: Beyond Squanto and Sitting Bull: Overcoming the Stereotypes of Native American Culture
(USA) -- Over the years there has been a plethora of cartoons and half-truths disseminated about Native Americans. They have been pictured as driving Cadillacs with oil...

10/28/2014

article Senate candidates battle for Indian vote in South Dakota race
(South Dakota) -- The outcome of the U.S. Senate race in South Dakota will likely come down to the Indian vote. Tribal leaders have endorsed Democrat Rick Weiland. But...
article ROMERO: The Federal Drug Administration Continues to Ignore Tribal Governments
(Washington D.C.) -- The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed by President Obama in 2011. In 2013, the accompanying Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations...
article TRAHANT: Alaska Senate race is a test of policy (not character)
(Alaska) -- I have to confess: I hate most political advertising. There is this idea in American politics that the best way to win is to knock the other person down.

10/27/2014

article GIAGO: Where the paths of the Jews and the Navajo crossed
(South Dakota) -- The Irish came to America because of the potato famine. Perhaps their move from Ireland to America was by choice and yet they were pushed to relocate...
article TRAHANT: The message from Alaska Natives, ‘it’s our time’
(Alaska) -- When you think about elections, sometimes it’s important to forget about winning and losing. There will always be a candidate who wins. And some folks...

10/25/2014

article CARROLL: Why the US Should Put Native Tribal Sovereignty in a New Constitution
(Virginia) -- This is an excerpt from A Proposed New Constitution, a call for 15 articles to be adopted in a new constitutional convention. Currently, dozens of states...
article NEWCOMB: Duane Champagne’s Orwellian Form of Self-Determination
(California) -- On October 4, Duane Champagne published on this website, “What is Indigenous Self-Determination and When Does it Apply?” If one were to...

10/24/2014

article BLOG: Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda
(Canada) -- Last week, in response to this summer’s Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put...
article JOHNSON: Spooky stories that haunted my youth
(California) -- Like it or not, Halloween will soon knock at the front door. Costumed trick-or-treaters holding out plastic jack o’ lanterns expecting something...
article WILKINS: Deconstructing the Doctrine of Discovery
(Minnesota) -- There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called Doctrine of Discovery, originally a theological fiction produced in the 1400s, later...
article Native Sun News: Violence against Native women is on the rise
(South Dakota) -- Native American women are facing the greatest threat to their lives since the pre-reservation era. Women residing on Indian reservations suffer...

10/22/2014

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota people disrespect our language
(South Dakota) -- I came into this world immersed in Lakota language and culture. Sixty years ago (1954), I was placed in a parochial boarding school here on the Pine...

10/21/2014

article TRAHANT: Imagine the world’s largest voting booth; it’s in Alaska
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives was formed in October 1966. The first gathering was a three-day meeting of 400 people representing 17 Native organizations...
article OP/ED: American Indians face barriers to voting
(Montana) -- It’s a simple equation: make voter access harder and less people will vote. Legislative Referendum 126 seeks to do just that. If it passes, voters...

10/20/2014

article GIAGO: Deaths of Native men in Rapid City remain unsolved
(South Dakota) -- It started in May of 1998. Bodies began to show up in or near Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered in 1998 and 1999 six were Native...
article SUNRAY: Tribes abandon traditional aspects of inclusion
(Oklahoma) -- A non-Indian woman with a one year old baby girl from a previous relationship marries into a tribal community and moves to the rez. Her new husband, an...
article TRAHANT: Two weeks to go and it’s The Turnout; South Dakota, Alaska and Wisconsin
(USA) -- I am hoping that my ballot is in the mail today. I am ready to vote. What I really like about voting early is that it’s an inoculation against all the TV...
article TRIMBLE: Let Crazy Horse's spirit rest in peace
(South Dakota) -- I have gotten e-mail recently asking what is up with me and Tim Giago since I had not written articles criticizing him over the past year. Actually I...

10/19/2014

article McKOSATO: Suicide on Reservations and the Need for More Studies
(New Mexico) -- In the wake of the tragic suicide of legendary actor/comedian Robin Williams, after the initial wave of public shock, insight and awareness of the...

10/18/2014

article DANIELS: Enough Already! Too Many Tweaks to the Right-of-Way Proposal
(Oklahoma) -- Perusing Facebook recently, I found a group of folks who are adamantly opposing the currently published "Proposed Rule Change for Rights-of-Way Across...
article WILLCUTS: The Beauty That Was My Mother
(Virginia) -- Sometimes bravery is the smallest of things, a grain of sand lying under a mountain of regret. This, I felt as I watched my mother die. Exactly two years...
article BARREIRO: Andean Journal: Recovering Native Languages
(Washington D.C.) -- Something of the sentiment and thrust current in the American Indian/Indigenous world of the Americas was evident in a recent session in Lima, Peru.
article MORRIS: Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
(Colorado) -- While watching the fraudulently-labeled United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (HLPM/WCIP) on UN WebTV on September 22-23, I was reminded of...

10/16/2014

article TRAHANT: Idaho? When 2014 is that close (even where it should not be)
(Idaho) -- There are two narratives that I think will define this election. First, there is the rise of the viable independents, candidates in Alaska, Kansas and South...

10/15/2014

article CHAVERS: 5 Fake Indians: Checking a Box Doesn’t Make You Native
(USA) -- Perhaps no one causes more confusion and muddies the water more than fake Indians. We used to call them wannabe Indians, affirmative action Indians, Johnny come...
article D'ERRICO: Navajo Attorney General Tsosie Tackles 'Christian Discovery'
(Arizona) -- Congratulations to Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie for hard work and persistence in achieving the historic settlement of a Navajo Nation claim...
article TRAHANT: What’s with Kansas? Native Vote could provide an answer
(Kansas) -- What’s with Kansas? Well, the first thing you need to know is that early voting starts today, October 15. So the answer to that question is coming soon.

10/14/2014

article Ivan Star Comes Out: The Indian Reorganization Act at 80 years
(South Dakota) -- Here on the Pine Ridge we encounter daily a controversy regarding the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934. Essentially, among the growing younger...
article PEMBER: Nowhere to Turn: Our Mental Health System Is Sick
(California) -- “All we have for our daughter’s mental health rights is a bag of her ashes,” said Maurie Redfeather-Looking of Sacramento, California....

10/13/2014

article GIAGO: Boyhood friend knew where Crazy Horse was buried
(South Dakota) -- Where is the burial place of the great Lakota warrior Tasunka Witko; Crazy Horse? According to Bob Morrison (his Lakota name was Holy Dance) the bones...

10/12/2014

article TRAHANT: Indian Country’s long fight over who gets the right to vote
(USA) -- New Mexico has the highest registration rate for American Indians in the country. According to the National Congress of American Indians, Native Americans 77...

10/10/2014

article Charles Trimble: Indians shouldn't waste votes on wild-cards
(Nebraska) -- In his Indianz.com article of October 6th, 2014, Tim Giago takes on Democratic senatorial candidate Rick Weiland for stealing his concept to rebuild Indian...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Ten lies in American-Indigenous history
(New York) -- What constitutes a lie? There is the obvious verbal and written distortions of the truth but what is not said may also be deemed a lie.

10/9/2014

article Diversity of Native American Business on Display in Milwaukee
(Wisconsin) -- Over the week of October 6th, Native Americans from across the United States will be in Milwaukee for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise...
article JENNINGS: An American Indian in China
(China) -- I came to China in August to teach English at Rongjiang First Senior Middle School in Guizhou, as part of their foreign English teacher recruitment program.
article BONAPARTE: Traditional Teachings Are Not in the Public Domain
(New York) -- Whether it’s a pop star wearing a headdress in a music video or a sports team fighting to keep a racial slur for its name, cultural misappropriation...
article CARRO: Do Other Countries Celebrate Columbus Day?
(New Jersey) -- Baton twirlers, fancy cars and pretty pageant girls with Christmas-colored sashes. These are the things I remember seeing when I went to a Columbus Day...

10/8/2014

article OP/ED: 'No, Baby, You Will Never, Ever See Your Parents Again': Suicide Chronicles, Part 3
(Washington) -- Defense wins championships. Stay in the game long enough and anything can happen. It’s something that I have to remind myself of—“You...

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