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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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12/5/2016

article TRAHANT: The Inevitable Pipeline That Wasn’t
(North Dakota) -- The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has defied history. Nearly two years ago the Dakota Access Pipeline and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told the tribe...

12/4/2016

article TRAHANT: Pushing Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (While a Replacement Can Wait)
(North Dakota) -- President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system. And so far the path looks to...

11/29/2016

article TRAHANT: Why the “Rule of Law” Is a Powerful Idea for Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- The rule of law. Four words that are cited over and over as the reason the water protectors at Standing Rock should back away from their efforts to...

11/28/2016

article Mel Sheldon Jr.: Support the Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument
(Arizona) -- President Obama proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month. The President’s message invites Americans to “celebrate the...
article TRAHANT: The Billion-Dollar Dilemma: Funding Indian Health in the Trump Era
(Washington D.C.) -- A few years ago I had a chance to ask President George Bush what he thought about tribal sovereignty in the 21st century. His answer went viral:...

11/27/2016

article NEWCOMB: The Dominionist Age of Trump and Our Original Free Nations
(California) -- With Donald Trump’s recent election to the presidency of the United States, it would appear all bets are off. After 9/11, and the passage of the...
article MCINTOSH: The Braid of a First Nations' Boy Symbolizes Strength and Our Culture
(Alberta) -- In Thunderchild First Nation, in what is known today as the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, many young boys get bullied for following their native culture...

11/24/2016

article TRAHANT: Rethinking Tribal Policy at the State Level
(USA) -- Elections are about ideas. What should our world look like? How do tribal nations, Alaska Native corporations, and communities fit into the American experience...

11/22/2016

article VALBUENA: Preserving America’s freedom is part of Native American heritage
(California) -- Sometimes the weight of sacrifice and the heritage of our nation can be overwhelming. Earlier this month, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians was very...

11/20/2016

article TRAHANT: Indian Country Was Like America … Only More So
(USA) -- This election Indian country was like America. Perhaps only more so. Most American Indian and Alaska Natives voted for Hillary Clinton. But that support was...
article US recognizing tribal treaty rights | BEING FRANK
(Washington) -- A wave of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has reached a high water mark in the closing days of President Barack Obama’s...

11/15/2016

article LOOMIS: U.S. recognizing tribal sovereignty and treaty rights
(Washington) -- A wave of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has reached a high water mark in the closing days of President Barack Obama’s...

11/14/2016

article TRAHANT: Native voters failed to make a big difference in 2016
(USA) -- This election Indian Country was like America. Perhaps only more so. Most American Indian and Alaska Natives voted for Hillary Clinton. But that support was...

11/13/2016

article GIAGO: A Call to From the “United Sovereign Indian Nations of America
(South Dakota) -- In what seemed like a virtual nightmare a misogynist bigot was elected as the President of the United States. Of course he is called the “...

11/12/2016

article ‘Void When Initiated; You Can’t Grant What You Don’t Possess’
(California) -- The concept of civil society is traced to the ancient Roman Empire. Today we find this concept in the phrase “civil disobedience.”

11/10/2016

article James Giago Davies: Pulling back the curtain on tribal corruption
(South Dakota) -- There’s this fictional place I keep sharing, a parallel reality called the Cottonwood Indian Reservation, just east of the Bear Mountains, and...

11/9/2016

article TRAHANT: It wasn't a complete disaster for Native candidates
(USA) -- Native American representation in Congress was 0.37 percent before the election and today it’s the same, Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Markwayne Mullin were...

11/4/2016

article Vi Waln: More awareness of breast cancer needed in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Out of all the different cancers our people are afflicted with, American Indian women are the most likely to die from breast cancer.

11/2/2016

article Delphine Red Shirt: We can't always blame others for Native language losses
(South Dakota) -- When I hear people from the Pine Ridge reservation, who grew up in the 1970's talk about the perils of boarding schools, I have to wonder what they...
article RUSTYWIRE: Bitter Winds
(New Mexico) -- The television is a marvelous toy, but I’m not sure it teaches better than the old stories. My grandson was watching a man and a woman insulting...

11/1/2016

article COOK: Colin Kaepernick Takes a Knee
(New York) -- This election cycle has been a shameful joke that has exposed how America has slid backwards to the "goot ole daze." San Francisco 49ers...
article Clara Caufield: Tribes are putting more of our people behind bars
(Montana) -- It’s great to be back home on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation after a seasonal break. And, to my great surprise, once again working for the Northern...

10/26/2016

article TRAHANT: A Landslide? That Would Be Great News for Native Americans
(USA) -- What does a landslide look like? And, more important, what would that mean for Native American candidates? First: Hillary Clinton is peaking at the ideal moment...

10/25/2016

article Delphine Red Shirt: Teach the Lakota language like our elders wanted
(South Dakota) -- Albert White Hat, when he was alive, worked in traditional ways to gain consensus so that the Lakota language would be taught to second language...
article MCKOSATO: What Does an Indian Look Like?
(New Mexico) -- “They don’t look like Indians to me, and they don’t look like Indians to (other) Indians.” This was a statement by Donald Trump...

10/24/2016

article NEWCOMB: Christian Dominionism at the Root of U.S. Federal Indian Law
(California) -- In 1954, at the opening of the era of Termination, the U.S. Justice Department delivered its legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, and later delivered...

10/22/2016

article TRAHANT: Tom Cole Forges the GOP Case for Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Early on I decided to focus this #NativeVote16 project on American Indians and Alaska Natives running for office. (Instead of a broader look at the...

10/21/2016

article FLETCHER: Repeating the Mistakes of the Past in “The New Trail of Tears”`
(Michigan) -- THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAND OF OTTAWA AND CHIPPEWA INDIANS will soon open a marina in Peshawbestown on the Grand Traverse Bay, one of the most beautiful...

10/20/2016

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Education system diminishes Native people
(South Dakota) -- I learned the truth about American history while working in St. Paul in the early 1990s. As natives, we have been omitted from history texts, as taught...

10/18/2016

article MIDGE: Clown Costumes Banned, Racist Native American Costumes Still OK
(Colorado) -- Prompted by a creepy clown threat posted on a Colorado student’s Facebook account, along with the onslaught of creepy clown sightings and situations...
article MYERS: Engaging in Indigenous Development
(Minnesota) -- The past seven months have been an interesting succession of opportunities, challenges and lessons learned as my business partners and myself have moved...
article Native American reservations need basic infrastructure to be economically sustainable
(Arizona) -- Infrastructure is a hot issue being discussed now by city, county and even country leaders. That's because government officials and policymakers know...
article Arne Vainio: Honoring unsung heroes in our throwaway society
(Minnesota) -- I was recently awarded the Virginia McKnight Foundation Binger Family Unsung Hero award. This was a pretty big deal and there was a luncheon for the award...
article Delphine Red Shirt: Women face dangers in this world every day
(South Dakota) -- I grew up mostly around women, great aunts, aunts, cousins, sisters, and a strong mother. I never knew my grandmother, but my mother said she was older...

10/13/2016

article Brandon Ecoffey: Empower the people with tribal government reform
(South Dakota) -- For the people of the Oglala Lakota nation this year's tribal elections are as important as ever. At least as important as any I've seen in my...
article A Free Press Needs More Than the First Amendment
(Texas) -- I’ve recently come from the Native American Journalists Association meeting in New Orleans and, as usual, NAJA brings freedom of the press within Indian...

10/11/2016

article BASSETT: Native Intelligence: Why We Need Native Producers
(USA) -- My journey in filmmaking began with a desire to tell stories from Hawaii. The advice I often received was to “start with story.” So, I joined a...

10/7/2016

article Denver American Horse: Veterans column in the Lakota language
(South Dakota) -- Hau Kh'ola (Hello friend), toh niktuka hwo (how are you)? Matanyan yelo (I am well / fine). Hekta Ohko-ihanke hehan hinhani echiyatan lila osni...
article James Giago Davies: Creating a new Lakota world in our own way
(South Dakota) -- Imagine a gymnasium wall. Not hard to do, not like imagining the quantum foam of the sub-atomic world. No person can imagine that. I admit I have spent...

10/3/2016

article TRAHANT: Younger Voters Don’t Trust Candidates or the System (And Thus Too Willing to Give Up Their Own Power)
(Washington D.C.) -- Will young people vote in 2016? And, more important, at least for our purposes, how about the younger generation of American Indians and Alaska...
article PRESIDENT BEGAYE: Congress Must Act To Help The Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- More than a year after one of the most significant environmental catastrophes in history, the Navajo Nation has filed a lawsuit against the U.S....

9/28/2016

article James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin assert sovereignty once again
(South Dakota) -- Oceti Sakowin, not a term familiar to most outside Indian country, and is seldom used inside Indian country. It’s the name of a people, with a...

9/26/2016

article Clara Caufield: Look around because Indians are everywhere
(Montana) -- Thank goodness, I made it through “the season” managing a remote guest ranch for the past four and a half months. That doesn’t sound too...
article Juan Cabrillo Never Conducted a Spanish Ceremony of Possession in Kumeyaay Territory
(California) -- A statue is dedicated to the conquistador Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo stands at the Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma, California.

9/19/2016

article TRAHANT: Who Gets to Tell the Standing Rock Story?
(North Dakota) -- It always amazes how different people can look at the same set of facts, an event, or even a conversation and walk away with completely different...

9/17/2016

article KROL: Congress Must Act: Make the ‘Great Bend of the Gila’ a National Monument
(Arizona) -- Representatives from 13 tribes with ancestral and trust lands in Arizona, California and New Mexico joined Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Archaeology Southwest...
article CHARLES: Happy Belated Constitution Day
(Washington D.C.) -- Friday, September 16, was Constitution Day. While I am deeply grateful that we are governed by a Constitutional government, I’m also convinced...

9/15/2016

article TRAHANT: There is something we can do to help Standing Rock
(North Dakota) -- On social media and in real life we hear this often: “What can I do to help Standing Rock?” Some answer the question by donating money,...

9/14/2016

article BEGAY: Helping Native Kids: School Choice
(Arizona) -- The results have been in for some time and the conclusion is alarming: government-run schools have failed and continue to fail Native American kids from...

9/12/2016

article Clara Caufield: Tribes must get serious about language retention
(South Dakota) -- All over Indian country, tribal elections will soon be in full swing. We will hear much talk (most of it in English) and certainly many good ideas for...
article Tim Giago: Our people are dying too young and without dignity
(South Dakota) -- I saw a news film many years ago about one of the concentration camps in Poland after World War II had ended. The bulldozers shoving the bodies of the...

9/10/2016

article LORING: Dominated in Maine: A Tribal Perspective From Behind the White Curtain
(Maine) -- Maine is the Whitest State in the Country. We as Wabanki Tribes in Maine live behind a White Curtain of poverty, bigotry and isolation from the rest of Indian...

9/5/2016

article NEWCOMB: When Pope Francis Revokes the Papal Bull
(California) -- In 1491, throughout the immense geographical area now commonly called the Western Hemisphere, our original free nations were existing independent of any...

8/29/2016

article ROLO: Fighting Back in Indian Country
(North Dakota) -- While American Indian tribes continue to be plagued with poverty and all the health and social ills it breeds, Indian Country is now facing a new...
article WHALEN: Oglala Sioux Tribe continues to get nothing done
(South Dakota) -- Lame Duck season is here for the Oglala. It seems like nothing gets done throughout the entire council term except there is a lot of travel, a lot of...

8/27/2016

article GILIO-WHITAKER: Is Forgiveness the Only Option to Heal From Historical Trauma?
(Colorado) -- I recently attended a play put on by a Native production company under the command of the acclaimed Lakota playwright, Larissa FastHorse.

8/23/2016

article TRAHANT: Essence of Political Organizing Is Found at Standing Rock
(USA) -- My Facebook feed is rolling with new feeds from those headed to North Dakota to join those protecting the drinking water for the people of Standing Rock and...

8/22/2016

article McKASATO: Second Chance Maybe Only Chance: ABQ Homeless Trapped
(New Mexico) -- The stretch of the historic Old Route 66 that runs through the middle of Albuquerque is now known as Central Avenue. As you drive along this four-lane...
article WHALEN: The most powerful tool is in the Media
(South Dakota) -- Attila the Hun was a legendary military leader who spread fear and devastated lands far and wide from the Black Sea through the Mediterranean during...

8/20/2016

article Column: The shooting of Colten Boushie is a step backward on the path to progress writes Doug Cuthand
(Saskatchewan) -- It was a cool August morning in North Battleford, the kind of morning that hints at the coming fall and a change of seasons. The crowd was growing...

8/19/2016

article RED SHIRT: Lakota say action speaks louder than words
(South Dakota) -- How do you define the word appropriation? Most dictionaries define it as a noun where it means an act or the act of taking something for one’s...
article RUSTYWIRE: Some Things Are in the Wind…
(New Mexico) -- There was a call. One of those you don’t like to hear. Ashie’s sister called him from Phoenix and said that their mother Nahgebah was in a...

8/18/2016

article ECOFFEY: The Oceti Sakowin “Horse Nations” Prepare For Battle
(South Dakota) -- For many Americans the fact that the poorest people in the United States have promised to lay their lives down to stop the construction of the Dakota...

8/17/2016

article ECOFFEY: Anti-Indian fighter lurks off radar in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Indian Country has dealt with the likes of Slade Gorton, John McCain, and other anti-Indian politicians in the past but there is one who is potentially...

8/16/2016

article NASSI: Wrestling the Ugly Shadows of Mass Violence as a Native American Jew
(Washington D.C.) -- The word “surprised” has been thrown around quite often as of late. You’ve heard it in conversations about race and the miserable...

8/15/2016

article FINLEY: Montana Tribes ready to resume bison management
(Montana) -- Many of you have heard about the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ draft legislation to restore the National Bison Range to federal trust...
article TRAHANT: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country?
(USA) -- A question I am often asked: Are American Indians and Alaska Natives only Democrats? Of course not. There are Native Republicans, Greens, Libertarians, and...

8/14/2016

article TRAHANT: Is Facebook Enough to Win a Senate Primary Seat in Alaska?
(Alaska) -- Could social media be a tool used to propel a successful candidacy? Of course not. At least that’s what people say. After all: Politics has always been...

8/12/2016

article Local view: Black Lives Matter movement points the way to more just society
(Minnesota) -- I believe it is important I give some of my background. I was born American Indian and am enrolled in a federally recognized American Indian tribe.
article Clara Caufield: That time I bought a dog that only knew Cheyenne
(Montana) -- One of the best things about being an Indun is sharing a great sense of humor and being amused when one of our friends or fellow tribesmen gets a goot one (...
article Indigenous Economics Part 1: Native Americans and Environmental Protest
(Washington) -- "We know our lands have now become more valuable. The white people think we do not know their value; but we know that the land is everlasting, and...

8/11/2016

article Ernest Stevens: Sorry but tribal sovereignty isn't some 'loophole'
(Washington D.C.) -- I am writing to respond to one of several articles that have been authored recently by Naomi Schaefer Riley in her attempt to generate interest in...
article LADUKE: On White Feminists
(Minnesota) -- What is it about that Lateral Oppression? I want to speak out on some white feminists. While I fully understand the critique of the privileging of white...

8/10/2016

article CHIEF BAKER: Tribe’s small business expertise allows ideas to flourish
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s small-business community represents an important part of our state’s ability to generate wealth and drive our economy. According to...

8/8/2016

article TRAHANT: A hundred candidates? Yes and a lot of talent
(Washington D.C.) -- I have been writing a lot about numbers, lately. My latest count is seven Native American candidates for Congress, one for the U.S. Senate, five...

8/6/2016

article RUSSELL: The Limits of Counterfactuals: What If?
(Texas) -- My colleague Steve Newcomb accuses the first great Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall, of telling stories. Just so, and let me be clear that by...

8/4/2016

article GIAGO: Indian Reorganization Act: Good Deal or Raw Deal?
(South Dakota) -- It was 83 years ago on June 18, 1934 when the Indian Reorganization Act became the law of the land. On the 50th anniversary of the IRA, a conference...
article WALN: Every Lakota Person Is Worthy To Pray In Their Own Ceremony
(South Dakota) -- Lakota people criticize others all the time. Some criticism comes in waves. Topics drawing criticism also depends largely on what time of the year it...

8/2/2016

article OP/ED: OHA Violates Trust Responsibility to Native Hawaiians
(Hawaii) -- The state Office of Hawaiian Affairs is angling for a “co-trusteeship” of an expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. But a July 22...

8/1/2016

article GIAGO: The Navajo Times celebrates another year of greatness
(South Dakota) -- The Navajo Times was founded in 1967 as a newspaper owned and operated by the Navajo Nation. One of its early publishers was Loren Tapahe, a Navajo man...

7/30/2016

article TRAHANT: The story is far from over for Senator Bernie Sanders
(USA) -- Vermont casts 22 votes for its senator, Bernie Sanders. A minute later, Sanders asks the rules be suspended and that Hillary Clinton be nominated by acclamation...

7/29/2016

article CAUFIELD: Tribal governments often discourage the free press
(Montana) -- One of the benefits of working at a dude ranch in Montana is meeting guests from all over the world who to come to experience the wilderness and western way...

7/28/2016

article ECOFFEY: The Second Coming Of The Horse
(South Dakota) -- Over the course of the last few years I’ve watched the modern day sport of Indian Relay grow at a profound rate. The sport has become so...

7/26/2016

article BANKS: Tribute to my Indian friends
(North Carolina) -- I recently had the privilege of visiting with my friends, the Indians of Robeson County. While there, both Tuscarora and the Lumbee treated me with...

7/25/2016

article RUSTYWIRE: Sonny Says Tip Your Cleaning Lady
(Arizona) -- The Pony Soldier Motel on Route 66 was just around the bend to East Flag—as in Flagstaff, Arizona, called Kinlani in Navajo. There are a lot of rooms...

7/22/2016

article DAVIES: Nuts are coming out of the woodwork
(South Dakota) -- If you repeatedly plucked just two people from the world population of over seven billion, and placed them in the same environment, a good many would...

7/21/2016

article CLAIRMONT: Tribes are award-winning stewards of natural resources
(Montana) -- Recently (July 7), Chuck Jarecki opined that there is no evidence that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes would improve the National Bison Range or...
article HART: We are Americans first
(South Dakota) -- We forget the word, “American.” When saying the American Flag, “America” comes before “flag.” I think America...
article WALN: The Right To Smoke Deadly Cigarettes
(South Dakota) -- The human race suffers from many different types of cancer. We have lost many of our relatives to cancer. Today, many Lakota people are cancer...

7/15/2016

article TRAHANT: Trump’s Republicans will champion more coal this election
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s time for the Republican Party and its soon-to-be nominee Donald J. Trump making their best case for winning the White House and Congress...

7/14/2016

article ECOFFEY: Entrepreneurs Are Lifeblood
(South Dakota) -- When I was growing up in Pine Ridge we were shown only a few pathways to success. We were told to go out and get an education and then return home to...
article ROSS: There is Hope: Time to Follow an Indigenous Model for Peace in America
(Washington) -- Quick Story: I have the unique privilege of traveling all over the country and hanging out with kids. During the past two school years, I’ve been...

7/11/2016

article Winona LaDuke: Times might be changing for Natives
(North Dakota) -- It may be time to work with Native people. Two court decisions, one at the U.S. Supreme Court and another in Canada's Federal Appeals Court, came...

7/9/2016

article KADER: Rearview Mirror to the Past Along the Red Road of Life
(New York) -- The sounds and smells of summer are now with us across Indian Country today. To those who wait all year for these familiar and fleeting sensations, and all...
article Opinion / It Has Been a Sad Week in America
(Michigan) -- It has been a sad week in America. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, smart phone camera videos brought us—via social media and television news...

7/8/2016

article TRAHANT: The mechanics of reaching Indian Country voters
(USA) -- First the news: Montana Democrats hired Amy Croover as director of the Native Vote program. A Democratic Party press release said her task is to increase the...

7/6/2016

article ROLO: The Founders Saw My People as ‘Savages’
(USA) -- This Fourth of July, as in years past, the broadcasters at National Public Radio celebrated with an on-air reading of the Declaration of Independence. My ears...
article TRAHANT: Candidate notes from the July campaign (and powwow) trail
(Montana) -- Fourth of July weekend is a nonstop race for candidates. There are 125 days left until Election Day. In Montana Denise Juneau took time to march in parades...

7/5/2016

article OP/ED: Justice for Native Americans in federal sentencing reform
(Montana) -- Native American girls face the highest rates of incarceration of any ethnic group. They are five times as likely as white girls to be sentenced to do time...
article TRAHANT: Success stories in Indian Country's health system
(Washington D.C.) -- In the news business, this would be a man bites dog story. That’s the idea that a narrative framework is the opposite of what’s supposed...

7/4/2016

article NEWCOMB: For the 4th of July: John Marshall, Master Storyteller
(Washington D.C.) -- “Every story has a sacred dimension not because of gods but because a man or woman’s sense of self and the world is created through them...

7/3/2016

article DUNBAR-ORTIZ: July 4th: No Time for Celebration for Indigenous Peoples in US
(USA) -- The Anglo-American settlers’ violent break from Britain from 1775 to 1783, paralleled a decade of their search and destroy annihilation of Delaware,...
article OP/ED: The Declaration of Independence. It’s Not What You Think.
(Washington D.C.) -- “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable...
article BLOG: Red and White . . . and Blue
(Oklahoma) -- The church was full. I sat next to my husband on the back pew and opened my hymnal to the designated page. It was the Sunday before the Fourth of July; all...
article CHAMPAGNE: Starting at an Indigenous Place to Interpret Indigenous Cultures
(USA) -- Contemporary academic writings about Indigenous Peoples often do not analyze indigenous cultures. Most Western interpretations of community and identity address...

7/2/2016

article MILES: Indiana University Breaks the Promise
(Indiana) -- Editor’s note: The following was written as an open letter to Indiana University on behalf of a committee of the people who created and maintained the...

7/1/2016

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Education system continues to oppress us
(South Dakota) -- The term Homo sapiens (Latin) is the universally accepted scientific name for the human species of this planet. Homo refers to Neanderthals as well as...

6/30/2016

article Vi Waln: Don't let politics get in the way of our children's education
(South Dakota) -- Congratulations to Debra Boyd (460 votes) and Sandra K. Dillon (457 votes) for a successful election to the Todd County School Board (TCSB). These...
article Column: Our Bodies Are of the Land
(Canada) -- I have always been struck by the natural beauty of this earth. I grew up admiring rivers and the northern lights. I’ve forever been in awe of the quiet...
article Dave Archambault: A day for all of Indian Country to remember
(South Dakota) -- On June 25, 1976, Hobart Keith, a Judge for the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, kicked the doors of the Pine Ridge jailhouse wide open and freed the Indian...

6/29/2016

article TRAHANT: The Political Drama of Carlyle Begay Sort of Fizzles Out
(Arizona) -- I have been fascinated by the candidacy of Carlyle Begay for Congress. It’s been quite the political drama: A young state senator who first earned his...

6/28/2016

article ECOFFEY: Oglala Sioux Tribe must update its constitution
(South Dakota) -- I've never been one of those people who looked at those in tribal government as inherently corrupt. The vast majority of those I know who have held...

6/25/2016

article TRAHANT: Paul Ryan’s Call for Indian Health ‘Choices’ Would Be a Disaster
(Washington D.C.) -- Every once in a while an idea is floated that’s so bad, you wonder, “what were they thinking?” Or smoking? Today is such a day. A...

6/23/2016

article D'ERRICO: Clarence Thomas Again Critiques Federal Indian Law
(Washington D.C.) -- Once again, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has authored a compelling critique of fundamental doctrines in federal Indian law. Thomas...
article TRAHANT: Paul Ryan’s call for Indian health ‘choices’ would be a disaster
(Washington D.C.) -- Every once in a while an idea is floated that’s so bad, you wonder, “what were they thinking?” Or smoking? Today is such a day. A...

6/22/2016

article Manning: This Is a Victory For Us All
(South Dakota) -- After 76 years, Watertown High School in Watertown, South Dakota, has officially retired their Native American themed homecoming activities.

6/21/2016

article MONTEAU: Non-Status Indian in the United States: Part 3 of Daniels v. Canada/Crown
(USA) -- In this, Part 3 of my commentary on the Canadian Supreme Court case of Daniels V. Canada, I continue to answer the questions I posed in Part 1 and Part 2 as to...
article Dana Lone Hill: Slow down to appreciate every minute of your life
(South Dakota) -- A friend from Chicago was telling me about how he watched a coyote carrying her pup across the freeway and thought she was safe when she was only in...

6/20/2016

article MCKOSATO: Gathering of Nations Complaints? Then Don't Go
(New Mexico) -- The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque is the stuff of legend. It is a destination point for many Native Americans across the nation. People...
article MAILHOT: John Smelcer: Indian By Proxy
(Alberta) -- I don’t know what "Native" is. It’s become something so obscure that the more I talk about it the more abstract it becomes. I can...

6/18/2016

article FIRECLOUD: Regaining Access to Sacred Lands
(USA) -- Nearly a decade ago, at the invitation of Rick TwoDogs, a Lakota medicine man, I participated in a sweat lodge ceremony at Devils Tower National Monument in...

6/16/2016

article NEWCOMB: Old Testament Premised Arguments Still Being Used Against Our Nations
(California) -- While listening to National Public Radio the other day, I heard a story about a strange proposal being made in Pakistan. It would legally allow husbands...
article Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux community joins together to end cancer
(South Dakota) -- The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.
article Arne Vainio: Congratulating our graduates on a major milestone
(Minnesota) -- We were at the graduation ceremony for the Harbor City International School in Duluth, Minnesota and the keynote speaker was Gaelynn Lea Tressler.
article Delphine Red Shirt: Trust yourself to keep the Lakota language alive
(South Dakota) -- If we follow the advice of experts (linguists) intent on “saving” our languages, they use a top down approach where they know everything...
article James Giago Davies: Lakota people are responsible for our world
(South Dakota) -- Necessity is the mother of invention, words so old they were spoken in Latin for a millennium before being translated to English. Odds are the Romans...

6/14/2016

article TRAHANT: Navajo Nation leaders want to meet Donald Trump
(Arizona) -- On Thursday Alton Joe Shepherd, Speaker pro tem of the a Navajo Nation Council, announced that representatives of the Donald Trump campaign were open to a...
article TURTLE TALK: Commentary on the Native American Children’s Safety Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, the Department of the Interior published final regulations implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act, along with a legal opinion from the...

6/13/2016

article BAKER: Fighting opioid surge in northeast Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Prescription drug abuse is rampant in Oklahoma, with abusers being identified at younger and younger ages. Oklahoma ranks in the top 10 nationally of...

6/12/2016

article TRAHANT: One Primary Season Ends … But Most Continue Until September
(USA) -- It’s tempting to write that the primary season is over. That’s what we want, right? But the process has along way to go. Between next week and...
article GIAGO: Why Did the Indigenous People Convert to a Foreign Religion?
(South Dakota) -- It is written (Niehardt - Black Elk Speaks - 1932) that in the end, Black Elk converted to Catholicism and it is also well-known that Lakota Chief Red...

6/9/2016

article ALTAHA: Historical Trauma and Me, the Daughter of a Mother Murdered by a Serial Killer
(Arizona) -- When I was thirteen years old, my mother was murdered. This kind of introduction can come across like it’s ripped from the headlines or like it’...

6/8/2016

article Azure: Tribal bison opponent seeks higher office in Montana
(Montana) -- As the President of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Tribal Council, I was elected to represent over 8,000 tribal members of the Fort Belknap Assiniboine...

6/6/2016

article TRAHANT: The Montana Dozen; an idea that’s on the ballot Tuesday
(Montana) -- Let’s visualize Montana and do some math. Look at the map. Notice eleven icons each representing a Native American candidate running for the...

6/5/2016

article TRAHANT: Can One Family Build a Navajo Republican Party?
(Arizona) -- I remember John McCain speaking at a Window Rock veterans’ event. It must have been about 20 years ago. One of the speakers told McCain that he had...

6/4/2016

article TRAHANT: Alaska Senate Candidate Raises Questions About Native Corporate Power
(Alaska) -- Edgar Blatchford is running for the U.S. Senate in Alaska. He’s a journalism professor, a lawyer, and a former mayor of Seward. He has also been the...

6/3/2016

article James Giago Davies: Socialism isn't working for our reservations
(South Dakota) -- Every Lakota reservation is pure socialism. Pick any one of them, and you will see a prime example of why big government socialism doesn’t work...
article CRAZY BULL: Social Justice Through Education a Shared Sentiment for Empowering Nations
(South Dakota) -- I was inspired to see Hilary Pennington’s article, “Rethinking scholarships as social justice” in the Ford Foundation’s Equals...
article OP/ED: Sioux is not even a word
(South Dakota) -- "Sioux is not even a word?" It's a partial word, a slang word; Sioux comes from two words."Nadowessi" comes from the Chippewa...

6/2/2016

article Robert Cook: Indigenous communities share a sense of optimism
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuyapi, Anpetu waste. Robert Cook emaciyapi yelo, Oglala Lakota hemaca yelo. Na iyuha cante wasteya nape ciyuzapi yelo. Good Day relatives, my...
article CAUFIELD: Many Indians die too young
(South Dakota) -- This issue of Native Sun News will be printed on or near Memorial Day. That is a day of mixed emotion for many Native people. On one hand, we are proud...
article STYLES: Learning Mi’kmaq doesn’t make me an Indian
(Canada) -- My father, in the spirit of Leo DiCaprio’s character in The Revenant, and my butterfly-spirited indigenous mother fell in love and had three children....

6/1/2016

article MYERS: Democracy in Indian Country: Yeah, Right!
(Minnesota) -- The election season in northern Minnesota Indigenous territories was especially contentious this year. Primary election results were contested in all six...
article Vi Waln: An education is the greatest weapon in today's society
(South Dakota) -- Congratulations to all of our Lakota graduates! Many Lakota people have painstakingly completed the requirements for high school, college or graduate...
article DAVIES: Technology is coming to Lakota country
(South Dakota) -- Someday soon technology is going to fundamentally alter our lives. Not happening now. My son was just graduated from high school, and as I sat at his...

5/31/2016

article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe shows love for 'commod' cheese
(Montana) -- As promised in an earlier column, I now will mostly pen about things other than tribal politics. A really ‘goot’ topic this week, was suggested...
article You Can’t Defend the Indefensible, By Brandon Ecoffey
(South Dakota) -- In a recent response to an editorial put forth by Patrick Lalley, managing editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Jessica Giard, the editor of the...

5/26/2016

article 'Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic' is Incredibly Relevant to Native Communities
(Washington) -- Pain pills and heroin addiction are sweeping through many Native communities. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health the percentage of...

5/25/2016

article Brandon Ecoffey: Lakota people come together in times of need
(South Dakota) -- For the last two weeks our entire community has been engulfed in worry as we were forced to contemplate what may or may not have happened to the three...

5/24/2016

article MONTEAU: Non-Status Indians in the U.S., Part 2: Daniels v. Canada/Crown
(New Mexico) -- In the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12, the Court was asked to...
article JAWORT: What Comes After #NoIWontJustMoveOn?
(Montana) -- My 7-year-old daughter Aurelia was recently named a Powwow Princess of her Pretty Eagle Catholic Academy school. A very reserved and introverted girl, she...
article NEWCOMB: On the Papal Bull, 'Sublimis Deus'
(California) -- In 1537, Pope Paul III issued the papal bull Sublimis Deus (Sublime God). The pope did so after being particularly influenced by a priest named Antonio...

5/23/2016

article TRAHANT: Rep. Tom Cole: More Worried About Clinton Than Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- So what is a Republican candidate for Congress to do? Support Donald Trump and some of his nonsensical policies? Or back a third-party candidate who...

5/22/2016

article SIMON MOYA-SMITH: Trump's casual racism toward Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- By now, I expect Donald Trump, who wants to be our president, to voice whatever acerbic thought he has. He has called Mexicans "rapists"...

5/21/2016

article BIRDBEAR: Obamacare Helps Tribal Members
(North Dakota) -- The problems within the Indian Health Service (IHS) are well known. The Senate Special Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing in February on the...

5/17/2016

article NEWCOMB: Reconciliation and Indian Treaties and Surrenders?
(California) -- How are we to accurately interpret the word “reconciliation in the title of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada? One way to...
article SHORTER: The More Things Change
(California) -- In 2002, I began working on my first website that would feature ethnographic and self-representations of the Yoeme people in northwest Mexico.

5/16/2016

article TRAHANT: Media misses the story on Bernie Sanders in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- You have to give Bernie Sanders credit for elevating American Indian and Alaska Native issues. He traveled across Montana, South Dakota, and North...

5/15/2016

article GIAGO: The Lakota Times Owes Its Beginning to ‘Pug’
(South Dakota) -- Her nickname was “Pug” and I never found out why? She was 82 and was the editor, publisher, layout and design specialist, photographer,...

5/13/2016

article DIABO: A ‘Canadian definition’ of the UNDRIP aims to extinguish 8th Fire
(Canada) -- “8TH Fire draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build...
article James Giago Davies: Learning the true power of Lakota people
(South Dakota) -- Power is a word with many meanings, and most of us think we understand all of them. For a long time I thought I understood power, the power of nature,...

5/12/2016

article RUSSELL: Climate Change Is the New Removal as the Ocean Makes a Land Grab
(Texas) -- The Indians in this story are actually losing land—not merely legal title to land. Behind the loss is a case of environmental racism on a...
article GALANDA: Reinvigorating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act
(Washington) -- Congress passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (“Act”) in 1935 to “promote the economic welfare” of Indians “through the...
article RUSSELL: Bootlegging Inconvenient Truths
(Texas) -- Don’t lecture me about alcohol and in particular about drunk driving, because I can turn incoming admonishments around on a dime. I’ll take you to...
article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe depends on its women
(Montana) -- There was only one appropriate column topic for last week – Mothers’ Day reflections, which should have been written in advance. Like many well-...

5/11/2016

article TRAHANT: Reinventing democracy with Indian Country's help
(Washington D.C.) -- There are a lot of failed political campaigns taking hard looks at what went wrong. Why, they ask, did Donald Trump walk away with the Republican...

5/10/2016

article WASHBURN: Time to empower tribal authorities
(New Mexico) -- When a Navajo tribal member commits a serious felony against another Navajo on the remote Navajo Indian Reservation, the crime sets in motion not a...

5/5/2016

article WALN: A new approach in tribal government could lead to a more lucrative direction
(South Dakota) -- Those of you who’ve attended an awesome conference know how it feels to come home with a burning desire to change the world. Well, maybe not the...

5/3/2016

article HARJO: ‘Off the Reservation’ – A Teachable Moment
(Washington D.C.) -- “Off the reservation” is a term I’ve heard tossed off casually by policymakers and bureaucrats from the White House to Capitol...
article ROLO: Many tribes struggle to defeat despair
(New Mexico) -- Of all the ills plaguing American Indian communities, what hits home the hardest is the scourge of suicide. The rate of suicide in Indian country has...

5/2/2016

article WASHBURN: Tribal lands, tribal self-governance
(Washington D.C.) -- Sierra Crane-Murdoch’s beautifully illustrated feature exposes several inherent tensions in federal efforts to purchase and return lands that...

4/29/2016

article KEELER: I’m a Native American activist, and my white ancestor painted Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill
(Oregon) -- I was shocked when I found out that my ancestor Thomas Sully, a 19th-century artist in Philadelphia, painted the portrait that has graced the American $20...
article STAR COMES OUT: Our ancestors are gone, but their language lives on
(South Dakota) -- Multiculturalism within dominant society is not favored simply because it goes against the goal of unifying into one language, culture, and history....

4/28/2016

article RUSSELL: Trump’s Foreign Policy Advisor Accuses Tribes of Terrorist Plot
(Texas) -- One of Donald Trump’s five principal foreign policy advisors was counsel in a lawsuit to prevent the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes from taking...
article JACOBS: Hillary Clinton, the Honduras Coup and Globalization
(New Mexico) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presidential candidate had to answer to her role in the “military coup” that ousted freely elected...

4/27/2016

article TRAHANT: Independent Commission Looks Beyond Politics
(North Dakota) -- The toughest challenge for any democracy is making certain that the rules of voting are fair. How fair? A system that allows voters to toss politicians...
article DENETDALE: The Univ. of New Mexico Seal Is Irrelevant to Reality
(New Mexico) -- The University of New Mexico has come under criticism once again for its claims that it is a Native serving institution, and this time by Native students...

4/25/2016

article TRAHANT: Political maps open doors for more Native candidates
(USA) -- The toughest challenge for any democracy is making certain that the rules of voting are fair. How fair? A system that allows voters to toss politicians out of...
article YELLOW BIRD: Colleges Should Acknowledge Role in Injustice Toward Native Americans
(North Dakota) -- To the Editor: Thank you for your interesting article, “Many Colleges Profited From Slavery. What Can They Do About It Now?” (The Chronicle...

4/24/2016

article W. Patrick Goggles: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series
(Wyoming) -- My name is W. Patrick Goggles; my Northern Arapaho name is White Grizzly Bear. I am a former Wyoming state legislator. I represented Wyoming House District...

4/22/2016

article Abolish the Racist Univ. of New Mexico Seal
(New Mexico) -- On October 13, 2014, University of New Mexico (UNM) Native students led a campus demonstration demanding the abolition of the university's racist...

4/18/2016

article TRAHANT: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle in New York
(New York) -- A friend writes from time to time and makes the case against Native Americans voting. One of the arguments is that “when you vote, you willingly and...

4/17/2016

article Native Vote '16- Huge Crowds Hear bernie Sanders, But Can they Vote?
(New York) -- A friend writes from time to time and makes the case against Native Americans voting. One of the arguments is that “when you vote, you willingly and...
article OP/ED: Ethnocentrism is a pillar of Colonization
(Canada) -- This last week, Maclean’s Magazine columnist and Conservative Party member Scott Gilmore took advantage of the ongoing suicide crisis in Attawapiskat...

4/15/2016

article CHALEPAH: I'm the Comic Who Waged War Against Ralphie May
(Oklahoma) -- Context is everything. As soon as Ralphie May informed me that the joke was missing most of its context, I immediately felt bad for the backlash I had...
article STAR COMES OUT: Modern ‘tribal’ law endorses federal imperialism
(South Dakota) -- As a modern Lakota society, we must realize that we were not militarily defeated. It should be common knowledge by now that our ancestors fought tooth...

4/14/2016

article OP/ED: If we want to end indigenous suffering, we must end colonization
(Canada) -- Sometimes the absence of death is a month, maybe two. Lately it has been only weeks, and even days. Increasingly, our communities are declaring states of...
article GIAGO: Looking for help that never came
(South Dakota) -- When someone shoots and kills another person, it is called homicide. If a police officer in South Dakota shoots and kills someone it is called “...

4/12/2016

article COOK: Native Journalism Benefits Us All
(New York) -- Writer’s block, oy, what a flu that is to have. Last year, I believe I did not write, and if I did it was of no consequence. However, there were a...
article ROSS: Lateral Violence Amongst Native People: Elouise Cobell, Billy Frank Jr. and Chase Iron Eyes
(Washington) -- Quick Story: I remember one of the first public things that I ever wrote (time flies—that was about a decade and a half ago); I was still in school...
article TRAHANT: Another big year for Native American candidates
(USA) -- It’s tempting to see 2016 as a record year for Native American political candidates. After all there are at least nine people running for the U.S. House...

4/11/2016

article ECOFFEY: Addiction Is Not A Sin
(South Dakota) -- As someone who has struggled with addiction I have empathy for the those who are currently dependent on substances; as well as the families who are...
article PEMBER: Missing and Murdered: No One Knows How Many Native Women Have Disappeared
(USA) -- Although Trudi Lee was only 7 when her big sister went missing back in 1971, she wept when she talked about that traumatic event 45 years later. “...

4/9/2016

article Dear Canada: You Need A Statement Of Facts if You're Going To Address Indigenous Issues
(Ontario) -- The other day I accepted an invite onto CBC Radio 1's lunchtime flagship show (in the Ontario region), called Ontario Today. I was invited to speak...

4/8/2016

article Moya-Smith: Bernie Is Down With Pot, But Will Clinton Inhale?
(New York) -- I was sitting at the center of my unstable dining room table recently, nibbling on a pot brownie and watching the ugliness of this presidential campaign...
article STAR COMES OUT: Struggling quietly and alone with PTSD
(South Dakota) -- My plan to sleep in the other morning didn’t happen so I dragged myself out of bed and made coffee. As I was sipping on it at my kitchen table, I...
article Houska: Answering a Police Brutality Survey While Native (APBSWN)
(Washington D.C.) -- Receiving an email out of the blue can elicit a reaction anywhere from “hey, that's cool,” to “jeez, at least spell 'injun...

4/5/2016

article BLOG: Human Rights Are Not Conditional For Indigenous Canadians
(Canada) -- Human Rights are supposed to be absolute in Canada. Unless you're Indigenous. It is why I have become involved in the native mascot issue. It seems that...

4/4/2016

article KRADER: North American Dream vs. Rugged Individualism—Tribal Style
(New York) -- Operation MYGALE was recently undertaken by regional law enforcement here in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Described as the largest such operation...

4/3/2016

article FINLEY: Bison Range management an idea grounded in history
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes appreciated the Feb. 14 Missoulian editorial calling on Montana’s congressional delegation to work with us...

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