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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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4/17/2015

article Doug George-Kanentiio — Passing into the spirit world: The Mohawk rituals of death
(New York) -- The death (Ohronte in Mohawk) of a family (kawatsireh) member or someone we truly care about is the most tragic of human experiences, yet the ancient...

4/16/2015

article EAGLE: UNITY media summit draws people to reservation
(South Dakota) -- Greetings, Readers! This week has brought us a real taste of our summer warmth, but of course we are still in the beginning days of spring so let...
article George-Kanentiio: Death rituals among the Mohawk people
(New York) -- The death (Ohronte in Mohawk) of a family (kawatsireh) member or someone we truly care about is the most tragic of human experiences, yet the ancient...

4/15/2015

article LONE ELK: Francis Pumpkin Seed always had a bright smile
(South Dakota) -- There was a point in time, as everyone knows and my old writing mentor threw me under the bus about, when I hit rock bottom. In fact, I felt below rock...

4/14/2015

article TRAHANT: Millions of Montanans, Alaskans and Native Americans wait for health insurance
(Washington D.C.) -- The best case for Medicaid expansion in Alaska is being delivered by Valerie Davidson. She’s the recently appointed Commissioner of Alaska...

4/13/2015

article TWO EAGLES: Racism And Grief
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), The American author and story teller, Gina Lake, who wrote “What About Now? Reminders for Being in the...

4/12/2015

article DR. ROUBIDEAUX: Continue diabetes prevention
(Washington D.C.) -- It is spring again, and the hopes for better weather are accompanied by the worries and concerns of many American Indian and Alaska Native...

4/11/2015

article RUSSELL: Happy Birthday America’s Nazis! Marking 20 Years of Stupid, Violent Racism
(Texas) -- This year marks the 20th anniversary of Stormfront, the home of white supremacy on the World Wide Web. On that occasion, I decided to visit the site and try...
article RUSSELL: How to Shock Sophomores: Tell Them the Truth About U.S. History
(Texas) -- There’s a word, sophomoric, that describes one of the few downsides of the professoring trade. If you teach college students, it describes your very own...

4/10/2015

article BLOG: How Native American Mascots Affect All Native Americans
(Vermont) -- In 2011, I was a student at Haskell Indian Nations University and worked as a Kansas House of Representatives intern. I remember an instance where I was...
article NEWCOMB: Ending Our Self-Deception Regarding the Term ‘Indigenous’
(California) -- Given that the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is about to convene in New York for its 14th session, it seems fitting to once again...
article Cuthand: First Nations women play key community roles
(Saskatchewan) -- My grandmother was a medicine woman and midwife. She birthed many of the children on the reserve and played an important role in the community.
article Editorial: Political correctness dishonors traditional chiefs of old
(South Dakota) -- It was the mainstream media of course. One day a reporter was interviewing an East Coast Indian and the reporter said, “Indian” and the...
article Letter: Native Americans still victims of racism
(Nevada) -- Editor: Most people who follow sports on a national level, especially the NFL, are familiar with the mascot issue that revolves around the term “...
article ROSS: Sexy Cultural Chic: Fearless Fashion Designer Bethany Yellowtail Shares Her Truth
(Washington) -- QUICK STORY: I remember when breakdancing and hip-hop came to our small, rural reservation town. We discovered one movie—Beat Street (and later...

4/8/2015

article ICKES: Michael Jandreau was humble servant to his tribe
(South Dakota) -- This is a message to you that I hoped I would never have to write. Michael B. Jandreau, the great visionary leader and humble servant of the Lower...

4/7/2015

article BAILEY: Protect Our Sacred Water
(Michigan) -- Water is sacred. You’ve heard this before. For countless people, including myself, this is a strong held belief. With the Anishinaabek, water is...
article TRAHANT: Fight for Indian health funding is at a critical juncture
(Washington D.C.) -- One of Indian Country’s most important debates about increasing funding for the Indian health system is occurring far from Congress in state...

4/6/2015

article LAMAR: Tribal Marijuana Pitfalls: Shysters, Smugglers & States
(USA) -- Since the Department of Justice's unexpected policy announcement in December regarding marijuana in Indian Country, many tribes are carefully considering...

4/3/2015

article ROSS: All About Indian Blood (and Kidneys, and Hearts): Organ Donation and Native People
(Washington) -- No, this is not about blood quantum. OK, TWO QUICK STORIES: 1) When I was at Haskell Indian Nations University, formerly “Haskell Junior College,...
article VALANDRA: Substantial Deference for Tribal Gaming Commission Classification Decisions
(California) -- A Class II classification determination is made by a Tribal Gaming Commission (TGC) duly appointed by a tribal government with a gaming ordinance that...

4/2/2015

article TRAHANT: Oil is cheap … so leave it in the ground and address climate change
(Washington D.C.) -- Could we be nearing the moment to really address climate change? A quick answer is “no.” Of course not. The Republicans in Congress are...

3/30/2015

article ROMAN NOSE: Climate Change: Mankind Must Stop Destroying ‘Our Own Mystical Place’
(Washington) -- Plants were blooming in the middle of winter near the Cascade Mountain Range; the Iditarod had to be moved almost 300 miles from Willows to Fairbanks due...
article CASTORENO: Some Clarity for Governor Mike Pence on Religious Freedom
(Indiana) -- As a state in the heartland of the country, Indiana has long been associated with “Hoosier Hospitality” and down-home charm. A sleepy Midwestern...
article PAUL: From Orphanage to Judge: The Fight to Overcome
(Oregon) -- What does it take to succeed in life when everyone, in your formative years, abandoned you? It takes determination, smarts and a bit of luck. My life began...

3/29/2015

article Eye Told You So: Native Americans and Eye Disease
(USA) -- In 1637, Thomas Morton, one of the founders of the settlement at Mount Wollaston (now Quincy, Mass.) gave a description of the Indians in New England that...
article NEWCOMB: Dehumanization and a Deadly Medical Experiment on the Yanomami People
(California) -- A February 28 article by “Newpower” that was published by the Guardian in the United Kingdom reports that in the mid-1960s thousands “...

3/28/2015

article Commentary: Dichotomy of Declaration of Independence Highlights the Bi-polar Character of USA
(Arizona) -- Last week I visited the National Archives in Washington DC and personally viewed the original document of the Declaration of Independence.
article Ivan Star: The influences of boarding school and Vietnam War
(South Dakota) -- I have been struggling for many long solitary years with certain facets of my adult life. One was to reclaim my identity as a Lakota person.
article ROSS: Native Funerals as Family Reunions: A Few Thoughts on Loving Each Other Better
(Washington) -- At this very moment, all of us are missing out on the life of someone we say we care about and love. There’s someone who means the world to us whom...

3/23/2015

article DANIELS: First they wanted our land, now they want our money
(Minnesota) -- Desmond Tutu once said “When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our...
article PEMBER: What Are You Hiding? How One Brave Woman Pushed Past the Pain of Abuse
(Alaska) -- “What are you hiding?” the elder asked Rose Domenic. It was a simple question in response to Domenic’s request for help overcoming her...

3/22/2015

article A NATIVE VOICE: Education, perspectives and reflections
(Minnesota) -- As we walk the path on the road to knowledge one can't help but think about one's past history and cultural life-ways. Whenever I have faced...
article CHAMPAGNE: Indigeneity or Ethnicity: A Choice That Could Harm Tribal Identities
(USA) -- Ethnicity and indigeneity are two different forms of cultural identity. Indigenous individuals and communities are confronted with choices involving retention...
article HOPKINS: In Praise of the Mighty Native Woman
(North Dakota) -- Native women, with their indomitable spirits and ability to create miracles through sheer force of will, are absolutely the reason why the indigenous...
article HOUSTON: An Open Letter to the Dakota Oyate
(Minnesota) -- We, as Dakota people, have a shared history of exile, pain and grief. Since 1862, we have been working individually and collectively to recover from that...

3/21/2015

article Blackhorse: This Is What Dehumanization Looks Like
(Arizona) -- Quite often when speaking out and educating others about the mascot issue, the same question is asked, “Why are you people worried about mascots? Don...
article JAE: For Our Native Youth Struggling with Depression & Suicide: HOPE is in Our Blood
(Oklahoma) -- At some point in our lives, we all hold the seed of suicide. Most people will hold it in their hand and think about planting it, but toss it away.

3/20/2015

article OP/ED: 'It Wasn't Always This Way': An Indigenous Reflection on Women’s History Month
(USA) -- All March long, it is Women’s History Month. Surely, indigenous women are a part of this devoted month as well. Although it may seem trite to say, the...
article KEELER: What it's like to watch Netflix's 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' as a Native American
(Oregon) -- Like the Native American character in Tina Fey’s new Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I was once tried to hide my identity while living in...

3/19/2015

article ANDERSON: White House Welcome Mat
(Washington D.C.) -- On a brutally cold January 20, 2009, I watched the inauguration of President Barack Obama with other Native American guests at the National Museum...
article NEWCOMB: The Domination Translator
(California) -- Some people may consider my many columns about domination to be an exercise in hyperbole. However, my views on the subject are a direct consequence of...

3/18/2015

article ERDRICH: Louise Erdrich on Wilma Mankiller, the First Female Cherokee Chief
(Minnesota) -- Let's replace Andrew Jackson — who defied the Supreme Court and brutally evicted the long-farming Cherokee onto the Trail of Tears — with...

3/17/2015

article HOPKINS: Win the Digital War: Tribes Must Exercise Data Sovereignty
(USA) -- Native Nations predate the existence of the United States of America by thousands of years. Colonists and foreign principalities alike acknowledged our...
article JOHNSON: Going Irish on the reservation
(California) -- I’m 63, a number without fanfare. Too young for the shroud, too old for hip-hop; but I’ve seen some stuff. I’ve lived on the Pala...
article TRAHANT: House budget promises new cuts, no Obamacare, and more Defense dollars
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Budget Committee unveiled its budget Tuesday — and the details are not good news for Indian Country. First: The budget calls for...

3/16/2015

article NEWCOMB: The Bogus Religious Premise of the Indian Claims Commission
(California) -- In 1974, Ralph A. Barney, Chief of the Indian Claims Section, Lands Division, in the U.S. Department of Justice, explained the concept of title that the...

3/13/2015

article DANIELS: Rights-of-Way Proposed Rule Change: A little too long?
(Minnesota) -- In August 2014, I wrote an article published in the Native Times publication based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It was titled “Rights-of-Way Proposed...

3/12/2015

blog Mark Trahant: The battle over federal spending is about to get ugly
(Washington D.C.) -- The battle over federal spending is about to get ugly. Real ugly. It’s been a Republican promise to balance the federal budget within a decade...
article KEELER: The Real and Unreal Indians Among Us
(Oregon) -- In 1968, Vine Deloria, Jr. opened his famous American Indian manifesto, “Custer Died for Your Sins” with a chapter titled, “Indians Today,...
article Ivan Star: Self-contained Lakota families slowly become extinct
(South Dakota) -- I went to the Oglala Post Office the other day and found it unusually crowded. There were small groups gathered outside the building happily talking...
article Opinion: Savages, Settlers, and Slaves: Red, White, and Black
(Oklahoma) -- News crews still linger on campus at the University of Oklahoma days after a video surfaced showing the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon singing a racist...

3/11/2015

article MOYA-SMITH: Rich Old Balls Rot Rich Old Brains
(New York) -- The rich age much differently than you and I.
 By the time the inordinately opulent oligarch reaches 70, he's spent a lifetime excessively indulging in...

3/10/2015

article CHAMPAGNE: Marginalization and Cultural Choice
(USA) -- Policy makers and academics often describe the contemporary condition of Indigenous Peoples as marginalized politically and economically.

3/9/2015

article PEMBER: Speak Your Piece: Driving While Indian
(Wisconsin) -- On a dark, country road in Indian country, the lessons of childhood come back quickly when the police pull you over. As the nation debates police violence...
article TRAHANT: This messy Congress might be able to actually govern
(Washington D.C.) -- When I was a young reporter the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho went through a crisis. Four delegates of the seven-member council were recalled;...

3/8/2015

article NEWCOMB: The Domination System in California
(California) -- In the 1901 U.S. Supreme Court case Barker v. Harvey, Alejandro Barker and other family members claimed a title to lands in California.
article TRAHANT: This Messy Congress Might Be Able to Actually Govern
(Alaska) -- When I was a young reporter the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho went through a crisis. Four delegates of the seven-member council were recalled; that meant...
article PEMBER: Speak Your Piece: Driving While Indian
(Minnesota) -- On a dark, country road in Indian country, the lessons of childhood come back quickly when the police pull you over. As the nation debates police violence...
article James Giago Davies: Protection of our children is most important
(South Dakota) -- Whenever my boy Layne gets hurt or sick, he says, “Help me, Mom!” She cradles and comforts him and all I can do is stand beside them and...
article My Journey to Weight Loss Was Well Worth It
(California) -- Obesity has been a problem for me most of my life. Growing up I shopped in the husky section. When I was 13 in 7th grade, I weighed 225 pounds.

3/4/2015

article LaDUKE: What Would Ingrid Do? War and Peace
(Minnesota) -- This week marks the 15th anniversary of the kidnapping and assassination of Menominee leader Ingrid Washinawatok El Issa. It also marks a new set of peace...

3/2/2015

article TWO EAGLES: Native Identities: Some Thoughts On Nationalism
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Mahatma Gandhi once said: “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless,...

3/1/2015

article GILLETTE: Investing in the Future of Tribal Nations
(Washington D.C.) -- As part of his commitment to strengthening nation-to-nation relationships with Indian tribes, President Obama hosted his sixth White House Tribal...
article The fire burns yet / Native American peoples are still here and still caring for their land. Can their conquerors say the same?
(New York) -- A few years ago, I was invited to attend a traditional Haida memorial ceremony. It was for a prominent community member in Old Masset on Haida Gwaii, off...

2/27/2015

article Ivan Star: Lakota traditional history tells the true untold stories
(South Dakota) -- William McNeill (Why Study History? 1985) wrote, “Historical knowledge is no more and no less than carefully and critically constructed...

2/26/2015

article ENNIS: Tribal Sovereignty Gets Big Boost in Obama's New Budget
(Minnesota) -- A historic event happened in Indian Country this month. As part of President Obama’s budget request to Congress, federal funding for tribal contract...
article James Giago Davies: Native activism must embrace all relations
(South Dakota) -- On Oct., 15, 1968, in the opening heats at Mexico City, Australian Peter Norman broke the Olympic record for 200 meters. He did not have long to...
article ROSS: Black History Month: An Honest Conversation With Yawna Allen on Being Native and Black
(Washington) -- In Part 1 of this “Black History Month, Indian-Style” series, we firmly established that there is a LOOONNNGGG connection between Native...
article Silence Equals Violence: Remember the Sand Creek Massacre
(Connecticut) -- At the start of December I came late to a Ferguson protest being held in New Haven and started video recording. Happily I got a good chunk of the...

2/25/2015

article RUSSELL: Oscars Protest for Equal Pay for Women Was Long Overdue
(Texas) -- The Oscars seem to produce a Sacheen Littlefeather moment every year, and this year Patricia Arquette, accepting the little gold guy for Best Supporting...
article JENNINGS: Black History Is American History
(USA) -- There is Women's History Month, Native American History Month, Latino History Month, Jewish American History Month, LGBT Pride Month, National Disability...

2/24/2015

article JOHNSON: Porch of tales
(California) -- Theron “Jean” Jackson spent much of his adult life on the Pala Indian Reservation. Shortly after World War II, while drinking in Los Angeles...
article MCKASATO: Indian Water Is Life and the Droughts Threatening It
(New Mexico) -- Decades ago Native American tribal elders forewarned of a day when people would be fighting over water. Droughts, contamination and over-consumption are...
article MAYS: Black-Indigenous Histories Beyond the Norm: Malcolm X and the Erasure of Indigeneity
(Illinois) -- Before every February, I get numerous requests to participate in programming for Black History Month. And I say no to none of them because I love doing...

2/23/2015

article GIAGO: Reaching another milestone after 37 years of writing
(South Dakota) -- When a ship is about to leave port the boatswain’s mate and the deck crew hoist the anchor and this is where the phrase “anchors aweigh,...

2/22/2015

article RUSSELL: Indian Thoughts on the Prayer Breakfast and the Pledge of Allegiance
(Texas) -- F. Scott Fitzgerald might have been talking about American Indians when he wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two...

2/20/2015

article D'ERRICO: San Carlos Apache Battle Against ‘Christian Discovery’
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache battle cry, sounded by San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler to prevent the hostile takeover over of Apache lands by the United...

2/19/2015

article My Voice: Suicides in Pine Ridge and culture of fear
(South Dakota) -- In the wake of the disturbing Jan. 24 events at the Rapid City hockey game, people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were further stunned by a...
article TRAHANT: Tribal sovereignty remains Alaska's unfinished business
(Alaska) -- Do Alaska Native tribes posses sovereignty? A simple question. And, in Indian Country, the answer is usually a quick “yes.” Of course. But in...

2/17/2015

article SUNRAY: Pamunkey Pride and Prejudice: How the Feds Mandated Racism
(Virginia) -- The Pamunkey Tribe has recently come under fire by the Congressional Black Caucus for, until very recently, their constitutional prohibition of...

2/16/2015

article BLOG: Hi I’m Noel, I’m Native American & I’m the Daughter of a Mother Murdered by a Serial Killer
(South Dakota) -- When I was thirteen years old my mother was murdered. This kind of introduction can come across like its ripped from the headlines of a Hollywood...
article GIAGO: Racism continues to be tolerated in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota in general and Rapid City in particular, appear to have cornered the 2015 market on racism, inequality and lack of justice. Almost every...
article TURTLE TALK: Employee Case Dismissed for Failure to Exhaust Tribal Remedies
(California) -- Here are the materials in Resources for Indian Student Education Inc. v. Cedarville Rancheria of Northern Pauite Indians (E.D. Cal.):

2/14/2015

article SUNRAY: Are Louisiana Tribes Turning a Blind Eye to Racism?
(Louisiana) -- The first time I set foot on the Chitimacha Indian Reservation in Louisiana was in the 1990s. Prior to this, I had seen pictures of some of their tribal...

2/13/2015

article Trahant: Tribal colleges essential to develop economies
(USA) -- Congress has recognized the importance and the value of tribal colleges. A Senate resolution sets Feb. 8 as the “National Tribal Colleges and Universities...

2/11/2015

article James Giago Davies: Wasicu anti-intellectualism is contagious
(South Dakota) -- Imagine how many ills could be cured in Indian country if we cared as much about fixing them as we do about basketball. Only deeply ingrained, socially...
article SUNRAY: Indian Country Influenced by Attitudes From the Old South
(Oklahoma) -- Eleanor Cook rolled out of bed, nervous, but excited about what the future held that day. Shunned from attendance at the local white and black schools of...

2/9/2015

article Houska: Taking From Indians Is a Time-Honored American Tradition
(Washington D.C.) -- “Just what is the state of Indian Affairs in this country?” asked Thom Hartmann. Behind us, images of the San Carlos Apache Tribe,...
article Clara Caufield: There's lot of truth in some Cheyenne nicknames
(Montana) -- Columnists need a break sometimes. Let’s face it – coming up with erudite observations about weighty matters just ain’t gonna happen every...

2/6/2015

article Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota children are called little sacred ones
(South Dakota) -- In all of life's cruelest moments, the worse is child abuse in any form. Innocence is born in us, as small infants when we come into the world; it...
article Racism Should Burn To the Ground, By Jon Edwards‏
(South Dakota) -- When I read on social media last weekend of how 57 Oglala Lakota children (and the human race in general), was disrespected by what boils down to a...
article Rapid City Community Armed with Knowledge: Will This Make a Difference? By Karin Eagle
(South Dakota) -- A Jewish woman, scared for her life after receiving a diagnosis of cancer, becomes overwrought with emotion. Police are called to check on her.
article Opinion: Eating fish shouldn’t be risky | Being Frank
(Washington) -- Gov. Jay Inslee wants to change the cancer risk rate used to set state water quality standards from 1 in 1 million to 1 in 100,000. That is unacceptable...
article RUSSELL: Islamic State Fighter Says Jihad Is Coming to Indian Country
(Texas) -- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty are the merged successors to radio stations of the same name begun after World War II for the purpose of telling the other...
article Facebook don’t believe in Indian names by Dana Lone Hill
(South Dakota) -- This is the message I received from Facebook when I tried to sign in. At first I had thought it was because I switched my name to my father’s...

2/5/2015

article TRAHANT: New Twists and Turns in the Soap Opera Called ObamaCare
(Alaska) -- The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on February 3. Then, this is not new. The House has voted nearly sixty times to either...

2/4/2015

article Doug George-Kanentiio: Bering Strait migration theory a big lie
(New York) -- Imagine you are part of a small group of nomadic hunters, compelled for some unknown reason to leave your territory and drift to the northeast.
article NEWCOMB: Expanding Christian Empire and Father Junipero Serra
(California) -- Quite a number of articles of late have asked whether it’s a good idea for Pope Francis to declare Franciscan priest Junipero Serra to be a...

2/2/2015

article RUSSELL: Unpacking the Clown Car of Early GOP Presidential Hopefuls
(Texas) -- I have too much self-preservation instinct to crash the Iowa Freedom Summit convened by Citizens United (the organization that lends its name to the SCOTUS...
article Opinion: A birthing ground like ANWR is no battlefield
(Alaska) -- I was so grateful to hear President Obama include the significance of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Alaska Native people in his announcement of a...

2/1/2015

article GIAGO: A Racial Incident at a Hockey Game
(South Dakota) -- The ironies of the racial incident at the Rush hockey game at the Rapid City Civic Center are numerous. First of all it was a case of "drunken...

1/30/2015

article Patent Pending: Indigenous Plant Could Help Where ‘Miracle Drug’ Can’t
(Texas) -- The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports a discovery that will amuse indigenous medicine people and provide more grist for those of us who...
article James Giago Davies: Let's hurry up and hate the Muslim people
(South Dakota) -- Even otherwise clear thinking progressives can force the wrong bit into the wrong horse’s mouth, enter him in the wrong race, and put a hate...
article Sundance Film Institute Advertising Actual Sundance Scars? By Chase Iron Eyes
(South Dakota) -- Everytime I see the paid-for promotion by @Adobe announcing “#Sundance-ers: What inspires you? Show us in a vid & share using #...

1/29/2015

article Ivan Star: Ignoring alcoholism leads to destruction of the Lakota
(South Dakota) -- One of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 quotes seems to describe a situation here on the Pine Ridge Reservation: “Our lives begin to end the...
article ANTHONY ROLO: Keystone XL: a 'Declaration of War' in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Just outside Winner, South Dakota, on sparsely populated land, sits a small camp made up of two Army tents and a few teepees, surrounded by 1,500-pound...

1/28/2015

article Misty Mourning: Resolve and Resolution
(Washington) -- On October 5, 2014, a beautiful and talented young Native American actress and musician by the name of Misty Upham went missing under mysterious...

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...

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