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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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9/28/2014

article A Letter to Obama For Signing the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act
(USA) -- President Obama, with all respect, I write to you on behalf of our Native Nations in the Spirit of Tecumseh, 200 years after his journey to the Milky Way—
article Holding the U.S. Accountable for Funds Held in Trust
(Minnesota) -- I have returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
article RUSSELL: Killing Convicts Is a Vile Superstition
(Texas) -- Justice Harry Blackmun couldn’t take it any more and so announced from the US Supreme Court bench that he would “no longer tinker with the...

9/27/2014

article LEE: Rewriting History… For the Better, This Time
(USA) -- The new exam for high school Advanced Placement U.S. History students has raised an outcry among conservatives from Texas to Georgia.
article ECKERT: Erasing Genocide and Fantasizing Honor with Tilden’s ‘Indian’
(California) -- First Peoples are all too familiar with disparaging “fantasies of honor.” By “fantasies of honor” I mean those wooden Indians...

9/26/2014

article BREWER: Congress Does Right Thing! Gets IRS Away From Tribal Governments
(South Dakota) -- Chief Sitting Bull said, “Let us put our minds together and see what lives we can make for our children.” And, today, as we struggle to...
article JUNEAU: Montana Indians have to help defeat LR 126
(Montana) -- I am proud to have served Montana in the state legislature for 12 years, and especially proud to have my daughter Denise serve as the State Superintendent...

9/25/2014

article PEMBER: Longtime Native Voice for Women’s Rights, Deer, Speechless With Recent Honor
(Minnesota) -- Sarah Deer recently had to update her resume. In her typically understated fashion, near the end of her many categories of accomplishments as a law...

9/24/2014

article BLOG: Life is Sacred: Suicide and Native People
(USA) -- It’s the second leading cause of death among young Native Americans, and we’re dying from it at a rate over one and a half times that of the rest of...
article ECOFFEY: Native women speaking out against violence
(South Dakota) -- Some say that a picture can speak a thousand words: Some however, can do more than that. A photo posted by First Nations woman, Sarah Rainville, on...
article WURTH: Albuquerque and the Indian / Our perception of Native Americans needs to change
(New Mexico) -- Albuquerque has a complicated relationship with Native Americans. It’s a city where tourists and residents will watch what is deemed traditional...

9/23/2014

article GOVER: Let’s Begin a New Chapter in NMAI History
(Washington D.C.) -- This week marks an important milestone for the community of the National Museum of the American Indian —the 10th anniversary of the opening of...
article NORRELL: Traditional Indigenous left out of World Conference in New York
(New York) -- As the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples begins in New York today, grassroots Indigenous Peoples say they have not be included.
article TRAHANT: Native Vote Challenge is new spin on Social Media; It’s time to make some great videos
(USA) -- The Native Vote Challenge begins today. You already know the drill: It’s the same as the Winter Challenge or the Ice Bucket Challenge. Only instead of...

9/22/2014

article GIAGO: An independent candidate awakens 'Party' zombies
(South Dakota) -- When you register as an Independent in South Dakota you are made to feel as if you are from Iowa or Wyoming and you are trying to slip into this state...
article OP/ED: This Indian Does Not Owe You
(Washington) -- I am here before you, a living Indian, upright and animated, full of blood. I am a young Cowlitz woman, not one of the dead chiefs flattened into history...
article TRAHANT: Has global warming finally become the reason to vote?
(New York) -- The People’s Climate March in New York City Sunday was supposed to be huge. There were some 1,500 organizations as sponsors, including several...

9/21/2014

article TRAHANT: A Treaty Promise That Cannot Be Kept
(Alaska) -- Modern U.S. presidents have a curious relationship with North America’s first residents, American Indians and Alaska Natives. President Richard Nixon...
article CHAMPAGNE: Federal Recognition and Unratified Treaties
(USA) -- The United States negotiated over 500 treaties, and numerous other agreements, with Indian nations. Typically, a treaty was negotiated with a tribe by an...
article GILIO-WHITAKER: Tribes Need to Push Climate Change Reform Now
(Colorado) -- As ICTMN reported recently, indigenous peoples will be at the forefront of upcoming United Nations and civil society events in New York City.
article Regina Brave: The earth that once was will soon be no more
(South Dakota) -- The year is 2145. People have gone back to living in caves. There is no electricity or running water. The sky is a perpetual overcast, there is no...
article CRAMBLIT: Living Life at Dartmouth as a Native
(California) -- I remember my first week at Dartmouth College. It was after a week-long bus ride from California. Dartmouth, the Ivies, the East Coast, College in...
article ROGERS: Native America Is at a Crossroads; Time for a New Movement
(New York) -- I intended to take a hiatus from writing for a while to deal with personal issues, but a YouTuber named Ami Pacheco inspired me to write again.
article ROMERO: Reclaiming Our Children Through Food
(USA) -- Our histories are bursting with examples of how tribal nations have fought and sacrificed for continued existence in the face of powerful forces that sought to...

9/20/2014

article Suicide Chronicles, Part 1 of 5: A Conversation Native People Need to Have
(USA) -- Silence kills. Suicide is a HUGE problem within our Native communities, yet it’s something that we barely speak about. I put myself in this category as...

9/19/2014

article BLOG: Native and Home(less)
(Washington) -- My first time to the city of Seattle was two weeks ago. A best friend from undergrad was there for a conference and I agreed to fly up from the Bay Area...

9/15/2014

article GIAGO: Standing tall for Native American Day in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- An unprecedented event happened in South Dakota 24 years ago, an event that has not been duplicated by any other state: South Dakota adopted October 12...

9/12/2014

article REESE: I read THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE
(California) -- So! Scott (a colleague) wrote to ask me if I'd read The Education of Little Tree. I've written about that book here on AICL several times because...

9/11/2014

article DANIELS: Don't Just Say It—Do It
(Oklahoma) -- On September 1, I read Tim Giago's Native Sun News article "Oglala Sioux people aren't afraid to say no to easy cash" posted on Indianz....
article NEWCOMB: The Supreme Court of Canada’s ‘Parasitic’ Aboriginal Activities
(California) -- A metaphor is a useful fiction; a pretense with a purpose. A metaphor “suggests an analogy or likeness between two different things by applying the...
article ELECTION: Affordable Care Act is Worth a Debate
(Alaska) -- Newsflash: Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act. Of course they can’t even call it that; it’s only “Obamacare.” A word that...
article CARRO: Learning Real History—Not School History
(New Jersey) -- If you are an American, born and raised, reading this article, then you were most likely told as a child the same Thanksgiving fairytale that I was.
article JENNINGS: Witches and Indians and a Feathered Serpent in Salem, Mass.
(China) -- In 17th century colonial North America, the supernatural was considered part of everyday life; many people believed that Satan was present and active on Earth.
article REESE: Was Paul Goble adopted into the Yakima and Sioux tribes?
(California) -- Within the framework of children's books, one thought that comes to mind when I hear the word "adopted" is Paul Goble. Let me preface this...

9/10/2014

article ARMSTRONG: In Palm Springs, midcentury devotees brush aside Agua Caliente history and prehistory
(California) --   Greedy, fraudulent, an act of terrorism ...    These insults — and other unprintable ones — have been tossed at the Agua...
article TRAHANT: Reading the polls ... so they make sense
(Washington D.C.) -- Sometimes the practice of journalism drives me crazy. No one wants to look at a poll number, and say, well, the numbers show a candidate with a lead...

9/9/2014

article BLOG: Will RST Lawsuit Prompt Fair Election by Cherry-Todd Electric?
(South Dakota) -- After last year’s Cherry Todd Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting, a Tribal member talked about experiencing Cherry Todd’s racism...
article NEWCOMB: The Supreme Court of Canada’s ‘Parasitic’ Aboriginal Activities
(California) -- A metaphor is a useful fiction; a pretense with a purpose. A metaphor “suggests an analogy or likeness between two different things by applying the...

9/8/2014

article GIAGO: Indigenous people of Australia and America share path
(South Dakota) -- There is a colonization connection the indigenous people of Australia and America share. Both were driven to the brink of annihilation by invaders....
article McKosato: Pueblo woman running for office in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Harlan McKosato sits down with Deb Haaland, a single mother from Laguna Pueblo who is running for lieutenant governor of New Mexico:
article Nick-izms: Rez Born, Urban Raised
(Minnesota) -- As Native people, from a diverse world views, we have a lot more in common than we don’t. ‘Am I Indian enough?’, ‘Living in an...
article STOKES: Sovereign Means Sovereign! U.S. Must Stop Interfering With Tribal Nations
(USA) -- Congressional authority over Native nations has always been held to rest on the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Clause (Article 1, Section 8,...
article TRAHANT: A fair say? Pffft. The math works to make Native votes count more in 2014
(Washington D.C.) -- So what if you had more votes than everyone else? What if your vote counted more? Would you? Well, on Tuesday the primary season ends with elections...

9/7/2014

article BETHMANN: An Undocumented, Unofficial Indian
(New York) -- I remember a friend saying to me once, “Chris, you’re not a real Indian. And if you are, you’re the whitest Indian I know.” At the...
article GIAGO: American Indians and Australian Aborigines Traveled a Similar Path
(South Dakota) -- There is a colonization connection the indigenous people of Australia and America share. Both were driven to the brink of annihilation by invaders....
article ROSS: For Natives in 2014, the Struggle Continues
(Washington) -- "Kill the Indian... save the man." --Army Capt. Richard H. Pratt, founder Carlisle Indian School, in a speech given in 1892.
article RUSSELL: The Government's Selective Morality About Gambling
(Texas) -- Back in 2013, The New York Times carried a major report on a minor bust. Police nailed Nelson Urena, 50, from whom they seized 38 numbers slips and copy,924...

9/5/2014

article JOHNSON: A part of reservation life
(California) -- When I was 5 or 6, back when cattle grazed much of the local countryside and pickups outnumbered sedans, when most yards had a few chickens pecking for...
article KEELER: Why Navajo Hair Matters: It's Our Culture, Our Memory, and Our Choice
(Arizona) -- On Tuesday, after Labor Day weekend, my children went back to school. The week before, I had taken my son to the barber to get a haircut—but it was...

9/4/2014

article TRAHANT: One day you’re in .. and the next day you’re out
(Washington D.C.) -- A couple of weeks ago the political narrative for 2014 was all but final. The story went like this: President Barack Obama is so unpopular that...

9/3/2014

article Alaska Natives Win Landmark Voting Rights Lawsuit
(Alaska) -- In an historic victory for Alaska Native voters, a Federal Court in Anchorage found the State of Alaska violated the Voting Rights Act by failing to provide...
article GIAGO: Few Native officers within Rapid City police department
(South Dakota) -- Ever since the late 1800s when Rapid City began to grow as a city there has been a bone of contention between Indians and the city’s law...
article TRAHANT: Younger, better, faster, stronger. Rethinking the Native Voters of 2014.
(Washington D.C.) -- I will admit a deep, dark secret. I am a baby boomer. (Or as my sons would say, I am old.) We boomers have had our way with politics, finances, the...

9/2/2014

article TRAHANT: Why not? Alaska’s fusion candidacy
(Washington) -- The Alaska deal is done. The state’s Democratic nominees for governor and lieutenant governor are withdrawing from the race. And the independent...

9/1/2014

article GIAGO: Oglala Sioux people aren't afraid to say no to easy cash
(South Dakota) -- Two Harvard graduates, Bevis Longstreth and Timothey Wirth, were discussing that Harvard should divest itself of investments in fossil fuels.
article LAMAR: Legalized Pot Is a Mess of Trouble for Tribes
(USA) -- While a patchwork of state laws have given marijuana quasi-legal status in 24 states, status on many tribal lands remains prohibited, or at best uncertain. Many...
article TRAHANT: It’s long past time when tribal leaders should help govern the country
(Washington) -- Labor Day marks the beginning of the political campaign season. Sort of. If you live in a state with competitive races, then you have been watching TV...

8/27/2014

article Crunching the numbers pays off for Shirley
(Arizona) -- "Eight more years!” was the chant to which a loud and triumphant cadre of Joe Shirley Jr. supporters stormed the Window Rock Sports Center...
article GIAGO: Greedy lawyers and government ruin Cobell settlement
(South Dakota) -- The process of settling the so-called Cobell settlement has turned into a joke, except it is not one of those “ha –ha” jokes, but one...
article LAKOTA VOICE: RST Council Has Nothing Better to Do than Attack LakotaVoice?
(South Dakota) -- When I arrived in Council session yesterday morning, I entered expecting Council to be in the middle of addressing the financial issues surrounding...

8/26/2014

article TRIMBLE: Pine Ridge -- the Hollywood of Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- I have subscribed to Lakota Country Times for several years and am always rewarded with yet another story of victorhood (as opposed to victimhood),...

8/25/2014

article GIAGO: A farewell to my friend Eugene Long Soldier
(South Dakota) -- My childhood friend Eugene Long Soldier died last week. He was one of the more fortunate Lakota who lived to the age of 80. For a lot of reasons too...
article TRAHANT: The power of social media is awesome, Indian Country must tap it at the ballot box
(Washington) -- I remember getting in trouble as a teenager. The story beat me home. I was stunned at the velocity of information in a small community. The chain went...
article TREUER: Eagle was keeper of culture
(Minnesota) -- It is a marvel to many Ojibwe people how a community like Neyaashiing on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation could be so successful in maintaining their...
article TWO EAGLES: Comedy Is Relative
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Aug. 11 marked the passing of one of the world's greatest entertainers. “He was an actor, comedian,...

8/23/2014

article ROSS: Police Brutality Against Black and Brown People: We're In This Together
(Washington) -- Native people are the most loving people in the world. And it makes sense—so many of us have seen this movie before. We got our own problems, right?

8/22/2014

article Ecoffey: Navajo golfer Rickie Fowler is a fast-rising star
(USA) -- Finding accurate portrayals of Native people on any media format is often a difficult task to accomplish. In the world of sports where any deviation from the...
article MILLS: Rebuttal to David Wilkins
(USA) -- David Wilkins makes pertinent observations on the relationship of today’s 566 federally recognized Indian Nations and its struggle to balance its tribal...
article Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work
(USA) -- The author talks about the new movie based on James Welch’s ‘Winter in the Blood,’ addiction among Native Americans, and the odiousness of...

8/20/2014

article BLOG: Antelope Rep Waln’s Tribal Council Report to the Oyate
(South Dakota) -- I would like to take this time to address the Oyate and provide a monthly Tribal Council Report. The statements in this report are of my own opinion...

8/19/2014

article D'ERRICO: Boneheaded Errors Ruin NYT Bestseller About Comanche Leader
(USA) -- I started to read S.C. Gwynne's book, Empire of the Summer Moon, about Quanah Parker and the U.S. war against the Comanche, but I don't know if I'll...

8/18/2014

article TRAHANT: Behind the screen: Nuts, bolts and billions of Medicaid dollars that could improve healthcare
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s almost as if the Affordable Care Act has disappeared behind some screen. Oh, sure, there are still questions about what each of us should...

8/17/2014

article GIAGO: The Fourth Estate at Wounded Knee in 1973
(South Dakota) -- Newspapers from across the nation and the world found the occupation of Wounded Knee in February 1973 a very hot ticket. Reporters came, they saw, and...

8/15/2014

article President’s policy on border crisis is inhuman
(Tennessee) -- “American Indians welcome our people from Central America; They are refugees.” So reads a headline from a recent Native American online...
article RUSSELL: The Third Time Is Not the Charm
(Texas) -- In my clearest memory of Iraq War I, I was in a graduate school dorm at the University of Nevada, where the rooms had no televisions. Just about every student...

8/14/2014

article JENNINGS: Exploring the Many Shades of Black
(USA) -- “Black” is the most multi-cultured of all Earth’s peoples. It all began with exchanges between Native folks and African sailors/explorers long...

8/13/2014

article GALANDA: Tribal Per Capitas and Self-Termination
(Washington) -- For many Indian families, tribal per capita payments help meet their most basic needs. They buy food, pay heating bills, make car payments, and open...

8/12/2014

article ECOFFEY: Marijuana Legalization Must Remain Public Policy Debate
(South Dakota) -- As someone who has had the unique experience of witnessing America’s drug war from both the front lines and the prison camps, and as someone who...
article TRAHANT: A deficit cure: Spend more money now
(Washington D.C.) -- I’ve spent the past couple of months listening to political candidates in a variety of formats. I like most of them as people, but I am struck...

8/11/2014

article GIAGO: NFL team's mascot will slowly fade like an old soldier
(South Dakota) -- Neil Cavuto, a broadcaster with the Fox Business Network, can’t be blamed for looking askance at the decision by the U. S. Patent and Trademark...
article TWO EAGLES: Where We Go From Here
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), As promised, here is part two of two in the interest of historical transparency and furthering the...
article WILKINS: Auditing Tribal Sovereignty
(Minnesota) -- In 1977 preeminent Native theorist Vine Deloria, Jr., was asked to write a paper about the current state of Indian affairs in the U.S. Deloria, already...

8/10/2014

article CHAMPAGNE: The Difficulty of Splinter Groups and Federal Recognition
(USA) -- A heartbreaking issue is the definition, understanding, and use of splinter groups. In some Office of Federal Acknowledgement decisions, however, the comments...
article CUTHAND: Divide and conquer transparency
(Saskatchewan) -- The big news last week was the outrageous chief 's salaries that are surfacing because of the Transparency Act. This is the expected fallout and it...
article BLOG: Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex
(USA) -- The ally industrial complex has been established by activists whose careers depend on the “issues” they work to address. These nonprofit capitalists...

8/9/2014

article Political Apointee’s Misconduct Behind the Scenes
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribal President is allowed to staff political appointees at the beginning of his/her term named in a resolution to be approved by...
article ENNIS: Yo, Potheads! Being a Stoner is Not the Native Way
(Minnesota) -- I have a message for all of you “stoners” in our Native community; there is nothing “traditional” about using a natural herb found...

8/8/2014

article NEWCOMB: A Response to Rudy Ryser, ‘I Write to Solve Present Day Problems’
(California) -- On August 3, 2014, Dr. Rudy Ryser, Chairman of the Center for World Indigenous Studies, published a response to my recent column “Some Questions...
article WAGAMESE: Not afraid of Mukwa
(Canada) -- The bear that patrols our neighborhood was particularly busy this year. He’s a three year old now and he’s gotten used to a regular route....

8/7/2014

article GENTRY: Klamath Agreements Strengthen Tribal Sovereignty
(Oregon) -- From time immemorial, salmon, steelhead and other fish runs have sustained the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin Paiute members of the Klamath Tribes. It has been...
article ROBINSON: Why the First Nations transparency act is an insult to my people
(Canada) -- I don’t speak for anyone but myself. I’m not an elected official, nor am I an elder, nor do I have an important, hereditary name. I’m a...

8/4/2014

article TRAHANT: A call to reform the Indian health system
(Washington D.C.) -- At a Billings hearing in May, Sen. Jon Tester expressed frustration about the management of the Indian Health Service. The Montana Democrat said:...
article TWO EAGLES: Coping With Corruption
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), “We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and...

8/3/2014

article ANDRADE: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman is Using IHS as a Political Ploy
(California) -- I am writing in reaction to the article posted by Native News Online on Friday, July 31 entitled, “Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman...

8/2/2014

article Everyone needs to know about Anishinawbek History and colonization of Canada
(Ontario) -- Boozhoo, Kapeetayawaywetung ndishnikaaz, Mikinaak ndoodem, Neskantaga ndoonji. What does it mean to be a proud Canadian? To wear white and red on Canada Day?

8/1/2014

article JOHNSON: Salsa, flavored by family
(California) -- I live on land my grandfather, Paul Magee, once owned. It’s land his father, Robert Magee, once owned. From here to the adobe house on the Pala...

7/31/2014

article OP/ED: Money Runs Like Water, Just Not for the People
(South Dakota) -- Now that Tribal President Cyril “Whitey” Scott has advanced his pay to the end of fiscal year 2014, the question is how does a tribal...
article GALANDA: Another State Tax Man Smackdown; Tribal Property Tax Win
(Washington) -- Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals smacked down a New York county assessor‘s attempt to foreclose upon Cayuga-owned fee lands in a...
article SCHILLING: From Geronimo to ‘The Scalp Hunters’: 10 Military Uses of Native Imagery
(USA) -- Considering the U.S. Military uses a plethora of Native American names and imagery to label and designate combat equipment, machinery and maneuvers and missions...

7/30/2014

article NEWCOMB: Some Questions Regarding the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting
(California) -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: "Freedom is never given to anybody, for the oppressor has you in domination because he plans to keep you...
article RUSSELL: Indians Reclaim Wall Street: A Native’s Guide to Investment
(Texas) -- “Having a portfolio” was not something I understood while growing up in the rural Creek Nation AKA Oklahoma. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and...
article MAYS: How Obama’s ‘Acting White’ Blunder Erased Indigenous Concerns
(Illinois) -- Lost amidst President Obama’s recent, controversial and unfortunate statement on young Black men “acting white” was the question posed by...

7/29/2014

article ROSS: A Victory for Native Power: Just Say No to Ted Nugent's Ugliness
(Washington) -- Both the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the Puyallup Tribe displayed Native Power 2014-style. Ted Nugent (and really anybody else) has an absolute legal...

7/28/2014

article EID: Indian youth hurt by Colorado's marijuana experiment
(Colorado) -- "Our youth are abusing marijuana as never before. The stuff they're smoking and eating comes to our kids still in its packaging from Denver."
article GIAGO: Lakota and Pueblo Indians on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- The Indian community of Kyle is located near the banks of Kyle Dam on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. To the local Lakota people it is known by its...

7/26/2014

article ROGERS: Lie, Delay and Deny Until They Die: How Veterans Are Treated by the VBA
(New York) -- This is the working mantra of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). After reading the latest report from the Office of the Inspector General, this is...
article Opinion: Indian youth hurt by Colorado's marijuana experiment
(Colorado) -- "Our youth are abusing marijuana as never before. The stuff they're smoking and eating comes to our kids still in its packaging from Denver."
article 10 Things Other People Love About Indians and Stuff
(New York) -- 1. Dreamcatchers, because nothing communicates to society that you’ve got both cultural and economical capital like a inauthentic dreamcatcher...
article Guest Column: I am a black Cherokee
(Maryland) -- As 300 people began the first National Congress of Black American Indians in Washington on July 19, I could feel a sense of healing and gratitude for the...
article HOPKINS: Those Belgian Waffles Almost Made Me Chief Many Denny's
(Arizona) -- I almost received a new Indian name. It was when Sara and I went to our third Denny's restaurant in three states on the same day. I had been craving...

7/25/2014

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Group disturbs tranquility at Bear Butte
(South Dakota) -- Mato Paha (Bear Butte) is a beautiful place. It has been a sacred site to the northern tribes for thousands of years. Even with the recent fire that...

7/21/2014

article BLOG: Unaddressed Domestic Abuse Screams for Accountability
(South Dakota) -- I would like to take the time to address the Oyate about a very serious issue that continues to plague Lakota Women, Children, Elders, and also Men....
article DANIELS: Land Buy Back Program: Did anything really happen?
(Minnesota) -- When my health condition pushed me into taking time off to obtain care, a long-time BIA friend offered good luck in my future. She stated that one thing...
article ROGERS: Why I Write for a Native Audience
(USA) -- I got a lot of feedback, directly and indirectly, negative and positive, as a result of my first submission to ICTMN, "Everyone Wants to Be an Indian, But...
article Trimble: No longer a Wannabee with Oglala tribal ID
(South Dakota) -- For many years I have been strutting around posing as a real Oglala, looking askance and sneering at the masses of less-fortunate tribesmen who are not...

7/20/2014

article GIAGO: Alcoholism and drug addiction are curable diseases
(South Dakota) -- A body is found behind the ice cream parlor on W. Main Street, just around the corner from the office of the Native Sun News and the first thing that...

7/18/2014

article Navajos Born At Home Find It Hard To Get Delayed Birth Certificates
(Arizona) -- Most Americans born in this country have a birth certificate issued from a hospital. But, for a lot of Navajos born in remote areas of the Navajo Nation...
article GORDON JOHNSON: Remembering a great runner
(California) -- Probably the best runner to ever come out of the Pala Indian Reservation was a man named Eddie Bahhe. The unfortunate thing about it – he lost his...

7/17/2014

article STOKES: Offensive Words Lead to Offensive Actions
(Pennsylvania) -- Every so often I hear complaints about how tired people are about being politically correct. It’s something that gets thrown around a lot these...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Teach youth about forms of government
(South Dakota) -- The disenchantment and what appears to be apathy or even seditiousness toward the Indian Reorganization Act system of government have become “...

7/16/2014

article NEWCOMB: Our Original Free and Independent Nations
(California) -- On June 13, President Barack Obama visited the Standing Rock Reservation. During his visit, Mr. Obama said that “every American, including every...
article Could the Hobby Lobby Ruling Have Saved the San Francisco Peaks?
(California) -- The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which held that the Affordable Care Act’s “contraceptive mandate”...

7/15/2014

article BIRDBEAR: Stop the Lake Sakakawea Land Grab
(North Dakota) -- In 1947, construction on the Garrison Dam began. A part of the Missouri River Basin Project, the dam would result in the creation of Lake Sakakawea and...

7/14/2014

article RUSSELL: Going Native: Why bin Laden Wanted Major Jim Gant Dead
(Texas) -- “Indian country” means different things depending on who is saying it, and to whom it is being said. It’s a legal term for trust lands,...

7/13/2014

article A Claimed Right of Reduction and the United Nations
(New York) -- Consider for a moment the existence of any Original Nation of this continent that has had a relationship with its territory for countless generations. Let...

7/11/2014

article BAIDAL: Don't Be Fooled: Latino = Indigenous
(Vermont) -- Late last night, my father and I talked about how the ethnic term Latino mislabels Indigenous and mixed-Indigenous people from Mexico, Ecuador, Puerto Rico...

7/10/2014

article BLOG: The level playing field myth
(Quebec) -- The number of opinion pieces coming out over the June 26, Supreme Court Tsilhqot’in decision have been staggering in volume.
article Boys Scouts Order of the Arrow Guilty of Cultural Appropriation
(USA) -- My boys have been enrolled in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for the past few years. Until recently, it has been a good experience for them. They’ve made good...

7/9/2014

article RED SHIRT: Children remain vital to our survival as nation
(South Dakota) -- In the early part of contact with whites our very young Lakota children were taken and put into boarding schools to brainwash them. They were...

7/8/2014

article BLOG: RST Council “F” for June Attendance
(South Dakota) -- Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council earned an “F” for Council attendance in June. Two council meetings were scheduled, June 11 and 12. Neither meeting had...
article NEWCOMB: Unfortunate Confusion on the Right of Self-Determination
(California) -- Sixteen months ago, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) issued a “Tribal Leaders’ White Paper.” Dated February 28, 2013,...
article OP/ED: My tribe is ready to buy back land that once was ours
(Washington) -- On June 9, 1855, the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla people agreed to a treaty that ceded 6.4 million acres of land to the United States, in what would...
article PEMBER: Huge Black Market in Native Relics Slowed by FBI Seizures
(USA) -- “The illegal trade in artifacts is very lucrative and represents a large criminal worldwide activity. Law enforcement officials understand not only the...

7/7/2014

article GIAGO: Still climbing the hill after 8 decades in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Fifty-four years ago I was working at the J. C. Penney Store in Livermore, California when Mr. Penney himself came into the store. He was visiting many...
article Why Hasn't Obama Visited California's Tribes?
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama made headlines this past Friday with his “first” trip to an Indian reservation as president. Indian Country Today noted...

7/6/2014

article HOPKINS: The Scary First Time I Had to Act Like A Father
(Arizona) -- I remember the first time I had to act like a father. My fiancé—and eventual first ex-wife—worked a couple of nights a week and needed a...
article NEWCOMB: A Book Review of 'The Medicine Valley Series: Tessa’s Dance and Signal Peak'
(California) -- Imagine a couple of novels that contain a deep discernment that our existence as Original Nations and Peoples extends back to the beginning of time,...

7/5/2014

article CHAMPAGNE: When Should Recognition of Self-Government Begin?
(USA) -- After long discussion the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published draft revisions of regulations governing the process by which federally non-recognized Indian...
article OP/ED: I’ve earned my feather the right way
(Alberta) -- My name is Thomas Snow, and like other First Nations students, my educational journey has been a difficult one. Not once did I ever meet another non-First...
article One Navajo Man’s Perspective on 1776: “The World Knows…”
(Arizona) -- People know… Not just Americans, but the entire globe. People know that the founders didn’t mean it then, nor does this nation mean it now....

7/4/2014

article JENNINGS: The Institutional Racism Against Black Indians
(USA) -- Black Indians are constantly confronted with the fact that they do not fit any of society's stereotypes for Native Americans. Those stereotypes are imposed...

7/3/2014

article ROGERS: Everyone Wants to Be an Indian, But Nobody Wants to Be an Indian
(USA) -- The title is paraphrased from a comic bit from the legendary Paul Mooney. He actually said "Everyone wants to be Black but, no one wants to be Black....

7/1/2014

article ROSS: Breakdances With Wolves: When Hip-Hop Came to Indian Reservations
(Washington) -- Looking back, it kinda reminds me of this '80s movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which some dimwit inadvertently drops a Coca-Cola bottle from an...
article STEVENS: A Tribute to Billy Frank, Jr.
(Washington D.C.) -- In traditional Native American life, warriors were honored for the battles they served in, for protecting their people and for their courage. Billy...

6/30/2014

article DR. ROUBIDEAUX: Let’s Move! in Indian Country Celebrates 3rd Anniversary
(Washington D.C.) -- Earlier this month, Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) celebrated its third anniversary at the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico. The Pueblo of...
article GIAGO: Tea Party continues its cowardly path in US politics
(South Dakota) -- In the past few primary elections the Tea Party has won some and lost some. Lately it’s been more “lost some” than “won some....
article TWO EAGLES: The Rez of the Story The ‘Indian’ Label
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are...

6/29/2014

article LUGER: Indian (yet not 'an' Indian)
(New York) -- “We’ve got a real Indian with us this Thanksgiving!” I cringe when I recall this announcement, which my hosts included in each and every...

6/27/2014

article NEWCOMB: Supreme Court Majority Invokes Indian Nation Subjection
(Washington D.C.) -- In a recent ICTMN column “Dangerous Dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community” (June 14, 2014), I condemned the dissent written...

6/26/2014

article BLOG: Treasurer Wright Refuses to Provide Information to the People
(South Dakota) -- On May 28, 2014, during a regularly scheduled Council session, Council voted for the People to pay for their travel so they can attend a conference for...

6/25/2014

article Voting language trial under way
(Alaska) -- A trial is under way in federal court about a lawsuit by four Alaska Native tribal councils and two Native men, who say state elections officials violated...
article Martin: Racial slurs were common on US military base
(South Dakota) -- Alright, sports fans, within the past several months the controversy over the Washington Redskins team name issue has been quite forcibly broached by...

6/24/2014

article Patkotak: Time is running out; Alaska Native men must act
(Alaska) -- Last week I asked where Alaska Native men were when their sisters, mothers, daughters and classmates were being abused within their own community. I asked...
article Compass: Strengths, weaknesses, sovereignty in Alaska Native communities
(Alaska) -- It's time for some full page Alaska Dispatch-News spreads on the strengths of Native communities in contrast to recent full page reporting on negative...

6/23/2014

article ABOUREZK: Fortenberry to seek federal designation for Standing Bear trail
(Nebraska) -- A 500-mile forced march from northeast Nebraska to Oklahoma by Ponca tribal members more than 125 years ago could soon be etched into the national...
article EID: Reasons to be optimistic about Alaska's public safety crisis
(Alaska) -- Entering a taxi cab at the Ted Stevens Airport, the driver asks: "How much longer are you going to keep coming to Alaska?" A cabbie in Fairbanks...
article GALANDA: Exposing Abramoff’s Playbook
(Washington) -- In professional sports “the playbook is a sacred hardbound diary of trust. It's an accumulation of decades' worth of knowledge, tweaked and...
article GIAGO: Indian warriors who fought Custer deserve honor too
(South Dakota) -- It was on June 25, 1876, 138 years ago, that George Armstrong Custer and his Seventh Cavalry suffered their worst defeat at the hands of a combined...
article TWO EAGLES: Sundance Traditions
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Here is part four of four of a series describing Fred Zephier Junior’s recollection of how the Sundance...

6/21/2014

article HOLT: Plant the Seeds of Revolution: Counting Coup for a College Degree
(Washington) -- Dedicating this song ‘Commencement Day’ from the Blue Scholars of Seattle to “the class of two thousand whatever” throughout...
article Woman Crush Wednesday: Shoni Schimmel and Catching a Shadow (Rez Ball Jim Thorpe)
(Washington) -- He simply ran wild, while the Cadets tried in vain to stop his progress. It was like trying to clutch a shadow. "Jim Thorpe Beats the Army,"...

6/20/2014

article GIAGO: Honoring the Dead and Celebrating a Victory
(South Dakota) -- It was on June 25, 1876, 138 years ago, that George Armstrong Custer and his Seventh Cavalry suffered their worst defeat at the hands of a combined...

6/18/2014

article RUSSELL: How Many Minorities Make a Majority?
(Texas) -- Honest politics practiced between the Indian nations and the colonists must always be, or should always be, coalition politics. This is necessary not only...

6/17/2014

article DANIELS: Fracking: Are we crying “Wolf” at the wrong wolf?
(Minnesota) -- The TulsaWorld Sunday June 9, 2014 edition published an article by Russell Gold. Gold is the author of a new book on fracking called “The Boom....
article NEWCOMB: US Calls on UN to Accord Recognition to 'US Federally Recognized Tribes'
(USA) -- On June 3, there was an informal meeting at the United Nations regarding the development of an “action oriented outcome document.” The document is...

6/16/2014

article Giago: South Dakota media must talk about mascot issues
(South Dakota) -- Nearly 30 years ago I wrote an opinion piece that ended with, “We are human beings and not mascots for America’s fun and games.” That...
article TRAHANT: Presidential visits to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Associated Press, MSNBC and other news media are sticking to the story that Obama is only the fourth president to visit a reservation. I say at...
article TWO EAGLES: The Rez of the Story: The Sundance Journey
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Here is part three of four recounting Fred Zephier Junior’s account of how the Sun Dance was restored to...

6/14/2014

article BLOG: Why Would the Attorney General Falsify her Monthly Reports?
(South Dakota) -- Attorney General Aisha Uwais-Savage Concha provided four reports to Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council that appears to purposely falsify information.

6/11/2014

article Tim Giago: Native youth lose connection to ancestral languages
(South Dakota) -- My granddaughter will be seven-years-old in October. Like many children that age she is bright and she is inquisitive. Her name is Juneau.

6/10/2014

article NEWCOMB: ‘Good Dominance’ by States Against Nations & Peoples Called ‘Indigenous’
(California) -- By the time this is published, the 13th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) will have concluded.
article WILDCAT: Native Americans need reparations even more than African Americans do
(Kansas) -- In this month’s Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates makes a strong case for reparations for black Americans. But what about payment for the injustices endured...

6/8/2014

article FLETCHER: American Indians Seek Control, Not Just Payment
(Michigan) -- Both American Indians and African Americans have momentous claims arising from historical wrongs, but their goals sharply diverge. American Indian claims,...
article Mark Anthony Rolo: American Indians still struggle 90 years after citizenship
(Wisconsin) -- Ninety years ago, Congress granted American Indians the ironic right to become citizens of their own land. On June 2, 1924, Congress passed the Indian...
article Tribe chairman reflects on Billy Frank Jr.’s lessons | Noo-Kayet
(Washington) -- Last month, Billy Frank Jr. passed away. He was 83. Billy was a leader, a tireless advocate, a warrior, and a legend. His passion and energy will be...

6/6/2014

article ROSS: Why Pharell Williams' Hipster Headdress Is Offensive to Native Americans
(Washington) -- Strange Opening to an Essay About Native Headdresses: My father was nearly half-black. My biological dad was a handsome and huge mixture of African-...
article TRAHANT: The Billion Dollar Hard Sell: Obamacare's Slow Start in Indian Country
(Alaska) -- The Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—remains a hard sell in Indian country. The first comprehensive report from government data show that key...
article NEWCOMB: Justice Scalia and the Racist Nature of Federal Indian Law
(California) -- A couple of years ago, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was at a public function that Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) was also attending. Upon hearing...

6/4/2014

article Dear Pharrell: Please Think Before You Put On A Headdress
(USA) -- Dear Pharrell, I have loved you for years. Genuinely. From the evolution of your work through N.E.R.D. all the way into the release of a 24 hour music video for...
article KANE: The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave
(New York) -- There is little question that what the white man found when he washed up on our shores was a free and fearless people. But rather than learn our ways and...

5/31/2014

article The Racial Insults of Emerson Windy's 'Peace Pipe'
(Massachusetts) -- Music is a form of art. For the musician it is a way to express their form of originality, talent and or knowledge on the form of art they are...
article Language revitalization: a total shift in values
(Alaska) -- When talking about our languages and what has been happening, what is happening now, and what should happen in the next decade, we encounter every emotion...

5/29/2014

article GALANDA: Defending the Religious Rights of Native Prisoners
(Washington) -- On April 18, 2014, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Native America is accustomed...

5/28/2014

article GIAGO: Build Indian holocaust museum at Wounded Knee
(South Dakota) -- Since 1492 the history of the Western Hemisphere has been marked by one of the greatest holocausts in the history of the world. There are no true...
article RUSSELL: Jim Manzi’s High-Tech Heresy
(Texas) -- Jim Manzi could almost be described as a conservative theologian. He made his fortune wrangling software, but now he’s a contributing editor of National...

5/27/2014

article BLOG: Grandma’s Moccasins Come Home
(South Dakota) -- Six items were returned to the *Heyata Wicasa, three moccasins, a doll moccasin, a buffalo horn spoon and a buffalo effigy. The Peoples’...

5/23/2014

article RUSSELL: How Did I Miss That? Beyond the Grave: Jacko & Jong-un's Ex
(Texas) -- The Washington Post quoted Heather Kendall-Miller of the Native American Rights Fund about law enforcement in Alaska Native villages: “The state can...
article RUSSELL: VA Scandals, IHS Funding, and Shinseki’s Job
(Texas) -- I’m not here to call for Eric Shinseki’s scalp on a lance. There have been substantial improvements on his watch and his heart is with veterans....
article PEMBER: This Memorial Day, Honor the Water, Remember the Fallen, and Protect the Mounds
(Wisconsin) -- Officially, Memorial Day is a day on which war dead are honored. Unofficially, it’s a universal day of remembrance for all who have passed on. Many...

5/22/2014

article SHELDON: Tulalip Progress Has Been Undeniable
(Washington) -- Recently, my time serving the Tulalip Tribal Council has come to a close. Change is inevitable and change is good, and the Tulalip Tribes will embrace...

5/20/2014

article Viewfinder: Mary Annette Pember
(USA) -- Tired of seeing Native Americans portrayed as the “three D’s” – dead, drunk or dancing – Mary Annette Pember uses her camera and...

5/19/2014

article GIAGO: Class of 2014 walks in the footsteps of great warriors
(South Dakota) -- If I was to give a graduation speech this year I would in all probability begin by stating the obvious: I am proud of all about to receive their...
article HALL: Time to Help Families Still Waiting for Cobell Second Round
(North Dakota) -- It has been a year and a half since the federal courts finally gave the go ahead to the Garden City Group to distribute the $3.4 billion Cobell...

5/18/2014

article Tom Richards: Part Reporter, Part Don Quixote
(Washington D.C.) -- The early 1970s were a turbulent time for just about everybody in Indian country. The FBI was busy listening in on presumed malfeasance. The tribal...

5/17/2014

article JAWORT: The Declaration of Independence—Except for 'Indian Savages'
(Montana) -- The most sacred document wherein the U.S. celebrates its Fourth of July holiday, the Declaration of Independence, is known for having some of the most...
article NEWCOMB: Toward a Future of Colonial Freedom
(California) -- When people these days discuss the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they have no idea that 70 years ago, just before...
article ROSS: Billy Frank Jr.: An Indigenous Legend and One of the Best Human Beings Ever
(Washington) -- I know news cycles quickly move on to the “next big story.” But we can’t do that with Billy Frank, Jr. He deserves a LOT more time.
article MOYA-SMITH: Sacrificing Virgins at Midnight
(New York) -- It was midnight, and I decided to sacrifice some virgins. “Why not?” I shouted. “What’s the point of being found guilty of a crime...

5/16/2014

article WILKINS: Dismembering Natives: The Violence Done by Citizenship Fights
(Minnesota) -- In 1851 an exasperated Hugh Swinton Legare, the U.S. Attorney General, said "There is nothing in the whole compass of our laws so anomalous, so hard...
article COMMENTARY: The Ongoing Problem of Racism Against Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- Recent events coming out of the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion have brought aggression, discrimination, and racism against Native Americans into the...

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