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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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2/12/2016

article SCHILLING: I Am a Male Victim of Sexual Assault
(Virginia) -- When I was a young man—more like a boy, actually—I was molested and sexually assaulted on several occasions by two different older men.

2/11/2016

article Doug George-Kanentiio: Town repays Oneida Nation with racism
(New York) -- The town seal for Whitesboro has drawn ridicule from across the nation and has proven to be a justified humiliation for the residents and for Oneida County...
article Council Corner: Michael Marchand discusses Lakes membership
(Washington) -- Dear Tribal Members: My dad was Ed Marchand, he was Lakes. His grandfather was Chief Aurapahkin, the last hereditary Chief of the Arrow Lakes people. He...
article NEWCOMB: Metaphors and the Indian Claims Commission
(California) -- Part One of this essay examined how the United States has used certain creations of the human mind to impose controlling ideas on the original Native...

2/10/2016

article TRAHANT: Juneau: And the Campaign Goes On
(Montana) -- Denise Juneau, Montana’s superintendent of public instruction, and a candidate for Congress, revealed publicly that she is gay at a fundraiser....

2/8/2016

article WASHBURN: Cedar Mesa land proposal good for all
(New Mexico) -- Just on the other side of the Four Corners, in Utah’s San Juan County, there is an area known as Cedar Mesa, an amazing plateau that rises to 6,500...
article MONTEAU: Dem Presidential Election is Fixed: DNC Rigged the Game for Hillary
(New Mexico) -- In my view, what the DNC has done in handpicking, from day one, the Presidential Candidate the Democratic Establishment prefers (Hillary Clinton),...
article TRAHANT: To Change Congress: Change. The. Money.
(North Dakota) -- Native Americans make up .37 percent of Congress (that’s about one-third of one percent) compared to about 2 percent of the country’s...
article CHAMPAGNE: Assimilation, Integration and Colonization
(USA) -- The expression “colonization” has gained a great amount of use in recent decades. At earlier times, peopled debated about assimilation and...
article MYERS: 'Are You a Vampire?' Take Only What You Need
(USA) -- As the season of Wahta Osis (Maple Sap) approaches I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a friend of mine who has gotten into the commercial maple...

2/5/2016

article RUSSELL: Indian Tax Exemption: What You Need to Know
(Texas) -- The claim that Indians do not generally have to pay federal taxes is a load of hooey, but few of us have not heard it. The Indian tax exemption is like the...
article Charles Trimble: Taking responsibility for upkeep of our cemeteries
(Nebraska) -- I read on Indianz.com an article written by the “Editorial Board” of Native Sun News in which the entire board (which curiously writes exactly...
article MAILHOT: I’m a Crazy Indian, I Guess
(New Mexico) -- I heard the term ‘crazy Indian’ a few times when I was a young girl. My cousins told me to “keep six” every time we walked into a...

2/4/2016

article KADER: To Know Where You're Going, Learn Where You Came From
(New York) -- As I get older the words of my elders ring louder and longer in my mind. “We are an original people. We have always been here. We will survive....
article OP/ED: In Defense of the Decolonization of Our Spaces
(California) -- I am an indigenous woman. I am an indigenous woman from California. I am an indigenous woman from California who spent her early years of education...

2/3/2016

article DAVIES: Nothing political changes overnight
(South Dakota) -- Events happened in the 19th Century, beyond the war Lakota fought against the US military, beyond even being rounded up and penned on desolate...
article Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign
(Alaska) -- The media surrounding the Iowa caucuses reduces the story to one basic theme: Who’s winning and what does that win (or loss) mean for the New Hampshire...

2/2/2016

article CHAMPAGNE: An Indigenous Friendly Nation State?
(USA) -- Most indigenous Peoples are willing to participate in national government institutions, but at the same time want to retain their own ways of self-government,...
article STAR COMES OUT: “Anpetu iyohila wasicu ki tehiya unkaupelo”
(South Dakota) -- I awoke a bit disappointed on January 1st because this day is supposed to be the beginning of a new year and I wasn’t feeling it.

2/1/2016

article MYERS: The Binds that Tie
(Canada) -- After nine years the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has made a landmark and far reaching decision about the quality of Indigenous child welfare.
article RICKERT: American Indian Dentists Need Your Help to Help American Indian Pre-Dental Students
(USA) -- A little girl cries herself to sleep every night. She winces in pain at mealtimes. She has a developing abscess in a baby tooth, and nobody can help her....
article MAILHOT: Don’t Wait for the White World to Catch Up
(New Mexico) -- Indian life is full of incongruences. The sacred lands we live on, the land our ancestors cleared to make our lives livable, is the same land our youth...

1/29/2016

article PERKINS: Racism and Mascots at Scappoose High
(Oregon) -- As a REAL Native American who went to Scappoose High School in Scappoose, Oregon for four years, I will share my experience as it relates to racism and...
article ROSS: Flint’s Poisoned Water, Slavery & Human Experimentation: Black History Month for Natives
(Washington) -- “Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were...

1/27/2016

article Moya-Smith: This Funny Isn't Funny; It's Racist and Sexist
(New York) -- This piece is about blame and owning your fuck up, whatever your fuck up is and will be. We are human, so we fuck up a lot. Don’t worry. You’re...

1/25/2016

article North Dakota tribal citizens sue state over voter ID
(North Dakota) -- Seven citizens of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa are suing North Dakota’s chief elections officer, alleging the state’s voter...

1/24/2016

article GIAGO: Wounded Knee Was Destroyed; Not Liberated
(South Dakota) -- Soon there will be posters floating about and advertisements asking residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation to celebrate the "Liberation" of Wounded...

1/23/2016

article FLETCHER: Commentary on the Omaha Reservation Boundaries Argument
(Washington D.C.) -- Did Paul Clement just throw the Mississippi Choctaw tribal government under the bus?!?! Well, no, but the Omaha tribe’s reservation boundaries...

1/22/2016

article COOK-LYNN: A dismal view of history, but an honest appraisal
(South Dakota) -- I remember Rosalie Little Thunder, co-founder of the Buffalo Field Campaign talking about The Buffalo as “a Keystone Species.”

1/21/2016

article RED SHIRT: Frank Fools Crow may be our Martin Luther King, Jr.
(South Dakota) -- The man whose name seems synonymous with civil rights was born Michael King, on January 15, 1929. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia and like other...
article JACOBS: DiCaprio and 'The Revenant': Remaking Movie Mythology
(New Mexico) -- The Revenant is a film that revamps American mythology. There’s an expediency and urgency as it’s photographed in panoramic long seemingly...
article MANITOPYES: Not for the Faint-Hearted: 'The Revenant'
(Alberta) -- The Revenant is not for the faint hearted as the bloody and brutal violence constantly spews across the big screen like a horrific nightmare.

1/20/2016

article TRAHANT: Some tribes still see a future in coal development
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s tempting to think of Indian Country as a “singular” voice. The vast majority of Native Americans agree that the United States...

1/18/2016

article ROSS: The Revenant Is Ultimately the Same Old White Savior Stuff for Native People
(Washington) -- Disclaimer: Leonardo DiCaprio is my favorite actor (although Liam Neeson is quickly catching up). He's been my favorite actor since The Aviator; the...

1/15/2016

article JACOBS: Militia Sit-Com: America's Favorite Dysfunctional Family, the Nutty Bundys
(New Mexico) -- As much as we’d like to call the Bundy Family Cohorts a bunch of terrorists for taking over an empty so-called federal bunkhouse in the middle of...
article SHIELD: The Fry-Bread Indicator
(South Dakota) -- Many historians believe that the down-fall of many great civilizations, such as the Mayan, Roman, Carthage, and others, could have been predicted by...
article Star Comes Out: Teaching work ethic has great potential to improve life
(South Dakota) -- Thinking about life on my home land, I recall reading a phrase in a magazine, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to...
article Vince Two Eagles: Powwows and Sundances are not the same
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), August or Wasuton wi (Moon when all things ripen), of 2015 proved to be an absolute scorcher! As with all...

1/14/2016

article U.S. Should Honor Billy Frank’s Dream
(Washington) -- Billy Frank Jr., longtime chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, received many awards during his life and continues to be honored since...
article Vi Waln: The only way to get ahead in life is through education
(South Dakota) -- Education is very important. I believe the only way we can get ahead in today’s society is to finish school. An education is the most potent...
article KILLSBACK: The Revenant is a Game-Changer
(Arizona) -- Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards revealed that his dedication to The Revenant went beyond the screen
article Opinion: The Revenant is not an indigenous story
(Canada) -- In Alejandro González Iñárritu's grandiose frontier epic The Revenant, Vancouver actor Duane Howard stars as Elk Dog. It's 1823 and the Arikara...

1/11/2016

article TRAHANT: A guide to the 2016 elections for Indian Country
(USA) -- 1. Ten reasons why every American Indian and Alaska Native should vote Why vote? It takes planning, some time, and the rewards are not always visible. The same...

1/10/2016

article MAILHOT: Heal, Women and Sisters! You Are Not Alone!
(New Mexico) -- One of my brother’s earliest memories is of him watching me in my father’s van while our father drank out by the river. My brother said I was...
article MCINTOSH: Canada's Hidden History of Oppressing Indigenous Peoples
(Alberta) -- When I reverse in time, I see myself back to a time when I was in Geography Class. When I was in class, I was a student who listened to every word that was...

1/9/2016

article ROSS: Crazy White People Are the New Native Americans: Woody Guthrie, Ammon Bundy & Donald Trump
(Washington) -- I think it started with that damned Woody Guthrie. See, before Woody Guthrie’s stupid song, most white folks knew that they were just fortunate...

1/5/2016

article Jacqueline Keeler: NFL, we are not your mascots
(Washington D.C.) -- On Sunday, as the Washington NFL team handed the Dallas Cowboys yet another defeat, Native people again gathered outside AT&T Stadium. They were...

1/4/2016

article BLOG: Should Indians Support Armed Anti-Government Standoff in Oregon? by Chase Iron Eyes
(South Dakota) -- Everybody who is non-white viewing this armed takeover in Oregon through that lens is screaming White Privilege & double-standard in the bloody...
article WALN: The Political Monster of Corruption
(South Dakota) -- I am a tribal employee. Before I was hired in my present position, I served on the tribal grievance committee. I’ve also served on many other...
article HARJO: 2015 Hall of Fame / Mantle of Shame Awards
(USA) -- FAME – Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team for winning the silver medal in the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Games. Held every four years, this...
article Star Comes Out: Teaching work ethic has great potential to improve life
(South Dakota) -- Thinking about life on my home land, I recall reading a phrase in a magazine, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to...
article Clara Caufield: Thanking spritual leaders for their selfless works
(Montana) -- In the past few years I have been blessed; be-friended by several spiritual leaders from very diverse races and cultures. What strikes me is not the...

1/2/2016

article Doug Cuthand: Changes overdue in aboriginal policy
(Saskatchewan) -- I’m looking forward to 2016. We got a small taste in the fall of the changes to come, and this year we will see the full meal deal.
article NEWCOMB: U.S. Federal Indian Law and Mind Control
(California) -- Let’s be clear about something. Before the invasive arrival of Christian Europeans to our part of the world (i.e., Great Turtle Island), our...
article CHAMPAGNE: Host Nations and American Indian Studies: Respecting Indigenous Peoples
(USA) -- One of the rules observed by indigenous nations is that land is mutually recognized and respected. When indigenous people travel to visit with other indigenous...
article JENNINGS: Those Discriminated Against Are Now the Discriminators
(USA) -- For some odd and stupid reason many of us continue to be color struck. I really think most of us are ignorant or at the very least forgetful.

12/29/2015

article ECCOFEY: Still no justice for our people in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- As most people who read LCT know, I grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As a child I enjoyed the presence of a reservation wide Little League...
article PEMBER: Sexual Assault Victims Suffering Because of Reduced ER Hours
(South Dakota) -- The impact from Rosebud Hospital’s reduction in emergency room hours continues to expand as sexual assault victims on the Rosebud Reservation...

12/26/2015

article CHAMPAGNE: Subjects, Christians and Citizens: Paying the Cost of Colonization
(USA) -- When did colonialism start? How can we recognize it into the present? According to international law, colonialism started when explorers claimed the land for a...
article Tim Giago: The editor who called for genocide of the Sioux people
(South Dakota) -- When the movie “The Wizard of Oz” was released in 1939, it was indeed a wonder. It was an exciting children's fantasy movie with vivid...

12/24/2015

article MCKASATO: Learn to Walk in Two Worlds
(New Mexico) -- "There are varying degrees of concern when it comes to our Native children, cultural diversity, different learning styles in the classroom, and the...

12/22/2015

article SULLIVAN: A historical year for the bay | Noo-Kayet
(Washington) -- The beginning of a New Year is always a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and, I’m proud to say, 2015 will go down in history...

12/21/2015

article GIAGO: The Editor Who Called for the Extermination of the Sioux
(South Dakota) -- When the movie The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939, it was indeed a wonder. It was an exciting children's fantasy movie with vivid colors, great...
article ROSS: Indigenous Hell-Raiser as National Hero: Billy Frank, Jr. Wins Presidential Medal Of Freedom
(Washington) -- A couple of weeks ago, on November 24, the United States of America awarded a bushy haired Native man, Billy Frank, Jr., the Presidential Medal of...

12/20/2015

article ROSS: Indigenous Hell-Raiser as National Hero: Billy Frank, Jr. Wins Presidential Medal Of Freedom
(Washington) -- A couple of weeks ago, on November 24, the United States of America awarded a bushy haired Native man, Billy Frank, Jr., the Presidential Medal of...
article CHAMPAGNE: New Agers and Pan-Indians: What Is the Difference?
(USA) -- What is the difference between a New Ager and a Pan-Indian? This issue may become increasingly important for the future of Indian affairs in the U.S., and...

12/19/2015

article TRAHANT: Confused By the 2016 Presidential Campaign?
(Alaska) -- It’s easy to get confused by this year’s campaign for president. If you get information from watching television or from Internet rumblings, you...
article TRAHANT: Leading in a Time of Chaos
(Alaska) -- Tuesday’s debate was kind of like looking at a traffic accident. You drive by not wanting to peek, but then you do, and it’s awful, so you think...
article BAILEY: 9 Tips for Preserving Important Sacred Sites
(USA) -- As a child I would climb in the back of a pickup truck that took me to a house nestled between walls of cheat grass and Russian thistle.
article RICKERT: Rose Downwind’s Tragic Death: A Wake Up Call – Native Women’s Lives Matter!
(Michigan) -- Dennis Banks has been a leader among American Indians since he co-founded the American Indian Movement in 1968. During the ensuing decades since then,...

12/17/2015

article GIAGO: Remembering Old Lakota Friends at Christmas
(South Dakota) -- As Christmas Day draws near, I think of my friends who have journeyed to the spirit world. I am reminded of one of my dearest friends. His name was...

12/16/2015

article TRAHANT: The real business of leading in a time of chaos
(Washington D.C.) -- Tuesday’s debate was kind of like looking at a traffic accident. You drive by not wanting to peek, but then you do, and it’s awful, so...

12/15/2015

article TRAHANT: The road to the White House is paved with the Native vote
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s easy to get confused by this year’s campaign for president. If you get information from watching television or from Internet...

12/14/2015

article JOHNSON: Stepping aside for a spell
(California) -- All good things must end, including the writing of this column -- at least on a weekly basis. It’s been a great ride, a long ride, but the simple...

12/11/2015

article DESJARLAIT: The Dance of Turtle Island: NFL's Vikings Honor Native Heritage Month
(Minnesota) -- On November 22, the Minnesota Vikings organization hosted a special halftime event at TCF Bank Stadium in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.
article HOPKINS: Indigenous Woman in Law Breaks New Ground
(North Dakota) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Jody Wilson-Raybould, a First Nations woman, as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General.
article ARCHAMBAULT: ‘It is not necessary for Eagles to be Crows’
(South Dakota) -- There is a drawing that depicts an American Indian warrior pointing a drawn bow and arrow at his own head. The reader is asked to let the arrow...
article Why Canada’s universities should mandate indigenous courses
(Canada) -- Every university in Canada should mandate indigenous content. Why? To borrow a phrase from our Prime Minister, “Because it’s 2015.”

12/9/2015

article TRAHANT: Climate change will be costly for tribal communities
(Washington D.C.) -- The world’s leaders are in France to debate what ought to be done about climate change. Organizers say the United Nations Conference on...

12/7/2015

article JOHNSON: Memories of a 'light bill'
(California) -- In many ways, my grandmother’s house was – in anthropological terms – its own matriarchal society. My grandmother ruled her adobe house...
article TRAHANT: Native candidate takes a big stand on gun violence
(Washington D.C.) -- The news cycle often defines the political story. So instead of a thoughtful conversation about climate change, or last week’s vote in...

12/5/2015

article CHAMPAGNE: Rules of Government: Indigenous Peoples and Nation States Disagree
(USA) -- Indigenous Peoples want contemporary nation states to be organized along principles that make sense to them under indigenous rules of political process.
article PEMBER: Driving While Indian: A Refresher Course
(Minnesota) -- On a dark country road in Indian Country, the lessons of childhood come back quickly when the police pull you over. As a nation debates police violence,...
article TWO EAGLE: My Lakota Explanation on Meth
(South Dakota) -- I think the spirits are telling me this information in the Lakota teachings of what is happening to us: Never in our people’s history have we...

12/4/2015

article TRAHANT: Republicans can't explain how to fund Indian health
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans who serve in the House or the Senate should be asked a simple question: How would you fund the Indian health system? The Affordable Care...

12/2/2015

article TRAHANT: Republicans try to strip millions of dollars from IHS
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate is debating a measure this week that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Senate leaders are...

12/1/2015

article WALN: Cyberbullies are Cowards
(South Dakota) -- Bullying is a real problem. In fact, there are young people who have committed suicide because they grew weary of being terrorized by a bully.
article MAILHOT: Thanks for Nothing
(New Mexico) -- We’ve heard your rhetoric, white person, and we’re still not buying the idiots who prevail in popular culture today. Look at Donald Trump and...
article ROSS: There Are No Easy Answers: Native People and Syrian Refugees
(Washington D.C.) -- There are no easy answers. The recent Syrian refugee debate has brought an endless amount of bumper-sticker politics on both sides of the debate.

11/30/2015

article ECOFFEY: President of tribal college takes aim at paper
(South Dakota) -- On Thursday, November 19, Oglala Lakota College President Tom Short Bull issued a complaint with one of LCT’s writers over the headline “...
article TRAHANT: How Much Will Climate Change Cost?
(USA) -- The world’s leaders are in France over the next couple of weeks to debate what ought to be done about climate change. Organizers say the United Nations...
article TWO EAGLES: The Boarding School Experience
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (greetings my relatives), Over the next three weeks, I will be writing about one of the most important eras of our history as Native...

11/29/2015

article NEZ: This Holiday, Be a Big Brother or Big Sister
(Arizona) -- November is Native American Heritage Month and is a welcomed opportunity for me to share about a program I believe is strengthening our Native American...

11/28/2015

article OP/ED: Attention Edmonton Eskimos: Inuit are not mascots
(Canada) -- As the leader of the 60,000 Canadian Inuit in this country, I am compelled to take a stand in solidarity with all other Indigenous peoples calling for an end...
article SIMMONS: Teaching My Native Child: An Open Letter to My Children's Educators
(Texas) -- It is that time of the year again, one every Native parent dreads. It is the season of fables, of rewritten history, of colored feathers bought in bulk from a...
article MOYA-SMITH: Time to pick new Native American Heritage Day
(New York) -- Black Friday. It's a de facto commercial holiday when millions of Americans stand in line for hours on end outside chain stores, often in bone-chilling...

11/27/2015

article Native View: Tribes are sovereign nations, and still a vital part of this country
(Minnesota) -- If you didn’t know that the day after Thanksgiving is Native American Heritage Day, that’s OK. It was created less than a decade ago. What...
article TRAHANT: Who Will Be Indian Country’s Barack Obama? She’s Probably Already Elected to a State Office
(USA) -- At least 73 American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians serve in 17 state legislatures. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, if you look...

11/24/2015

article Giago: A word about Thanksgiving Day
(South Dakota) -- There is a plaque on Cole Hill in Plymouth, Mass., that reads, “Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in...
article ROLO: Something to be thankful for in Indian country
(Wisconsin) -- Ever since the arrival of Europeans some 500 years ago on this continent, American Indians have had little to be thankful for. But in recent decades,...

11/23/2015

article Jay Daniels: Mascot opponents take aim at beloved 'Sooners'
(Oklahoma) -- The mentality of too many folks today is to find a cause in life to be counted for, to be heard by, and seen by others, as a protector and defender against...
article STEELE: Attempt by Congress to Steal Native Sovereignty Unconstitutional
(South Dakota) -- On April 22, 2015, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) declared at a hearing Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs of the House Natural...
article KELLY: How to Steal a Nation—Twice
(Hawaii) -- Na‘i Aupuni is happening because the US wants to extinguish Hawaiian rights to the Crown & Government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom, about 40...
article Manufacturing Consent for the Living AND the Dead in Hawai'i
(Hawaii) -- As you read this, Naʻi Aupuni (Seizure of Government), the new non-profit agency created and funded by the State of Hawaiʻi, is launching a Native Hawaiian...
article DAVIES: Calling out the greatest evil
(South Dakota) -- There is something in Indian country that towers above the top of Harney Peak, something carved into the hearts and minds of Lakota people more...
article Charles Trimble: Book reveals ugly truth about the genocide of our people
(USA) -- Up until recently I generally subscribed to the contention put forth by a California professor in recent news that the terms “genocide” and “...

11/22/2015

article The ISIS Fight, Part I: Take It From Indians—Religious Wars Stink
(Texas) -- Once upon a time, in a far away desert hell-hole, there began Al Qaeda in Iraq, born in 2004 to oppose the U.S. invasion there. Its leaders came to doubt the...

11/21/2015

article CHALEPAH: Making Noise, Yet Still Invisible
(Colorado) -- Last Sunday, a group of indigenous women and children chalked statistics, quotes, and hashtags on the downtown sidewalks of Durango, Colorado. I was one of...
article Column: Manufacturing Consent for the Living AND the Dead in Hawai'i
(Hawaii) -- As you read this, Naʻi Aupuni (Seizure of Government), the new non-profit agency created and funded by the State of Hawaiʻi, is launching a Native Hawaiian...
article NEWCOMB: Mental Exercise for Our Original Nations: Who Gets to Decide Who Gets to Decide?
(California) -- Here’s a mental exercise. Reflect back on the first invaders to sail to this hemisphere. Now ask yourself: “Did those Christians from Europe...
article Dana Lone Elk: Lakota people are losing our matriarchal ways
(South Dakota) -- There is a big misconception in Lakota country today. We are good people and we try to be that way to others but we seem to focus on the patriarchal...
article MAILHOT: I Grew Up Feeling Broken
(New Mexico) -- There’s a stigma that Indians where I’m from are broken and dirty. Maybe it’s the water. We boiled water most of my life on the rez...

11/18/2015

article BLOG: Being Native American Is a Political Act
(USA) -- Most Americans don't think much about Native Americans, if at all, except when the fourth Thursday of November rolls around. During this uniquely American...
article ECOFFEY: There's positive news in Indian Country too
(South Dakota) -- In this week’s paper we cover a report commissioned by Oglala Lakota College that demonstrates the impact that this very powerful and influent...

11/13/2015

article TURNER: Native American-themed mascots create stigma
(Nebraska) -- Gold and black fluttering all around. STEELERS TOUCHDOWN! Although the Steelers did not win against the Chiefs a couple of weekends ago, it was my first...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Stemming the high rate of dropouts
(South Dakota) -- I could be wrong but I noticed a drastic change in our schools today. At one time, counselors primarily provided career guidance like decision-making...
article Kitcki Carroll: Revisionist history hurts the first Americans
(Tennessee) -- November is Native American Heritage Month- a month set aside every year, in recent history, with the purpose and intent of recognizing the significant...
article Vince Two Eagles: Indian people played board games too
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), The so-called "holiday season" has arrived everywhere at once here in our country--yes even in Indian...

11/12/2015

article GIAGO: Scandal after scandal rocks SD’s government
(South Dakota) -- Several weeks ago our columnist Delphine Red Shirt wrote about how often program funds designed to assist Native American students often ends up in the...
article GIAGO: A voice from the land of the Northern Cheyenne
(Montana) -- Clara Caufield is what the Lakota would call an “Iyeska” or as misinterpreted, a mixed blood. Of course Iyeska was the Lakota word for “...
article Manning: Native American Heritage Month: 6 Tips for Educators, Parents
(USA) -- On October 30, 2015, President Obama proclaimed the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. Here are some tips and ideas for consideration, for...
article RUSSELL: Massacres Part 2: The Consequences
(Texas) -- The current unpleasantness in Afghanistan is said to be “the longest war in U.S. history.” I beg to differ, while still admitting that 2001 to...
article RUSSELL: Massacres, Part 1: The Rules of War Are Made For Breaking
(Texas) -- “Massacre” is a slippery pejorative like “terrorist.” If one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter or...

11/10/2015

article JOHNSON: You asked, so here's a little about me
(California) -- I’m an old, fat Indian guy trying to forestall age and decrepitude with the help of a fitness tracker clamped round my wrist. The object is to take...
article TRAHANT: A new era of reconciliation emerges in Canada
(Washington D.C.) -- Events in Canada last week show why elections matter. Yes there will be better policies put in place: Perhaps a return to government-to-government...

11/6/2015

article ECOFFEY: Real and immediate threats to our people
(South Dakota) -- Last month, Sen. John Thune and U.S. Rep Kristi Noem visited Pine Ridge to meet with tribal citizens and tribal government officials about a number of...
article TRAHANT: A voice for Native women in Congress in 2016
(Washington D.C.) -- Denise Juneau, a member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes, and Montana’s two-term Superintendent of Public Instruction, is running for Congress....

11/5/2015

article DANIELS: Finally, federal Rights-of-Way (25 CFR 169) Final Regulations to be approved
(Washington D.C.) -- After more than eight years of drafting revised 25 CFR Part 169, Rights-of-Way, soliciting comments from tribes and other interested parties, the...

11/3/2015

article MILLS: The Road to Finding Great Tribal leaders
(New Hampshire) -- In the last 25 years, I have crisscrossed this country of ours countless times. I am not sure how many reservations, tribal comminutes and native...
article NEWCOMB: A Speech to the Parliament of the World's Religions
(Utah) -- Salt Lake City, Utah, October 19, 2015: Good Morning Everyone, I want to pay my respects to the Original Nations on whose territory this building now stands.

11/2/2015

article Mark Trahant: Indian Country needs a long-term budget solution
(Washington D.C.) -- Omnibus is a Latin word that means “for all.” In legislation it means cramming everything into a bill that you think can pass.

10/29/2015

article OMNIBUS: Budgets, A Native Voice in Seattle, and Eyes on Montana
(Alaska) -- Omnibus is a Latin word that means “for all.” In legislation it means cramming everything into a bill that you think can pass. That’s...
article TSATOKE: Making Genocide Real for Students
(Oklahoma) -- Some days I leave my classroom unsure that what I have taught has any real effect on my students, but then there are days like today.

10/27/2015

article TRAHANT: Challenges and opportunities for indigenous people
(Alaska) -- A changing Arctic? It’s a region that presents incredible challenges and opportunities for Indigenous People. One of those unique opportunities...

10/26/2015

article TWO EAGLES: Native World View: Is It Still Relevant?
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), The tapestry of multiculturalism making up our human community is absolutely, without question, relevant to...
article JOHNSON: Something to believe in
(California) -- Most Southern California Indians have no trouble believing in spirits. Many ceremonies and rituals exist to appease the dead — to keep them from...

10/25/2015

article Houska: Kansas City Chiefs Do Not Get a Pass
(Minnesota) -- On Sunday, indigenous peoples once again drummed, danced, and rallied against the use of Native American imagery in sports at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis,...
article KADER: The Sunday Rock and the End of the Known World
(New York) -- The autumn morning frost clung to the edge of the glacial till boulder, in the shadows of the highway. Nature and the nurtured, side by side in the old...
article MAILHOT: My Father, the Drunk Savant
(New Mexico) -- My father died at the Thunderbird Motel on Flood Hope Road. According to documents, he was beaten over a cigarette or a prostitute.

10/22/2015

article Native American student at Sac State shares her story
(California) -- The following is an op-ed demonstrating the views of the author in light of an alleged disenrollment from a history class at Sac State. The State Hornet...

10/21/2015

article Vi Waln: We all bear responsibility to discuss domestic violence
(South Dakota) -- An important activity in October is Domestic Violence Awareness. There are many incidents of domestic violence happening not only on our reservations,...
article CRAMBLIT: 'Going Geronimo' and Other Useful Native Slang Terms, Part 1
(California) -- I know there are many of you who read the wonderful words at Indian Country Today Media Network who are non-Native. I thought it would be helpful for you...
article MCKOSATO: It's Time for Tribes to Get Creative With Blood Quantum
(New Mexico) -- The issue of blood quantum remains a long-running hot topic among Native Americans. I’ve always been a believer that people who are enrolled, or...

10/20/2015

article TRAHANT: Alaska's reluctant pursuit of justice for Native men
(Alaska) -- A silent protest in a Fairbanks courtroom. Four fingers held in the air; a quiet plea to end an injustice. The Fairbanks Four. They are George Freese, Eugene...

10/17/2015

article Tantoo Cardinal on why First Nations need to vote and not for Stephen Harper
(Canada) -- It is a bold statement that is not found in the platforms of present politician’s statements. It is brave, daring and demanding. The Leap Manifesto.
article Arne Vainio: Happiness comes from my life of medical service
(Minnesota) -- Tomorrow I talk to the first year medical students at the University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine. I never really know for certain what I will...
article MAILHOT: Being a Good Feminist Is Being a Good Indian
(New Mexico) -- When I was a little girl it wasn’t unusual to be on my mother’s lap while she spoke to women at the shelter she worked at, or facilitated...

10/16/2015

article GIAGO: Fond memories of youth on Pine Ridge Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Kyle, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, was my hometown and it was a place where everybody felt safe. It was a place where all of the kids could go to...

10/13/2015

article TRAHANT: Chaos in Congress impacts Indian Country's future
(Washington D.C.) -- So what is going on with Congress? One Speaker of the House retires. Another says he’s in — until he’s out. And it’s hard to...

10/11/2015

article Opinion / Chicago Blackhawks: “When is Enough, Enough?”
(Illinois) -- When is enough, enough? Why is there such a need to protect this controversial hockey team name? The answer for me was a protest at the Chicago Blackhawks...

10/9/2015

article Cuthand: Election could be key for First Nations' progress
(Saskatchewan) -- First Nations issues have been conspicuously absent from the federal election campaign. While the discussion and debate that should surround this...
article RUSSELL: The View From the Back of the Colonial Bus
(Texas) -- Those of us who have experienced the knifeless brain surgery that is law school are constantly reminded that U.S. and Canadian law and politics owe a great...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota immersion remains our only hope
(South Dakota) -- Resulting from the federal government’s prearranged obliteration of native languages and cultures, Lakota is now on its last leg as an oral...

10/8/2015

article Delphine Red Shirt: Scandal shuts down program for Indian youth
(South Dakota) -- I lay awake at night thinking about the corruption and greed around the GEAR UP shut down and scandal. It is a scandal because ordinary people like me...
article Natives Turn Local “Deadliest Enemies” Into Change Agents – by Gabriel Galanda
(Washington) -- Towns, cities and counties, as tribal communities’ closest neighbors, have historically played a major role in the “deadliest enemies“-...
article DANIELS: Did they give us anything we didn’t already have?
(Oklahoma) -- In 1887, the U.S. Congress enacted the General Allotment Act (“Act”), Act of Feb. 8, 1887 (24 Stat. 388, ch. 119, 25 USCA 331), or referred to...
article DAVIES: Hare hiding inside the tortoise
(South Dakota) -- Because there are so many gifted Indian basketball players, and because the game matters so much to Indian people, it is easy to lose sight of the...
article NEWCOMB: Pope Francis and Indigenous Peoples
(California) -- On September 23, Pope Francis’ jet touched down in the traditional territory of the Piskataway Nation (Washington, D.C.). From there he traveled to the...
article Vince Two Eagles: Native medicine goes back thousands of years
(South Dakota) -- This time of year is when many Native people have gathered medicines throughout the millennia. Even today our people continue to utilize ancient...

10/7/2015

article ECOFFEY: Powerful forces aim to keep out the Native vote
(South Dakota) -- Last month, the National Commission on Voting Rights released a report that highlighted some of the difficulties minority voters face when attempting...

10/6/2015

article TRAHANT: Far too many missing and murdered Native women
(Canada) -- A similar story was told across Canada this weekend: Too many Native women have gone missing or have been murdered. In Winnipeg, one event organizer, Hilda...

10/4/2015

article Letter: Stop the violation of human rights
(Nevada) -- Editor: On Friday, September 25, 2015 some American Indians celebrated Native American Day, which is not an official holiday and not recognized by a huge...
article AVANT: Talking Stick and Feather: Indigenous Tools Hold Sacred Power of Free Speech
(Massachusetts) -- As Peace Makers in tribal court, it is ultimately important to follow the spirit of our ancestor’s footsteps by using the Talking Stick or...
article RICKERT: National Taco Day: Memories of a Great Indian Taco
(Michigan) -- Today, Sunday, October 4, 2015, is National Taco Day. Tacos come in a variety of ways. You can get them with hard shells or soft shells.

10/3/2015

article ROSS: Forced Sterilizations of Native Women and Republican Attempts to Shut Down Planned Parenthood: History Repeating Itself
(Washington) -- The Republican Party’s latest effort to defund Planned Parenthood is yet another example of how white men play games with Native women’s...
article NEWCOMB: The Delaware Nation and the Doctrine of Christian Domination
(California) -- In 2004, the Delaware Nation of Oklahoma, in Anadarko, filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Delaware Nation based its lawsuit on...
article The ups and downs of growing up Half-Breed
(Montana) -- As acknowledged many times in columns, I am of mixed heritage, Irish and Cheyenne, and in my younger years, raised off the reservation, learning quickly...

10/2/2015

article DANIELS: Jodi Rave Spotted Bear, Editor of MHA Times: Relieved of Employment after writing a critical tribal news article
(North Dakota) -- Ms. Jode Rave Spotted Bear, who is, or was, the editor of the MHA Times newspaper on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota, posted the...

9/28/2015

article Jodi Rave Spotted Bear: Checks and balances on tribal leadership
(North Dakota) -- In theory, the Three Affiliated Tribes Business Council should revere our tribal constitution because it’s one of the most important documents for our...
article My Two Beads' Worth: Dartmouth Should Know Better
(California) -- Uh oh! Looks like Dartmouth stepped right in the middle of a steaming pile of controversy. In my own attempts at "transparency" I must start...
article GIAGO: Political correctness and the choice of names
(South Dakota) -- This is a topic Native Sun News has touched upon several times in the past. What do Indians call themselves and what name does White America choose for...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois Nationals score silver at games
(New York) -- The Iroquois Nationals are secure in their position as the second best box lacrosse team in the world. At the just concluded World Indoor Lacrosse...

9/26/2015

article RUSSELL: Susan Taffe Reed and the Problem of Pretendians
(Texas) -- Dartmouth College’s responses to criticism of Susan Taffe Reed’s appointment to direct Dartmouth’s Native American Program are deeply...
article Cuthand: First Nations don't fit 'old stock' definition
(Saskatchewan) -- The leaders' debate last week on the economy was a real snooze fest. Just when I was nodding off, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made an...

9/23/2015

article ECOFFEY: Dartmouth and Its Love Affair With Box-Checking Indians
(South Dakota) -- Last week when Dartmouth College announced it hired Susan Taffe Reed as the director of the college’s Native American Program, alumni and Native...
article POITRA: Fake or a Victim of Colonization?
(USA) -- Funny story: I applied for the Director of the Native American Program at Dartmouth. I made it to the second round of interviews, but I didn't get it.
article Our History and Our Dreams: Building Black and Native Solidarity
(Illinois) -- As the movement for Black Lives enters its second year, some non-Black activists, like myself, have been moved to think critically about the intersections...
article Houska: The Indian Problem Is Getting Worse – Isn't It Great?
(Washington D.C.) -- There’s an Indian problem in this country, and it’s only gotten worse. Despite repeated efforts to eradicate the original peoples of...
article RICKERT: Of Mohawks and American Indians
(Michigan) -- In July I was covering the inaugural Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) Powwow in Hopkins, Michigan for this publication...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Nation hosts lacrosse games
(New York) -- When the Onondaga Nation elected to host the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship it went all in. Long a bastion of aboriginal sovereignty, the Onondaga...

9/22/2015

article TRAHANT: Here we go again: Another government closure is near
(Washington D.C.) -- Once again Congress is finding it impossible to pass spending bills — and time is running out. The federal government appropriates money and...

9/19/2015

article COOK: 9/11: A Prayer for Peace or Commitment to War?
(New York) -- Last week the United States observed another anniversary of 9/11, a date that will remain as a reminder of why the U.S. went to war. 9/11 is the new...
article MAYS: Do Natives Have a Future in Detroit?
(Detroit) -- Detroit is a cold, stark place. And depending on where you are in the city, it can be gloomy even on the brightest spring or summer days.
article Moya-Smith: When Did Native Lives Begin to Matter to These People?
(New York) -- A common question on the lips of Native Americans today is: why isn’t mainstream media reporting on the onslaught of police brutality in Indian...

9/18/2015

article GIAGO: Citizenship would have prevented slaughter at Wounded Knee
(South Dakota) -- What would have happened to Native Americans if they had been declared U. S. citizens by the 14 Amendment to the U. S. Constitution?
article DAVIES: Where is my Lakota mind?
(South Dakota) -- All your life you deal with the crazy ideas White people have about Indians. A century back they used to wonder what age Indians were before they...
article No Sympathy for the Devil: Change the Name to Bear Lodge
(Texas) -- Arvol Looking Horse, who needs no introduction in these pages, filed a petition in November 2014 to change the name of Devils Tower back to the traditional...
article Opinion: It's time for the world to recognize Haudenosaunee sovereignty (Commentary)
(New York) -- Lacrosse has indeed come home. We are witnessing an historic first as the Onondaga Nation hosts the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship (WILC).

9/14/2015

article GIAGO: Citizenship Would Have Prevented Slaughter at Wounded Knee
(South Dakota) -- What would have happened to Native Americans if they had been declared U. S. citizens by the 14 Amendment to the U. S. Constitution? Dissenters or...
article JOHNSON: Burgers made with kindness and magic
(California) -- The summer of 1970, I was back from college for vacation. To earn summer money, I signed on with the Pala Fire Crew attached to Cleveland National Forest...

9/11/2015

article ROSS: The Day White Innocence Died: An Indigenous Take on #September11
(Washington) -- I was a student in New York City. I’d been living there for a while at that time—I was still adjusting to being in the big city. I was a...
article STORM: Did the United States Fashion a New Statu(t)e of Liberty on 9-11?
(Oklahoma) -- It was the founders’ aptitude for greed masked behind the colorful eloquence of Thomas Jefferson’s quill which sowed the seeds for the U.S....
article DAVIES: Sorry folks, it’s only a joke
(South Dakota) -- Recently I cooked up a satirical letter from Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender, and people took it seriously. I made it clear, right off the bat, it was...

9/10/2015

article Indian Fishing and Wild Rice Harvesting, in Context
(Minnesota) -- The recent assertion by Ojibwe community members of rights under the Treaty of 1855 to gather wild rice and fish on ceded lands at Gull Lake and Hole in...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: The Native roots of Syrian refugee crisis
(New York) -- Any Native person who knows their history can see the similarities between the massive influx of refugees into Europe from Africa and Syria.
article STAR COMES OUT: Actually believing that racism in Rapid City had been put to rest
(South Dakota) -- I had a particularly difficult time writing this week’s article. I had to “sit a spell” to clear my mind in order to maintain decency...

9/9/2015

article GALANDA: Back To The Future: The GOP And Tribal Termination
(Washington) -- In 1970, President Richard Nixon announced a new federal policy of “self-determination without termination,” recognizing the failures of the...

9/8/2015

article GALANDA: Tribes: Banish Drug Dealers, Sparingly, But Don’t Disenroll
(Washington) -- This summer a number of tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, Spirit Lake Tribe of North Dakota, and Blackfeet Tribe of...
article JOHNSON: The sweat immersion
(California) -- Outside the sweat lodge lives an ancient fire, a descendant of the first fire on earth. In its glowing depths, beneath flaming lengths of oak, football-...
article TRAHANT: The time is now for an Indian candidate in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s email server? Donald Trump‘s obnoxious phrase of the week? Or Rand Paul argue the benefits of...

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