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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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7/27/2015

article ECCOFEY: Race remains an issue for police in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- The Rapid City police Department has created a brand new position whose duties will partly be to head up a new Cultural Advisory Committee that “...
article TRAHANT: Naked and afraid? Sixteen Republican candidates compete to survive
(Washington D.C.) -- What do you do with sixteen candidates? It’s a thorny problem for Republicans. Why’s that? Because right now one of those candidates, Donald Trump,...

7/26/2015

article TRAHANT: Naked and Afraid? Sixteen Republican Candidates Compete to Survive
(Alaska) -- What do you do with sixteen candidates? It’s a thorny problem for Republicans. Why’s that? Because right now one of those candidates, Donald Trump, is loud...
article CHAMPAGNE: Indigenous Diversities: Each Nation Is Different
(USA) -- Indigenous nations are extremely diverse in terms of languages, lands, governments, cultures, races, and nowadays even rural and urban residence.
article A Letter From the Family of Stallone Trosper
(Wyoming) -- We, the family of Stallone Trosper, write from a place of terrible grief and sadness. Saturday, July 18th, Stallone, our beloved son, brother, nephew,...

7/24/2015

article ABEYTA: Stallone Trosper taken from us in act of hate
(Wyoming) -- We, the family of Stallone Trosper, write from a place of terrible grief and sadness. Saturday, July 18th, Stallone, our beloved son, brother, nephew,...
article GIAGO DAVIES: Mixed-race Indians shamed over blood
(South Dakota) -- Most Lakota are not even Indians. They are mongrel breed Iyeska. That others might write that distinction off as hair splitting, speaks to the...
article MEDICINE CROW: Gov. Walker can help protect rural Alaskans by dropping tribal land trust suit
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native villages endure some of the highest reported violent crime rates in the country, including domestic violence rates up to 12 times the U.S....
article RUNNING WOLF: Blackfeet Tribe thanks Tester, Ament
(Montana) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Jeff Ament, bassist for the band Pearl Jam, were recently honored by the Blackfeet Tribe. Both men have proven themselves friends...

7/23/2015

article WALN: Rosebud Sioux Tribe deserves leaders with integrity
(South Dakota) -- The Primary Election on the Rosebud Reservation will be held today. Voters will choose several candidates to appear on the General Election ballot in...

7/21/2015

article TRAHANT: Alaska says yes, boosts Indian health system by expanding Medicaid
(Washington D.C.) -- These days “new” money is hard to find. That’s the kind of money that’s added to a budget, money that allows programs to...

7/20/2015

article TRAHANT: One More State Adds “New Money” to the Indian Health System Via Medicaid
(Alaska) -- These days “new” money is hard to find. That’s the kind of money that’s added to a budget, money that allows programs to expand, try...
article Charles Trimble: A tribute to our great Indian woman leaders
(Nebraska) -- The possibility of putting the image of a noted American woman on U.S. paper currency brought forth some noteworthy Native Americans for consideration,...
article JENNINGS: Flying the Flag for Ritualistic Killings by White Christians
(Florida) -- The first official national flag of the Confederacy, often called the “Stars and Bars," was flown from March 4, 1861 to May 1, 1863. German-...

7/16/2015

article ECOFFEY: A real economy continues to elude Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- For as long as I can remember mass economic development on the Pine Ridge Reservation has been idle. Today, I am just over 30 years old and the most...

7/14/2015

article TRAHANT: The spending fight in Congress breaks down over the Confederate Battle Flag
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal appropriations process may at its most convoluted point ever. A case in point: The Interior Appropriations bill was pulled from...

7/13/2015

article BREWER: For Native Women, High Price of Rape Goes Untold
(Oklahoma) -- For six years Brendan Johnson served as U.S. attorney for the State of South Dakota. During his time as federal prosecutor, Johnson says fully 100 percent...
article CORNSILK: An Open Letter to Defenders of Andrea Smith: Clearing Up Misconceptions about Cherokee Identification
(Oklahoma) -- It appears the Andrea Smith apologists are doing everything they can to divert attention from the one thing about her that is important right now, whether...
article DANIELS: Trespass: A license to use without landowner consent
(USA) -- Since the beginning of time, Indian tribes and individually-owned Indian lands have been treated much like open range laws in the early years of ranching. In...
article JOHNSON: Waiting all year for the Rincon Fiesta
(California) -- Long and low, the Rincon Reservation Tribal Hall in north San Diego County occupied a weedy lot just off the paved highway. For most of the year, it was...
article Monique Vondall-Rieke on the Indian Child Welfare Act
(Alaska) -- The announcement of A.D., et al. v. Washburn by the conservative group known as the Goldwater Institute comes with a bitter deja vu of “haven’t we heard this...

7/11/2015

article ROSS: World's Hottest Old White Man? A Few Reasons Why Native People Should Be Crushing on Sexy Pope Francis
(Washington) -- Move over Sean Connery—I have to be honest: there’s a new old, wrinkly white, Catholic dude in my life. That’s right, I have a “...
article BLOG: Claiming, Misrepresenting, and Ignorance of Cherokee Identity
(USA) -- Some books that we give to young children carry enormous weight. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage is one example. It is about the Supreme...
article BLOG: Statement from Tawna Barnett-Little (Muscogee Creek/Seminole)
(USA) -- First, I will identify who I am unlike the rest of these coward academics hiding behind anonymous online spaces. Tanuce cv hocefkvt omen vm liketvt konepvlket...
article MAILHOT: Cry Me a River, Andrea Smith
(New Mexico) -- Watching two Native academics come to a consensus about Andrea Smith is like watching two eagles fight. No, wait, I mean egos. After Andrea Smith was...

7/10/2015

article RUSSELL: Hey, Donald Trump: Stop Lying About Illegals and the Murder in S.F.
(Texas) -- An innocent woman minding her own business was killed by a convicted felon in the country illegally who was on the streets of San Francisco because the local...

7/9/2015

article HARRIS: Institutionalizing the Native American Self-Determination Movement
(USA) -- Collaborating with my daughters on my memoirs I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the past 45 years of the American Indian Self Determination Movement...

7/7/2015

article McKASATO: Fighting Third-World Conditions for NM Tribes
(New Mexico) -- Some of the poorer tribal communities in New Mexico have been compared to Third World countries because of their economic struggles and their lack of...

7/6/2015

article JOHNSON: Remembering a stalwart
(California) -- In the late 1950s on the Pala Indian Reservation, a big black dog of unknown pedigree, probably a sled-dog mix, guarded their front porch. He was old and...
article TWO EAGLES: What Is ‘Traditional’?
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Arthur M. Schlesinger, a Harvard professor and historian (1888-1965), once said: “Science and technology...

7/5/2015

article CHAMPAGNE: The Modernist View: Liberating Indigenous Peoples from Tradition and Culture
(California) -- One of the most powerful forces arrayed against Indigenous Peoples are the forces of modernity. Many, if not most, people in the world are modernists of...

7/4/2015

article JACOBS: Slavery and Revolution in the Americas
(New Mexico) -- Researching slavery in American History is eye-opening as I realized it was not taught outright but only glossed over when I was a student.
article Manning: 'Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness' Was Not Intended for Native Americans
(USA) -- What exactly does “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” mean to a Native American? As a teacher of high school tribal government, I am...

7/2/2015

article Houska: An Open Letter to Educators: Indian Mascots Harm Your Students
(Washington D.C.) -- Dear Educator, I write today to urge you and your colleagues to consider the negative effects Native-themed mascots have on Native and non-Native...
article Brandon Ecoffey: Delivering stories that matter to Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- In the world of journalism, praise is limited, and critiques are a dime a dozen. It is a simple reality of our field and you will not last long if you...
article HAWKSWORTH: My Land’s Only Borders Lie Around My Heart: A Canada Day Meditation
(Ontario) -- There’s an absolutely wonderful song that was part of one of my favourite musicals, Chess. It’s called “Anthem” and it’s sung...
article MCKOSATO: Don't Shed Tears for Us Poor Indians
(New Mexico) -- Do you ever get tired of hearing about the plight of the American Redskin? Do you ever get tired of hearing about how pitiful it is to be Native American...
article OP/ED: Debunking the 'Half-Breed' Label
(Alberta) -- Half-breed, mixed-blood, metis… These words are more than familiar to us who are not full-blooded American Indians. And by those who are not full-...
article Simons: In our home and native land, we are all Treaty people
(Alberta) -- Come summer, I like to sneak onto the fifth floor deck of the Edmonton Journal building to eat my lunch. I love to snatch 15 or 20 minutes away from the...
article BLOG: Honest Injuns*: Policing Native Identity in the Wake of Rachel Dolezal
(USA) -- One of the most common questions I receive from readers is how to check their lineage for Native American ancestry. There are a few companies now that – for a...
article RUSSELL: Rachel Dolezal Outs Andrea Smith Again; Will Anybody Listen This Time?
(Texas) -- Why Cherokees? Why do they always claim to be Cherokees? Over five hundred tribes to choose from and the redface bandits always come looking for us.
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Impersonators have caused aboriginal people great harm
(Ottawa) -- The recent revelations regarding the lies of Eastern Washington State University ethnic studies instructor and National Association for the Advancement of...

6/29/2015

article BAKER: Tribal Complex expansion means better service to citizens
(Oklahoma) -- The W.W. Keeler Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex in our capital city of Tahlequah is the central hub of our Nation. Tens of thousands of Cherokee Nation...
article COMMENTARY: Twenty-five years since Oka: do we have the courage to recognize injustice and act?
(Ontario) -- Twenty-five years ago, I sat in the auditorium of the Royal Ontario Museum with tears streaming down my face as I listened to Ellen Gabriel of Kahnesetake...
article GALANDA: Disenrollment Causes Tribal Classism, Income Inequality
(Washington) -- Disenrollment is destroying the remaining vestiges of the American indigenous utopia. Tribal commercialism, specifically gaming per capita craze, runs...
article Gray: Why I wore regalia to my call to the bar
(Ontario) -- The last few days were a whirlwind. Never did I expect that I would be an ambassador for my culture, but I am quite humbled that I was able to share my...

6/27/2015

article BLOG: Requiem For a Drunken Indian, By John Martin
(South Dakota) -- Today is a good day to live! It’s a solemnly beautiful Los Angeles evening. The moon arcs high overhead. A big, bright summer moon shines...
article Opinion / Examining Rights and Privileges
(Maine) -- In the past week, we have all been forced to contemplate the parameters of the most basic human right that we possess – the right to exist.
article MOYA-SMITH: Your Friday 'WTF?': That's Not Funny at All
(New York) -- Representations of Native Americans in news media have evolved very little since the first newspaper was published in the American colonies in Boston,...
article REESE: The Atlantic Monthly’s Defense of Disney’s Pocahontas is Indefensible
(USA) -- As I read Sophie Gilbert’s article in The Atlantic, “In Defense of Pocahontas: Disney’s Most Radical Heroine” my first reaction to...

6/26/2015

article TRAHANT: Court affirms Affordable Care Act again; good time to step up Indian Country’s participation
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court once again affirmed the legality of the Affordable Care Act. This time the court’s answer is unambiguous. As Chief Justice...

6/24/2015

article PEMBER: When Will U.S. Apologize for Genocide of Indian Boarding Schools?
(USA) -- The cultural genocide perpetrated by Canada's Indian residential school system was heavily influenced by the United States. When the Canadian government...

6/23/2015

article BAKER: Protecting Cherokee elders from financial fraud and abuse
(Oklahoma) -- Elder abuse is a rapidly growing problem nationwide and within the Cherokee Nation’s boundaries. As we all know, that conflicts with our Cherokee...
article TRAHANT: Canada’s Aboriginal Day has potential to change the conversation & the government
(Canada) -- Dozens of people, tribal leaders, public officials (including Yukon’s premier and the area’s Member of Parliament) gathered around a fire in a...

6/22/2015

article DANIELS: Mismanagement of Oil & Gas Development isn’t a new thing
(USA) -- Recently the Office of the Inspector General completed a report entitled “Poor Management by BIA Has Hindered Energy Development on Indian Lands.”

6/21/2015

article ROSS: Massacre at Charleston: #BlackLivesMatter for Native People Because History
(Washington) -- We’ve seen this before. It’s exactly the same evil, folks. Different times, same evil. QUICK STORY: There have been many incidents in this...
article Commentary: U.S. should confront its ‘cultural genocide’ of Natives
(New Mexico) -- My grandmother still recalls the day when the Indian agent came to the Canim Lake Indian Reserve in British Columbia, Canada, to round up the children...

6/20/2015

article Opinion / Making Sense of the Senseless
(Maine) -- It seems like it was weeks ago that we all woke to the horrific news from Charleston. Since that dreadful morning, we have been inundated with opinions about...
article Commentary: The importance of water rights in Verde Valley
(Arizona) -- As Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, I want to share with our neighbors in the Verde Valley, the Nation's commitment to working with Verde Valley...
article 'Indian Wars Period': Hundreds Awarded the Medal of Honor for Fighting, Killing Native Americans
(New York) -- At least 425 military men have been awarded the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor for fighting or killing Native Americans, according to the U.S....

6/19/2015

article HOPKINS: My Native identity isn't your plaything. Stop with the mascots and 'pocahotties'
(USA) -- Are you a Pretendian? If you’ve ever worn a feathered headdress, clad yourself in head-to-toe Navajo prints or claimed without evidence that one of your...

6/17/2015

article DAVIS: A new day now for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- On Tuesday, leaders from across Indian Country gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol for the New Day Now rally, hosted by the National Center for...

6/15/2015

article TRAHANT: Missed Opportunities: Indian Country’s economic case for Medicaid expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- A new White House report details the economic impact of Medicaid expansion and is sharply critical of the 22 states that have not done so. The...

6/12/2015

article Opinion / The Dilemma of the Fourth of July
(New Mexico) -- The other day I was eating dinner with my wife in a restaurant located in Gallup New Mexico, a border town to the Navajo reservation.
article ROSS: Fake Black Folks, Fake Indians, and Allies: The Native Roots of the Rachel Dolezal Saga
(Washington) -- Paul Mooney could have easily been talking about Natives. Ok, so, this white woman named Rachel Dolezal did a reverse Michael Jackson and became a black...
article RUSSELL: What Gen. Washington Learned from Native Warriors: Indians and the Colonial Army
(Texas) -- The United States Army celebrates its 240th birthday on June 14, dating the beginning of organized American arms from that date in 1775, when the Second...

6/11/2015

article ROSS: A Lesson From the Miccosukee Tribe: Importance of Putting the 'Native' Back Into Native Education
(Washington) -- QUICK STORY: We recently completed an incredibly successful program on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, for Browning High School (a public school) and...
article YOUNG: Why I Won’t Wear War Paint and Feathers in a Movie Again
(New Mexico) -- At some point, every Native American actor comes to a career crossroads and has to answer the question: Do I participate in stereotyping or maintain my...

6/10/2015

article LAMAR: Nasal Spray Could Save Lives in Indian Country
(New Mexico) -- The statistics are grim. Prescription drug overdoses are up for the 11th straight year, and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people...
article OP/ED: Break the Cycle for the Children
(South Dakota) -- As the last names of this year’s graduates were announced in Chamberlain you could hear the drum group singers gain strength with this year's...
article MAILHOT: 'Indian Sick' at the Loss of Little Girl
(New Mexico) -- We call it "Indian sick" where I'm from. It's when your body and mind are overcome with hurt and fear. It's when your spirit is...
article Dene Honi: Our Greatest Resource
(Alberta) -- Grande Prairie, Alberta has 10,000 more people than the entire population of the territory just north of them. We couldn’t fill Commonwealth Stadium...

6/8/2015

article JOHNSON: Roundup as in days of old
(California) -- Buick-sized boulders, high chaparral and ancient oaks stud the hills and ravines of the the Cahuilla Indian Reservation near Anza. In a drought-thinned...
article TRAHANT: Nevada will be the first state where Native voters weigh in
(Nevada) -- The first ballots for the 2016 presidential election will be cast in a little more than seven months. That means between now and January there will be a rush...

6/7/2015

article LaDUKE: The Oil Pipeline's 'Indian Listener'
(Minnesota) -- “Next time you come talk to us, you bring down your big homey …” Jason Hanks, told the representatives of Enbridge who came for a...

6/6/2015

article Council Corner: Jack Ferguson
(Washington) -- Keller district voters, I thank you for your support. I would also like to commend the other candidates for putting themselves out there and taking part...

6/5/2015

article Clara Caufield: Tackling stereotypes by writing about our people
(Montana) -- It gives me joy to write stories about Indian people including men and women, young and old, who are accomplishing remarkable things, most often in a quiet...

6/2/2015

article BOW: Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah focuses on future
(Utah) -- As the newly elected tribal chairwoman sworn into office on May 4, I look forward to an opportunity to reaffirm the unity of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah...

6/1/2015

article ARMENTA: Critics of Land Into Trust Have it Backward
(California) -- It’s time to correct the record. At a hearing on May 14, 2015, before the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, the...
article ECOFFEY: Native voters face a simple choice in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- Brandon Ecoffey, editor of Lakota Country Times, draws attention to the June 2 match-up between Rapid City, South Dakota, mayoral candidates Sam...
article JOHNSON: A life-changing move
(California) -- I was born in 1951 while my dad was stationed at Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, N.M. I’m told it was a rough delivery because I was breech...
article TRAHANT: Sleeping with your phone? A peek at Internet trends
(Washington) -- Do you sleep with your smart phone? Or first thing the next morning, even during the night, do you peek to see what’s new? If you are a Millennial...

5/29/2015

article LETTER: Silence About Sex on a Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Re “What’s Lurking Behind the Suicides?” by Joe Flood (Sunday Review, May 17): Sexual abuse is a topic rarely discussed with children...
article Ernestine Chasing Hawk: Let's change the image of 'Racist City'
(South Dakota) -- Some readers have expressed that our coverage of Glen Yellow Robe’s accusations that he faced years of racism at the hands of some of Rapid City...

5/27/2015

article RUSSELL: 'FBIs'—Full-Blooded Indians—Face the Most Anti-Indian Racism
(Texas) -- FBIs (Full Blooded Indians) get weary of hearing about the vicissitudes facing mixed-blood Indians, for understandable reasons. FBIs bear the brunt of anti-...
article TRAHANT: Would That It Be True: Bureau Of Indian Affairs’ Extreme Rubber Stamping For Land Into Trust Applications
(Alaska) -- A couple of years ago Pepperdine Law Review published a student research piece that called the fee-to-trust process found in the Indian Reorganization Act...
article Congress: Keep Hands Off IRA Fee-to-Trust Provision!
(Michigan) -- On May 14, the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs conducted a hearing entitled: “Inadequate Standards for Trust Land...

5/26/2015

article TRAHANT: The Mother of the Earth Returns to Tyonek Native Village
(Alaska) -- This is a great day for Al Goozmer, president of the Native Village of Tyonek, in Alaska. So the tribal president wants to show us everything in this village...
article NEWCOMB: Maintaining U.S. Status Quo in Name of 'Enhanced Participation' at UN
(California) -- In the 1823 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Johnson and Graham’s Lessee v. M’Intosh, Chief Justice Marshall made a statement on behalf of a...
article CHAMPAGNE: Indigeneity or Ethnicity: A Choice That Could Harm Tribal Identities
(USA) -- Ethnicity and indigeneity are two different forms of cultural identity. Indigenous individuals and communities are confronted with choices involving retention...
article GOODNESS: How Far Can a Dandelion Seed Fly? Ask a Native American
(New York) -- Stories about dandelions have been told by Native Peoples of Turtle Island for thousands of years. For example, there is an Ojibwe legend about the South...
article CRAMBLIT: SMH @Adam Sandler #Wake Up and Smell the Refreshing Aroma of Equality!
(California) -- Another blip on the otherwise bland radar of white middle class Eurocentric sensationalist information, that is really pabulum for the masses, and passes...
article RODRIGUEZ: Recognizing Genocide and Moving Toward Liberation: Not Counting Mexicans and Indians, Part II
(Arizona) -- The mass media continues to discuss instances of police violence in this country as aberrations, bypassing the larger systems that drive them.

5/25/2015

article GIAGO: Boot camp etched forever into the minds of veterans
(South Dakota) -- There is no greater honor than to be asked by my fellow veterans to make this address to you on this special day. I am truly humbled to be in the...
article TWO EAGLES: Season Of The Sundance
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), This time of year (the summer months) is when we Dakotah like to Pow-Wow (social dance) and some Dakotah people...

5/24/2015

article CHAMPAGNE: How One U.S. President Became a Native Advocate
(Washington D.C.) -- Old tribal leaders will sometimes volunteer that the best time for Indian governments was during the Nixon administration. Richard M. Nixon, in his...

5/23/2015

article A NATIVE VOICE: Education: The rites of passage
(Minnesota) -- Within Indigenous cultures, rites of passage are used to keep individuals connected to their communities, traditions and beliefs.
article GOVER: American Indians Serve in the U.S. Military in Greater Numbers Than Any Ethnic Group and Have Since the Revolution
(Washington D.C.) -- On this Memorial Day holiday, as we remember those who have given their lives in service to our country while protecting the freedoms and ideals we...
article Mary Ann Andreas: A knowledge gap on Native issues
(California) -- There has been a flurry of news reports about an unfortunate gesture by a U.S. Senate candidate in California who caricatured an Indian war cry....

5/22/2015

article ECHO HAWK: Implicit Bias and Native Americans: Philanthropy’s Hidden Minority
(USA) -- As a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, and a nonprofit professional for more than 18 years, my work is to challenge my colleagues in...

5/21/2015

article Ivan Star: I'm finding it hard to stand for 'Star Spangled Banner'
(South Dakota) -- There was a time in my life when I actually felt relieved as I cheered for the cavalry riding in, bugle blaring, to save the settlers and their wagon...

5/20/2015

article DANIELS: The lesser of two evils? A tough decision for Indian Country
(USA) -- Indian country is faced with a tremendous quandary. Live without realizing economic development in areas where development isn’t always fully viable. Or...
article NEWLAND: House Subcommittee on Indian Affairs Memo on Fee-to-Trust and Important Context
(Washington D.C.) -- On May 14, the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs conducted a hearing entitled, “Inadequate Standards for Trust...

5/18/2015

article BALLEW: Lummi Nation grants invest in quality of life for everyone
(Washington) -- From the Lummi reservation, to Ferndale, Bellingham and beyond, so many dedicated people work each and every day to make our home a great place to live....
article TRAHANT: Reversing diabetes in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country has long faced the epidemic of diabetes with rates 2.3 times greater than the general population. The toll from this deadly disease...

5/14/2015

article Vi Waln: Vote in school board election to help Lakota children
(South Dakota) -- As the end of another academic school year comes to a close, I want to address the importance of education. Learning is a never ending process.
article Eyes On Jackson Removal: Tubman Over Mankiller in Unofficial Vote
(Texas) -- The final votes are in and cosmic justice will not prevail. The point of Women on 20s is not to remove Andrew Jackson as much as to accomplish a woman on U.S...
article James Davies: Indian Country must face the man in the mirror
(South Dakota) -- People can say incredibly stupid things about Indians; Bill Maher thinks they have no sense of humor. He saw some Hollywood westerns and ignorantly...

5/11/2015

article DANIELS: Haskell Indian Nations University: A field of dream
(Kansas) -- Haskell Indian Nations University (“Haskell”) is the premiere tribal university in the United States offering quality education to Native...
article JOHNSON: Music with a memory
(California) -- My mother, Barbara Mae Magee Johnson, was called “Babs” or “Babsy” on the Pala Indian Reservation where she was born and reared....
article OP/ED: Curing the Tribal Disenrollment Epidemic: In Search of a Remedy
(Washington) -- This Article provides a comprehensive analysis of tribal membership, and the divestment there of — commonly known as “disenrollment.”...

5/10/2015

article TRAHANT: New inter-tribal Fish Commission Formed to Give Alaska Tribes a Say
(Alaska) -- Alaska reminds me of Washington state. Let me qualify that. Alaska reminds me of Washington state before the mid-1970s. Back then the region was deeply...

5/8/2015

article James Davies: What will Mitakuye Oyasin mean in the future?
(South Dakota) -- What if there had been no Columbus, no European discovery of the New World—given enough time, what kind of civilization would the aboriginal...

5/7/2015

article REMLE: Honoring Billy Frank Jr and the Fight Against Big Oil
(Washington) -- Our environment, health, safety and communities are at risk from decisions being made now to transport and export trainloads of coal and oil through...

5/6/2015

article ECOFFEY: The Lakota people have never surrendered
(South Dakota) -- I often hear the term “victim mentality” thrown around when talking about those living on the reservation. There is a notion that our...

5/4/2015

article DEVALOS: The Mental Illness of Colonials Makes Natives Sick
(California) -- It’s strange sometimes, when you start getting into activism; when you start unlearning the lies of a country founded on genocide and thievery. It...

5/2/2015

article VAINIO: How long have I known you?
(Minnesota) -- Since I started at the clinic over seventeen years ago. From the first day you were a resource and you took on tasks for me that weren’t really even...
article ROSS: Yes, Unsubscribe From Netflix: These Small Steps Matter for Native Self-Esteem
(Washington) -- Look, expecting intelligent content from an Adam Sandler movie is like expecting an honest statement from Vanilla Ice about where he’s from....

4/30/2015

article DANIELS: A whole lot of shaking going on – who or what is the culprit?
(Minnesota) -- Oklahoma has experienced an increasing number of earthquakes during the past few years. “The Oklahoma Geological Survey (“OGS”)...
article OP/ED: Indian Country Deserves Fair Taxation
(USA) -- Just as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in White Mountain Apache Tribe v. Bracker, 448 U.S. 136, 143 (1980), has been construed to allow state...
article TRAHANT: Congressional budget plan requires deep cuts in Indian programs
(Washington D.C.) -- House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a budget resolution. That agreement then would go to each House for a vote. (An outcome that is...

4/28/2015

article NEWCOMB: The Vatican’s Rhetorical Strategy: Serra Was a Man of His Time
(California) -- On May 2, the archdiocese of Los Angeles will host a daylong celebration at the main U.S. seminary in Rome. What’s the occasion for the “...

4/26/2015

article ECOFFEY: Oglala Sioux Tribe must act on legal marijuana
(South Dakota) -- As the U.S. continues down a path towards legalizing marijuana for both recreational and medicinal usage the question remains if tribes will capitalize...
article PIERITE: Educate yourself about the people of Tunica-Biloxi
(Mississippi) -- Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Chairman Joey P. Barbry and our Tribal Council have seen it fit in their wisdom to allow our Tribe to be heard only through the...

4/25/2015

article BLOG: An Open Letter to the Native Actors Who Walked Off Adam Sandler’s Set By Apache Writer
(New York) -- Today set precedence. Whoa too much? Was that too bold to say? Fact checkers out there, “I’mma let you finish but” I felt like today made...

4/23/2015

article Ivan Star: Struggling with the warrior heritage in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- A gentleman by the name of Randolph Holy-Day laid a question in front of me and asked for my view on it. He asked, “Is it time to rethink the...
article JAE: That Awkward Moment When “Native Kids First” Is Not About Native Kids
(Michigan) -- When the Institute of Liberty launched its Native Kids First campaign on April 1st, it largely went unnoticed among native communities. It wasn’t...
article Lone Elk: Lakota people still carry on fight of Crazy Horse
(South Dakota) -- I found a bunch of my old blog posts and comments from YEARS ago. Not all of them but wow, I'm not a great technical writer now but I really sucked...
article TRAHANT: Native American youth and a million lines of code
(Washington D.C.) -- No child grows up hearing — or asking — for numbers. Instead the four words, “tell me a story,” are the ones deeply embedded...

4/22/2015

article 'Every Day Is Earth Day': 5 Indigenous Insights on the Health of Our Mother
(Oregon) -- This year more than any other so far, the human habitat hangs in the balance. As we celebrate Earth Day for the 45th time, the organizers are calling it the...
article GOUGH: Reflections on Earth Day
(USA) -- Since the first Native Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop 15 years ago, the perils of an accelerating disruption in our Mother Earth's natural...
article Opinion: This Sacred Life
(Maine) -- As we approach another Earth day, it’s clear that humanity is facing a host of problems. The obvious problem is the seemingly relentless devastation of...

4/21/2015

article LORING: The State of Maine Hates Natives, and Doesn't Try to Hide It
(Maine) -- Being Indian in the State of Maine is like living on an iceberg of racism—a raceburg. Maine is the whitest State in America and it has been very white...
article Opinion: A List Of Influential Native Americans
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Time magazine recently published their 100 Most Influential People List for this year. Unless I missed it,...
article Restoring a Multi-Cultural Society in a Sacred Place
(Minnesota) -- It was like reading about Atlantis. That is my earliest memory of the Island. Moningwunakauning Minis—“home of the golden-breasted woodpecker...

4/20/2015

article I Am Not Your Mascot, Biloxi!
(USA) -- Oki, good day! I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Biloxi High School Alumni community for helping to raise awareness on the misappropriation...
article CHAMPAGNE: Colonialism as Trickster
(USA) -- Indigenous Peoples don’t see the world as a state of bliss or happiness, but rather as a tense set of reciprocal relations that may be beneficial, but...
article NEWCOMB: ‘Sovereignty’ Versus Original Independence
(California) -- In his book Captives of Sovereignty (2010), Jonathon Havercroft points out that a number of contemporary political philosophers (Hannah Arendt, Michel...
article RUSSELL: Racism Built on Stupid Myth: The Broken DNA of White Supremacy
(Texas) -- The belief in white supremacy is a real thing that kills people every day. White supremacy is one notch goofier than vanilla racism, because to get there you...

4/17/2015

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

4/16/2015

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

4/15/2015

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

4/14/2015

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

4/13/2015

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

4/12/2015

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

4/11/2015

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

4/10/2015

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

4/8/2015

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

4/7/2015

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

4/6/2015

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

4/3/2015

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

4/2/2015

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

3/30/2015

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

3/29/2015

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

3/28/2015

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

3/23/2015

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

3/22/2015

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

3/21/2015

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

3/20/2015

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

3/19/2015

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

3/18/2015

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

3/17/2015

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

3/16/2015

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

3/13/2015

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

3/12/2015

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

3/11/2015

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

3/10/2015

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

3/9/2015

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

3/8/2015

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

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