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CHAMPAGNE: The Case for Indigenous-Based Education

The most critical and radical contemporary approach to schooling today is culturally based education. Its virtues and drawbacks are many.

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4/24/2014

article KEELER: No, Ron Paul, Bundy Ranch Is Not Another Wounded Knee
(Oregon) -- In a recent article the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity website posed the question is “The Cliven Bundy Standoff: Wounded Knee Revisited?...

4/23/2014

article RUSSELL: From the Shining City: Fools on the Hill
(Texas) -- John Winthrop, a wealthy Puritan lawyer and would-be theologian, might be styled a founder of “American exceptionalism.” It was his sermon, A...

4/22/2014

article CAPPS: Tribes have struggled through the years.
(Oklahoma) -- With 38 federally recognized Tribes, Oklahoma, formerly called Indian Territory, is home to the second largest Native American population in the United...
article PEMBER: For Native Peoples, Earth Day Is a Silly Concept
(USA) -- For Ojibwe and most Native peoples, Earth Day is a silly concept. Moreover, the very notion underscores the non-Native view of the natural world as something...
article TURTLE TALK: Alaska Native Languages Now Recognized as Official Languages of State
(Alaska) -- Here, from Alaska Indigenous Blog. Links to several news outlets on this story are on the blog.
article BLOG: BIA Superintendent Position – Rosebud Sioux Tribe Not Included in Decision?
(South Dakota) -- During the April 15, 2014, Council meeting, mention was made of a March 10, letter Council received after the BIA superintendent position was already...
article LETTER: Tribal members must protect sovereign nation
(Montana) -- Editor: I am writing this as an honored member of the Confederated Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai Tribes. I would like to suggest that everyone...

4/21/2014

article BREWER: Supreme Court Discrimination Against Native America Cannot Be Tolerated
(Washington D.C.) -- The world is moving forward on Indigenous Rights, yet the Supreme Court of the United States is moving backward. In 2010, the United States joined...

4/19/2014

article MOYA-SMITH: Broken Hearts, Tuition Bills and a Night on the Curb
(New York) -- I just ordered another, and I don't want to look at the goddamn note—the bill—the one in my pocket. Not again. I'm doomed. Oh well. Que...
article ROBERTSON: The Trees Danced for Us
(Kansas) -- In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, or the Battle of Tohopeka (“the Horseshoe” in Creek), on March 27,...

4/17/2014

article George-Kanentiio: Governor carries on divisive tactics
(New York) -- It may be said that former New York Governor Mario Cuomo was one of the worst when it came to the state's relations with the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations...

4/16/2014

article CHAVERS: He cut a path for Indian journalists nationwide
(South Dakota) -- Tim Giago, the greatest newspaper man ever in my opinion, wrote last month about how Indian journalists of bygone years needed a shout-out. He could...

4/15/2014

article NEWCOMB: Archaeological Claims to Kumeyaay Ancestral Remains
(California) -- On December 3, 2013, oral arguments took place in San Francisco as part of a lawsuit that had reached the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A decision in...

4/14/2014

article BREWER: We, the Native Peoples
(South Dakota) -- Our Creator, Wakan Tanka, endowed our Lakota people with life and liberty. As Sitting Bull said, “We are free. We choose our own path.”
article Decolonizing Means Starting to Think Like an Indian
(USA) -- Decolonizing essentially means to start thinking like an Indian. “What's your team's name?” asked Betty, the cultural director of the tribe...
article HOLT: Decolonizing Indigenous Communities
(USA) -- As a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, I read local news and publicity on a recent incident that is a prime example of how successful federal Indian policies have...
article DAY: Walk on Water, Walk for Water
(Pennsylvania) -- Soon, we begin the third of our River Water Walks. The Ohio River Water Walk begins April 22 in Pittsburgh. The Ohio is the most polluted river in the...

4/11/2014

article A Message From Young Leaders
(California) -- He:yung my name is Kis-Dyan-Te’ Joseph. I am the daughter of Tom and Patty Joseph. I am a part of the Hoopa Valley Youth Council.
article HOPKINS: A Native Actress Should NOT Play Tiger Lily in the Peter Pan Movie
(North Dakota) -- In recent weeks, social media erupted in outrage after it was announced that Warner Brothers had cast Rooney Mara, a non-Native actress, to play the...
article Native About New York: Matika Wilbur, Brunch and Killing Things
(New York) -- Amid hippie waiters with dreadlocks, at a bar-cafe in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, as it rained heavily outside on the street, I sat at a corner table...

4/10/2014

article GILIO-WHITAKER: What Is Good Native Governance?
(USA) -- Every few decades it seems that Indian country has new concepts that it adopts that become the backbone for how we talk about ourselves.
article Native Influences on 'Breaking Bad': Murdered on the Best Show Ever
(Washington) -- QUICK STORY: We didn’t really grow up with that much TV-watching opportunities; sometimes I feel like I’m making up for lost time.

4/8/2014

article NEWCOMB: No Plenary Power Over Indian Nations
(Washington D.C.) -- For generations now, Indian Country has been conditioned to believe and act upon the false view that the United States Congress has plenary power...
article TRAHANT: Dueling budgets and the elections ahead: Wasteful spending or a call to invest?
(Washington D.C.) -- ll you need to know about the November election is found in dueling documents: Paul Ryan’s budget and the House Democratic alternative. One is...

4/7/2014

article NEWCOMB: What the US Is Likely to Contribute to the UN HLPM State-Outcome Document
(New York) -- In September 2014 a United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly is scheduled to meet at the United Nations headquarters in New...

4/5/2014

article RUSSELL: How to Train the Cesspool of Government Corruption
(Texas) -- On March 25, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by a for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby, claiming it (the corporation) would be denied...

4/4/2014

article TUELL: My Year of 'Exiled Enlightenment'
(Washington D.C.) -- My Nez Perce name is Sik-no-wit-Tats which means “Good Speaker,” which was given to me by my tribal elders as a nod that I am to be a...

4/2/2014

article Navajo Nation crash kills 5, orphans girl
(Arizona) -- The president of the Navajo Nation is offering condolences after three members of a vacationing Japanese family were killed in a head-on crash with a...

4/1/2014

article NEWCOMB: ‘And No Opposition Was Offered to Me’
(USA) -- The title of this column is taken from a letter sent by Christopher Columbus to Ferdinand and Isabella, explaining how he had found “many islands filled...

3/31/2014

article TWO EAGLES: By Any Other Name
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), The Tony Award-wining actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein once wrote: “While we dance in the streets...

3/29/2014

article GILIO-WHITAKER: My Rebuttal to Steven Newcomb: A Worthy Debate
(USA) -- I write this in response to Steven Newcomb, who took issue with the column I recently wrote titled, “Moving From Sovereignty to Autonomy.”
article NEWCOMB: The Never-Ending Crusading Tradition, 2014
(California) -- “I think of this Western Hemisphere, all of it, as the domain of…Western Christendom” — U.S. Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), in...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: What does it mean to be Mohawk today?
(New York) -- In these days of rapid, often overwhelming change the need to be anchored in culture and community becomes critical. If one is stand against these...
article JACOBS: Kennewick Man Steps Into the Time Machine
(New Mexico) -- Kennewick Man fades back into history. For a time this dead Indian had a team of lawyers to sort out the claims that scientists and tribes had on the K-...
article Protecting Tribal Heritage in Public Lands
(New Mexico) -- President Obama recently renewed his commitment to protecting our “air, our water, and our communities.” This is an important message for...

3/26/2014

article CHAVERS: Around the Campfire: The Disappointing ACT Scores
(Oklahoma) -- For years I have tried to find data on Indian students—college preparation, high school completion rates, college entrance rates, college pre-test...

3/25/2014

article TRAHANT: The Affordable Care Act ought to be transparent; we need to know what’s working
(Washington D.C.) -- The Affordable Care Act is a grand promise. Basically it’s a complicated insurance mechanism that’s designed to reduce the number of...

3/24/2014

article KELLY: Challenging the tribal chairman on 'fronting'
(North Dakota) -- I would like to thank Lauren Donovan for her excellent article in the Tribune’s March 9 edition titled, “Adrift in a flood of work; Native...
article GIAGO: The man who called for 'extermination' of the Lakota
(South Dakota) -- The year 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Wizard of Oz movie starring Judy Garland.

3/23/2014

article ROSS: Leaving the Reservation: Modern Day Assimilation
(Washington) -- Quick story: I was on the "Indian Plan" on my journey through college, attending (seriously) six schools before finally graduating.

3/22/2014

article FAIRBANKS: Burn Down the Mission!
(California) -- Many people outside of California are not aware that in the fourth grade, the curriculum includes studying the California Mission System. Little fourth-...
article JENNINGS: Moving Beyond the Reservation in My Mind
(USA) -- Auld will tell you his book is a celebration of indigenous diversity. “More indigenous people live off-Rez than on the Rez. Large numbers of us have done...
article MOYA-SMITH: Rescind the Medals of Dishonor
(New York) -- They murdered men, women and children. An estimated 300 died. Some were killed on the spot. Others, mostly kids, were chased down and shot. All of the dead...
article Native About New York: Bad Heads and Good Malaysian
(New York) -- Booming in this steel box. Frantic bodies dash to dingy railcars they’ll never catch. Others, the late runners, dive through sliding blades and crash...

3/21/2014

article George: Why Native Americans have special respect for gravesites
(Washington) -- For untold generations, stories circulated about our ancestors’ campgrounds in East Wenatchee. My dad, Moses, felt drawn there, so we moved to...

3/19/2014

article BLOG: Republican-Democrats, Liberal-Conservatives… What’s the Difference?
(South Dakota) -- Although I cannot embrace the rape of the planet and obscene support for the rich lords of capitalism that seems bound to Republican DNA, there is no...

3/18/2014

article HARJO: I Am Of The Muscogee Creek Nation In Oklahoma, And Christina Fallin Should Have Known Better
(Oklahoma) -- Oh, I get it. Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma’s Governor, Mary Fallin, is a young Lady Gaga wannabe. She’s an ethereal ice maiden...
article TRAHANT: A Republican Senate? Alaska, South Dakota and Montana could provide the answer
(Washington D.C.) -- Is it a foregone conclusion that the Senate will go Republican in November? That’s the talk coming from many strategists in both parties...
article A Giant Step Forward for Equal Voting Rights in Native Lawsuit
(Montana) -- Using mediation to resolve a federal lawsuit, plaintiffs from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, in northeastern Montana, have taken Native people a big step...

3/17/2014

article Why the 'Cowboys-and-Indians' photo is not OK
(Saskatchewan) -- A hard pit started to form in my stomach as I looked at the ‘Cowboys-and-Indians’ photos posted by the University of Regina cheer team:...
article DAY: Who Needs to Be at the Table?
(USA) -- One of our grandfather teachings is to be humble. Webster’s Dictionary defines humble as: 1. not proud or haughty; 2. not aggressive or assertive; 3....
article RUSSELL: The Black Arts of the Black Robes
(Texas) -- No, not those Black Robes. I’m sure priests have secrets in addition to those involving child abuse, but I am not privy to them. I mean legal profession...

3/13/2014

article GALANDA: Buy Back Violates International Human Rights
(Washington) -- On December 16, 2010, President Barack Obama endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) with great fanfare.
article KANE: “Sovereignty is not our Defense. It’s what we Defend!”
(New York) -- On my “Let’s Talk Native…” radio show on Sunday, March 9, I announced my new campaign. No, I am not running for office. My...
article NEWCOMB: The Limitations of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
(California) -- For nations and peoples typically called “Indigenous,” 2014 will be an important year in the international arena. This coming September, the...
article Ivan Starr: The 'progress' that destroyed Indians destroys the globe
(South Dakota) -- Most people in this country hold the view that our Lakota ancestors were primitive and this includes some of the enrolled members of the new Oglala...

3/12/2014

article ROSS: Winter Challenge, Cultural Appropriation and Shrinkage: Spring is Here!
(Washington) -- This whole "Winter Challenge" thing makes me nostalgic. I remember when I was a little kid, I used to try to convince my mom that March was...

3/10/2014

article TRAHANT: Expanding access to oral health means changing the law to back tribal sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- The challenge in health care can be boiled down to two ideas: Improve the quality and cut the costs. It’s a fact that the U.S. spends too much...

3/7/2014

article PEMBER: Welcome to the Jerusalem for Ojibwe People
(Wisconsin) -- “This is our land, my girl,” my mother said. It was all she said during the hours we walked along the beach and gazed out into the gaping maw...
article BLOG: Indigenous New Media and Beyond Buckskin
(North Dakota) -- This project began in 2005 as a Master's Thesis to investigate the work of Native fashion. It led to my follow-up Doctoral Dissertation on Native...
article HOPPER: 'Why Am I Crying?' False Lightning and Buried Emotions
(Washington) -- I remember being dragged to Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) meetings when I was a little boy. My mom would bundle me up and take me on the bus to downtown...
article Impacts of industrialization on the S’Klallam people | Noo-Kayet
(Washington) -- In last month’s column, I wrote of early S’Klallam history, which is a natural segue to Port Gamble, its mill and our shared, if sometimes...

3/5/2014

article RUSSELL: Be Smarter About Education! The Ph.D Crisis in Indian Country
(USA) -- This was to be a weekend of data entry for my income taxes. TurboTax wants to triple what they charge to file Schedules C and D, and I have to either pay up or...

3/4/2014

article ROSS: Keith Harper, Shoni, Jude and Jackie: Supporting Native Trailblazers
(Washington) -- TRUE STORY: The other day, my barely seven-year-old son told me, “Datchu (daddy), I want to be the first Native President.” Sounds cool,...

3/3/2014

article GALANDA: 'Cobell' Dishonored by Interior's Buy-Back Plan
(Washington) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Indian Land Buy Back Program has been lauded as the “hallmark” of the $3.4 billion Cobell v....
article GIAGO: Liberty and justice for all -- except Native Americans
(South Dakota) -- As I sat on at the podium in Washington, D. C., 20 years ago, I looked at the great African American women seated next to me. It was Black History...
article TRAHANT: A note to Paul Ryan: Indian health funding is a treaty obligation, not from war on poverty
(Washington D.C.) -- Paul Ryan is wrong. Way wrong. On Monday the former Republican candidate for Vice President released a review of programs that attack the “war...

3/2/2014

article BLOG: Earth to Johnny Depp, By Danielle Miller
(North Dakota) -- Native Americans have been stereotyped since the 1840s; during Buffalo Bull’s Wild West Show, through dime novels, Hollywood films and westerns....
article BLOG: From Donald Duck to the Wooster group: Di$ney Imperialism Propaganda Hidden in Plain Sight, By Dani Miller
(North Dakota) -- The study “How to Read Donald Duck” analyzed Disney comics to find the effects it had on Chilean children. The results were truly...

3/1/2014

article HOPKINS: Is this The Death of Facebook?
(North Dakota) -- At this point I think Facebook has not only lost its appeal as a vehicle for self promotion, its become detrimental. There's a massive amount of...

2/25/2014

article NEWCOMB: The Louisiana Purchase and the Doctrine of Discovery
(Louisiana) -- While President Barack Obama was recently hosting French President Françoise Hollande, they took a tour of Monticello, the slave plantation home of...
article TRAHANT: An ‘honorable’ budget? No, but it’s headed in the right direction for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama’s next budget, due to be released soon, will be good news for Indian Country. The Washington Post describes the plan this way...

2/24/2014

article PEMBER: Coal and the Navajo
(Arizona) -- Desperate for jobs and tax revenue, the Navajo Nation buys a coal mine. Community groups question whether the old owner, BHP Billiton, walked off with $85...

2/23/2014

article Justice, Liberation and Freedom: Where Are Our Women Leaders?
(New Mexico) -- My ideas about liberation came from my father and my relatives, and are informed by my observations and experiences with my family, Diné community and my...
article WITTSTOCK: Freezing to Death in the Land of Greed and Plenty
(Minnesota) -- Debbie Dogskin froze to death in Fort Yates, North Dakota on February 4 while housesitting a trailer for a friend. The propane tank that supplied fuel to...

2/22/2014

article HOPKINS: Heating the Rez
(North Dakota) -- Living in the Dakotas isn’t for everyone, primarily because of the weather. In the summer, it gets hot and sticky. Thunderheads appear on the...
article MOYA-SMITH: Bowlers With Balls and Silverback Politicians
(New York) -- I don't know if Woody Allen did it. I'd like to think the four-eyed filmmaker didn't sexually assault the girl, Dylan, but only he knows the...

2/21/2014

article JOHNSON: Following up on one of grandpa’s stories
(California) -- In the early 1970s, I had a black 1969 Z-28 Camaro that I drove my grandfather, Paul Magee, to Pechanga tribal meetings in.

2/19/2014

article Ecoffey: Rapid City paper bares its white privilege again
(South Dakota) -- Occasionally an ill-informed article is allowed to pass without one of us in the Native media addressing it. However when an opinion piece comes out...
article SCHILLING: If Only! 'Columbus Day Cancelled' & 9 Other Long-Overdue Headlines
(USA) -- Considering all of the news Native American people see on a daily basis that is tough to stomach—why not have a bit of fun? We all know those news stories...

2/18/2014

article EMERSON: A Call to Action by Diné Women Activists
(New Mexico) -- Shouldn't we Diné older folks be saddened that our precious youth and grandchildren are now driven to “protest” regarding our collective...

2/17/2014

article Indian-Killer Andrew Jackson Deserves Top Spot on List of Worst U.S. Presidents
(USA) -- Unlike the statement in Indian Country Today Media Network’s “Best Presidents for Indian country” story, it’s a bit easier identifying...
article Winona LaDuke: Dirty coal taints Crow Nation and Lummi Nation
(Montana) -- Winona LaDuke discusses a controversial energy deal that could benefit the Crow Tribe of Montana and hurt the Lummi Nation of Washington:

2/13/2014

article NEWCOMB: A Lame Analogy in Defense of NSA Surveillance
(California) -- Upon signing the Declaration of Independence, which led to the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin is said to have quipped, “We must all hang...
article Ivan Starr: Don't treat alcoholism like a crime - it's an illness
(South Dakota) -- I know the alcohol ban on the Pine Ridge began in the mid-1800s. It was an embargo initiated by Lakota leaders wanting to deter French traders from...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: It's time for Native Olympic hockey
(New York) -- John Chabot, former National Hockey League player and citizen of the Algonquin nation, has an idea whose time has come. He believes that the indigenous...

2/12/2014

article BLOG: The Insane Realities of Indigenous Politics – A Prayer for Social Transformation
(Saskatchewan) -- I wanted to write about my experience. I need to let this out, I need to liberate myself from the repeated patterns of thoughts that have been...
article RUSSELL: Who's Gaming the System Better: The Rich or the Poor?
(Texas) -- Let’s talk about liberals and conservatives, in spite of the fact that Indian issues do not split that way. Environmental and economic issues do split...

2/11/2014

article TRAHANT: Tribes are large employers ... and those employees make the best customers
(USA) -- So here is something cool: Google three words -- tribes largest employers -- and dozens of entities pop right up. This is our generation’s success story...

2/10/2014

article GIAGO: Creating a holocaust museum at Wounded Knee
(South Dakota) -- As a child I rode a tricycle on the sidewalks of Wounded Knee with my playmate Joanne Gildersleeve, the daughter of Clive and Agnes. Agnes was an...
article WHITE WOLF: Indian community’s contribution to Helena’s history
(Montana) -- In celebrating Helena’s milestone, I wanted to share some of Helena’s Indian community’s contributions and reflections. While there are...

2/4/2014

article Tim Giago: What I'd do with the billions of Buffett and Gates
(South Dakota) -- As a long-time journalist, author and dreamer, I dream, dreams that will never be fulfilled, but they are dreams that I know are not impossible, but...
article TRAHANT: Frightening Words: Indian Health Service is Out of Money, Will You Die Waiting?
(Alaska) -- On a tribal bulletin board this week these chilling words were posted: “Due to budget issues, Contract Health Service will be on Priority One until...

2/2/2014

article The Power of 'Thank You' and 'I'm Sorry'
(New York) -- These are two fundamental, and essential emotions which allow us to live well. I could say function in society, but that seems too clinical. Remorse—...

2/1/2014

article Feminism from this Native Woman’s Perspective, By Ruth Hopkins
(South Dakota) -- The Nation recently published a column by Michelle Goldberg entitled, “Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars: Empowered by social media, feminists...
article ROSS: Big Brown Men, Richard Sherman, and the Fire Next Time
(Washington) -- I tell this story often. I figure, “Why not tell it? It’s a true story PLUS it’s semi-entertaining. I don’t have that many...

1/31/2014

article SCHILLING: The Word ‘Squaw’: Offensive or Not?
(USA) -- The word squaw certainly has had its share of history. In researching its meaning, squaw is either offensive or historically accurate in portraying a female...

1/30/2014

article TRAHANT: A year of action for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The thing I like about state of unions -- the national kind, the NCAI kind, and the tribal kind -- is that it’s a to do list. Leaders see this...

1/29/2014

article NEWCOMB: Domination and the Northern Gateway Pipeline
(California) -- I read with interest Anna Maria Tremonti’s “Could First Nations still stop the Northern Gateway pipeline?” It was the text version of...
article RUSSELL: Who Elected Neil Young?
(Texas) -- The title of this column brings to mind the unsuccessful confirmation hearing for the man whose name—Robert Bork—became a verb, “to Bork,...
article PEMBER: A South Dakota Town’s Love/Hate Relationship With Dancing Girls
(South Dakota) -- I join the predawn caravan of cars making its way gingerly along the ice-covered interstate out across the big flat. We drive with our shoulders...
article PEMBER: My Night With the South Dakota Dancing Girls
(South Dakota) -- I was driving smack in the middle of the pheasant-hunting golden triangle, as it's called, in South Dakota. Out on one of those snowy prairie roads...
article WARRIOR: Palestine Without Smears: Why Israel and Natives Aren't Natural Allies
(Illinois) -- Ryan Bellerose’s unfortunate recent op-ed essay in Indian Country Today Media Network, “Don’t Mix Indigenous Fight with Palestinian...
article Clara Caufield: Comments from Northern Cheyenne Country
(Montana) -- I tell this story as it was told to me. But, it’s not a story, rather it is the tragic truth about how too many Native American women on reservations...
article ROSS: Is There a Problem? Racism, White Privilege and That 'Scary' Brown Man
(Washington) -- (Disclaimer: ok, 100% of this shit really happened just as I tell it, but it didn’t really happen at 30,000 feet. I almost didn’t make it to...
article SCHILLING: 10 Ways to Tell You Might Be Native American
(Virginia) -- Most of us have heard the famous Jeff Foxworthy “You Might Be a Redneck…” jokes. But why should Foxworthy get to have all of the fun? We...

1/28/2014

article Starr: An underhanded erosion of our tribal sovereignty
(South Dakota) -- Like many residents here on the Pine Ridge, I too am unaware of what has been happening with our police within the past five years. So I engaged in a...

1/27/2014

article PEMBER: Will Keystone XL Pipeline Pump Sexual Violence into South Dakota?
(South Dakota) -- The human devastation wrought by the economic energy boom in the Great Plains region may get worse for Native women. This nightmare, according to Keith...

1/25/2014

article KADER: Set New York Free! Legalize Pot!
(New York) -- The announcement by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow 20 hospitals in the state to dispense medical marijuana is a sea-change shift in policy.

1/24/2014

article KADER: Regarding Rep. William Owens Not Seeking Re-election
(New York) -- To The Editor, Upon hearing the announcement that Representative William Owens will not seek re-election, I was gratified.
article TRIMBLE: The Tantalizing Promise of Promise Zones
(Nebraska) -- On Thursday, January 9, President Obama spoke about how he plans to address challenges such as job creation, housing, law enforcement and education in the...
article MOYA-SMITH: We Have a Problem: Too Few Native Journalists
(New York) -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is a bigot and a braggart. But so what? This piece really has nothing to do with that thug in a suit. There...

1/23/2014

article OLSEN: Providing for the health of urban American Indians
(Washington) -- IN December, the Seattle City Council voted to make a difference in the lives of our city’s urban Indians.

1/21/2014

article TRAHANT: The year of the Native voter? Only if more folks register and then show up at the polls
(USA) -- Could this be the year of the Native voter? That’s a tall order for a population that’s less than one percent of the country. But American Indians...
article MILLER: Mascots like the Redsk*ns are Control Mechanisms Used to Suppress Natives Who Fight Assimilation and Extinction
(USA) -- As if my previous article didn’t provide enough proof that Redsk*ns has historical origins of racism, more evidence has been uncovered.

1/20/2014

article ARMSTRONG: Tribe's lawsuits are vital to Native America
(California) -- The Desert Sun published an opinion piece headlined “Tribes have overplayed their hands.” But the reality is that few tribes in the United...
article GIAGO: Books about great Indian chiefs miss the point
(South Dakota) -- The two books were written by different authors but they have one thing in common; they denigrate the American Indian while patting him on the back at...

1/19/2014

article KADER: The Next Uprising: Sovereignty Means Not Having to Ask
(New York) -- I recently completed an enjoyable reading of Uprising, a 2010 novel by Douglas Bland. It’s a fictional portrayal of modern day Canada amidst a...
article GIAGO: Two Books About Two Great Indian Chiefs Miss the Point
(South Dakota) -- The two books were written by different authors but they have one thing in common; they denigrate the American Indian while patting him on the back at...

1/18/2014

article RUSSELL: Indians to U.S.: Welcome to the Panopticon
(Texas) -- A dominant metaphor in colonial political science of this generation has come from the British utilitarian Jeremy Bentham by way of the French post-modernist...
article MOYA-SMITH: Weird and Wild ‘Yahoo Answers’ About Natives
(USA) -- Where do you go to ask questions about Native Americans if you don’t have a Native American chum readily available to satiate your curiosity? Well, the...

1/16/2014

article TREPPA: 'Paternalism at its Worst' -- Court Ruling Threatens Tribal Sovereignty
(California) -- All Native Americans should be deeply concerned about a recent federal court decision ordering the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) to decide who can be a...
article CHAMPAGNE: Noble Savages and Noble Nations
(California) -- In American Indian history there are often characterizations of Native peoples as “noble savages.” The expression is a European term based on...

1/15/2014

article TRIMBLE: Promise Zones pose challenge for tribes
(South Dakota) -- On Thursday, January 9th, President Obama spoke about how he plans to address challenges such as job creation, housing, law enforcement and education...
article WALN: Family members seek justice and accountability for recent murders on the Rosebud Reservation
(South Dakota) -- I am going to devote several columns to the fact that violence is extremely prevalent on the Rosebud Reservation. We need our law enforcement and...

1/14/2014

article ECCOFEY: Let's stop suicide in our communities
(South Dakota) -- With the onset of a new Gregorian calendar that serves for us Lakota as the halfway mark in our year and a reminder that Sundance is quickly...
article TRAHANT: Congress and the Budget of Meh
(Washington D.C.) -- The adjective of the day is “modest.” That’s the standard phrase to describe the $1.012 trillion spending bill for a federal...
article LETTER: Providing quality water a challenge for Blood Tribe
(Alberta) -- The comments made by a Herald reader, in a Jan. 7 letter to the editor, make reference to an alleged lack of clean drinking water for members of the Blood...
article LETTER: Tribal council not legal
(Montana) -- Editor, At this time the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe is not operating with a legal tribal council. Since the other half of the council is the...

1/13/2014

article GIAGO: Still waiting for reconciliation in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- In the past 24 years since Governor George Mickelson proclaimed 1990 as the Year of Reconciliation the leadership of South Dakota has found a...
article Tim Giago: Still waiting for reconciliation in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- In the past 24 years since Governor George Mickelson proclaimed 1990 as the Year of Reconciliation the leadership of South Dakota has found a...

1/11/2014

article OP/ED: Don't Mix Indigenous Fight With Palestinian Rights
(Alberta) -- The December 31, 2013 article “‘Redwashing’ Panel Follows Academic Associations’ Boycott of Israel” on...

1/9/2014

article Talking Heads Segregation: Why Aren't More Natives on TV Panels?
(New York) -- I know it’s not just me – you see it, too. It’s Saturday morning. You flick on the tube, turn the channel to MSNBC. Melissa Harris-Perry...

1/8/2014

article LAMAR: Radical Plan to Make Tribal Lands Safer
(USA) -- Despite delays, shutdowns, underfunding and bureaucratic tangles, the bipartisan Indian Law and Order Commission has spent the past several years steadily...

1/7/2014

article RUSSELL: Beware of the Smart ALEC: The Lobbyists Threatening Indian Country
(USA) -- The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is God’s gift to corporate America, tying it directly to elected legislators and providing the vehicle...
article TRAHANT: New Year with new (old) stories for Indian Country
(USA) -- It’s a new year -- and a new story. There is nothing more important to political discourse than a good story. It shapes our thinking, sets the rules for...
article TWO EAGLES: The Rez Of The Story: Myths And Medicines
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), When I began writing this column full time a few years back, my thoughts were toward educating the dominate...

1/6/2014

article ROSS: Happy New Year: Indigenous Learning, Leadership, Loss and Love
(Washington) -- Happy New Year to you all…I hope that it started off with smiles, passion and time spent with loved ones. I spent my New Year’s Eve, exactly...
article WASHBURN: Forrest Gerard’s legacy is self-determination for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The passing of Albuquerque resident and former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Forrest J. Gerard, on Dec. 28 provides an opportunity to take...

1/4/2014

article RUSSELL: Why Nobody in Congress Reads the Laws They Pass
(Texas) -- Cheap shots have been taken at the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—on the ground that most of the Congress that voted for it never read it. The shot...

1/3/2014

article Commentary: The Cultural Survival of Native Nations
(California) -- My name is Marshall McKay and I am honored to lend my support as the Chairman of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Board of Directors. As the son...
article Let’s Talk About Sex, By Ruth Hopkins
(North Dakota) -- There are a lot of misconceptions out there about who Native women are and what we should be, even within Native circles. While this is to be expected...

1/2/2014

article RUSSELL: Thoughts on the Apple Harvest for the New Year
(USA) -- A column by my colleague Duane Champagne and one of mine have kicked off an online debate among some very important people about assimilation. I am nonplussed...

12/30/2013

article TRAHANT: Story of Forrest Gerard is a ‘must’ for the Canon of Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- What is “The Canon of Indian Country?” Those stories that are recited in schools, the ones most young people know by heart, tales of...

12/29/2013

article GIAGO: The Indian Mission Kids Only Knew Him As 'Roch'
(South Dakota) -- My old friend and classmate, Patrick Red Elk, from the Catholic Indian mission boarding school we attended, died several months ago and as I read his...

12/28/2013

article OP/ED: The Day I Met Nelson Mandela
(Pennsylvania) -- His recent death reminds us that Nelson Mandela was first and foremost a tribal member. He had a tribal name, but was given the name Nelson when he...
article Brandon Ecoffey: Basketball means family and love for Lakota
(South Dakota) -- As a Lakota who grew up with a basketball in my hand, idolizing reservation greats like Jesse Lebeau, Bryan Brewer Jr., and Charlie Cuny, I knew from a...

12/27/2013

article CHANATE: 'Poverty Porn' Is Manufactured; Stories of Struggle Are Real
(Colorado) -- My grandpa Ernest used to listen to people a lot. He’d get phone calls, he’d visit over lunch at the Kiowa Elders Center or people would drop...
article OP/ED: Indigenous Wisdom: Don't Take the Baby Clams
(California) -- As the holidays near, many Americans start planning how and where they will travel to meet up with family all around the U.S. It is a foreign concept to...
article ROSS: Consumerism is the Reason for the Season: The Most Terrible Time of the Year
(Washington) -- Nothing can make a parent feel like crap and helpless like Christmas. Let me explain. Quick Story: When I was just a wee little lad (4th grade), my...

12/23/2013

article GIAGO: A child's prayer brought about miracle on Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- The day was gray and overcast. Light snow had been drifting down all morning and it was shaping up into one of those cold, miserable days that make...
article TRAHANT: A deadline whizzes by and money for the Indian health system is left behind
(Washington D.C.) -- Monday was a key deadline for the Affordable Care Act. In order to begin insurance coverage on January 1, 2014, people were supposed to sign up by...

12/22/2013

article JENNINGS: Italian Insult: Comparing Their Troubles to 'Living on a Reservation'
(Italy) -- How American Indians became concentrated on reservations is a complicated story that most Americans know only very little about, let alone Italians, who have...

12/21/2013

article NEWCOMB: ‘Dependent’ Is Not a Political Identity
(California) -- In his recent column, “The Long Road to ‘Free and Independent’ for Indian Nations,” Steve Russell says, “My ICTMN...

12/20/2013

article DELORIA: Confronting Dick Cheney about his racist remarks
(South Dakota) -- Sam Deloria confronted former vice president Dick Cheney about a racist joke and here's what happened:

12/16/2013

article GIAGO: America has yet to apologize for Wounded Knee
(South Dakota) -- On crystal clear nights when winter winds whistle through the hills and canyons around Wounded Knee Creek, the Lakota elders say it is so cold that you...
article RUSSELL: Disenrollment Is a Disaster
(USA) -- Prof. David Wilkins is dismayed by language chosen by the Chief Judge of the Nooksack Tribal Court in a disenrollment decision. His dismay is directed not at...
article Dana Hanna: Courts continue to violate ICWA in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- In a recent column in the Native Sun News, Regina Brave wrote about the history and importance of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and asked...

12/15/2013

article GIAGO: The Moon of the Popping Trees
(South Dakota) -- On crystal clear nights when winter winds whistle through the hills and canyons around Wounded Knee Creek, the Lakota elders say it is so cold that you...

12/13/2013

article RUSSELL: How Did I Miss That? Bob Dylan's 'Hate Crime'; Yoda Lives!
(Texas) -- Friday news was dominated by the death Thursday night of the great African lion, Nelson Mandela. Cousin Ray Sixkiller and I are in agreement that every...

12/12/2013

article ROSS: Don't Believe the Hype: Beyond Poverty Porn, Pain and Drunk Indians
(Washington) -- Quick story: I went to a school called “Haskell Indian Nations University” when I first began my long and mediocre post-secondary career.

12/11/2013

article CHAMPAGNE: Collectively Managing Allotment Lands Is Better
(California) -- Indian allotment holders are not making enough money from their allotments. One way for tribal allotment holders to gain more economic income from their...
article MCKASATO: Health Coverage Could Improve With Affordable Care Act Education
(New Mexico) -- Anxiety is rising among many here in New Mexico as the Obama administration works ‘round the clock to fix the new Affordable Health Care website and the...
article RUSSELL: Bloc Voting Is the Only Way for Indian Country to Win
(USA) -- I signed up for a four-year military hitch in 1964 and volunteered for Vietnam a year later. I spent that four-year hitch becoming more and more disillusioned...

12/9/2013

article TRAHANT: Senate, House nearing a budget? Yes, thanks for nothing, but it’s better than the alternative
(Washington D.C.) -- This is the week to watch Congress. If all goes well, Senate budget chairman Patty Murray will make a deal with the House budget chairman Paul Ryan...
article Native Author Gyasi Ross Talks Cultural Preservation
(Washington) -- Gyasi Ross is a member of the Blackfeet Nation and his family also comes from the Suquamish Nation of the Port Madison Indian Reservation where he...

12/8/2013

article Mr. President: Honor Nelson Mandela’s Wishes and Free Leonard Peltier
(North Dakota) -- Since the passing of fellow Indigenous tribesman Madiba Nelson Mandela, much of mainstream media has attempted to paint him in their own colonial image...
article GIAGO: Chuckling at a Funeral Would Have Been a Disaster
(South Dakota) -- The mass had been said. And now it was time for Tommy Brewer and me, attired in the vestments of altar boys, to lead the funeral procession out of the...

12/7/2013

article RUSSELL: How Did I Miss That? Anti-Gay Catholics, Chinese Sex Toys
(Texas) -- Saturday’s New York Times carried another in a series of investigative reports by Christopher Drew and Danielle Ivory on massive stealing from the US...
article Video: Treaty or Not? The Affordable Care Act & Indian Country Ep. 5
(Alaska) -- The Affordable Care Act is known mostly for it’s challenges, but for Indian country the law will shake up what is currently the Indian health system...
article BLOG: Solidarity Over Privilege
(North Dakota) -- When analyzing cultural appropriation it is important to consider other aspects which may determine an appropriator’s true intentions before...
article SUNRAY: Anti-Black Racism in Indian Country: Jim Crowfeather Lives
(Oklahoma) -- Over the years I have visited and fellowshipped with a great number of tribes situated in the Eastern and Southern regions of the United States.

12/6/2013

article GIAGO: The mayor who saved Rapid City from itself in 1973
(South Dakota) -- The Rapid City flood of 1972 was a disaster. It claimed 238 lives, many of them Native Americans, and severely damaged the tourism season that summer.
article LAMAR: Miley Cyrus or Synthetic Drugs: Which Is the Greater Threat?
(USA) -- Among other things, Miley Cyrus has become the poster girl for the club drug MDMA, which is gaining popularity in a powdered or crystal form called "Molly...
article Video: Treaty or Not? The Affordable Care Act & Indian Country Ep. 3
(Washington D.C.) -- Episode 3 of Mark Trahant’s in depth look at the Affordable Care Act focuses on the idea of competition and the lack there of within the...
article Video: Treaty or Not? The Affordable Care Act & Indian Country Ep. 4
(Washington D.C.) -- As the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the second half of the decision is the area that directly impacts Indian country the most.
article Native view: It’s always time to give thanks for rights of Anishinaabe people
(Minnesota) -- Last week we all celebrated Thanksgiving. I am always grateful for the bounty of our land. This fall I was especially grateful because, on Nov. 25, a...

12/4/2013

article DR. CHAVERS: Rotten American Indian charities
(Oklahoma) -- As the director of a national nonprofit organization serving Indian people, I know how hard it is to meet the expectations of the people who evaluate us....
article TRAHANT: Video: Treaty or Not? The Affordable Care Act & Indian Country Ep. 2
(Washington D.C.) -- In Episode 2 of Mark Trahant’s video blog series on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Indian country, Trahant takes a look at the...

12/2/2013

article TRAHANT: Healthcare.gov web site works fine, and real task of health care reform is ahead
(Washington D.C.) -- The healthcare.gov web site is working. I spent some time on it this weekend and it was easy to navigate, pages popped up when they should, and I...

11/30/2013

article Why I Am Thankful: Survival, Fashion, Language and Family
(Washington) -- This is going to be a very short post. Why? Because I’m about to go eat some good food and watch some football. It is, after all, Thanksgiving...
article MEWCOMB: Fukushima and the Madness of Dominating Mother Earth
(California) -- In 1947, former U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier published his book Indians of the Americas, in which he spoke of American Indians having...
article YAZZIE: The Health of Our Earth Is Waning
(New Mexico) -- The bottom line is survival: Survival of our Diné people, mankind and our planet. The equilibrium of the Earth is precariously out of balance.
article HOPKINS: How Can I Not Be 'People' Mag's Sexiest Man Alive?
(Arizona) -- Okay, this is it. I’ve had it, this is the last straw! Yet again, People magazine snubbed me as its Sexiest Man Alive. I just don’t know what...

11/25/2013

article GIAGO: Eyapaha Today, a magazine for the millennials
(South Dakota) -- Eyapaha Today magazine is published by Native Sun News once every month. It is a magazine that reaches out to the younger readers. It touches on art,...
article TRAHANT: Filibusters make no sense for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States Senate is a curious institution. It's not democratic. It's not representative. And it's the ultimate millionaire's...

11/23/2013

article RUSSELL: The Long Road to 'Free and Independent' for Indian Nations
(Texas) -- Because traditional Cherokee people taught me a profound insight that I’ve claimed for my own, “the spirit world takes care of its own business,...
article JENNINGS: Natives on Bullying & Suicide: 'Coulda Drowned, But I Grabbed a Rope'
(USA) -- The rising teenage suicide rate (or attempted suicides) among any population is sorrowful. Multiple youth suicides send waves of hopelessness and despair...

11/21/2013

article ARMENTA: Striving ahead in Indian Country
(California) -- Our tribe strives to honor our past, and build a better future for the next generations, throughout the year. But National American Indian Heritage month...

11/20/2013

article NEWCOMB: Clyde Warrior and American Indians' Ongoing Fight for Freedom
(California) -- In 1971, Alvin Josephy published his classic Red Power: The American Indians’ Fight for Freedom, which is a compilation of different articles and...
article ROBERTSON: Dousing the Pocahottie Stereotype
(Kansas) -- Recently, a tanning salon advertisement touted that Indians not only brought corn to the first Thanksgiving, they brought “sexy color.”

11/19/2013

article OP/ED: Tax Sugar to Save Lives
(Washington) -- We see evidence of sugar’s devastating health effects every day. Take a close look. Over there it’s rotting a child’s teeth, over there...
article Taste of Sovereignty: The Need to Protect Tribal Food Systems
(Arkansas) -- Currently, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing food safety regulations (proposed produce safety rules) on food businesses that will have...

11/18/2013

article TRAHANT: Alaska’s busy week: Demonstrating its contempt for Alaska Natives
(Alaska) -- The State of Alaska had a busy week. There are only so many ways to demonstrate contempt for Alaska Natives. Yet the state seemed to find many ways. Logic be...

11/15/2013

article TRAHANT: A Treaty Promise That Cannot Be Kept
(Alaska) -- Modern U.S. presidents have a curious relationship with North America’s first residents, American Indians and Alaska Natives. President Richard Nixon...
article JAWORT: Montana's Institutional Racism Behind Calls to Ban Alexie's Book
(Montana) -- In my hometown of Billings, Mont., the hoopla surrounding the group of parents who want to see Sherman Alexie’s book, The Absolutely True Diary of a...

11/14/2013

article NEWCOMB: A Better Way to Conceive of Our Being and Existence
(California) -- Prior to invasion and colonization by the Christian monarchies and nations of Europe, our cultural and spiritual worlds were intact. Our free and...
article RUSSELL: Support the Troops by Keeping Them Out of Dumb Wars
(Texas) -- Armies are instruments acting out the will of politicians. So I have always understood, but Plains Indians back in the day had a different understanding.

11/13/2013

article SUNDAY-ALLEN: American Indians and the Affordable Care Act
(USA) -- With open enrollment now started, Oklahomans can enroll in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Marketplace to shop for an insurance plan that fits their...

11/11/2013

article HOPKINS: Who Decides Who's an Indian?
(USA) -- Who decides who is Indian? In pre-colonial times, it was obvious. Indigenous individuals were part of a whole tribal society. They were simply one of the People...

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