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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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12/17/2014

article TRAHANT: Gimmicks and governing are Old School’s last act; painful austerity ahead
(Washington D.C.) -- We just watched the last act of The Old School Congress. In its last moments, it passed bills with thousands of pages, giving permission to members...

12/16/2014

article BAKER: Why the Affordable Care Act is Important to the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee People
(Oklahoma) -- Helping improve health care for the Cherokee people is something I’ve made the cornerstone of my administration. Since being elected Principal Chief...
article IRON EYES: Sitting Bull is Alive
(South Dakota) -- Today, December 15, 2013, marks the 123rd memorial/anniversary of the murder of Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota (Great Sioux Nation). My...
article GIAGO: Think unity and fun at Olympics of Indian basketball
(South Dakota) -- It started in 1977 as a tournament to bring American Indian teams together and prepare them for the long season ahead. It has gone where no one alive...

12/15/2014

article DANIELS: Tribal Sovereignty will survive and tribes will thrive
(Minnesota) -- The year of 2014 is winding down and soon we will begin 2015. Tribes have gained significant inroads against those who have tried to strip and erode...
article Ivan Star: Being Lakota is something that comes from the heart
(South Dakota) -- In the space of 500 years Native America endured massacres, exile, broken treaties, reservations, boarding schools, smallpox infested blankets,...
article TWO EAGLES: Coping With Conflict
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Pope Benedict XVI once penned: "The life of the community, both domestically and internationally, clearly...

12/12/2014

article Letter to My Nephew Antonio: Suicide Chronicles, Part 5 of 5
(USA) -- Antonio, First and foremost, I love you, nephew. You’re one of the main reasons that I do what I do. I remember when I was 13 years old, my little brother...

12/11/2014

article Re: Raiding Native Sacred Places in a Defense Authorization: Everything Wrong with Congress
(Arizona) -- The San Carlos Apache Tribe (Tribe) has worked for the past decade to shine light on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange that would transfer Oak Flat and...
article CHAVERS: Tackling the Stanford Indian and Other Racist Mascots
(New Mexico) -- Stanford University in California was the first institution in the U.S. that changed a demeaning Indian symbol to a positive one. As in many other...
article BLOG: President Responds to injunction Criticism
(South Dakota) -- I would like to take this opportunity to inform the public as to what is going on with my ethics hearing before the Tribal Council and the injunctive...
article GILIO-WHITAKER: Obama Draws Natives Into Immigration Reform Battle
(Colorado) -- Last week, President Obama went out on a political limb with his executive order allowing an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the...
article MYERS: Heed the Higher Calling of Indigenous Rights
(USA) -- In 1977 I had the incredible opportunity to be the coordinator for the first UN NGO conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas. This effort grew out of...
article NEWCOMB: The United Nations' High Level Outcome Document
(California) -- The debate over the meaning and significance of the outcome document for the United Nations (UN) high level plenary meeting (erroneously referred to as...
article RUSSELL: Congress Sinks the Boat Unless We Rock the Boat
(Texas) -- It’s a time-honored method for getting legislation done in the middle of a gridlock to attach an unrelated “rider” to a bill understood as...
article ARMITAGE: Domestic Violence: Women Must Never Forget How Powerful and Sacred They Really Are
(Wisconsin) -- It had been the perfect day. My boyfriend had taken me to sunny Riverside to meet his parents and their lovable Weimaraner, Clancy. On the drive home, I...
article ROSS: We Are All to Blame for Michael Brown and Eric Garner Not Getting Justice
(Washington) -- Quick story. It was like a game. I come from a family that doesn't easily go along with government stuff. We hate taxes. We hate surveillance. We...

12/10/2014

article McKASATO: New Railway System Raises Concerns Within Indian Country
(USA) -- Railroad lines run all over Indian country – from New York to Washington, from the Dakotas through Oklahoma and clear down to the gulf of Louisiana....

12/7/2014

article The Kansas City Mic-O-Say Chiefs, By Jimmy Lee Beason II
(Kansas) -- At first, I wasn’t going to comment too much on the Kansas City Chiefs and there slightly less offensive team brand and all the culturally appropriated...
article Armstrong Wiggins: Implementing UNDRIP will save Native lives
(Washington) -- Speaking out against illegal logging in indigenous territories is a death sentence in Peru. This past September, in Peru’s remote Amazon region of...
article ROBERTSON: No Surprise, But We All Should Matter
(Kansas) -- I'm not surprised by the recent grand jury ruling against indicting Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri....

12/6/2014

article ‘Freedom Has to Be Fought For’: Brothers in Vietnam and Life Pt. 1
(New Mexico) -- “War is hell and it isn’t right, but when your country needs you, you cannot turn your back on it,” says Mervyn Hillis, a Navajo...
article BLOG: "True Blood Brothers" in NBC's production of Peter Pan
(USA) -- In an earlier post, I wrote about how NBC had hired a Chickasaw man to rework the "Ugg-A-Wugg" song, replacing that phrase with a word used by the...
article Commentary / #NotYourTigerlily: Nine Months Later and They Still Don’t Get the Point
(Oklahoma) -- The #NotYourTigerlily movement began nine months ago with a single tweet during the #NotYourTonto twitterstorm that was being held in response to the Oscar...
article Keene: Why 'Fix' Tiger Lily? Why Can't We Just Let Her Go?
(Rhode Island) -- On Thursday night, NBC aired their Peter Pan Live! event, a highly publicized three-hour-plus live performance starring Allison Williams as a weirdly...

12/5/2014

article Interpreter praises mother’s work
(Arizona) -- A strong, God fearing, Native American woman’s voice advocating for the indigenous people of the community of Bylas. It’s a powerful thought of...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Alcohol is the most devastating weapon
(South Dakota) -- I paid a short visit to our courthouse and ended up with a task. So, this article is about a long-standing serious brain disorder called Wernicke-...

12/4/2014

article PEMBER: ‘The Great Hurt’: Facing the Trauma of Indian Boarding Schools
(Minnesota) -- “Aww, here we go again, talking about the dang boarding schools!” This was the first thought Chally Topping-Thompson had when the topic came...

12/2/2014

article TRIMBLE: Standing our ground -- Our moral obligation
(South Dakota) -- A recent Indianz.com story entitled “North Dakota tribe puts oil refinery on pause to review plans,” told of the leadership of the Three...

12/1/2014

article GIAGO: We call ourselves survivors of the boarding schools
(South Dakota) -- In the old days the education of American children was paramount to the Democratic system of government. The adage of the 3 R’s, “Reading,...

11/30/2014

article GILIO-WHITAKER: Indian Country Legal Experts Help Untangle Sovereignty in Hawaii
(Washington) -- “Kamau a Ea” in Hawaiian means “keeping the breath of life.” Ea is life but it can also mean sovereignty, rule, or independence....
article NEWCOMB: Leadership and the Liberation of Our Original Nations
(California) -- Some of us who have embarked on a path of intellectual work have also worked throughout our lives with spiritual leaders so that our intellectual efforts...
article SEXTON: BIA's Ugly, 19th-Century Attitudes Toward Native Land Rights
(Washington) -- In his famous 19th century treatise, “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville noted that whereas the Spaniards “pursued the...
article Connecting the Dots on Climate Change and Economic Development
(Washington D.C.) -- In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed regulation known as the Clean Power Plan rule. This proposed rule, which...
article Domestic Violence: If the Abuse Is so Bad, Why Do You Stay?
(Wisconsin) -- “Lady, if it’s so bad, why don’t you leave?” said the police officer standing my kitchen, summoned by me in response to an...
article James Giago Davies: Polygamy and shunning in Lakota culture
(South Dakota) -- Shunning works for all cultures — not just Lakota tiospaye. Better than beating on the kid until he winds up in the emergency room, while Mom...

11/29/2014

article Opinion: Custer County is American Indians’ Ferguson: The Story Won’t Make It to CNN
(Michigan) -- In the aftermath of Ferguson, I am reminded of Custer County. On Monday night, the nation waited for the grand jury’s decision on whether or not...

11/28/2014

article COOK-LYNN: Indian children exploited for fundraisers
(South Dakota) -- CNN, filled with their reporter's indignation that goes with the “expose” of another Indian story of fraud, racism, greed and hypocrisy...
article WALN: My family's Thanksgiving on the reservation is a rebuke to America's colonialism
(South Dakota) -- When I was a little kid, I was unaware that I am the bastard child of colonisation, born into a reality in which I’ll spend my entire life...

11/26/2014

article BAD HAND: Lakota Song Cut Short in Senate, Created
(South Dakota) -- Lakota Voice contacted Howard Bad Hand to talk with him about the song he made, a portion of which Greg Grey Cloud sang in the Senate chamber a week...
article BLOG: Attorney General Concha Lies about being Indian, Makes Racist Comments Against Indians
(South Dakota) -- What happens when an attorney pretends to be an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe in order to get a job as the attorney general on the...

11/24/2014

article BREWER: Internet Access Will Be a Game-Changer for Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- The power of technology is transforming classrooms across the country. Whether students on tribal lands will have the opportunity to reap the benefits...
article GIAGO: Cornflakes every Sunday at Indian boarding school
(South Dakota) -- There is a poem in my book "Children Left Behind" called “Six days a week and twice on Sunday” that describes the lives of the...
article TRIMBLE: A time to give thanks -- For whatever reason
(South Dakota) -- I got a call recently from Indian Country Today Media Network reporter, Christina Rose, whom I’ve gotten to appreciate for her accurate and...
article Unreserved: Starlight tours, diabetes and young indigenous thespians as part of our story
(Canada) -- From the oral traditions of our ancestors to contemporary forms of books, art, music or film Indigenous Peoples have been sharing stories for thousands of...

11/23/2014

article NEWCOMB: Toward Disestablishing the Doctrine of Christian Domination
(California) -- In his recent column, Professor David Wilkins (Lumbee) says the doctrine of discovery has gone through many expressions, such as "a theological...
article TRAHANT: New Governor Works with Citizens, Tribes to ‘Create a Vision for Alaska’
(Alaska) -- Alaskans from across the state met on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage over the weekend to talk about the transition to a new governor’...
article RUSSELL: Muslims and Christians Fight Over Which Was Discovered First
(Texas) -- When Cherokee cowboy Will Rogers said his relatives did not come over on the Mayflower but “we met the boat,” he did not imagine that Europeans...

11/21/2014

article Mass Media Fail(s): Describing Indian man's singing as "chants" and "yowls" and "wails"
(USA) -- When they were kids, did Dina Capiello of the Associated Press, Andrew Kirell of Mediaite, and the nameless person who posted a video at CNN read children's...
article SPEED: "Pro-American" History Textbooks Hurt Native Americans
(Texas) -- I teach Native American Studies and virtually none of my university students has had any education whatsoever in the history of this country's treatment...
article Moai Than Meets the Eye: More Proof Bering Strait Theory is Wrong
(Texas) -- The indigenous people called the island Rapa Nui; the Spanish explorers called it Isla de Pascua, Spanish for the name bestowed by the Dutch “discoverer...
article OP/ED: I Wish I Was White
(New York) -- I wish I was white not because I think life would be easy, but because more things would become an option. Like the option of choosing or choosing not to...
article SPENCER: Changing the Narrative for Native American Youth
(USA) -- Throughout my life I've encountered many misconceptions and stereotypes about Native Americans: inaccurate and hurtful depictions in film, in textbooks, and...

11/20/2014

article TRAHANT: A Senate memory: Blue Lake
(Washington D.C.) -- The story of Greg Grey Cloud's honor song in the Senate (and his removal from that chamber) reminded me of a story. On December 2, 1970, the...

11/18/2014

article TRAHANT: This election is historic. Welcome to the 21st century, Alaska
(Alaska) -- Watching Alaska politics, for me, has been like looking back in time. The animosity of state institutions toward Alaska Natives is all too familiar. It...

11/17/2014

article South Dakota Native Election Victories—And What They Say About 2016
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s Native vote generated a lot of media attention in the run-up to Election 2014. Pundits wondered, would tribal voters there save...
article GIAGO: The final Indian war in America is about to begin
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota’s Republican leadership of John Thune and Kristi Noem always march lockstep with the other Republican robots. Neither of them care...
article TAYLOR: Everyday Adventures On and Off the Rez
(USA) -- I live and sleep in the mountains. Been living this way for a year now, so I guess that technically makes me homeless. I know an Indian who was similarly...
article Ivar Star Comes Out: Empower our youth to forge better lives
(South Dakota) -- I write this with due respect to all the tribal members who campaigned for public office regardless of whether you won or not. It is time now to place...

11/14/2014

article James Giago Davies: Newspaper proves dreams can come true
(South Dakota) -- News reports from Indian Country have evolved over the years. It most often consisted of petty gossip, ego-driven squabbles, blatant nepotism, or of...
article Cobell checks and Skoal tins: How we do Thanksgiving in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Gratitude is like a warm, fuzzy blanket. There is a natural reluctance to gratitude that comes at virtually any age. Ask a toddler if they are grateful for...
article GILIO-WHITAKER: Surfing as Sovereignty: How Native Hawaiians Resisted Colonialism
(USA) -- In Hawaiian culture, surfing has always been more than a sport. So important was it that prayers and chants for good waves connected the art of he’e nalu...

11/13/2014

article TRAHANT: From Ballots to Policy: Budget Cuts Will Be Here Soon
(Alaska) -- The federal budget is complicated — and the politics of that budget is even worse. But we know that spending cuts are ahead. The questions are how deep...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: No 'Welcome Home' for Vietnam vets
(South Dakota) -- Today I hear “Welcome Home!” regularly to greet returning war veterans from Northeast Asia and that is good. They deserve to be welcomed...
article BLOG: Is that Native American Encyclopedia website any good?
(California) -- My answer to that question is a resounding NO. This is a long overdue post. Some time back--years maybe--I saw an online encyclopedia called "Native...
article CARRO: The Forgotten People of the Other America
(New Jersey) -- If you are an American, born and raised, reading this article, than you were most likely told the same Thanksgiving fairytale story growing up.
article CRAMBLIT: Fix the Earth With the Sacred Jump Dance
(California) -- The basis of the religion of the local people relies on individual effort through ritual cleanliness and ceremonies that include the entire tribe.
article Delphine Red Shirt: Lessons from our history as Lakota people
(South Dakota) -- It is interesting how, after the Civil War, policy-makers faced two racial problems concerning African-Americans and American Indians: how to bring...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Deskaheh was hero to the Iroquois
(New York) -- Throughout the long history of the Iroquois there have been many women and men who have become heroes because of their courage, dedication and compassion...
article Speaking Up: Native Women's Voices and the Challenges of Putting Yourself Out There
(USA) -- “There are not enough young Native women getting their voices out there.” This is what they tell me. I have been thinking about it. I have only...

11/11/2014

article TRAHANT: From ballots to policy: Next round of budget cuts are coming soon
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal budget is complicated — and the politics of that budget is even worse. But we know that spending cuts are ahead. The questions are...

11/10/2014

article BLOG: Judiciary Chairman Tries to Hide in Executive Session
(Nebraska) -- For those of you wondering what happened with the ICWA cases in Nebraska that Attorney General Concha ordered Attorney Guy to drop, you’ll have to...
article BLOG: Recourse for Trafficked Native Women in the Duluth Harbor
(Minnesota) -- I am of Anishinaabe and Cherokee ancestry and a MSW student at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Six years ago, on the White Earth reservation, an elder...
article GIAGO: Walking in the footsteps of the late Ben Bradlee
(South Dakota) -- There are faculty luncheons and dinners at Harvard throughout the year. It was at one of these functions in 1990 that I first met Ben Bradlee, the...
article RYSER: Governing and Demagoguery
(USA) -- Reading the Glenn Morris comment in “Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” and Steven Newcomb’s “A Response...
article TWO EAGLES: Seasons And Generations
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Sitting Bull, one of the more famous Titowan Lakota elders, leaves us with these thoughts to ponder as penned...
article MASTEN: Calif. Tribes’ sovereign rights at risk
(California) -- The H&N recent editorial (“A Poor Future Beckons Without Water Settlement”) conflates the need for water settlements with Sen. Ron Wyden...

11/9/2014

article TRAHANT: This election The People are singing
(Alaska) -- There are two things you need to know about the Native American vote in 2014. First, the election is not over because ballots are still be counted in Alaska...

11/8/2014

article GILIO-WHITAKER: Perspectives on Self-Determination: A Response to Champagne, Newcomb & Wilkins
(Colorado) -- I never cease to be amazed at the intellectual brilliance that comes out of Indian country. Much of it graces the pages of this site; some of these people...
article OP/ED: Congress Must Reauthorize Native American Housing Programs Now
(Oregon) -- The cornerstone of healthy communities throughout the world is access to safe, culturally relevant and quality affordable housing.
article ROGERS: New York State of Mind: The Native Peoples of Long Island
(New York) -- When people mention Long Island in New York, the image that most people get is what pop culture has had to offer. To most people, it is an island and...

11/6/2014

article BREWER: Remembering the time of statehood
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota is celebrating its 125th anniversary as a state. We should recall what our Lakota people were asked to sacrifice at the time.
article PEMBER: Mapping the Market for Sex: Challenging Attitudes to Create Change
(USA) -- The business of sex trafficking young girls is a highly organized criminal enterprise in which brutality and cruelty are tools of the trade. Native American...

11/4/2014

article MORRIS: Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference–Act II
(United Nations) -- The fiasco that was falsely proclaimed to be the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), continues to endanger the international movement...
article PEMBER: Mapping the Market for Sex: New Report Details Minneapolis Sex Trade
(Minnesota) -- Seventy-five percent of juvenile sex trafficking cases in Minneapolis in 2013 involved Native American victims even though Native people make up just 2...
article What matters… My way of coping with suicide by Jayson Brave Heart
(South Dakota) -- Its been almost two months since we as a family put my nephew in the ground. Its been two long months to think about what happened, what changed, and...

11/3/2014

article GIAGO: SuAnne Big Crow passed but her dream still lives on
(South Dakota) -- SuAnne Big Crow was furious after she watched an NBC broadcast about the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981. “They came here and showed all of the...
article TRAHANT: Yes, it’s an imperfect system but the Native vote is worth counting
(USA) -- It’s almost time to count. Since I began my blog around Labor Day about Indian Country and elections I’ve written some 16,000 words, posted 25...

11/2/2014

article Hill Wonk | Community — and curiosity — reason enough to vote
(Montana) -- In the August 2014 primary, roughly 29% of registered voters in our legislative district actually voted. It troubles me that a majority of people —...
article VAN NORMAN: Founding Fathers Knew Indian Nations Are Sovereign
(USA) -- The Constitution’s original intent treats Indian nations and tribes as prior sovereigns, with jurisdiction over our citizens and territory. The Treaty and...
article GIAGO: SuAnne Big Crow Died, But Her Dreams Live On
(South Dakota) -- SuAnne Big Crow was furious after she watched an NBC broadcast about the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981. "They came here and showed all of the...
article How Sacred Objects Heal: A Tlingit's Journey, Part II
(Alaska) -- I wondered how medicine can help people when it's treated like a museum relic. My own growing sense of connection to my mother's tribe told me at.óow...

11/1/2014

article ROMAN NOSE: Save Our Children, Save Ourselves
(Oregon) -- The facts are there. We know them. We live them, every day. We see them in our children’s lives, especially now. According to Aspen Institute, 75...
article LEECY: The Truth About Our Origins Will Set Us All Free
(Minnesota) -- In Germany, students in grades K-12 receive mandatory instruction about the Holocaust. In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission bore...

10/31/2014

article RUSSELL: Indigenous Origins of the Day of the Dead, Versus Halloween
(Texas) -- El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is not Halloween, although Halloween introduces it on the calendar and putting the two together would result in...

10/30/2014

article SHEBALA: Navajo Hopi Land Office Director Says Hopi Police/Rangers Dressed In Swat Gear
(Arizona) -- About 70 Navajo people, many of them elders, walked peacefully from the Window Rock, Ariz., mini-mall to the Navajo Nation Council chambers. It took the...
article TRAHANT: 2014 is the ideal election scenario for Native American voters
(USA) -- If there ever was an election that was ideal for American Indians and Alaska Natives to determine the outcome, it’s 2014. Flip through the state campaigns...

10/29/2014

article DARLING: Beyond Squanto and Sitting Bull: Overcoming the Stereotypes of Native American Culture
(USA) -- Over the years there has been a plethora of cartoons and half-truths disseminated about Native Americans. They have been pictured as driving Cadillacs with oil...

10/28/2014

article Senate candidates battle for Indian vote in South Dakota race
(South Dakota) -- The outcome of the U.S. Senate race in South Dakota will likely come down to the Indian vote. Tribal leaders have endorsed Democrat Rick Weiland. But...
article ROMERO: The Federal Drug Administration Continues to Ignore Tribal Governments
(Washington D.C.) -- The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed by President Obama in 2011. In 2013, the accompanying Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations...
article TRAHANT: Alaska Senate race is a test of policy (not character)
(Alaska) -- I have to confess: I hate most political advertising. There is this idea in American politics that the best way to win is to knock the other person down.

10/27/2014

article GIAGO: Where the paths of the Jews and the Navajo crossed
(South Dakota) -- The Irish came to America because of the potato famine. Perhaps their move from Ireland to America was by choice and yet they were pushed to relocate...
article TRAHANT: The message from Alaska Natives, ‘it’s our time’
(Alaska) -- When you think about elections, sometimes it’s important to forget about winning and losing. There will always be a candidate who wins. And some folks...

10/25/2014

article CARROLL: Why the US Should Put Native Tribal Sovereignty in a New Constitution
(Virginia) -- This is an excerpt from A Proposed New Constitution, a call for 15 articles to be adopted in a new constitutional convention. Currently, dozens of states...
article NEWCOMB: Duane Champagne’s Orwellian Form of Self-Determination
(California) -- On October 4, Duane Champagne published on this website, “What is Indigenous Self-Determination and When Does it Apply?” If one were to...

10/24/2014

article BLOG: Harper v. First Nations: The assimilation agenda
(Canada) -- Last week, in response to this summer’s Supreme Court decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the Harper government quietly put...
article JOHNSON: Spooky stories that haunted my youth
(California) -- Like it or not, Halloween will soon knock at the front door. Costumed trick-or-treaters holding out plastic jack o’ lanterns expecting something...
article WILKINS: Deconstructing the Doctrine of Discovery
(Minnesota) -- There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called Doctrine of Discovery, originally a theological fiction produced in the 1400s, later...
article Native Sun News: Violence against Native women is on the rise
(South Dakota) -- Native American women are facing the greatest threat to their lives since the pre-reservation era. Women residing on Indian reservations suffer...

10/22/2014

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota people disrespect our language
(South Dakota) -- I came into this world immersed in Lakota language and culture. Sixty years ago (1954), I was placed in a parochial boarding school here on the Pine...

10/21/2014

article TRAHANT: Imagine the world’s largest voting booth; it’s in Alaska
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives was formed in October 1966. The first gathering was a three-day meeting of 400 people representing 17 Native organizations...
article OP/ED: American Indians face barriers to voting
(Montana) -- It’s a simple equation: make voter access harder and less people will vote. Legislative Referendum 126 seeks to do just that. If it passes, voters...

10/20/2014

article GIAGO: Deaths of Native men in Rapid City remain unsolved
(South Dakota) -- It started in May of 1998. Bodies began to show up in or near Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered in 1998 and 1999 six were Native...
article SUNRAY: Tribes abandon traditional aspects of inclusion
(Oklahoma) -- A non-Indian woman with a one year old baby girl from a previous relationship marries into a tribal community and moves to the rez. Her new husband, an...
article TRAHANT: Two weeks to go and it’s The Turnout; South Dakota, Alaska and Wisconsin
(USA) -- I am hoping that my ballot is in the mail today. I am ready to vote. What I really like about voting early is that it’s an inoculation against all the TV...
article TRIMBLE: Let Crazy Horse's spirit rest in peace
(South Dakota) -- I have gotten e-mail recently asking what is up with me and Tim Giago since I had not written articles criticizing him over the past year. Actually I...

10/19/2014

article McKOSATO: Suicide on Reservations and the Need for More Studies
(New Mexico) -- In the wake of the tragic suicide of legendary actor/comedian Robin Williams, after the initial wave of public shock, insight and awareness of the...

10/18/2014

article DANIELS: Enough Already! Too Many Tweaks to the Right-of-Way Proposal
(Oklahoma) -- Perusing Facebook recently, I found a group of folks who are adamantly opposing the currently published "Proposed Rule Change for Rights-of-Way Across...
article WILLCUTS: The Beauty That Was My Mother
(Virginia) -- Sometimes bravery is the smallest of things, a grain of sand lying under a mountain of regret. This, I felt as I watched my mother die. Exactly two years...
article BARREIRO: Andean Journal: Recovering Native Languages
(Washington D.C.) -- Something of the sentiment and thrust current in the American Indian/Indigenous world of the Americas was evident in a recent session in Lima, Peru.
article MORRIS: Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
(Colorado) -- While watching the fraudulently-labeled United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (HLPM/WCIP) on UN WebTV on September 22-23, I was reminded of...

10/16/2014

article TRAHANT: Idaho? When 2014 is that close (even where it should not be)
(Idaho) -- There are two narratives that I think will define this election. First, there is the rise of the viable independents, candidates in Alaska, Kansas and South...

10/15/2014

article CHAVERS: 5 Fake Indians: Checking a Box Doesn’t Make You Native
(USA) -- Perhaps no one causes more confusion and muddies the water more than fake Indians. We used to call them wannabe Indians, affirmative action Indians, Johnny come...
article D'ERRICO: Navajo Attorney General Tsosie Tackles 'Christian Discovery'
(Arizona) -- Congratulations to Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie for hard work and persistence in achieving the historic settlement of a Navajo Nation claim...
article TRAHANT: What’s with Kansas? Native Vote could provide an answer
(Kansas) -- What’s with Kansas? Well, the first thing you need to know is that early voting starts today, October 15. So the answer to that question is coming soon.

10/14/2014

article Ivan Star Comes Out: The Indian Reorganization Act at 80 years
(South Dakota) -- Here on the Pine Ridge we encounter daily a controversy regarding the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934. Essentially, among the growing younger...
article PEMBER: Nowhere to Turn: Our Mental Health System Is Sick
(California) -- “All we have for our daughter’s mental health rights is a bag of her ashes,” said Maurie Redfeather-Looking of Sacramento, California....

10/13/2014

article GIAGO: Boyhood friend knew where Crazy Horse was buried
(South Dakota) -- Where is the burial place of the great Lakota warrior Tasunka Witko; Crazy Horse? According to Bob Morrison (his Lakota name was Holy Dance) the bones...

10/12/2014

article TRAHANT: Indian Country’s long fight over who gets the right to vote
(USA) -- New Mexico has the highest registration rate for American Indians in the country. According to the National Congress of American Indians, Native Americans 77...

10/10/2014

article Charles Trimble: Indians shouldn't waste votes on wild-cards
(Nebraska) -- In his Indianz.com article of October 6th, 2014, Tim Giago takes on Democratic senatorial candidate Rick Weiland for stealing his concept to rebuild Indian...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Ten lies in American-Indigenous history
(New York) -- What constitutes a lie? There is the obvious verbal and written distortions of the truth but what is not said may also be deemed a lie.

10/9/2014

article Diversity of Native American Business on Display in Milwaukee
(Wisconsin) -- Over the week of October 6th, Native Americans from across the United States will be in Milwaukee for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise...
article JENNINGS: An American Indian in China
(China) -- I came to China in August to teach English at Rongjiang First Senior Middle School in Guizhou, as part of their foreign English teacher recruitment program.
article BONAPARTE: Traditional Teachings Are Not in the Public Domain
(New York) -- Whether it’s a pop star wearing a headdress in a music video or a sports team fighting to keep a racial slur for its name, cultural misappropriation...
article CARRO: Do Other Countries Celebrate Columbus Day?
(New Jersey) -- Baton twirlers, fancy cars and pretty pageant girls with Christmas-colored sashes. These are the things I remember seeing when I went to a Columbus Day...

10/8/2014

article OP/ED: 'No, Baby, You Will Never, Ever See Your Parents Again': Suicide Chronicles, Part 3
(Washington) -- Defense wins championships. Stay in the game long enough and anything can happen. It’s something that I have to remind myself of—“You...

10/7/2014

article BRAVE: Starchy foods and alcohol are killing our people
(South Dakota) -- Before proceeding with the Party Platform for Change, it seems appropriate we stop and examine in depth another of the more virulent by-products of the...
article TRAHANT: Wisconsin mining is the issue stirring Native voters
(Wisconsin) -- There may be no tribe in the country that understands the significance of voting more than the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. After all, tribal members...

10/6/2014

article DANIELS: November 3, 2014 is the NEW deadline for individual tribal members to write concerns and comments on the BIA’s drafted rights-of-way regulations across individual allottee lands.
(Minnesota) -- The following was posted on Facebook’s “This is Mandaree” wall recently. Because of the oilfield activity and all that it involves in...
article ECOFFEY: Let's put stereotypes of Indian people to rest
(South Dakota) -- The other day, for a brief second, the thought crossed my mind to run down to the corner drug store, grab some black shoe polish and proceed to cover...
article GIAGO: Native Americans follow the spirit of the sacred pipe
(South Dakota) -- There is a Democrat running for the soon-to-be- vacated seat of Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD). His name is Rick Weiland and in a note to me last week he...
article TRAHANT: Indian health system is on the ballot
(Washington D.C.) -- One election issue that’s troubling involves the Affordable Care Act (or as some would call it, Obamacare). There should be a debate about...
article TRIMBLE: Notah Begay and Billy Mills are heroes off field
(South Dakota) -- It seems sometimes that there aren’t heroes like the ones we had when I was growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the 1940s and...

10/5/2014

article DESIDERIO: A Stunner: Tribes, Congress and IRS Are Working Together!
(USA) -- Last month, Congress passed legislation to permanently increase tribal authority to provide governmental services to their citizens without creating a taxable...
article NEWCOMB: Ninth Circuit Court Panel Reaffirms 'Discovery and Conquest'
(California) -- On August 27, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a split (2-1) decision in the case White v. University of...

10/4/2014

article CHAMPAGNE: What Is Indigenous Self-Determination and When Does it Apply?
(California) -- Self-determination is an expression often used in discussion of indigenous goals. However, the meaning of self-determination varies among Indigenous...
article OP/ED: You'd Care If The English Or French Language Disappeared
(British Columbia) -- According to a 2010 First People's Council report, my heritage language is the third most endangered indigenous language in British Columbia....
article In Pursuit of Innocence by Sunny Red Bear
(California) -- I’ve chased my innocence. I have searched for it like a fifty-year old woman searches for a husband. Like a man searches for success. Like a...

10/3/2014

article Wendell George | Little Joe and self-determination
(Oregon) -- “Uncle, haven’t tribes regained some of their sovereignty?” “Yes, but it’s been slow. When the Feds allowed the tribes to...

9/28/2014

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

9/27/2014

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

9/26/2014

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

9/25/2014

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

9/24/2014

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

9/23/2014

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

9/22/2014

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

9/21/2014

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

9/20/2014

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

9/19/2014

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

9/15/2014

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

9/12/2014

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

9/11/2014

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

9/10/2014

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

9/9/2014

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

9/8/2014

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

9/7/2014

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

9/5/2014

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

9/4/2014

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

9/3/2014

article Alaska Natives Win Landmark Voting Rights Lawsuit
(Alaska) -- In an historic victory for Alaska Native voters, a Federal Court in Anchorage found the State of Alaska violated the Voting Rights Act by failing to provide...

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