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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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4/20/2018

article Victor Swallow: We are a broken and scattered people. How do we rebuild?
(South Dakota) -- Most of what I write about are people that lived in the Red Shirt Table and Oglala area where I lived till 1960. My mother Lizzie Two Bulls talked a...

4/19/2018

article James Giago Davies: We grew up never knowing my veteran dad was suffering
(South Dakota) -- After Irvin “Shorty” Davies finished fighting for his country, he married my mom, Ethel Giago. He had survived the Great Depression,...

4/17/2018

article HOPKINS: Why Tax Day For Native Americans Can Be Such An Infuriating Time
(South Dakota) -- Every April, it’s the same story. A non-native person confronts me with their belief that I don't pay taxes. Let me dispel that myth right...

4/12/2018

article ECOFFEY: Early Morning Wakalapi Show Is Ahead Of The Times
(Indian Country) -- There are a few podcasts starting to gain steam that claim to capture the feel of Indian County, however, I believe there is one that stands out...

4/11/2018

article MONET: What Standing Rock gave the world
(North Dakota) -- At the height of the movement at Standing Rock, Indigenous teens half a world away in Norway were tattooing their young bodies with an image of a black...

4/10/2018

article GREENE: Indigenous knowledge is critical to understanding climate change
(Washington) -- Good science is critical to our health, ability to live full lives and community well-being. We use science to advance medicine, enhance our use of...

4/9/2018

article DeVILLE: Hearings needed on methane rule
(North Dakota) -- Recently, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposed destructive rollbacks to the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 Methane and Waste Prevention rule...

4/6/2018

article MARSHALL: The KBRA killed the Klamath River
(California) -- I’m still livid over the March 29 Times-Standard deck head under the headline, “Salmon season likely to reopen” which read, “...
article What does decolonization mean? Our panel debates the buzzword
(Canada) -- The term decolonization can mean many different things, leaving the term's meaning up to the person using it. This week, CBC Indigenous asked a panel of...

4/5/2018

article Tim Giago: Nothing could ever beat the smell of ink in a Native newsroom
(Indian Country) -- Loren Tapahe did a slide show at the Native American Journalists Association Convention a couple of years ago and Loren should revamp it and run it...
article Why Do Tribal-Governments Need Public Relations?
(South Dakota) -- After working behind the screen of a computer for so long, I was quite surprised that I was offered a chance to speak at this year’s Great Plains...

4/4/2018

article MENTZ: New FCC policy sacrifices our sacred sites for monetary gain
(Washington D.C.) -- As Indian Tribes, as referenced in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, we had to jump over numerous legal and legislative hoops to have...
article TRAHANT: What Is A Tariff? And How Does A Campaign Against China By Trump Affect Indian Country?
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has launched a campaign to fight a trade imbalance against China because ‘China and other nations trade unfairly with...
article New Report Finds Few Gains For NC's Native American Students
(North Carolina) -- Fewer Native American public school students in North Carolina are dropping out of school, and more are graduating. But academically, they have made...

4/3/2018

article WHYTE: White Allies, Let’s Be Honest About Decolonization
(USA) -- Indigenous environmental movements in North America are among the oldest and most provocative—from the Dish With One Spoon Treaty between Anishinaabe and...

3/31/2018

article Report from the Field: Native Women Writers Take on the ‘Indian Du Jour’
(USA) -- Indian Country and, in particular, the Native writing community, is grieving today because of the scandal (known among many Native women writers for years) that...

3/30/2018

article Confronting the ‘Native Harvey Weinsteins’
(Indian Country) -- When Amber Kanazbah Crotty first went to work for the Navajo Nation, she was full of hope. She was passionate about education and health care, and...

3/29/2018

article HOUSKA: To the PUC, Native culture matters — but not enough to affect its Line 3 decision-making
(Minnesota) -- At what point do we get tired of the same old narrative? The old trope of theft of Indian lands, of breaking treaty promises, of a government suppressing...
article BLOG: Don't Blame Indigenous Leaders For Not Engaging A Historically One-Sided Treaty Process
(Ottawa) -- Crown-Indigenous Relations Parliamentary Secretary Yvonne Jones has to stop blaming Indigenous people for having little to no desire to participate in the...
article What's driving the new wave of indigenous filmmaking?
(Worldwide) -- Anne Lajla Utsi, managing director of the International Sami Film Institute (ISFI), brought out a ceremonial chest, known as a giisá, during the recent...

3/28/2018

article ROLO: Going Native: Indian Country Has Its Own Legacy of Abuse
(USA) -- Lately, I have been reflecting on all the Indian Country stories I covered in my many years as a reporter and those I did not devote enough coverage to. There...

3/27/2018

article MONET: Indian Country isn't rushing to #DeleteFacebook
(Indian Country) -- In the last 48 hours, I’ve seen several people turn to one social network, Twitter, to vent their frustrations about another one: Facebook. In...
article WHALEN: It's past time to take our tribal government back
(South Dakota) -- Recently I wrote an article on travel which included a spread sheet about council travel expenditures and who was overdrawn. You, the reader, may have...
article TREPPA: Sharing our tribal histories through storytelling
(California) -- The continuing legacy of the Native American people is one of courage and tenacity against seemingly insurmountable opposition. Because of this,...

3/24/2018

article TRAHANT: A Record-Breaking Year Ahead For #NativeVote18 Candidates
(USA) -- What kind of year is this for Native American candidates running for elected offices across the country? Once again there is a great answer found in Montana:...

3/23/2018

article In Louisiana, A Plan To Relocate The Country's First 'Climate Refugees' Hits A Roadblock
(Louisiana) -- A small Louisiana tribe hoping to reunite its members in a new, upland community before their island home disappears under rising seas is now watching...
article MONET: #DeleteFacebook? Not in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- In the last 48 hours, I’ve seen several people turn to one social network, Twitter, to vent their frustrations about another one: Facebook. In...

3/22/2018

article WALN: Tribal Needs Assessment is Important
(South Dakota) -- The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, in partnership with the SWA Corporation, engaged Big Water Consulting to design and implement a household survey. Following...
article OP/ED: Indian country deserves a competent, permanent Indian Health Service director now
(Washington D.C.) -- The urgency to confirm a qualified, competent American Indian or Alaska Native Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) is overdue. Created by...

3/20/2018

article Tim Giago: Indian Country news slowly moving into the digital era
(South Dakota) -- The electronic media in Indian country is like an infant that has just learned to walk. Here’s what was happening in Indian Country nearly 50...
article TRAHANT: Congress Nears Another Deadline for Federal Spending Bills
(Washington D.C.) -- Here we go again. Congress has three days to resolve long standing disputes over immigration, health care, taxes, abortion rights, guns, building a...

3/19/2018

article OP/ED: I am a Mi’kmaq lawyer, and I despair over Colten Boushie
(Ottawa) -- My law school recently organized a panel on Gerald Stanley’s acquittal in the death of Colten Boushie. Timing was such that the talk occurred two days...

3/16/2018

article Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running
(Washington D.C.) -- A special election in Pennsylvania is a good sign for Native American #NativeVote18 candidates running for office. Why? Because this cycle is...
article Doug George-Kanentiio: Let us remember the victims of the My Lai massacre
(New York) -- In 1968, that most turbulent of years, the United States and the world seemed to be in a state of turmoil characterized by wars, assassinations, civil...

3/14/2018

article WALN: Racial Slurs Flourish in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Congratulations to all of our Lakota/Dakota high school basketball teams who qualified to play in all State Basketball Tourneys. We love our young...

3/12/2018

article KEELER: Why Reading Sherman Alexie Was Never Enough
(Washington) -- Woody Allen’s depictions of New York City largely define that immense, complicated city to the world. Harvey Weinstein’s films spawned a...
article LaDUKE: Waiting for my spirit to catch up
(Minnesota) -- My ancestors and those to the west used to keep track of historic events on Winter Counts—records inked on buffalo and elk robes. Our ancestors...
article PEMBER: ‘It’s Time for Indian Women to Be Heard’: The Promise and Problems of the Tribal Law and Order Act
(Washington D.C.) -- “The Tribal Law and Order Act [TLOA] feels like window dressing,” said Sarah Deer of the Muscogee Creek Nation, who worked on the...

3/10/2018

article Treppa: Storytelling – tribal history and our future
(California) -- The continuing legacy of the Native American people is one of courage and tenacity against seemingly insurmountable opposition. Because of this,...

3/9/2018

article TRAHANT: Who Should Run The Indian Health Service? This Is No Longer the IHS We Grew Up With
(Washington D.C.) -- Who should run the Indian Health Service? Not “who” exactly, but what kind of leader? What kind of skills and experience would be the...

3/7/2018

article Mark Trahant: To a new kind of news organization for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Many years ago Richard LaCourse and I would sit around and toss ideas about what the perfect Indigenous newspaper would look like. LaCourse, at the...
article Tim Giago: Indian newspapers and Indian journalists are alive and well
(South Dakota) -- It seems that the newspaper I founded on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981 has been kicked from pillar to post since I sold it to the Oneida Nation in...

3/6/2018

article “We are not alone in our struggles”: A Call for Native Artists to Take Back Ownership of Their Stories
(Indian Country) -- Erin Lau is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker and 2017 Sundance Institute Native Lab Fellow. She has written and directed multiple award-winning shorts...

2/28/2018

article Native American actor relishes rare Oscar invite
(California) -- Wes Studi will take the stage at Sunday's Oscars to present an award. But the actor, among the few Native Americans included in the ceremony's 90...

2/27/2018

article MOQUINO: Education efforts must build on strengths of tribal communities
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico is a beautiful state. One of the aspects that makes our state so beautiful is the presence of the 22 tribal nations who are indigenous to the...

2/25/2018

article TRAHANT: The Disruption of White Supremacy
(Connecticut) -- Imagine the end of the United States. It could happen like this: California secedes over a Trump-era order that is a total affront to the state’s...
article Aboriginal musicians to perform in Church Point
(Nova Scotia) -- A couple of Juno Award-winning acts make up the double bill for an upcoming evening of music in Church Point. Aboriginal artists Digging Roots and...

2/22/2018

article At Last, We May Get Our First Native American Woman In Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Deb Haaland wishes people could just ignore President Donald Trump. “Every time he says something stupid, it gets on the front page,”...
article A Tribe Called Red uses Indigenous influences to elevate electronic music
(Wisconsin) -- So much of Indigenous tradition is rooted in art. As Native American poet and activist John Trudell once said, “When one lives in a society where...

2/20/2018

article JUAREZ: Prioritize Native leaders’ role in Seattle’s governance
(Washington) -- Native Americans predate the City of Seattle and have been part of our city’s history since its founding. Coast Salish people have always had a...

2/19/2018

article ROLO: Going Native: Earth Ethics in a World of Greed
(USA) -- In the spring of 2015, Chris Cline and his Gogebic mining company decided that tearing open the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin to mine low-grade taconite...
article WILBUR: I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence
(Washington) -- It is important to understand that decolonization is a physical action and that since the creation of the United Nations, more than 80 countries have...

2/8/2018

article Running Women Q&A: Deb Haaland on Bringing a Native American Voice to Congress
(New Mexico) -- Debra Haaland, New Mexico’s former Democratic Party chairwoman, aims to become the first Native American woman to have a voice in Congress. She...

2/5/2018

article TRAHANT: Native candidate Peggy Flanagan faces critical test in Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- The November election seems far off. It’s almost a year away, right? Sorry. Elections are a series of steps that lead to that moment when ballots are...
article Native American Rap Star, JOEY STYLEZ, Seeks To Empower The People
(Saskatchewan) -- Joey Stylez, real name Joseph LaPlante, has opened up about his own experiences with drugs and alcohol - and how those experiences robbed him of...

2/1/2018

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Education must emphasize our cultural identity
(South Dakota) -- It should have been common knowledge by now that our ancestors endured atrocity after atrocity at the hands of a displaced European with an extreme...

1/28/2018

article American Indian Candidate, Paulette Jordan, Gets Endorsement for Idaho Governor from Cher
(Idaho) -- A week ago Saturday, Idaho Democratic state Rep. Paulette Jordan (Coeur D’Alene), who is running for governor of Idaho, spoke at the Las Vegas women...

1/27/2018

article BELLEGARDS: Indigenous rights in NAFTA are not a social agenda
(Canada) -- This week, as North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations were underway in Montreal, the Indigenous Peoples Chapter was characterized by some media as...

1/26/2018

article BAKER: Inter-Tribal Council plays important role for Five Tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is an organization that unites the tribal governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (...

1/25/2018

article BELCOURT: The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face
(Montana) -- I was an American Indian student pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the 1990s, when I realized the stark contrast between my life...
article Women March In South Dakota For Native Issues?
(South Dakota) -- It’s always nice to see Native American women’s issues receiving media coverage. But when that attention is used as a smokescreen to hide...

1/24/2018

article Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe has no business running a business
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala-Ridge Store in Oglala, South Dakota has been a small but important economic engine for that village. Locals didn’t have to travel 30...

1/23/2018

article Jason Small: The digital divide grows day by day on our reservations
(Indian Country) -- The digital divide is real and it’s widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those...
article Jason Small: The digital divide grows day by day on our reservations
(Indian Country) -- The digital divide is real and it’s widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those...
article Finding a new voice for strong Native Americans
(Indian Country) -- “We wanted to focus on the people that use heritage as a source of strength," says photographer Carlotta Cardana, whose work with writer...

1/20/2018

article Reconciliation in small towns: Is it happening?
(Indian Country) -- What does reconciliation look like in small communities? It's a question that reporters for Discourse Media and CBC Indigenous have been trying...

1/19/2018

article Victor Swallow: All the Lakota women that I knew loved their children
(South Dakota) -- The year has come and gone and the world is changing. Our Federal Government, State Government and our Tribal Government are experiencing hatred and...

1/18/2018

article ECOFFEY: Indian Country Could Use Some Help From Those Being Deported
(South Dakota) -- Around the country federal immigration officers are rounding up people who are living in the United States and deporting them to their countries of...

1/17/2018

article What Does It Take to Run the Indian Health Service? Questions Surround Trump’s Pick
(Indian Country) -- The already beleaguered Indian Health Service (IHS), a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that is charged with...
article Gyasi Ross: Everyone mad about Trump should have listened to Native people
(Washington D.C.) -- As controversy over President Donald Trump's "shithole" remarks enters its second week, Gyasi Ross, a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation...

1/16/2018

article CHINO: Tribal Supreme Court needs to abide by the rule of law
(New Mexico) -- I hope many of our Mescalero Apache tribal members took the opportunity to read the story “Push Made For New Election” in the Dec. 13 issue...

1/15/2018

article Tim Giago: Indian Country in danger as long as Donald Trump remains in office
(Indian Country) -- When Clark Gable stood in the doorway of Tara, the mansion of Scarlet O’Hara, and said, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,...

1/12/2018

article TRAHANT: Let's make 2018 the year we focus on policy instead of tweets
(Indian Country) -- Elections in America are usually fought over nonsense. Trivial topics. Stuff that grabs headlines. Or issues that remind voters why they are in...

1/10/2018

article Mark Trahant: Climate change cost $1.5 trillion in just the last year alone
(North Dakota) -- The Trump administration, and its allies in Congress, are fighting a losing war. They continue to press forward for the development of oil, gas, coal,...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: We are still here with our language and culture intact
(South Dakota) -- This commentary may be as boring as a mid-afternoon World History lecture. Anyway, with a bit of downtime on my hands, I closed my eyes and opened my...

1/9/2018

article Mark Trahant: What does it take to manage the Indian health care system?
(Indian Country) -- What qualifications are needed to manage (and possibly reform?) the Indian health system? It’s Indian Country’s largest employer with...

1/8/2018

article PEMBER: The Midwives’ Resistance: How Native Women Are Reclaiming Birth on Their Terms
(Arizona) -- Aboriginal or indigenous midwifery is seeing a resurgence as conventional health-care policies in hospital and clinics perpetuate an environment in which...
article Twitterati: The Indigenous voices edition
(Indian Country) -- For this year's edition of OpenCanada's annual Twitterati list, we celebrate the contributions of Indigenous peoples to policy in Canada and...

1/4/2018

article TRAHANT: Make 2018 the year we fight about policy (instead of tweets from Donald J. Trump)
(North Dakota) -- Elections in America are usually fought over nonsense. Trivial topics. Stuff that grabs headlines. Or issues that remind voters why they are in...

1/2/2018

article How Haisla hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids took on stereotypes and won fans in 2017
(British Columbia) -- In the past year, Haisla hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids released two albums, played clubs across Canada and found themselves in rotation on...

1/1/2018

article Navajo Trickster Movie Filmed in 100% Diné Bizaad
(Indian Country) -- Another cool short film from Dayish siblings, Kody, Kolette and Kolin. This also looks scary like their previous thriller The Red Hogaan. This time,...

12/29/2017

article Delilah Saunders back in hospital after being discharged amid transplant controversy
(Labrador) -- An Inuk activist from Labrador is back in hospital with pancreatitis after doctors told her she would not need a liver transplant amid questions about her...
article Louisiana man wants to bring art back to rez
(Louisiana) -- A Louisiana antiques dealer who acquired a collection of about 50 paintings and sketches by students and teachers at Chinle Boarding School wants to bring...

12/28/2017

article DOUGLAS: Native voices will not be quelled on monuments
(Las Vegas) -- I’m tired. Watching President Donald Trump announce huge changes to Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments this...
article ECOFFEY: Threat Of Government Leaving “Indian Business” Always Present
(South Dakota) -- Like most years, 2017, has had its up and downs. Like all years, us Lakota are still here. We have endured everything from blatant genocide to the...
article PEMBER: 10 Photos: I Saw What Resilience Looks Like
(USA) -- By the numbers, Native Americans reliably top lists of violence, poverty, unemployment, and addiction in the United States. Taken alone, the data paint a dismal...
article American Indian nursing documentary garners awards
(Indiana) -- “Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses,” a documentary, received the 2017 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Media Award at...
article Indigenous filmmaking set to rise in Canada in 2018 and beyond
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin never thought she would see this in her lifetime. Fifty years after starting her distinguished career amid major...
article Lido Pimienta reflects on her very big year
(Ontario) -- Lido Pimienta didn’t release an album in 2017, but you’d never know it from the year she had. Though La Papessa came out in 2016, its mix of...

12/26/2017

article Indigenous filmmaking set to rise in Canada in 2018 and beyond
(Ontario) -- Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin never thought she would see this in her lifetime. Fifty years after starting her distinguished career amid major...

12/22/2017

article YOURS: Where is Great Plains health care?
(Indian Country) -- As a Rosebud Sioux Tribal member, an at large member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Health Board, Navy veteran, and citizen of South Dakota and the...

12/17/2017

article OP/ED: American Indians’ Support of the United States
(Indian Country) -- There was a flap surrounding a White House ceremony a few weeks ago honoring Native American contributions to the military. And while there were...
article Snotty Nose Rez Kids Flip The Script With Wit And Wordplay
(British Columbia) -- Snotty Nose Rez Kids are sick of hearing the grim narrative in the media about suicide, drug abuse and substandard housing among First Nations...

12/15/2017

article Native stories: Shelley Morningsong to play at ABQ library branches
(New Mexico) -- Shelley Morningsong enjoys telling stories through music. And she’s good at it. In 2016, Morningsong was awarded artist of the year at the Native...
article Kelly Derrickson puts First Nations pride and healing into songs
(British Columbia) -- Kelly Derrickson has her grandfather to thank for the twang in her tunes, and her heritage for the lyrical honesty in her music. The West Bank...

12/14/2017

article Indigenous rights advocate's liver transplant rejected over alcohol
(Ontario) -- Friends of a 26-year-old advocate for Indigenous rights say they’ve launched a campaign for her to receive a liver transplant after they say she was...
article Supporters Appeal for Liver Transplant for Indigenous Activist
(Ottawa) -- Friends and family of a Labrador woman recognized for her social advocacy on indigenous issues are appealing to the health care system to loosen restrictions...

12/11/2017

article Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress
(Minnesota) -- There is an uncomfortable, even painful re-balancing going on across so much of society. The old world of male hegemony is slowly coming to an end.
article James Giago Davies: You can't break from the past until you admit you're stuck
(South Dakota) -- People can get trapped in the past, shackled there by events too harrowing to let go. My stepdad is in an East River nursing home, he’s ninety...

12/10/2017

article LaDUKE: With Franken, Dems threw out baby with the bathwater
(Minnesota) -- Dramatic times for sure. And more drama made by our own community. The resignation of Sem. Al Franken is a tragedy for many of us; and for some a moral...
article STERUD: Halt LNG plant, respect Puyallup tribal concerns
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians opposes the location of the proposed liquefied natural gas plant on the Tacoma Tideflats. The LNG plant would be sited...

12/5/2017

article GIAGO: Notes From Indian Country: Trying to make sense out of nonsense
(South Dakota) -- If I sound a little bit angry today, I am. What started out as a government “of the people, by the people and for the people” has become a...

12/4/2017

article TRAHANT: Tens of thousands Native children stand to lose healthcare
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will...

12/3/2017

article KEELER: Pocahontas Is Not a Name That Should Offend You
(USA) -- The name of Pocahontas is not a slur, though that’s what news outlets and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have repeatedly said following President Trump’s...
article Star Comes Out: Oglala Sioux Tribe remains divided on future of our nation
(South Dakota) -- I attended the first of a series of meetings organized by a tribal task force to amend the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution for the fourth time...

12/2/2017

article BEGAY: Trump’s slur highlights the need to preserve native languages
(Washington D.C.) -- When I was forced into boarding school in Arizona I was one of the disobedient children who got their mouth washed by the dormitory aides many times...
article ORNELAS: Donald Trump Would Make a Terrible Navajo
(Washington D.C.) -- I am Navajo, born into the Edgewater clan and for the Mexican clan. My maternal grandfather is Water Flowing Together clan and my paternal...

12/1/2017

article Singing In Choctaw, Samantha Crain Aims To Create New Traditions
(Oklahoma) -- “So much of its original identity is gone because of the Christianization that has happened. If you look around my house, every book that says...

11/30/2017

article Webinar on `Empowering-indigenous-voices-in-impact-assessment`
(British Columbia) -- Are you a practitioner who works with indigenous peoples or diverse community groups? Or are you interested in understanding an indigenous...

11/29/2017

article Native Sun News Today Editorial: Oglala Sioux Tribe must bring back its many disenfranchised citizens
(South Dakota) -- The Tribal Council of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will be setting up meetings through the end of December across the reservation to talk about revisions to...
article TRAHANT: Yes, a Government Shutdown Might Be the Best Strategy
(Washington D.C.) -- Should Democrats shut down the government? Of course not, right? Twisting Ronald Reagan’s words: In the present crisis, government is not the...

11/28/2017

article TRAHANT: Press performance: Reporting Trump, Native code talkers, and viral outrage
(Washington D.C.) -- How does the national press cover Indian Country? That’s often an easy question to answer because it’s so rare for the media to weigh in...

11/27/2017

article TRAHANT: Indian children lose health coverage as GOP focuses on tax cuts
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will...

11/26/2017

article Mark Trahant: Indian children lose health coverage as GOP focuses on tax cuts
(Indian Country) -- Congress has yet to reenact the Children’s Health Insurance Program and states will soon run out of funds to prop up the program. That will...

11/25/2017

article The Alcatraz Proclamation: Annotated
(California) -- We, the native Americans, reclaim the land known as Alcatraz Island in the name of all American Indians by right of discovery. We wish to be fair and...
article Respect for elders a vital part of actress Roseanne Supernault's life and new film, Neither Wolf Nor Dog
(Alberta) -- For Métis/Cree actress Roseanne Supernault, playing the role of granddaughter to a respected Lakota elder in Neither Wolf Nor Dog came naturally. Supernault...

11/24/2017

article Understanding Tribal governance
(Wisconsin) -- Many misconceptions exist about the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Cultural differences, historic events and more contribute to...
article Faces of Faith: Native American's 'everyday glory'
(Alabama) -- She's 29, grew up Southern Baptist and now attends an Anglican church and calls herself a Native American Christian. She lives in Atlanta with her...
article Artist Kent Monkman’s alter ego gets a book deal
(Ontario) -- On a recent morning in the artist Kent Monkman’s west end Toronto studio, riot police in black-visored helmets and flak jackets variously beat,...

11/22/2017

article GOVER: Five myths about American Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- Thanksgiving recalls for many people a meal between European colonists and indigenous Americans that we have invested with all the symbolism we can...
article I Live On A Reservation 3 Hours From Standing Rock. This Is What My “Thanksgiving” Looks Like
(USA) -- In grade school, you are taught that the Pilgrims sailed across from Europe in the Mayflower. Two months later, they landed in what is today Plymouth,...
article PEMBER: Alaska Day—Not Just for White People Anymore
(Alaska) -- Gerry Hope of the Sik'nax.ádi clan of the Tlingit tribe sees good reason for native people to question Alaska Day, an annual celebration of the U.S....

11/20/2017

article TRAHANT: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill
(Washington D.C.) -- There is no better way for any legislature — be it a tribal council, a state assembly, or a Congress — to telegraph what’s most...

11/19/2017

article ROLO: Trump gets invite to Indian Thanksgiving
(Tennessee) -- Recently I emailed the White House, inviting President Donald Trump to a traditional Native American Thanksgiving feast. Of course, I have not heard back...

11/17/2017

article LaDuke echoes anger, resilience of Native
(Minnesota) -- The Winona LaDuke Chronicles makes a strong case for the preservation of the environment, particularly on Native American lands. Written by Winona LaDuke...

11/15/2017

article TRAHANT: Here we go again: The congressional attack on health care, higher education
(North Dakota) -- Here we go again. The Congress is hell bent on wrecking the Affordable Care Act. This time the mechanism is the so-called tax reform bill that will be...

11/13/2017

article Column: Indigenous people deserve to be celebrated
(California) -- Indigenous People’s Heritage Month has finally made its debut at Chapman. However, I can’t ignore the fact that our cultures and identities...

11/11/2017

article LaDuke: 'I am tired of being invisible to you all'
(Minnesota) -- There is this magical made-up time between Columbus Day (or Indigenous People's Day for the enlightened) and Thanksgiving where white Americans think...

11/10/2017

article The military's unsung Native American heroes
(Indian Country) -- On a sultry morning in late August, a group of middle school students, teachers, administrators, basket dancers, and bird singers converge on the...

11/8/2017

article Ivan Star Comes Out: Breaking out of dependency and poverty in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Prior to the arrival of the European, our ancestors, the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) lived a thriving near-perfect society.

11/7/2017

article COLE: Protecting our native heritage and communities
(Washington D.C.) -- A key element of America’s constitution is the relationship our nation has had with Native Americans. Although there are moments in history...

10/23/2017

article TRAHANT: Exploring the 'business' of news in Indian Country these days
(USA) -- It’s tempting to think of “news” as the business model for Indian Country Today. What are the stories? Does it represent an authentic voice (...
article TRAHANT: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns
(Wisconsin) -- New Mexico congressional candidate Debra Haaland is criss-crossing Indian Country determined to get her name out there — and to raise enough money...
article LOGAN: The government bulldozed my tribe’s sacred burial site. We want an apology.
(Oregon) -- What would you do if the government needlessly bulldozed your place of worship? That is what happened to me, and that is why I will be seeking justice in...

10/15/2017

article Commentary: At the Core of the NFL & America’s Sickness Lies a Potentially Great Healing – Part II
(USA) -- De Maurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), in an effort to stand up for his players, recently tweeted, “The NFL Commissioner Roger...

10/9/2017

article TRAHANT: Children’s Health Insurance Should be an East Vote, but Not So in This Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Here we go again: Congress is finding new ways to complicate health care. It really boils down to the philosophy that government-funded health care...

10/8/2017

article SCOTT: Native Americans accept racial diversity
(New Mexico) -- … Yes, the (president’s border) wall idea is purely political, as it always has (been) since 1492, when the Spanish explorers asked New...

10/5/2017

article Tim Giago: When are Republicans willing to talk about gun violence in America?
(South Dakota) -- Many Americans have come to believe that mass shootings are inevitable and therefore there is nothing that can be done to stop them.
article Column: We Didn't Choose to Be Called Indigenous
(Ontario) -- Before first contact on Turtle Island, we Native peoples were simply ourselves. We, of course, had identities, the names by which we knew, and still know,...
article James Giago Davies: Sometimes it pays off to be mediocre instead of perfect
(South Dakota) -- George McClellan, a failed Civil War general, finished at the top of his class at West Point. Ulysses S. Grant, the most successful Civil War general,...

10/3/2017

article Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Republicans focus on tax reform
(North Dakota) -- The Senate has given up on destroying Medicaid and much of the health care system and is now focused on restructuring the federal tax system (and...

9/25/2017

article GIAGO: Media in Indian Country still finds strength in the face of bad news
(South Dakota) -- The last couple of weeks have been way beyond hectic. Jackie and I flew out to Anaheim, California, for the 34th anniversary of the Native American...
article TILSEN: What To Do When Your Elders Are Wrong
(South Dakota) -- My name is Mark Kenneth Tilsen, I am Oglala Lakota from Porcupine South Dakota and I love elders. It’s true, I really do. I was raised on my...

9/23/2017

article GRAY: The easiest way to secure a Native free press is also the hardest
(Oklahoma) -- As Indian country debates the future of a Native press, I want to draw upon my experience as a publisher of a Native newspaper to throw a few thoughts into...
article Lopez-Whiteskunk: Washing away gains of Bears Ears
(Colorado) -- When President Obama designated Bears Ears in Southeastern Utah a national monument last year, it represented a major breakthrough for Native American...
article WASHINES: Native American voices must be heard in our democracy
(Washington) -- Sept. 26 is National Voter Registration Day. Across the country, people will be signing up to make their voices heard in government. A real democracy is...
article TRAHANT: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care
(Washington D.C.) -- First: A fantasy. Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits...

9/17/2017

article MANNING: The Power of Oceti Sakowin Women
(North Dakota) -- The Oceti Sakowin (Seven Councils Fires) is comprised of seven distinct yet related bands of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people. The traditional...

9/13/2017

article TRAHANT: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service
(Washington D.C.) -- Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls “Medicare for all.” At least fifteen...

9/12/2017

article PATKOTAK: Wake up, Native health consortium: Execs’ pay doesn’t square with care
(Alaska) -- A story in Sunday's paper described a lawsuit filed by the Southcentral Foundation against the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium over compensation...

9/11/2017

article COOK: Through Our Eyes: A Mohawk Remembers the World Trade Center Job Site
(New York) -- My father had a picture in his workshop. I noticed it when I was around 10 years old. The picture was a reprint of a painting created by my cousin, John...

9/7/2017

article James Giago Davies: Cultural symbols reinforce our ugly mentalities in America
(South Dakota) -- Down South statues are coming down. The angry way many of the Wasicu folks react to that is an expression of the very mentality that prompted a house...

9/6/2017

article Mark Charles: A Native perspective is missing in America's immigration debate
(Washington D.C.) -- Today is the day we are supposed to learn the fate of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). President Trump campaigned on the promise that...

9/4/2017

article GALANDA: Honoring Indian Country Today for Helping Shatter the Disenrollment Taboo
(Washington) -- For nearly the last decade, as disenrollment turned into an epidemic throughout Indian Country, our leading news outlet, Indian Country Today/Media...
article JOHNS: On the Occupation of Alcatraz Island
(California) -- Alcatraz: the very name brings up many images in an individual’s mind—a prison for hardened criminals such as Al Capone; American Indians...

8/29/2017

article TRAHANT: Indian Country Today had its beautiful moments; expecting a new chapter
(California) -- Nearly every Native American journalist in the country can tell you what our national media ought to look like. We’ve all closed our eyes and...

8/27/2017

article CHAMPAGNE: Plutocracy in the US and Egalitarian Indian Nations
(USA) -- When Europeans first landed in the Americas they generally found economically and politically egalitarian Indian nations and communities. Wealth and political...

8/22/2017

article TRAHANT: Native candidates face uphill battles in the era of Donald Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- I have been avoiding politics. Last year I was consumed by dozens of races across the country, building data bases, checking names, and generally...

8/20/2017

article Congressman, Native American: When political correctness runs amok -- erasing our history doesn't change it
(Washington D.C.) -- The conversation happening in our nation in light of recent events is more about political correctness than the issue at hand. Neo-Nazis, white...

8/19/2017

article TRAHANT: Obesity in Indian Country Is Mostly the Same; Why That’s Incremental Progress
(USA) -- The most fundamental question about government is this: Does it work? When does government — tribal, state or federal — actually make a difference...

8/16/2017

article TRAHANT: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump presidency ended yesterday. “… Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white...

8/15/2017

article Darkness at Noon: an experience of a solar eclipse
(Arizona) -- I was ten years old when the stars came out at noon. After penning the sheep and goats in the corral for their noon rest, I felt a strange sense of...

8/12/2017

article Entrepreneurial News: Veteran Journalist Fills a Niche with Indian-Country Coverage
(North Dakota) -- The forces that have decimated traditional daily newspapers in many markets have also created opportunities for entrepreneurial journalists to find a...

8/11/2017

article Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September
(North Dakota) -- September is going to be a mess. Congress must sort out some really complicated fiscal issues. There is the budget, an increase in the debt limit, how...
article Tim Giago: Broken treaties remain among America's deepest and darkest secrets
(South Dakota) -- Let’s put a hat on the word “treaty.” Nearly every dictionary describes it as, “an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation...
article BALDY: Don't Live in a Murder House
(California) -- Last week on Facebook I came across a post from the Wiyot Tribe in which it tagged my friend Rachel Sundberg. The tribe was thanking her for helping...

8/7/2017

article TRAHANT: Indian Country sees incremental progress on obesity among youth
(USA) -- The most fundamental question about government is this: Does it work? When does government — tribal, state or federal — actually make a difference...

7/30/2017

article TRAHANT: What’s Next? Schoolhouse Rock, Funding Inequity & Making Sure Law is Followed
(North Dakota) -- Senate Republicans campaigned against “Obamacare” for seven years. Yet there was never an alternative that had support from a majority of...
article Opinion / The Unfortunate and Extremely High Cost of Bi-Partisanship in American Politics
(Washington D.C.) -- Early Friday, in a stunning rebuke of Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, and even President Trump, Senator John McCain (R-AZ...

7/27/2017

article NEWCOMB: Toward a Native Nations Studies Curriculum in California
(California) -- In February of this year, 2017, California Representative Monique Limón introduced California Assembly Bill 738 (CA AB-738), entitled Pupil Instruction:...

7/26/2017

article TRAHANT: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate is now going through 20 hours of debate on House Resolution 1628 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But the House bill was...
article CHAVERS: How Alcatraz Helped Native American Students
(California) -- When we took over Alcatraz Island on November 19, 1969, none of us thought there would be some money to come out of it. But the Alcatraz Island...

7/24/2017

article TRAHANT: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care
(Washington D.C.) -- Here we go again. Another week and the United States Senate is ready to vote on legislation to remake the entire healthcare system, including Indian...

7/19/2017

article George-Kanentiio: Religious doctrines remain at root of 'Indian' law
(New York) -- At the Akwesasne Indigenous Foundation Education gathering on June 28-29 the subjects of how and why the Europeans came to justify the theft of the western...
article TRAHANT: Republicans still unable to govern in the Donald Trump era
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate is broken. Republicans control 52 seats only part of the time. Enough votes to win a majority and pass a judicial nominee. But not enough...

7/17/2017

article TRAHANT: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate healthcare bill looked like it was going to pass on Friday. There were only two public no votes (when three are needed to defeat the...

7/15/2017

article TRAHANT: You can’t slash health care and say it’s better off
(North Dakota) -- A Senate hearing Wednesday on Indian health illustrates the larger problem exactly: How can you strip millions of dollars from a health care system and...

7/14/2017

article Moya-Smith: D.C.’s Nasty Underbelly, And, Yes, Trumpcare Will Kill Natives
(New York) -- I WAS BOBBING in the pool by the bar on a hot yet tolerable day at an Indian casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with three gorgeous Natives talking politics,...
article Ask N NDN: My Advice on Staying Married for 20 Years
(Virginia) -- A little over 20 years ago, I was walking out of a friend’s house in Wilmington, North Carolina and started to rush down the stairs to head back home.
article MAILHOT: The Decolonization of My Story
(New Mexico) -- Taking colonization from its locus in my narrative, or cultural history, has been an act of decolonization. The small rez I grew up on was full of...

7/11/2017

article RUSSELL: Jimmie Durham and the Race Pimps We Admire
(USA) -- There’s a “Cherokee” artist named Jimmie Durham showing publicly for the first time in a long time in the U.S. Durham has at various times...

7/10/2017

article TRAHANT: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country
(USA) -- I am not sure of the exact year. It probably happened around 1996. That’s when the Indian Health Service became the single largest employer in Indian...

7/6/2017

article GRANT: Not My Canada Day or July 4, Crossing Borders Is Getting Harder
(Canada) -- I have been an artist and fashion designer for 35 years. I was born in Alaska, and for 38 years I’ve lived in Canada. Today was not a good day. I was...
article KADER: July 4: America Is Celebrating Its Democracy, Not Its Freedom
(New York) -- July 4, 2017 will be known as one commemorated by a widely divided American citizenry. For U.S. President Donald J. Trump, it will be his first since being...
article NEWCOMB: Language Games by the United States
(California) -- Words create the meanings by which we interact with one another. The meanings by which we interact with each other create the reality we experience...
article RED SHIRT: Rural Poor: American Indians & Others
(South Dakota) -- The last election brought awareness of the rural poor in America. It isn’t just federal Indian reservations but places in West Virginia that have...
article VOWEL: Blanket Statement
(Canada) -- When it was time for my eldest daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony, we were living in Montreal, far from our traditional territory of manitow-sâkahikan (...

7/2/2017

article LETTER: Yes, the Redskins name is offensive to us tribal members; please understand why
(Washington) -- As chairman and CEO of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, I feel compelled to respond to the June 22 letter to Peninsula Voices, “Redskins...
article SAGANASH: 150 years of cultural genocide: Today, like all days, is an insult
(Quebec) -- I lose sleep most nights. It started when I was young. Now I have a whole regimen of supports to help me sleep: exercise, healthy eating, music, darkness,...

6/29/2017

article NEWCOMB: The Mind of the White Man is the Origin of US Federal Indian ‘Law’
(California) -- The concepts and ideas that make up and constitute U.S. federal Indian law originated where all ideas originate, in the human mind. Not just any humans...

6/27/2017

article TRAHANT: Health care delivery is worth a policy debate; but Senate bill is not that
(Washington D.C.) -- The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill — the ironically titled “Better Care...
article TRAHANT: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill — the ironically titled “Better Care...

6/26/2017

article DeVille: Trump's 'America First' puts Native America last
(North Dakota) -- The Trump administration budget proposal is detrimental for all Americans. Furthermore, the budget jeopardizes the future of Native American people and...

6/25/2017

article Cuthand: Reconciliation is not enough to create change in Sask
(Saskatchewan) -- Once again Aboriginal Day has come and gone and things in Saskatchewan can go back to the lopsided existence we regard as normal.
article Lisa Charleyboy: my journey to Indigenous nationhood
(Canada) -- Growing up, the first time I realized that I was different was when I got called "brownie" at the public wave pool by a little girl who looked like...

6/22/2017

article MONTEAU: Fear the Walking Dead: Otherwise Known as the Democratic Party and the DNC
(USA) -- The Democratic Elite are not unlike zombies slowly moving down what they don’t know is a circular path through the woods in search of a brain, passing by...
article TURTLE TALK: The President’s Budget Cuts for Treaty Rights Funding Affect Jobs
(Michigan) -- Leaders from across Indian country have expressed concern and criticism over the President’s proposed Indian Affairs budget. The President has...
article Opinion: Indigenous people don't need sanction of 'settler saviours'
(British Columbia) -- From the inquiry on murdered and missing indigenous women and girls to pipelines to the legacies of the Indian residential school system, water...
article Point of View: Looking white and being Aboriginal
(Labrador) -- It was a beautiful summer day in downtown St. John's; my friend was working a food truck and on my way to work, I'd often stop to say hello, maybe...

6/19/2017

article TRAHANT: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors
(Washington D.C.) -- I have been wondering what I should say about the Republican health care legislation in the Senate. We do know that there is a policy split among...

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