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CHAMPAGNE: The Case for Indigenous-Based Education

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

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7/21/2014

article BLOG: Unaddressed Domestic Abuse Screams for Accountability
(South Dakota) -- I would like to take the time to address the Oyate about a very serious issue that continues to plague Lakota Women, Children, Elders, and also Men....
article DANIELS: Land Buy Back Program: Did anything really happen?
(Minnesota) -- When my health condition pushed me into taking time off to obtain care, a long-time BIA friend offered good luck in my future. She stated that one thing...
article ROGERS: Why I Write for a Native Audience
(USA) -- I got a lot of feedback, directly and indirectly, negative and positive, as a result of my first submission to ICTMN, "Everyone Wants to Be an Indian, But...
article Trimble: No longer a Wannabee with Oglala tribal ID
(South Dakota) -- For many years I have been strutting around posing as a real Oglala, looking askance and sneering at the masses of less-fortunate tribesmen who are not...

7/20/2014

article GIAGO: Alcoholism and drug addiction are curable diseases
(South Dakota) -- A body is found behind the ice cream parlor on W. Main Street, just around the corner from the office of the Native Sun News and the first thing that...

7/18/2014

article Navajos Born At Home Find It Hard To Get Delayed Birth Certificates
(Arizona) -- Most Americans born in this country have a birth certificate issued from a hospital. But, for a lot of Navajos born in remote areas of the Navajo Nation...
article GORDON JOHNSON: Remembering a great runner
(California) -- Probably the best runner to ever come out of the Pala Indian Reservation was a man named Eddie Bahhe. The unfortunate thing about it – he lost his...

7/17/2014

article STOKES: Offensive Words Lead to Offensive Actions
(Pennsylvania) -- Every so often I hear complaints about how tired people are about being politically correct. It’s something that gets thrown around a lot these...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: Teach youth about forms of government
(South Dakota) -- The disenchantment and what appears to be apathy or even seditiousness toward the Indian Reorganization Act system of government have become “...

7/16/2014

article NEWCOMB: Our Original Free and Independent Nations
(California) -- On June 13, President Barack Obama visited the Standing Rock Reservation. During his visit, Mr. Obama said that “every American, including every...
article Could the Hobby Lobby Ruling Have Saved the San Francisco Peaks?
(California) -- The Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which held that the Affordable Care Act’s “contraceptive mandate”...

7/15/2014

article BIRDBEAR: Stop the Lake Sakakawea Land Grab
(North Dakota) -- In 1947, construction on the Garrison Dam began. A part of the Missouri River Basin Project, the dam would result in the creation of Lake Sakakawea and...

7/14/2014

article RUSSELL: Going Native: Why bin Laden Wanted Major Jim Gant Dead
(Texas) -- “Indian country” means different things depending on who is saying it, and to whom it is being said. It’s a legal term for trust lands,...

7/13/2014

article A Claimed Right of Reduction and the United Nations
(New York) -- Consider for a moment the existence of any Original Nation of this continent that has had a relationship with its territory for countless generations. Let...

7/11/2014

article BAIDAL: Don't Be Fooled: Latino = Indigenous
(Vermont) -- Late last night, my father and I talked about how the ethnic term Latino mislabels Indigenous and mixed-Indigenous people from Mexico, Ecuador, Puerto Rico...

7/10/2014

article BLOG: The level playing field myth
(Quebec) -- The number of opinion pieces coming out over the June 26, Supreme Court Tsilhqot’in decision have been staggering in volume.
article Boys Scouts Order of the Arrow Guilty of Cultural Appropriation
(USA) -- My boys have been enrolled in Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for the past few years. Until recently, it has been a good experience for them. They’ve made good...

7/9/2014

article RED SHIRT: Children remain vital to our survival as nation
(South Dakota) -- In the early part of contact with whites our very young Lakota children were taken and put into boarding schools to brainwash them. They were...

7/8/2014

article BLOG: RST Council “F” for June Attendance
(South Dakota) -- Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council earned an “F” for Council attendance in June. Two council meetings were scheduled, June 11 and 12. Neither meeting had...
article NEWCOMB: Unfortunate Confusion on the Right of Self-Determination
(California) -- Sixteen months ago, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) issued a “Tribal Leaders’ White Paper.” Dated February 28, 2013,...
article OP/ED: My tribe is ready to buy back land that once was ours
(Washington) -- On June 9, 1855, the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla people agreed to a treaty that ceded 6.4 million acres of land to the United States, in what would...
article PEMBER: Huge Black Market in Native Relics Slowed by FBI Seizures
(USA) -- “The illegal trade in artifacts is very lucrative and represents a large criminal worldwide activity. Law enforcement officials understand not only the...

7/7/2014

article GIAGO: Still climbing the hill after 8 decades in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Fifty-four years ago I was working at the J. C. Penney Store in Livermore, California when Mr. Penney himself came into the store. He was visiting many...
article Why Hasn't Obama Visited California's Tribes?
(Washington D.C.) -- President Obama made headlines this past Friday with his “first” trip to an Indian reservation as president. Indian Country Today noted...

7/6/2014

article HOPKINS: The Scary First Time I Had to Act Like A Father
(Arizona) -- I remember the first time I had to act like a father. My fiancé—and eventual first ex-wife—worked a couple of nights a week and needed a...
article NEWCOMB: A Book Review of 'The Medicine Valley Series: Tessa’s Dance and Signal Peak'
(California) -- Imagine a couple of novels that contain a deep discernment that our existence as Original Nations and Peoples extends back to the beginning of time,...

7/5/2014

article CHAMPAGNE: When Should Recognition of Self-Government Begin?
(USA) -- After long discussion the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published draft revisions of regulations governing the process by which federally non-recognized Indian...
article OP/ED: I’ve earned my feather the right way
(Alberta) -- My name is Thomas Snow, and like other First Nations students, my educational journey has been a difficult one. Not once did I ever meet another non-First...
article One Navajo Man’s Perspective on 1776: “The World Knows…”
(Arizona) -- People know… Not just Americans, but the entire globe. People know that the founders didn’t mean it then, nor does this nation mean it now....

7/4/2014

article JENNINGS: The Institutional Racism Against Black Indians
(USA) -- Black Indians are constantly confronted with the fact that they do not fit any of society's stereotypes for Native Americans. Those stereotypes are imposed...

7/3/2014

article ROGERS: Everyone Wants to Be an Indian, But Nobody Wants to Be an Indian
(USA) -- The title is paraphrased from a comic bit from the legendary Paul Mooney. He actually said "Everyone wants to be Black but, no one wants to be Black....

7/1/2014

article ROSS: Breakdances With Wolves: When Hip-Hop Came to Indian Reservations
(Washington) -- Looking back, it kinda reminds me of this '80s movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, in which some dimwit inadvertently drops a Coca-Cola bottle from an...
article STEVENS: A Tribute to Billy Frank, Jr.
(Washington D.C.) -- In traditional Native American life, warriors were honored for the battles they served in, for protecting their people and for their courage. Billy...

6/30/2014

article DR. ROUBIDEAUX: Let’s Move! in Indian Country Celebrates 3rd Anniversary
(Washington D.C.) -- Earlier this month, Let’s Move! in Indian Country (LMIC) celebrated its third anniversary at the Pueblo of Zuni in New Mexico. The Pueblo of...
article GIAGO: Tea Party continues its cowardly path in US politics
(South Dakota) -- In the past few primary elections the Tea Party has won some and lost some. Lately it’s been more “lost some” than “won some....
article TWO EAGLES: The Rez of the Story The ‘Indian’ Label
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are...

6/29/2014

article LUGER: Indian (yet not 'an' Indian)
(New York) -- “We’ve got a real Indian with us this Thanksgiving!” I cringe when I recall this announcement, which my hosts included in each and every...

6/27/2014

article NEWCOMB: Supreme Court Majority Invokes Indian Nation Subjection
(Washington D.C.) -- In a recent ICTMN column “Dangerous Dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community” (June 14, 2014), I condemned the dissent written...

6/26/2014

article BLOG: Treasurer Wright Refuses to Provide Information to the People
(South Dakota) -- On May 28, 2014, during a regularly scheduled Council session, Council voted for the People to pay for their travel so they can attend a conference for...

6/25/2014

article Voting language trial under way
(Alaska) -- A trial is under way in federal court about a lawsuit by four Alaska Native tribal councils and two Native men, who say state elections officials violated...
article Martin: Racial slurs were common on US military base
(South Dakota) -- Alright, sports fans, within the past several months the controversy over the Washington Redskins team name issue has been quite forcibly broached by...

6/24/2014

article Patkotak: Time is running out; Alaska Native men must act
(Alaska) -- Last week I asked where Alaska Native men were when their sisters, mothers, daughters and classmates were being abused within their own community. I asked...
article Compass: Strengths, weaknesses, sovereignty in Alaska Native communities
(Alaska) -- It's time for some full page Alaska Dispatch-News spreads on the strengths of Native communities in contrast to recent full page reporting on negative...

6/23/2014

article ABOUREZK: Fortenberry to seek federal designation for Standing Bear trail
(Nebraska) -- A 500-mile forced march from northeast Nebraska to Oklahoma by Ponca tribal members more than 125 years ago could soon be etched into the national...
article EID: Reasons to be optimistic about Alaska's public safety crisis
(Alaska) -- Entering a taxi cab at the Ted Stevens Airport, the driver asks: "How much longer are you going to keep coming to Alaska?" A cabbie in Fairbanks...
article GALANDA: Exposing Abramoff’s Playbook
(Washington) -- In professional sports “the playbook is a sacred hardbound diary of trust. It's an accumulation of decades' worth of knowledge, tweaked and...
article GIAGO: Indian warriors who fought Custer deserve honor too
(South Dakota) -- It was on June 25, 1876, 138 years ago, that George Armstrong Custer and his Seventh Cavalry suffered their worst defeat at the hands of a combined...
article TWO EAGLES: Sundance Traditions
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Here is part four of four of a series describing Fred Zephier Junior’s recollection of how the Sundance...

6/21/2014

article HOLT: Plant the Seeds of Revolution: Counting Coup for a College Degree
(Washington) -- Dedicating this song ‘Commencement Day’ from the Blue Scholars of Seattle to “the class of two thousand whatever” throughout...
article Woman Crush Wednesday: Shoni Schimmel and Catching a Shadow (Rez Ball Jim Thorpe)
(Washington) -- He simply ran wild, while the Cadets tried in vain to stop his progress. It was like trying to clutch a shadow. "Jim Thorpe Beats the Army,"...

6/20/2014

article GIAGO: Honoring the Dead and Celebrating a Victory
(South Dakota) -- It was on June 25, 1876, 138 years ago, that George Armstrong Custer and his Seventh Cavalry suffered their worst defeat at the hands of a combined...

6/18/2014

article RUSSELL: How Many Minorities Make a Majority?
(Texas) -- Honest politics practiced between the Indian nations and the colonists must always be, or should always be, coalition politics. This is necessary not only...

6/17/2014

article DANIELS: Fracking: Are we crying “Wolf” at the wrong wolf?
(Minnesota) -- The TulsaWorld Sunday June 9, 2014 edition published an article by Russell Gold. Gold is the author of a new book on fracking called “The Boom....
article NEWCOMB: US Calls on UN to Accord Recognition to 'US Federally Recognized Tribes'
(USA) -- On June 3, there was an informal meeting at the United Nations regarding the development of an “action oriented outcome document.” The document is...

6/16/2014

article Giago: South Dakota media must talk about mascot issues
(South Dakota) -- Nearly 30 years ago I wrote an opinion piece that ended with, “We are human beings and not mascots for America’s fun and games.” That...
article TRAHANT: Presidential visits to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Associated Press, MSNBC and other news media are sticking to the story that Obama is only the fourth president to visit a reservation. I say at...
article TWO EAGLES: The Rez of the Story: The Sundance Journey
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), Here is part three of four recounting Fred Zephier Junior’s account of how the Sun Dance was restored to...

6/14/2014

article BLOG: Why Would the Attorney General Falsify her Monthly Reports?
(South Dakota) -- Attorney General Aisha Uwais-Savage Concha provided four reports to Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council that appears to purposely falsify information.

6/11/2014

article Tim Giago: Native youth lose connection to ancestral languages
(South Dakota) -- My granddaughter will be seven-years-old in October. Like many children that age she is bright and she is inquisitive. Her name is Juneau.

6/10/2014

article NEWCOMB: ‘Good Dominance’ by States Against Nations & Peoples Called ‘Indigenous’
(California) -- By the time this is published, the 13th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) will have concluded.
article WILDCAT: Native Americans need reparations even more than African Americans do
(Kansas) -- In this month’s Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates makes a strong case for reparations for black Americans. But what about payment for the injustices endured...

6/8/2014

article FLETCHER: American Indians Seek Control, Not Just Payment
(Michigan) -- Both American Indians and African Americans have momentous claims arising from historical wrongs, but their goals sharply diverge. American Indian claims,...
article Mark Anthony Rolo: American Indians still struggle 90 years after citizenship
(Wisconsin) -- Ninety years ago, Congress granted American Indians the ironic right to become citizens of their own land. On June 2, 1924, Congress passed the Indian...
article Tribe chairman reflects on Billy Frank Jr.’s lessons | Noo-Kayet
(Washington) -- Last month, Billy Frank Jr. passed away. He was 83. Billy was a leader, a tireless advocate, a warrior, and a legend. His passion and energy will be...

6/6/2014

article ROSS: Why Pharell Williams' Hipster Headdress Is Offensive to Native Americans
(Washington) -- Strange Opening to an Essay About Native Headdresses: My father was nearly half-black. My biological dad was a handsome and huge mixture of African-...
article TRAHANT: The Billion Dollar Hard Sell: Obamacare's Slow Start in Indian Country
(Alaska) -- The Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—remains a hard sell in Indian country. The first comprehensive report from government data show that key...
article NEWCOMB: Justice Scalia and the Racist Nature of Federal Indian Law
(California) -- A couple of years ago, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was at a public function that Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) was also attending. Upon hearing...

6/4/2014

article Dear Pharrell: Please Think Before You Put On A Headdress
(USA) -- Dear Pharrell, I have loved you for years. Genuinely. From the evolution of your work through N.E.R.D. all the way into the release of a 24 hour music video for...
article KANE: The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave
(New York) -- There is little question that what the white man found when he washed up on our shores was a free and fearless people. But rather than learn our ways and...

5/31/2014

article The Racial Insults of Emerson Windy's 'Peace Pipe'
(Massachusetts) -- Music is a form of art. For the musician it is a way to express their form of originality, talent and or knowledge on the form of art they are...
article Language revitalization: a total shift in values
(Alaska) -- When talking about our languages and what has been happening, what is happening now, and what should happen in the next decade, we encounter every emotion...

5/29/2014

article GALANDA: Defending the Religious Rights of Native Prisoners
(Washington) -- On April 18, 2014, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Native America is accustomed...

5/28/2014

article GIAGO: Build Indian holocaust museum at Wounded Knee
(South Dakota) -- Since 1492 the history of the Western Hemisphere has been marked by one of the greatest holocausts in the history of the world. There are no true...
article RUSSELL: Jim Manzi’s High-Tech Heresy
(Texas) -- Jim Manzi could almost be described as a conservative theologian. He made his fortune wrangling software, but now he’s a contributing editor of National...

5/27/2014

article BLOG: Grandma’s Moccasins Come Home
(South Dakota) -- Six items were returned to the *Heyata Wicasa, three moccasins, a doll moccasin, a buffalo horn spoon and a buffalo effigy. The Peoples’...

5/23/2014

article RUSSELL: How Did I Miss That? Beyond the Grave: Jacko & Jong-un's Ex
(Texas) -- The Washington Post quoted Heather Kendall-Miller of the Native American Rights Fund about law enforcement in Alaska Native villages: “The state can...
article RUSSELL: VA Scandals, IHS Funding, and Shinseki’s Job
(Texas) -- I’m not here to call for Eric Shinseki’s scalp on a lance. There have been substantial improvements on his watch and his heart is with veterans....
article PEMBER: This Memorial Day, Honor the Water, Remember the Fallen, and Protect the Mounds
(Wisconsin) -- Officially, Memorial Day is a day on which war dead are honored. Unofficially, it’s a universal day of remembrance for all who have passed on. Many...

5/22/2014

article SHELDON: Tulalip Progress Has Been Undeniable
(Washington) -- Recently, my time serving the Tulalip Tribal Council has come to a close. Change is inevitable and change is good, and the Tulalip Tribes will embrace...

5/20/2014

article Viewfinder: Mary Annette Pember
(USA) -- Tired of seeing Native Americans portrayed as the “three D’s” – dead, drunk or dancing – Mary Annette Pember uses her camera and...

5/19/2014

article GIAGO: Class of 2014 walks in the footsteps of great warriors
(South Dakota) -- If I was to give a graduation speech this year I would in all probability begin by stating the obvious: I am proud of all about to receive their...
article HALL: Time to Help Families Still Waiting for Cobell Second Round
(North Dakota) -- It has been a year and a half since the federal courts finally gave the go ahead to the Garden City Group to distribute the $3.4 billion Cobell...

5/18/2014

article Tom Richards: Part Reporter, Part Don Quixote
(Washington D.C.) -- The early 1970s were a turbulent time for just about everybody in Indian country. The FBI was busy listening in on presumed malfeasance. The tribal...

5/17/2014

article JAWORT: The Declaration of Independence—Except for 'Indian Savages'
(Montana) -- The most sacred document wherein the U.S. celebrates its Fourth of July holiday, the Declaration of Independence, is known for having some of the most...
article NEWCOMB: Toward a Future of Colonial Freedom
(California) -- When people these days discuss the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, they have no idea that 70 years ago, just before...
article ROSS: Billy Frank Jr.: An Indigenous Legend and One of the Best Human Beings Ever
(Washington) -- I know news cycles quickly move on to the “next big story.” But we can’t do that with Billy Frank, Jr. He deserves a LOT more time.
article MOYA-SMITH: Sacrificing Virgins at Midnight
(New York) -- It was midnight, and I decided to sacrifice some virgins. “Why not?” I shouted. “What’s the point of being found guilty of a crime...

5/16/2014

article WILKINS: Dismembering Natives: The Violence Done by Citizenship Fights
(Minnesota) -- In 1851 an exasperated Hugh Swinton Legare, the U.S. Attorney General, said "There is nothing in the whole compass of our laws so anomalous, so hard...
article COMMENTARY: The Ongoing Problem of Racism Against Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- Recent events coming out of the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion have brought aggression, discrimination, and racism against Native Americans into the...

5/15/2014

article GIAGO: We have lost too many great leaders in recent years
(South Dakota) -- There is an old adage that “Time Marches On” and as one grows older that old saying becomes ever more relevant.
article PEMBER: Native American Women Pray for Most Polluted U.S. River, the Ohio
(Ohio) -- Walking through the city in the rain while carrying a copper bucket of water and an eagle feather was not how I had planned to celebrate Mother's Day.

5/12/2014

article RUSSELL: The Indians Are Coming!
(Texas) -- Every now and then, somebody asks me why I share space in my weekly column, "How Did I Miss That?," with my Republican cousin Ray Sixkiller.

5/11/2014

article MCKOSATO: Power of positive thinking
(New Mexico) -- I’m not a good gambler when it comes to winning money. I never win. But I’ve gambled in life quite a bit. I gambled on coming here to New...

5/10/2014

article Whatever happened to ... Tim Giago?
(South Dakota) -- Tim Giago still is writing. At 79, the journalist continues to prod white America’s conscience to acknowledge Native American anguish.

5/9/2014

article ROSS: Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW) No. 1: Native Mothers
(Washington) -- This is actually my first Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) piece, and I know I'm turning it in on Thursday night. I am a proud product of three different...

5/8/2014

article Billy Frank Jr: Everyone’s Uncle
(Washington) -- “Every time we carry an eagle feather, that’s sovereignty. Every time we pick berries, that’s sovereignty. Every time we dig roots,...
article Ernie Stevens: Billy Frank Jr. removed the hands of oppression
(Washington D.C.) -- In February of this year, Indian tribes in the northwest celebrated the fortieth anniversary of United States v. Washington.
article Mark Trahant: Billy Frank Jr. was a rebel who was always happy
(Alaska) -- I can hear his voice boom, even now. "Gawd-damn it Mark, how-in-the-hell are you? Gawd-dammmmn it's good to see you." The best rebels are those...
article KANE: Lucky 13 for the UNPFII
(New York) -- On May 12, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will begin its 13th session at the United Nations in New York City.

5/6/2014

article Ecoffey: Some GOP candidates fail to impress at forum
(South Dakota) -- It is to be expected that a panel of Republican senatorial candidates would possess a limited knowledge of Federal Indian Law, Indigenous treaty rights...

5/5/2014

article NEWCOMB: Misinformation From the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See
(California) -- On April 27, 2010, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See (The Vatican) to the United Nations delivered its official statement on the Doctrine of...

5/4/2014

article Tim Giago: America continues to ignore poverty on reservations
(South Dakota) -- Two things happened this week that are maddening. First of all the U. S. Census Bureau issued a map of the United States that showed the areas or...

5/3/2014

article RUSSELL: How Did I Miss That? Cherokee Rock Star’s Birthplace Spared; NBA Discovers Racism
(Texas) -- “Is climate change real?” The candidates, all Republicans running for governor of North Carolina, agreed it was easy: “No.” North...
article KANE: No Honor Among Chiefs or Thieves
(New York) -- I have to begin my column this week by stating up front that I am Haudenosaunee. I support traditional governance based on the Kaianerehkowa and a culture...

5/2/2014

article Caufield: Sharing Cheyenne stories with a wider audience
(South Dakota) -- I’m not a trained journalist, just a scribbler. After four years of publishing my own newspaper, A Cheyenne Voice, and now a reservation...

4/30/2014

article An Open Letter to Tribal Leaders and the American People
(Montana) -- FROM: Rosalie Little Thunder, Pte Oyate - Darrell Geist, Buffalo Field Campaign. We write to you still in the aftershock of the unconscionable tribal...

4/28/2014

article GALANDA: So What Is a “Permanent Improvement” to Indian Land?
(Washington) -- Much is being made of the new U.S. Department of the Interior leasing regulation, 25 C.F.R. § 162.017, which makes clear that “permanent...
article TWO EAGLES: Rights And Treaties
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), April is Magaokada wi (Moon when the geese go home). If you were out and about the rez for the past several...
article PEMBER: Cowboys and Indians unite against Keystone XL
(Washington D.C.) -- "You sure can't eat oil," Billy Redwing Tayac, chief of the Piscataway Nation, noted in video from the Cowboys and Indians Alliance...
article CAUFIELD: Bison slaughter hurts Northern Cheyenne Tribe
(Montana) -- In early April an estimated nine buffalo from the Northern Cheyenne tribal herd were slaughtered on the Reservation.

4/27/2014

article Native Americans React to Christina Fallin’s Fake War Dance Performance
(Oklahoma) -- Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a group of Native parents and their allies from across the country were alerted to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin...

4/25/2014

article Tim Giago: Taking a trip down memory lane with Lakota Times
(South Dakota) -- A brand new newspaper calling itself the Lakota Times hit the streets of the Pine Ridge Reservation for the first time on July 1, 1981.
article HOPKINS: Cannibis on the Rez: When Will It Be Legal?
(North Dakota) -- Cannabis legalization is a hot topic. After decades of collective societal distain for the plant ala Reefer Madness, public opinion now seems to be...

4/24/2014

article KEELER: No, Ron Paul, Bundy Ranch Is Not Another Wounded Knee
(Oregon) -- In a recent article the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity website posed the question is “The Cliven Bundy Standoff: Wounded Knee Revisited?...
article NEWCOMB: Convoluted U.S. ‘Logic’ About the Western Shoshone Nation and Its Territory
(California) -- Cliven Bundy’s dispute with the Bureau of Land Management has brought the Western Shoshone Nation and the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley back into...
article GILIO-WHITAKER: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Culture as Commodity
(USA) -- In her excellent article on pow wow culture, Christina Rose raises concerns about how pow wows have changed in the past few generations, as seen through the...
article What’s the big deal? / Native American imagery in pop culture
(Montana) -- “What’s the big deal?” That’s the question that comes up most frequently when talking about Native American imagery and its role in...

4/23/2014

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

4/22/2014

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

4/21/2014

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

4/19/2014

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

4/17/2014

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

4/16/2014

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

4/15/2014

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

4/14/2014

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

4/11/2014

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

4/10/2014

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

4/8/2014

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

4/7/2014

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

4/5/2014

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

4/4/2014

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

4/2/2014

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

4/1/2014

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

3/31/2014

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

3/29/2014

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

3/26/2014

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

3/25/2014

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

3/24/2014

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

3/23/2014

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

3/22/2014

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

3/21/2014

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

3/19/2014

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

3/18/2014

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

3/17/2014

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

3/13/2014

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

3/12/2014

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

3/10/2014

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

3/7/2014

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

3/5/2014

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

3/4/2014

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

3/3/2014

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

3/2/2014

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

3/1/2014

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

2/25/2014

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

2/24/2014

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

2/23/2014

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

2/22/2014

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

2/21/2014

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

2/19/2014

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

2/18/2014

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

2/17/2014

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

2/13/2014

article NEWCOMB: A Lame Analogy in Defense of NSA Surveillance
(California) -- Upon signing the Declaration of Independence, which led to the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin is said to have quipped, “We must all hang...

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