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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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6/25/2016

article TRAHANT: Paul Ryan’s Call for Indian Health ‘Choices’ Would Be a Disaster
(Washington D.C.) -- Every once in a while an idea is floated that’s so bad, you wonder, “what were they thinking?” Or smoking? Today is such a day. A...

6/23/2016

article D'ERRICO: Clarence Thomas Again Critiques Federal Indian Law
(Washington D.C.) -- Once again, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has authored a compelling critique of fundamental doctrines in federal Indian law. Thomas...
article TRAHANT: Paul Ryan’s call for Indian health ‘choices’ would be a disaster
(Washington D.C.) -- Every once in a while an idea is floated that’s so bad, you wonder, “what were they thinking?” Or smoking? Today is such a day. A...

6/22/2016

article Manning: This Is a Victory For Us All
(South Dakota) -- After 76 years, Watertown High School in Watertown, South Dakota, has officially retired their Native American themed homecoming activities.

6/21/2016

article MONTEAU: Non-Status Indian in the United States: Part 3 of Daniels v. Canada/Crown
(USA) -- In this, Part 3 of my commentary on the Canadian Supreme Court case of Daniels V. Canada, I continue to answer the questions I posed in Part 1 and Part 2 as to...
article Dana Lone Hill: Slow down to appreciate every minute of your life
(South Dakota) -- A friend from Chicago was telling me about how he watched a coyote carrying her pup across the freeway and thought she was safe when she was only in...

6/20/2016

article MCKOSATO: Gathering of Nations Complaints? Then Don't Go
(New Mexico) -- The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque is the stuff of legend. It is a destination point for many Native Americans across the nation. People...
article MAILHOT: John Smelcer: Indian By Proxy
(Alberta) -- I don’t know what "Native" is. It’s become something so obscure that the more I talk about it the more abstract it becomes. I can...

6/18/2016

article FIRECLOUD: Regaining Access to Sacred Lands
(USA) -- Nearly a decade ago, at the invitation of Rick TwoDogs, a Lakota medicine man, I participated in a sweat lodge ceremony at Devils Tower National Monument in...

6/16/2016

article NEWCOMB: Old Testament Premised Arguments Still Being Used Against Our Nations
(California) -- While listening to National Public Radio the other day, I heard a story about a strange proposal being made in Pakistan. It would legally allow husbands...
article Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux community joins together to end cancer
(South Dakota) -- The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.
article Arne Vainio: Congratulating our graduates on a major milestone
(Minnesota) -- We were at the graduation ceremony for the Harbor City International School in Duluth, Minnesota and the keynote speaker was Gaelynn Lea Tressler.
article Delphine Red Shirt: Trust yourself to keep the Lakota language alive
(South Dakota) -- If we follow the advice of experts (linguists) intent on “saving” our languages, they use a top down approach where they know everything...
article James Giago Davies: Lakota people are responsible for our world
(South Dakota) -- Necessity is the mother of invention, words so old they were spoken in Latin for a millennium before being translated to English. Odds are the Romans...

6/14/2016

article TRAHANT: Navajo Nation leaders want to meet Donald Trump
(Arizona) -- On Thursday Alton Joe Shepherd, Speaker pro tem of the a Navajo Nation Council, announced that representatives of the Donald Trump campaign were open to a...
article TURTLE TALK: Commentary on the Native American Children’s Safety Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, the Department of the Interior published final regulations implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act, along with a legal opinion from the...

6/13/2016

article BAKER: Fighting opioid surge in northeast Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Prescription drug abuse is rampant in Oklahoma, with abusers being identified at younger and younger ages. Oklahoma ranks in the top 10 nationally of...

6/12/2016

article TRAHANT: One Primary Season Ends … But Most Continue Until September
(USA) -- It’s tempting to write that the primary season is over. That’s what we want, right? But the process has along way to go. Between next week and...
article GIAGO: Why Did the Indigenous People Convert to a Foreign Religion?
(South Dakota) -- It is written (Niehardt - Black Elk Speaks - 1932) that in the end, Black Elk converted to Catholicism and it is also well-known that Lakota Chief Red...

6/9/2016

article ALTAHA: Historical Trauma and Me, the Daughter of a Mother Murdered by a Serial Killer
(Arizona) -- When I was thirteen years old, my mother was murdered. This kind of introduction can come across like it’s ripped from the headlines or like it’...

6/8/2016

article Azure: Tribal bison opponent seeks higher office in Montana
(Montana) -- As the President of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Tribal Council, I was elected to represent over 8,000 tribal members of the Fort Belknap Assiniboine...

6/6/2016

article TRAHANT: The Montana Dozen; an idea that’s on the ballot Tuesday
(Montana) -- Let’s visualize Montana and do some math. Look at the map. Notice eleven icons each representing a Native American candidate running for the...

6/5/2016

article TRAHANT: Can One Family Build a Navajo Republican Party?
(Arizona) -- I remember John McCain speaking at a Window Rock veterans’ event. It must have been about 20 years ago. One of the speakers told McCain that he had...

6/4/2016

article TRAHANT: Alaska Senate Candidate Raises Questions About Native Corporate Power
(Alaska) -- Edgar Blatchford is running for the U.S. Senate in Alaska. He’s a journalism professor, a lawyer, and a former mayor of Seward. He has also been the...

6/3/2016

article James Giago Davies: Socialism isn't working for our reservations
(South Dakota) -- Every Lakota reservation is pure socialism. Pick any one of them, and you will see a prime example of why big government socialism doesn’t work...
article CRAZY BULL: Social Justice Through Education a Shared Sentiment for Empowering Nations
(South Dakota) -- I was inspired to see Hilary Pennington’s article, “Rethinking scholarships as social justice” in the Ford Foundation’s Equals...
article OP/ED: Sioux is not even a word
(South Dakota) -- "Sioux is not even a word?" It's a partial word, a slang word; Sioux comes from two words."Nadowessi" comes from the Chippewa...

6/2/2016

article Robert Cook: Indigenous communities share a sense of optimism
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuyapi, Anpetu waste. Robert Cook emaciyapi yelo, Oglala Lakota hemaca yelo. Na iyuha cante wasteya nape ciyuzapi yelo. Good Day relatives, my...
article CAUFIELD: Many Indians die too young
(South Dakota) -- This issue of Native Sun News will be printed on or near Memorial Day. That is a day of mixed emotion for many Native people. On one hand, we are proud...
article STYLES: Learning Mi’kmaq doesn’t make me an Indian
(Canada) -- My father, in the spirit of Leo DiCaprio’s character in The Revenant, and my butterfly-spirited indigenous mother fell in love and had three children....

6/1/2016

article MYERS: Democracy in Indian Country: Yeah, Right!
(Minnesota) -- The election season in northern Minnesota Indigenous territories was especially contentious this year. Primary election results were contested in all six...
article Vi Waln: An education is the greatest weapon in today's society
(South Dakota) -- Congratulations to all of our Lakota graduates! Many Lakota people have painstakingly completed the requirements for high school, college or graduate...
article DAVIES: Technology is coming to Lakota country
(South Dakota) -- Someday soon technology is going to fundamentally alter our lives. Not happening now. My son was just graduated from high school, and as I sat at his...

5/31/2016

article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe shows love for 'commod' cheese
(Montana) -- As promised in an earlier column, I now will mostly pen about things other than tribal politics. A really ‘goot’ topic this week, was suggested...
article You Can’t Defend the Indefensible, By Brandon Ecoffey
(South Dakota) -- In a recent response to an editorial put forth by Patrick Lalley, managing editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Jessica Giard, the editor of the...

5/26/2016

article 'Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic' is Incredibly Relevant to Native Communities
(Washington) -- Pain pills and heroin addiction are sweeping through many Native communities. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health the percentage of...

5/25/2016

article Brandon Ecoffey: Lakota people come together in times of need
(South Dakota) -- For the last two weeks our entire community has been engulfed in worry as we were forced to contemplate what may or may not have happened to the three...

5/24/2016

article MONTEAU: Non-Status Indians in the U.S., Part 2: Daniels v. Canada/Crown
(New Mexico) -- In the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12, the Court was asked to...
article JAWORT: What Comes After #NoIWontJustMoveOn?
(Montana) -- My 7-year-old daughter Aurelia was recently named a Powwow Princess of her Pretty Eagle Catholic Academy school. A very reserved and introverted girl, she...
article NEWCOMB: On the Papal Bull, 'Sublimis Deus'
(California) -- In 1537, Pope Paul III issued the papal bull Sublimis Deus (Sublime God). The pope did so after being particularly influenced by a priest named Antonio...

5/23/2016

article TRAHANT: Rep. Tom Cole: More Worried About Clinton Than Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- So what is a Republican candidate for Congress to do? Support Donald Trump and some of his nonsensical policies? Or back a third-party candidate who...

5/22/2016

article SIMON MOYA-SMITH: Trump's casual racism toward Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- By now, I expect Donald Trump, who wants to be our president, to voice whatever acerbic thought he has. He has called Mexicans "rapists"...

5/21/2016

article BIRDBEAR: Obamacare Helps Tribal Members
(North Dakota) -- The problems within the Indian Health Service (IHS) are well known. The Senate Special Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing in February on the...

5/17/2016

article NEWCOMB: Reconciliation and Indian Treaties and Surrenders?
(California) -- How are we to accurately interpret the word “reconciliation in the title of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada? One way to...
article SHORTER: The More Things Change
(California) -- In 2002, I began working on my first website that would feature ethnographic and self-representations of the Yoeme people in northwest Mexico.

5/16/2016

article TRAHANT: Media misses the story on Bernie Sanders in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- You have to give Bernie Sanders credit for elevating American Indian and Alaska Native issues. He traveled across Montana, South Dakota, and North...

5/15/2016

article GIAGO: The Lakota Times Owes Its Beginning to ‘Pug’
(South Dakota) -- Her nickname was “Pug” and I never found out why? She was 82 and was the editor, publisher, layout and design specialist, photographer,...

5/13/2016

article DIABO: A ‘Canadian definition’ of the UNDRIP aims to extinguish 8th Fire
(Canada) -- “8TH Fire draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build...
article James Giago Davies: Learning the true power of Lakota people
(South Dakota) -- Power is a word with many meanings, and most of us think we understand all of them. For a long time I thought I understood power, the power of nature,...

5/12/2016

article RUSSELL: Climate Change Is the New Removal as the Ocean Makes a Land Grab
(Texas) -- The Indians in this story are actually losing land—not merely legal title to land. Behind the loss is a case of environmental racism on a...
article GALANDA: Reinvigorating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act
(Washington) -- Congress passed the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (“Act”) in 1935 to “promote the economic welfare” of Indians “through the...
article RUSSELL: Bootlegging Inconvenient Truths
(Texas) -- Don’t lecture me about alcohol and in particular about drunk driving, because I can turn incoming admonishments around on a dime. I’ll take you to...
article Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe depends on its women
(Montana) -- There was only one appropriate column topic for last week – Mothers’ Day reflections, which should have been written in advance. Like many well-...

5/11/2016

article TRAHANT: Reinventing democracy with Indian Country's help
(Washington D.C.) -- There are a lot of failed political campaigns taking hard looks at what went wrong. Why, they ask, did Donald Trump walk away with the Republican...

5/10/2016

article WASHBURN: Time to empower tribal authorities
(New Mexico) -- When a Navajo tribal member commits a serious felony against another Navajo on the remote Navajo Indian Reservation, the crime sets in motion not a...

5/5/2016

article WALN: A new approach in tribal government could lead to a more lucrative direction
(South Dakota) -- Those of you who’ve attended an awesome conference know how it feels to come home with a burning desire to change the world. Well, maybe not the...

5/3/2016

article HARJO: ‘Off the Reservation’ – A Teachable Moment
(Washington D.C.) -- “Off the reservation” is a term I’ve heard tossed off casually by policymakers and bureaucrats from the White House to Capitol...
article ROLO: Many tribes struggle to defeat despair
(New Mexico) -- Of all the ills plaguing American Indian communities, what hits home the hardest is the scourge of suicide. The rate of suicide in Indian country has...

5/2/2016

article WASHBURN: Tribal lands, tribal self-governance
(Washington D.C.) -- Sierra Crane-Murdoch’s beautifully illustrated feature exposes several inherent tensions in federal efforts to purchase and return lands that...

4/29/2016

article KEELER: I’m a Native American activist, and my white ancestor painted Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill
(Oregon) -- I was shocked when I found out that my ancestor Thomas Sully, a 19th-century artist in Philadelphia, painted the portrait that has graced the American $20...
article STAR COMES OUT: Our ancestors are gone, but their language lives on
(South Dakota) -- Multiculturalism within dominant society is not favored simply because it goes against the goal of unifying into one language, culture, and history....

4/28/2016

article RUSSELL: Trump’s Foreign Policy Advisor Accuses Tribes of Terrorist Plot
(Texas) -- One of Donald Trump’s five principal foreign policy advisors was counsel in a lawsuit to prevent the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes from taking...
article JACOBS: Hillary Clinton, the Honduras Coup and Globalization
(New Mexico) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presidential candidate had to answer to her role in the “military coup” that ousted freely elected...

4/27/2016

article TRAHANT: Independent Commission Looks Beyond Politics
(North Dakota) -- The toughest challenge for any democracy is making certain that the rules of voting are fair. How fair? A system that allows voters to toss politicians...
article DENETDALE: The Univ. of New Mexico Seal Is Irrelevant to Reality
(New Mexico) -- The University of New Mexico has come under criticism once again for its claims that it is a Native serving institution, and this time by Native students...

4/25/2016

article TRAHANT: Political maps open doors for more Native candidates
(USA) -- The toughest challenge for any democracy is making certain that the rules of voting are fair. How fair? A system that allows voters to toss politicians out of...
article YELLOW BIRD: Colleges Should Acknowledge Role in Injustice Toward Native Americans
(North Dakota) -- To the Editor: Thank you for your interesting article, “Many Colleges Profited From Slavery. What Can They Do About It Now?” (The Chronicle...

4/24/2016

article W. Patrick Goggles: NMAI’s Meet Native America Series
(Wyoming) -- My name is W. Patrick Goggles; my Northern Arapaho name is White Grizzly Bear. I am a former Wyoming state legislator. I represented Wyoming House District...

4/22/2016

article Abolish the Racist Univ. of New Mexico Seal
(New Mexico) -- On October 13, 2014, University of New Mexico (UNM) Native students led a campus demonstration demanding the abolition of the university's racist...

4/18/2016

article TRAHANT: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle in New York
(New York) -- A friend writes from time to time and makes the case against Native Americans voting. One of the arguments is that “when you vote, you willingly and...

4/17/2016

article Native Vote '16- Huge Crowds Hear bernie Sanders, But Can they Vote?
(New York) -- A friend writes from time to time and makes the case against Native Americans voting. One of the arguments is that “when you vote, you willingly and...
article OP/ED: Ethnocentrism is a pillar of Colonization
(Canada) -- This last week, Maclean’s Magazine columnist and Conservative Party member Scott Gilmore took advantage of the ongoing suicide crisis in Attawapiskat...

4/15/2016

article CHALEPAH: I'm the Comic Who Waged War Against Ralphie May
(Oklahoma) -- Context is everything. As soon as Ralphie May informed me that the joke was missing most of its context, I immediately felt bad for the backlash I had...
article STAR COMES OUT: Modern ‘tribal’ law endorses federal imperialism
(South Dakota) -- As a modern Lakota society, we must realize that we were not militarily defeated. It should be common knowledge by now that our ancestors fought tooth...

4/14/2016

article OP/ED: If we want to end indigenous suffering, we must end colonization
(Canada) -- Sometimes the absence of death is a month, maybe two. Lately it has been only weeks, and even days. Increasingly, our communities are declaring states of...
article GIAGO: Looking for help that never came
(South Dakota) -- When someone shoots and kills another person, it is called homicide. If a police officer in South Dakota shoots and kills someone it is called “...

4/12/2016

article COOK: Native Journalism Benefits Us All
(New York) -- Writer’s block, oy, what a flu that is to have. Last year, I believe I did not write, and if I did it was of no consequence. However, there were a...
article ROSS: Lateral Violence Amongst Native People: Elouise Cobell, Billy Frank Jr. and Chase Iron Eyes
(Washington) -- Quick Story: I remember one of the first public things that I ever wrote (time flies—that was about a decade and a half ago); I was still in school...
article TRAHANT: Another big year for Native American candidates
(USA) -- It’s tempting to see 2016 as a record year for Native American political candidates. After all there are at least nine people running for the U.S. House...

4/11/2016

article ECOFFEY: Addiction Is Not A Sin
(South Dakota) -- As someone who has struggled with addiction I have empathy for the those who are currently dependent on substances; as well as the families who are...
article PEMBER: Missing and Murdered: No One Knows How Many Native Women Have Disappeared
(USA) -- Although Trudi Lee was only 7 when her big sister went missing back in 1971, she wept when she talked about that traumatic event 45 years later. “...

4/9/2016

article Dear Canada: You Need A Statement Of Facts if You're Going To Address Indigenous Issues
(Ontario) -- The other day I accepted an invite onto CBC Radio 1's lunchtime flagship show (in the Ontario region), called Ontario Today. I was invited to speak...

4/8/2016

article Moya-Smith: Bernie Is Down With Pot, But Will Clinton Inhale?
(New York) -- I was sitting at the center of my unstable dining room table recently, nibbling on a pot brownie and watching the ugliness of this presidential campaign...
article STAR COMES OUT: Struggling quietly and alone with PTSD
(South Dakota) -- My plan to sleep in the other morning didn’t happen so I dragged myself out of bed and made coffee. As I was sipping on it at my kitchen table, I...
article Houska: Answering a Police Brutality Survey While Native (APBSWN)
(Washington D.C.) -- Receiving an email out of the blue can elicit a reaction anywhere from “hey, that's cool,” to “jeez, at least spell 'injun...

4/5/2016

article BLOG: Human Rights Are Not Conditional For Indigenous Canadians
(Canada) -- Human Rights are supposed to be absolute in Canada. Unless you're Indigenous. It is why I have become involved in the native mascot issue. It seems that...

4/4/2016

article KRADER: North American Dream vs. Rugged Individualism—Tribal Style
(New York) -- Operation MYGALE was recently undertaken by regional law enforcement here in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Described as the largest such operation...

4/3/2016

article FINLEY: Bison Range management an idea grounded in history
(Montana) -- The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes appreciated the Feb. 14 Missoulian editorial calling on Montana’s congressional delegation to work with us...

4/2/2016

article GIAGO: Childhood memories of Wounded Knee
(South Dakota) -- When some folks say leave Wounded Knee alone, leave it as it was, what are they talking about? Do they mean like it was 90 years ago or like it is now...

3/29/2016

article WALN: Remembering women who contributed to Lakota society
(South Dakota) -- March is Women’s History Month. Most of the commemorations related to Women’s History in this country are focused on females of European...

3/28/2016

article TRAHANT: GOP isn't getting much attention in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Who’s winning Indian Country this presidential election season? On social media it is an intense debate. Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters point...

3/24/2016

article TRAHANT: Doubts About Voting? Just Think, Montana
(Montana) -- When someone tells you that your vote doesn’t matter, quietly say, “Montana.” Or if someone says that politicians don’t listen and...

3/21/2016

article TRAHANT: Turn to Montana for proof that Native votes matter
(Montana) -- When someone tells you that your vote doesn’t matter, quietly say, “Montana.” Or if someone says that politicians don’t listen and...

3/20/2016

article TOMEO: Bernie Sanders Would Respect Native Rights
(Washington) -- As a Yakima-registered Colville who grew up in Spokane, and now going to the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, my perspective is that Bernie...
article CHAMPAGNE: Collective Assimilation: Resisting Full Citizenship
(USA) -- One of the great moments in recent indigenous history was the rejection of full citizenship, most clearly seen in the United States and Canada.

3/19/2016

article ROSS: The Only Presidential Candidate That Makes Indian Country a Priority: Native People Feeling the Bern
(Washington) -- Last time we talked politics, it was to say that NEITHER Democratic candidate had done anything to show good faith toward Native people.
article PAYMENT: Join Me in Celebrating the Passage of the Affordable Care Act
(Michigan) -- The Affordable Care Act has proven successful among the poorest of the poor in the United States. American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as...
article Mandatory Indigenous Studies courses aren't Reconciliation, they're an easy way out
(Ontario) -- I fully agree with everyone who argues that Canadian university students do not know enough about Indigenous peoples and their societies, histories,...

3/18/2016

article TRAHANT: Bernie Sanders elevates Indian issues in 2016 race
(Arizona) -- Last night I was driving across Montana trying to listen to election returns. The radio faded in and out. My cell phone apps worked until I lost a signal....

3/15/2016

article Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawks must reclaim powerful names
(New York) -- Fundamental to the well being of all humans is the need to identify oneself with a specific name and to have that name acknowledged within the family, the...

3/14/2016

article Charles Trimble: Disgusted with the 2016 presidential campaigns
(Nebraska) -- Growing more concerned and disgusted about the presidential campaign I thought that I should put my views in writing and post them online to see what other...
article Mark Trahant: Lac Courte Oreilles Band sees democracy in action
(Wisconsin) -- There is so much about this presidential election that appeals to voters’ base instincts: Ugly threats involving immigrants or Muslims; the school-...

3/11/2016

article STAR COMES OUT: Surviving on the outer edges of society
(South Dakota) -- Why are alcohol/drug addiction, domestic/child/ elder abuse, sexual assault, and suicide, so prevalent on our homeland? Not to mention our negative...
article ARCHAMBAULT: Finding the Roots of Lakota Sacred Tree
(North Dakota) -- Black Elk said that perhaps there is a root of the Sacred Tree that still lives. He said, “If there is, then we should nourish it so that it will...

3/10/2016

article NEWCOMB: What Shall We Do? Decolonize U.S. Federal Indian Law
(California) -- The documentary movie “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code,” directed by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota), tells a powerful...
article Cramblit: Lose Your Language, Lose Your Tribe
(California) -- February 21 was International Mother Language Day. It is a day to celebrate the diversity of the world’s languages and to support each other in the...
article DAVIES: Bullies abound in Lakota Country
(South Dakota) -- Back in the day I had to sit behind a desk, punch a time clock, and deal with office politics. Now most of my work is done at the kitchen table, my...

3/9/2016

article TRAHANT: More opportunities for Native votes as race drags out
(Washington) -- First the Democrats. Sen. Bernie Sanders' stunning win Tuesday in Michigan means that the Democratic Presidential Contest will likely continue...

3/7/2016

article TRAHANT: Bernie Sanders is paying attention to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is paying attention to Indian Country. That does not often happen in national elections. Last week he met with...

3/4/2016

article WALN: Rumors swirl about drug testing on Rosebud Reservation
(South Dakota) -- Rumors and gossip are behaviors unbecoming to Lakota people. Yet, I realize a lot of you thrive on adding more distorted tidbits to an outlandish tale...

3/3/2016

article Arne Vainio: Let's start to banish the shame associated with suicide
(Minnesota) -- “Sons of suicides seldom do well. Characteristically, they find life lacking a certain zing. They tend to feel more rootless than most, even in a...
article Brandon Ecoffey: Taking a hard look at addiction in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- The willingness of our people to stand on top of our sovereign rights has cleared the pathway for many other Indigenous peoples in America to...
article Ivan Star Comes Out: All the real heroes I know died in the Vietnam War
(South Dakota) -- I have been experiencing an event that always leaves me emotionally disheveled. The most recent occurred in Rapid City on a Friday night (2-5-16) at a...

3/1/2016

article TRAHANT: Let's make sure Native votes matter in the election
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s Super Tuesday. Voters are going to the polls in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont...

2/29/2016

article PAYMENT: U.S. Senators Are Not Above The Law
(Washington D.C.) -- Regardless of political ideology or party, Americans recognize the importance of following the basic rules of government laid out in the U.S....
article Winds of Change’ magazine recognizes RIT as one of the Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans
(Rhode Island) -- Rochester Institute of Technology was recognized in Winds of Change magazine as one of the Top 200 Colleges for Native American Students. It is the...

2/28/2016

article TRAHANT: The Way Politics Ought to Be
(North Dakota) -- Barry Goldwater told me one of my favorite political stories. We were in Phoenix and I was interviewing him for a story I was working on about John F....

2/27/2016

article SMITH: The Grey Wolf Is Just As Endangered As the Wisconsin Environment
(Wisconsin) -- I could tell you that with Act 169 in Wisconsin, many stakeholders, including the tribes and environmental advocacy voices were removed from any sort of...
article Story of Longest Walk and The Bird People by Cryselle Montague Uribe at Quchan Reservation
(Arizona) -- All right. My name is . I’m in the engineering field. One day I was a rod person. I was working outside on a nice day. Our other surveyors had to go...
article BAILEY: Preservation Is a Civil Rights Issue
(Utah) -- When it comes to treating Native peoples and their ancestral lands with respect, some politicians and outdoor enthusiasts seem to have a double standard.
article MAILHOT: Decolonizing My Brown Body
(New Mexico) -- My auntie says there’s a direct connection between violence against the earth and violence against Indigenous women. I think of my own brown body...
article Tlingit Code Talkers Coin by Nahaan
(Washington) -- There is no way for me to feel honored by this coin. It only shows how Indigenous people were taught to proudly take orders from the very establishment...

2/26/2016

article TRAHANT: Indian Country needs to see big ideas from political candidates
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a simple question that voters consider: What will a candidate do once in office? The system is geared for candidates to make all sorts of...

2/25/2016

article AHTONE: Elegy for a website where Native voices mattered
(USA) -- In 2013, I received an email from a digital editor at Al Jazeera America. The organization had a goal: to become the go-to place for stories from Indian Country...

2/23/2016

article TRAHANT: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on inside track
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s clear that Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton now own the inside lanes to their party’s nominations. We are at...

2/22/2016

article TRAHANT: Federal land battle surfaces in presidential race
(Washington D.C.) -- Ted Cruz just joined the Sage Brush Rebellion. A new 30-second spot, “Nevada Land,” says the land belongs to the people of Nevada,...

2/21/2016

article CHAMPAGNE: Radicalism Between States and Tribes
(USA) -- Do indigenous nations want to reorganize nation states? In general, the answer to this question is no. Then what is the relation between tribes and nation...
article MCKOSATO: Do Natives Use ‘Colonization’ As a Crutch?
(New Mexico) -- Where do we gain our moral conscious? Where do we acquire our moral guide? I bring these questions up to ask two other questions: Why are so many Native...
article The pope’s apology to indigenous people is shallow -- Mark Anthony Rolo
(Wisconsin) -- During his tour of Mexico last week, Pope Francis delivered an apology for the “mistreatment” of the country’s indigenous people. Sadly...

2/20/2016

article TRAHANT: #NATIVEVOTE16 – Battle Over Federal Land Surfaces in Presidential Debate
(North Dakota) -- Ted Cruz just joined the Sage Brush Rebellion. A new 30-second spot, “Nevada Land,” says the land belongs to the people of Nevada, “...

2/19/2016

article BOWEKATY: Senate blocks poorly disguised assault on Native American heritage
(Washington D.C.) -- There is great enthusiasm in Indian Country for the preservation of our living cultures, the celebration of our history and the protection of our...

2/17/2016

article PEMBER: Battle at Home: Traditional Spirit v. Addiction Spirit
(USA) -- Opal, the brown Chihuahua mix, raised her head and smiled her snagged-tooth dog smile at me. She was curled up on the daybed in the main room of the little...
article TRAHANT: Native candidate in Arizona wins key endorsement
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva endorsed Victoria Steele Tuesday saying he is confident that she will win the primary. He said Steele would champion the...

2/16/2016

article ECOFFEY: Marijuana can boost economy on reservation
(South Dakota) -- After more than two-years of encouraging the Oglala Sioux Tribe to pass legislation to legalize marijuana there has finally been movement within tribal...
article KEELER: Bernie Sanders Courts Native American Voters
(Iowa) -- Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders achieved a historic upset at the New Hampshire primaries last week by winning 60 percent of the delegates....
article NEWCOMB: The Holy See’s Whopper of a Falsehood at the UN
(United Nations) -- On November 25, 2015, the Holy See (‘the Vatican’) appeared before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial...

2/15/2016

article TRAHANT: Native vote carries extra weight in Nevada caucus
(Nevada) -- Let’s be clear about the Nevada Democratic Caucus next Saturday: It’s not democratic. The outcome of the caucus will be determined by a long list...

2/13/2016

article Op-ed: Kaibab Band of Paiutes wants Lake Powell pipeline through its reservation
(Utah) -- As chairman of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, I wish to share the tribe's position and views regarding the Lake Powell Pipeline project, and the tribe...

2/12/2016

article TRAHANT: The Hidden History of Why Native Americans Lose Elections (And What to Do About It)
(North Dakota) -- Native Americans make up .37 percent of Congress (that’s about one-third of one percent) compared to about 2 percent of the country’s...
article SCHILLING: I Am a Male Victim of Sexual Assault
(Virginia) -- When I was a young man—more like a boy, actually—I was molested and sexually assaulted on several occasions by two different older men.

2/11/2016

article Doug George-Kanentiio: Town repays Oneida Nation with racism
(New York) -- The town seal for Whitesboro has drawn ridicule from across the nation and has proven to be a justified humiliation for the residents and for Oneida County...
article Council Corner: Michael Marchand discusses Lakes membership
(Washington) -- Dear Tribal Members: My dad was Ed Marchand, he was Lakes. His grandfather was Chief Aurapahkin, the last hereditary Chief of the Arrow Lakes people. He...
article NEWCOMB: Metaphors and the Indian Claims Commission
(California) -- Part One of this essay examined how the United States has used certain creations of the human mind to impose controlling ideas on the original Native...

2/10/2016

article TRAHANT: Juneau: And the Campaign Goes On
(Montana) -- Denise Juneau, Montana’s superintendent of public instruction, and a candidate for Congress, revealed publicly that she is gay at a fundraiser....

2/8/2016

article WASHBURN: Cedar Mesa land proposal good for all
(New Mexico) -- Just on the other side of the Four Corners, in Utah’s San Juan County, there is an area known as Cedar Mesa, an amazing plateau that rises to 6,500...
article MONTEAU: Dem Presidential Election is Fixed: DNC Rigged the Game for Hillary
(New Mexico) -- In my view, what the DNC has done in handpicking, from day one, the Presidential Candidate the Democratic Establishment prefers (Hillary Clinton),...
article TRAHANT: To Change Congress: Change. The. Money.
(North Dakota) -- Native Americans make up .37 percent of Congress (that’s about one-third of one percent) compared to about 2 percent of the country’s...
article CHAMPAGNE: Assimilation, Integration and Colonization
(USA) -- The expression “colonization” has gained a great amount of use in recent decades. At earlier times, peopled debated about assimilation and...
article MYERS: 'Are You a Vampire?' Take Only What You Need
(USA) -- As the season of Wahta Osis (Maple Sap) approaches I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a friend of mine who has gotten into the commercial maple...

2/5/2016

article RUSSELL: Indian Tax Exemption: What You Need to Know
(Texas) -- The claim that Indians do not generally have to pay federal taxes is a load of hooey, but few of us have not heard it. The Indian tax exemption is like the...
article Charles Trimble: Taking responsibility for upkeep of our cemeteries
(Nebraska) -- I read on Indianz.com an article written by the “Editorial Board” of Native Sun News in which the entire board (which curiously writes exactly...
article MAILHOT: I’m a Crazy Indian, I Guess
(New Mexico) -- I heard the term ‘crazy Indian’ a few times when I was a young girl. My cousins told me to “keep six” every time we walked into a...

2/4/2016

article KADER: To Know Where You're Going, Learn Where You Came From
(New York) -- As I get older the words of my elders ring louder and longer in my mind. “We are an original people. We have always been here. We will survive....
article OP/ED: In Defense of the Decolonization of Our Spaces
(California) -- I am an indigenous woman. I am an indigenous woman from California. I am an indigenous woman from California who spent her early years of education...

2/3/2016

article DAVIES: Nothing political changes overnight
(South Dakota) -- Events happened in the 19th Century, beyond the war Lakota fought against the US military, beyond even being rounded up and penned on desolate...
article Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign
(Alaska) -- The media surrounding the Iowa caucuses reduces the story to one basic theme: Who’s winning and what does that win (or loss) mean for the New Hampshire...

2/2/2016

article CHAMPAGNE: An Indigenous Friendly Nation State?
(USA) -- Most indigenous Peoples are willing to participate in national government institutions, but at the same time want to retain their own ways of self-government,...
article STAR COMES OUT: “Anpetu iyohila wasicu ki tehiya unkaupelo”
(South Dakota) -- I awoke a bit disappointed on January 1st because this day is supposed to be the beginning of a new year and I wasn’t feeling it.

2/1/2016

article MYERS: The Binds that Tie
(Canada) -- After nine years the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has made a landmark and far reaching decision about the quality of Indigenous child welfare.
article RICKERT: American Indian Dentists Need Your Help to Help American Indian Pre-Dental Students
(USA) -- A little girl cries herself to sleep every night. She winces in pain at mealtimes. She has a developing abscess in a baby tooth, and nobody can help her....
article MAILHOT: Don’t Wait for the White World to Catch Up
(New Mexico) -- Indian life is full of incongruences. The sacred lands we live on, the land our ancestors cleared to make our lives livable, is the same land our youth...

1/29/2016

article PERKINS: Racism and Mascots at Scappoose High
(Oregon) -- As a REAL Native American who went to Scappoose High School in Scappoose, Oregon for four years, I will share my experience as it relates to racism and...
article ROSS: Flint’s Poisoned Water, Slavery & Human Experimentation: Black History Month for Natives
(Washington) -- “Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were...

1/27/2016

article Moya-Smith: This Funny Isn't Funny; It's Racist and Sexist
(New York) -- This piece is about blame and owning your fuck up, whatever your fuck up is and will be. We are human, so we fuck up a lot. Don’t worry. You’re...

1/25/2016

article North Dakota tribal citizens sue state over voter ID
(North Dakota) -- Seven citizens of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa are suing North Dakota’s chief elections officer, alleging the state’s voter...

1/24/2016

article GIAGO: Wounded Knee Was Destroyed; Not Liberated
(South Dakota) -- Soon there will be posters floating about and advertisements asking residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation to celebrate the "Liberation" of Wounded...

1/23/2016

article FLETCHER: Commentary on the Omaha Reservation Boundaries Argument
(Washington D.C.) -- Did Paul Clement just throw the Mississippi Choctaw tribal government under the bus?!?! Well, no, but the Omaha tribe’s reservation boundaries...

1/22/2016

article COOK-LYNN: A dismal view of history, but an honest appraisal
(South Dakota) -- I remember Rosalie Little Thunder, co-founder of the Buffalo Field Campaign talking about The Buffalo as “a Keystone Species.”

1/21/2016

article RED SHIRT: Frank Fools Crow may be our Martin Luther King, Jr.
(South Dakota) -- The man whose name seems synonymous with civil rights was born Michael King, on January 15, 1929. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia and like other...
article JACOBS: DiCaprio and 'The Revenant': Remaking Movie Mythology
(New Mexico) -- The Revenant is a film that revamps American mythology. There’s an expediency and urgency as it’s photographed in panoramic long seemingly...
article MANITOPYES: Not for the Faint-Hearted: 'The Revenant'
(Alberta) -- The Revenant is not for the faint hearted as the bloody and brutal violence constantly spews across the big screen like a horrific nightmare.

1/20/2016

article TRAHANT: Some tribes still see a future in coal development
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s tempting to think of Indian Country as a “singular” voice. The vast majority of Native Americans agree that the United States...

1/18/2016

article ROSS: The Revenant Is Ultimately the Same Old White Savior Stuff for Native People
(Washington) -- Disclaimer: Leonardo DiCaprio is my favorite actor (although Liam Neeson is quickly catching up). He's been my favorite actor since The Aviator; the...

1/15/2016

article JACOBS: Militia Sit-Com: America's Favorite Dysfunctional Family, the Nutty Bundys
(New Mexico) -- As much as we’d like to call the Bundy Family Cohorts a bunch of terrorists for taking over an empty so-called federal bunkhouse in the middle of...
article SHIELD: The Fry-Bread Indicator
(South Dakota) -- Many historians believe that the down-fall of many great civilizations, such as the Mayan, Roman, Carthage, and others, could have been predicted by...
article Star Comes Out: Teaching work ethic has great potential to improve life
(South Dakota) -- Thinking about life on my home land, I recall reading a phrase in a magazine, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to...
article Vince Two Eagles: Powwows and Sundances are not the same
(South Dakota) -- Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives), August or Wasuton wi (Moon when all things ripen), of 2015 proved to be an absolute scorcher! As with all...

1/14/2016

article U.S. Should Honor Billy Frank’s Dream
(Washington) -- Billy Frank Jr., longtime chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, received many awards during his life and continues to be honored since...
article Vi Waln: The only way to get ahead in life is through education
(South Dakota) -- Education is very important. I believe the only way we can get ahead in today’s society is to finish school. An education is the most potent...
article KILLSBACK: The Revenant is a Game-Changer
(Arizona) -- Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards revealed that his dedication to The Revenant went beyond the screen
article Opinion: The Revenant is not an indigenous story
(Canada) -- In Alejandro González Iñárritu's grandiose frontier epic The Revenant, Vancouver actor Duane Howard stars as Elk Dog. It's 1823 and the Arikara...

1/11/2016

article TRAHANT: A guide to the 2016 elections for Indian Country
(USA) -- 1. Ten reasons why every American Indian and Alaska Native should vote Why vote? It takes planning, some time, and the rewards are not always visible. The same...

1/10/2016

article MAILHOT: Heal, Women and Sisters! You Are Not Alone!
(New Mexico) -- One of my brother’s earliest memories is of him watching me in my father’s van while our father drank out by the river. My brother said I was...
article MCINTOSH: Canada's Hidden History of Oppressing Indigenous Peoples
(Alberta) -- When I reverse in time, I see myself back to a time when I was in Geography Class. When I was in class, I was a student who listened to every word that was...

1/9/2016

article ROSS: Crazy White People Are the New Native Americans: Woody Guthrie, Ammon Bundy & Donald Trump
(Washington) -- I think it started with that damned Woody Guthrie. See, before Woody Guthrie’s stupid song, most white folks knew that they were just fortunate...

1/5/2016

article Jacqueline Keeler: NFL, we are not your mascots
(Washington D.C.) -- On Sunday, as the Washington NFL team handed the Dallas Cowboys yet another defeat, Native people again gathered outside AT&T Stadium. They were...

1/4/2016

article BLOG: Should Indians Support Armed Anti-Government Standoff in Oregon? by Chase Iron Eyes
(South Dakota) -- Everybody who is non-white viewing this armed takeover in Oregon through that lens is screaming White Privilege & double-standard in the bloody...
article WALN: The Political Monster of Corruption
(South Dakota) -- I am a tribal employee. Before I was hired in my present position, I served on the tribal grievance committee. I’ve also served on many other...
article HARJO: 2015 Hall of Fame / Mantle of Shame Awards
(USA) -- FAME – Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team for winning the silver medal in the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Games. Held every four years, this...
article Star Comes Out: Teaching work ethic has great potential to improve life
(South Dakota) -- Thinking about life on my home land, I recall reading a phrase in a magazine, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to...
article Clara Caufield: Thanking spritual leaders for their selfless works
(Montana) -- In the past few years I have been blessed; be-friended by several spiritual leaders from very diverse races and cultures. What strikes me is not the...

1/2/2016

article Doug Cuthand: Changes overdue in aboriginal policy
(Saskatchewan) -- I’m looking forward to 2016. We got a small taste in the fall of the changes to come, and this year we will see the full meal deal.
article NEWCOMB: U.S. Federal Indian Law and Mind Control
(California) -- Let’s be clear about something. Before the invasive arrival of Christian Europeans to our part of the world (i.e., Great Turtle Island), our...
article CHAMPAGNE: Host Nations and American Indian Studies: Respecting Indigenous Peoples
(USA) -- One of the rules observed by indigenous nations is that land is mutually recognized and respected. When indigenous people travel to visit with other indigenous...
article JENNINGS: Those Discriminated Against Are Now the Discriminators
(USA) -- For some odd and stupid reason many of us continue to be color struck. I really think most of us are ignorant or at the very least forgetful.

12/29/2015

article ECCOFEY: Still no justice for our people in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- As most people who read LCT know, I grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As a child I enjoyed the presence of a reservation wide Little League...
article PEMBER: Sexual Assault Victims Suffering Because of Reduced ER Hours
(South Dakota) -- The impact from Rosebud Hospital’s reduction in emergency room hours continues to expand as sexual assault victims on the Rosebud Reservation...

12/26/2015

article CHAMPAGNE: Subjects, Christians and Citizens: Paying the Cost of Colonization
(USA) -- When did colonialism start? How can we recognize it into the present? According to international law, colonialism started when explorers claimed the land for a...
article Tim Giago: The editor who called for genocide of the Sioux people
(South Dakota) -- When the movie “The Wizard of Oz” was released in 1939, it was indeed a wonder. It was an exciting children's fantasy movie with vivid...

12/24/2015

article MCKASATO: Learn to Walk in Two Worlds
(New Mexico) -- "There are varying degrees of concern when it comes to our Native children, cultural diversity, different learning styles in the classroom, and the...

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