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TRAHANT: Tribal people face 'disproportional impact' from climate change

A new climate report released Friday by the Trump administration predicts significant -- and expensive -- impacts on the planet as a result of climate change. The threats from weather-related catastrophes are already clear: Stronger and more frequent hurricanes, deadly heat waves, and more intense destructive wildfires.

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8/8/2019

article LCO Ojibwa College Library to host Native Voices exhibit
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Library has been selected in a competitive application process to host Native Voices: Native Peoples...

7/22/2019

article PEMBER: Painful thorns are found in Denise Lajimodiere’s history of Indian boarding school survivors
(Indian Country) -- “Stringing Rosaries,” is a labor of love. But like most books associated with the Native experience in the U.S. Denise Lajimodiere’s history of...

7/19/2019

article Justina Bruns: I'm an Oglala Lakota Woman and I Won't Be Labeled as "White-Passing"
(North Carolina) -- In this op-ed, Justina Bruns explains why she, a Native woman, rejects the label "white-passing." Hān Mítakuyāpi! Čhaŋté waštéya napé...

7/7/2019

article LaDUKE: Pipeline posturing powered in the shadows: Sometimes 'grassroots' is anything but
(Minnesota) -- It turns out that Minnesotans for Line 3 is actually paid for and governed by the Enbridge Corporation, according to a DeSmog investigative research study...

7/6/2019

article Story in the Public Square: Scholar sheds light on the plight of indigenous women
(Massachusetts) -- Philip J. Deloria is the first-ever tenured professor of Native American History at Harvard University. The author of several books — from his...

7/4/2019

article Tara Pretends Eagle Weber: History is repeating itself when it comes to genocide
(USA) -- I am a survivor of genocide. I am a direct descendent of Pretends Eagle, a documented survivor of The Battle at Little Bighorn. My ancestors fought for me to...

7/1/2019

article Klamath Neighbors: Auyukii hutt kich!
(Washington) -- It is always nice to be greeted with a wave, or “hello” or “good morning!” If you are around Happy Camp, your cheery “hello...

6/30/2019

article GIAGO: The city's economic merry-go-round
(South Dakota) -- The first sentence in the latest editorial in the local daily reads, “Successful economic development requires every single essential ingredient...

6/27/2019

article ECOFFEY: Creating Hope Must Be A Priority
(South Dakota) -- For the better part of my lifetime, our people have been in a battle with suicide. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

6/25/2019

article HALBRITTER: Why Wes Studi’s Governors Award Will Be a Landmark for Native Americans
(Hollywood) -- One of the very first images – or flickers of light — ever put on film was shot by Thomas Edison on a kinescope in 1894 depicting Native...
article TRAHANT: Democratic candidates debate full funding for Indian health (well, kinda, sorta)
(Washington D.C.) -- This week 20 Democratic candidates for president will have their first presidential debates; candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not...

6/19/2019

article Port Angeles library to host ‘Native Voices’ series
(Washington) -- The North Olympic Library System has been selected in a competitive application process to host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of...

6/17/2019

article Arne Vainio: This is what I would have wanted my father to say
(South Dakota) -- He wasn’t my patient, but he told his mother he was having suicidal thoughts and he needed to be seen right away. He had been started on an...

6/11/2019

article McKASATO: Attacking the root cause of the opioid crisis in Indian Country by suing big pharma
(USA) -- In a move demonstrating big pharma companies are one of the root causes of opioid problems plaguing Indian Country, more than 100 tribes are setting the stage...

6/9/2019

article GIAGO: Looking at end of an era
(South Dakota) -- A recent editorial titled, “Public shaming over CBD oil unnecessary” was apparently written by a young person or by someone new to Rapid...
article Three Forks History: Cherokee marriage sometimes required an extra vow
(Oklahoma) -- Like most other people groups, the Cherokees for many years had only a common law. It was not written down but was well-known and understood by citizens of...

6/7/2019

article Schooling: How can we address our five-alarm teacher diversity shortage?
(Washington) -- In today’s world, we have a lot to worry about, so why should you be concerned about the current state of education if you don’t have school-...

6/5/2019

article HOPKINS: American Citizenship for Natives Was Withheld, Then Rights Were Long-Ignored
(USA) -- Artifacts and DNA evidence prove that Native people have occupied North America for upwards of 20,000 years, but many elders—my grandmother included...

6/3/2019

article Redefining We The People to include the Indigenous
(Washington D.C.) -- His salt and pepper hair tied into a tsiiyéeł stood out to me before Mark Charles shook my hand. “Yá'át'ééh abiní,” he said with...

6/2/2019

article SARAH DEER: Native communities want equal justice — Congress can help
(Washington D.C.) -- For four decades, a dangerous loophole in federal law has been allowed to remain even though it threatens women and children on a daily basis. In...

5/29/2019

article BREWER: The Cherokee Nation’s next chief will have a big footprint in Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Members of the Cherokee Nation — the largest Native American tribe — will cast votes for a new principal chief this week from every corner of...

5/28/2019

article PEMBER: The #MeToo movement has skipped Indian Country'
(Indian Country) -- Sexual harassment in Indian Country is an inconvenient and deeply uncomfortable truth. Most media coverage of sexual violence and harassment focuses...
article SOTO: Religious freedom for all Native Americans
(Texas) -- It was a beautiful morning for worship. As a spiritual leader for my tribe, the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, I wore my traditional clothing and eagle feathers...

5/26/2019

article BLACKHAWK: The Indian Law That Helps Build Walls
(Washington D.C.) -- The first two years of the Trump administration have brought us horror story after horror story about our government: children separated from their...

5/23/2019

article Charmaine White Face: Divide and conquer for Indian people all over again
(South Dakota) -- The Tribes: Oglala, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud Sioux Tribes, and all the rest of us, got played big time by Jerrilyn Church and the Great Plains...
article RAVE: Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom
(USA) -- Grand Ronde tribal citizen Mia Prickett used to assume she was reading unbiased reporting in the tribe’s newspaper, Smoke Signals. But all that changed...
article Rep. Tom Cole: The 'American dream' is all about free markets
(Oklahoma) -- Ever since our brave forebearers declared America’s independence, the United States has been a beacon of liberty, hope and opportunity.

5/19/2019

article Hatter: Canada must honor indigenous rights
(Washington) -- Though many Spokanites have experienced the frustration of crossing the Canada-U.S. border in the post-9/11 world, they can at least take some comfort...

5/12/2019

article TRAHANT: Ask those presidential candidates to explain the mess we call an election
(Washington D.C.) -- Candidates are telling us why they should be the next president. And there are a lot of them. At least 20 Democrats, a major independent, and two...

5/7/2019

article TRAHANT: Indigenous knowledge incorporated into global climate assessment
(Indian Country) -- The most comprehensive biological survey ever conducted has reached a terrifying conclusion: Extinction is the new normal. The international...

5/5/2019

article MARSHALL: ‘The most unethical misuse of power ever seen in Hoopa politics’
(California) -- The article “Tribe to vote again on hemp, pot” (Times-Standard, May 1, Page A1) was one of the most dishonest pieces of journalism that I...

5/4/2019

article Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic
(South Dakota) -- The events we see happening on the political scene today WHATEVER they are, send us all a signal of who is in charge that means empowerment. Kristi...

4/28/2019

article PEMBER: Native Peoples’ Bones Are Not Collectors’ Items. They Must Be Returned
(Indian Country) -- How did the ghoulish practice of grave-digging become an “innocent hobby” for so many white people in the US? A recent FBI press release...

4/25/2019

article GALANDA: Washington State Corrections Religious Laws: "Changing the Language, Changing the Culture"
(Washington) -- “Language is culture and culture is behavior. If you change the language you change the behavior.” These are teachings from late Blackfeet...

4/22/2019

article KUNESH: Indian Country can help solve rural America’s decline
(Indian Country) -- Recently, Paul Krugman shared his thoughts about the decline of rural America: “There are powerful forces behind the relative and in some cases...

4/19/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Native students have the right to wear eagle feathers at graduation
(Oklahoma) -- High school graduation ceremonies across Oklahoma will soon take place. Graduation from high school is an especially significant occasion for Cherokee...
article KEELER: Notre Dame and the Fight for Sacred Lands
(USA) -- In Chiapas, Mexico, I first considered the difference between the kind of society that builds monumental architecture in stone and the kind that nurtures great...

4/17/2019

article COLUMN: Covering Indian Country in the media
(Minnesota) -- I was honored to join a panel of fellow media experts to discuss “Covering Indian Country: How is Indian Country being covered in mainstream media...

4/14/2019

article GIAGO: After all, what’s in a name?
(South Dakota) -- It seems that behind every nickname there is a reason. I was six years old when my parents dropped me of in front of Red Cloud Hall. The building was...
article TRAHANT: This really is a Montana debate: Support coal or else forget Medicaid
(Montana) -- This is really a debate in 2019: Conservative legislators in Montana are demanding that the coal industry get state support or else they will not support a...

4/7/2019

article TRAHANT: What difference does it make to have Native Americans in Congress? This.
(Washington D.C.) -- What difference does it make to have Native Americans in the Congress? The debate last week about the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women...
article NAGLE: How ‘pretendians’ undermine the rights of Indigenous people
(Indian Country) -- The day before Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released the results of her DNA test last fall, the Los Angeles Times revealed another prominent...

3/30/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Cherokee graduates can share tribal pride through new stole program
(Oklahoma) -- A new program will allow Cherokee Nation citizens graduating from college the opportunity to show their tribal pride. The Cherokee Nation Stole Program,...

3/29/2019

article MONET: The crisis in covering Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- When Elizabeth Warren remarked during a recent campaign event that Native Americans should be “part of the conversation” about proposed...

3/25/2019

article CHIEF BAKER: Cherokee graduates can share tribal pride through new stole program
(Oklahoma) -- A new program will allow Cherokee Nation citizens graduating from college the opportunity to show their tribal pride. The Cherokee Nation Stole Program,...
article TRAHANT: American 'democracy' should include more Native voices
(Indian Country) -- What kind of “democracy” is the United States? Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren asked the question in a big way this week. "I...

3/22/2019

article TRAHANT: What kind of democracy? One where Native votes are counted
(Washington D.C.) -- What kind of “democracy” is the United States? Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren asked the question in a big way this week....

3/19/2019

article COMMENTARY: Let’s talk about the Oliphant in the room
(North Carolina) -- This commentary isn’t about the mythical creature from Tolkien stories but a landmark federal case that has adversely affected tribal...

3/18/2019

article GIAGO: Let us stay for awhile and see what we shall see
(Indian Country) -- I want to speak but I cannot and the face is becoming hazy in the crowd. I say “Wait… do not leave yet…stay and talk awhile....

3/13/2019

article MOSES: Yup’ik (Cup’ik) Judicial Practices
(Alaska) -- Yup’k and Cup’ik (Y/Cup’ik) Tribes make up the largest Indigenous or Native Group in Alaska. Their territory covers most of Southwestern...

3/10/2019

article GIAGO: A city of ducktails and ponytails
(South Dakota) -- I often write about the way it was in Rapid City back in the 1940s and 1950s. I do not do this to diminish the fact that there were some racial...
article PEMBER: Seasonal complaint: 'Missionaries are on our reservation!'
(South Dakota) -- Davidica Little Spotted Horse has handed out flyers on the Pine Ridge reservation since 2014. It's a seasonal thing. The weather is warmer and...

3/5/2019

article BREWER: Is a new copyright law a ‘colonization of knowledge’?
(USA) -- In the wake of a sweeping music copyright law that went into effect in October, some historic Indigenous songs, stories and languages could be released to the...
article EAGLEWOMAN: Indigenous legal traditions of stewardship and the rights of nature
(Canada) -- Indigenous peoples worldwide have a deep and abiding relationship with the earth. The Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere commonly refer to the...

2/25/2019

article MAILHOT: Dear Alyssa Milano: If You Want to Stand With Native Women, Please Stop Selling Racist Clothes
(USA) -- Dear Alyssa Milano: I know that you see us. I can appreciate your tweet acknowledging the statistics we face as Native women—that we are "twice as...
article PEMBER: Media continues to tell Native stories without our input
(Indian Country) -- The Wall Street Journal and FRONTLINE PBS have drawn accolades for Predator on the Reservation, a documentary that investigates how the Indian Health...

2/24/2019

article TRAHANT: Let Indian Country cast the first votes to pick the next president
(Washington D.C.) -- Most of the candidates running for president are already on the campaign trail. They’re mostly visiting Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada,...

2/22/2019

article PEMBER: Telling Native Stories Without Native Journalists Is Not a Good Idea
(USA) -- Mary Pember applauds the recently aired "Frontline" investigation "Predator on the Reservation." But the Ojibwe veteran journalist takes...

2/21/2019

article LADUKE: The Rights of Wild Rice
(Minnesota) -- Manoomin (wild rice) now has legal rights. At the close of 2018, the White Earth band of Ojibwe recognized the “Rights of Manoomin” as a part...
article WALN: Tribal Law Exempts Peyote For Native American Church
(South Dakota) -- Our medicine people fought hard to guarantee our freedom to attend our sacred Native American Church (NAC) ceremonies and use peyote as a sacrament....
article Our Turn At This Earth: A Deeply Rooted Way Of Life
(Arizona) -- When I was a young woman, a friend who assisted the Hopi Indians with their causes invited me to join him on a visit to Hotevilla, the most traditional...

2/20/2019

article AHTONE: When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
(Colorado) -- It was fun to watch Christopher Solomon try to grapple with public lands, conservation and Indigenous people all at the same time last week in the...

2/19/2019

article COMMENTARY: How Museums and Historical Spaces Disrespect Native American History
(USA) -- I remember going on a field trip when I was in preschool in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An instructor had one of my classmates try on a traditional Pueblo dress....

2/18/2019

article James Giago Davies: It's time to make universal basic income a reality
(South Dakota) -- Universal Basic income (UBI) is an idea that has been bounced around for years, and attempted in a few limited settings. The idea is that an...

2/17/2019

article COMMENTARY: Dear Qallunaat (white people)
(Canada) -- Dear Qallunaat (white people), We have been living in the same Nunavut cities and towns for some time now. In fact, the collective relationship is sometimes...

2/15/2019

article OP/ED: Physical attacks on media never acceptable
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the United States’ founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson wasn’t always a fan of the media. However, he did have this to say. “...

2/10/2019

article Opinion: We must focus on addressing Klamath Basin resource problems through a 'coalition of the doing'
(Oregon) -- The Klamath Tribes acknowledge the efforts, facilitated by the Department of Interior, to provide opportunity to develop solutions to the Klamath Basin...

1/23/2019

article JENNI MONET: Why I Started Publishing an ‘Indigenous Version’ of My Articles
(South Dakota) -- Two years ago on Thanksgiving Day, I reported from North Dakota along the muddy banks of Canté Peta Creek on the borderlands of the Standing Rock Sioux...

1/20/2019

article JOHN McCOY: Commentary: State’s tribal members need assurances on voting
(Washington) -- We must do more to ensure that the indigenous community has fair access to the ballot box. The 2018 election in North Dakota gave national attention to...

1/7/2019

article GIAGO: Losing two wonderful friends -- Lois Rapp and Jerry Reynolds
(South Dakota) -- Lois Rapp walked on to the Spirit World on Christmas Eve. She loved Christmas Eve and always had the Christmas spirit.
article MONET: Colonized newsrooms can't keep ignoring Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- I got the call around the time I was scrolling my Twitter feed, wiping my eyes dry over the immense promise I felt watching U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-...

1/6/2019

article GRAY: Government shutdown means increased violence against Native women, less safety
(Oklahoma) -- At a time when there are active efforts being made to educate American citizens about the incredible rate at which Indigenous women are abused, the federal...

1/5/2019

article The First Indigenous Women In Congress Mean I Finally Have Representation — & Hope For The Future
(Washington D.C.) -- Thursday night, for the very first time — at 32 years old — I walked into a room filled with hundreds of people who looked just like me...

1/4/2019

article MONET: An Afterthought, No More
(USA) -- I got the call around the time I was scrolling my Twitter feed, wiping my eyes dry over the immense promise I felt watching Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Rep....

1/3/2019

article Daunette on What Being Native American Means to Her
(Nebraska) -- In this “Cultural Appreciation” video, Daunette, who is Native American, dispels myths about her culture and explains why her heritage is so...
article Nebraska Native American girl: I am expected to stay quiet. I am expected to fail.
(Nebraska) -- Daunnette Moniz-Reyome is a member of the Winnebago Ho-Chunk Tribe of Nebraska and a junior at Walthill Public School, where she is active in athletics and...
article TREPPA: As Habematolel Pomo rise, we look to California to continue embracing tribes’ sovereignty
(California) -- California’s tribal leaders represent other recognized governments–our own separate and sovereign governments that protect our people, our...

12/25/2018

article GIAGO: A first Christmas in Rapid City
(South Dakota) -- In the late summer of 1943, rumors fed by the moccasin grapevine circulated around the Pine Reservation that there was plenty of work available in...

12/19/2018

article An end of the year letter from editor Mark Trahant: Beautiful moments ahead
(Washington D.C.) -- A year ago Indian Country Today was dark. Yet many readers did not stop looking for stories. Every day readers checked the website, hoping that...

12/18/2018

article GIAGO: Our first Christmas away from our home on the reservation
(South Dakota) -- In the late summer of 1943 rumors fed by the moccasin grapevine circulated around the Pine Reservation that there was plenty of work available in Rapid...

12/9/2018

article TRAHANT: Five questions about the Trump presidency
(Washington D.C.) -- A series of filings by special counsel Robert Mueller last week raised new questions about the presidency of Donald J. Trump. The documents identify...

12/3/2018

article Giago: Sorry but the R-Word does not honor Native Americans
(South Dakota) -- When the early settlers needed extra cash they would say, “Let’s go out and kill some Redskins and collect the bounty on them.” They...

11/26/2018

article TRAHANT: Tribal people face 'disproportional impact' from climate change
(Washington D.C.) -- A new climate report released Friday by the Trump administration predicts significant -- and expensive -- impacts on the planet as a result of...

11/22/2018

article WALN: We Embrace Tribal Heritage Every Day
(South Dakota) -- Native American Heritage Month is designed by Presidential Proclamation in November. Native American Heritage Day is observed on the day after...

11/21/2018

article MAILHOT: Native American Lives Are Tragic, but Probably Not in the Way You Think
(North America) -- Back in June, activist Shaun King tweeted out a colleague’s Intercept story to his million-­plus followers: “All over this country,...

11/16/2018

article TRAHANT: Indian health was on the ballot: A few wins and Alaska is at risk for a big loss
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health system was on the ballot across the country last week (even if the words were not explicit.) A few wins. And Alaska is at risk for...

11/13/2018

article TRAHANT: Seven election lessons from Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- So much history was made this Election Day and it really was the year of the Native woman. The first two Native American women in Congress,...

11/12/2018

article PEMBER: On ‘Native Election Night,’ I Know My Mother Would Have Been Proud
(USA) -- Although I’ve covered a number of emotionally charged stories, I don’t often cry during the course of reporting. It’s not so much that I...

11/11/2018

article Rebecca Thomas on how urban Indigenous communities have helped shape who she is
(Canada) -- When I was a little girl, I used to go visit my dad in the summertime — and it wasn’t on the reserve. I was around 8 or 9 years old when I...
article Sarah Sunshine Manning: Two Native American women are headed to Congress. This is why it matters.
(Washington D.C.) -- History was made, twice over, in Tuesday’s midterm elections, when two Native American women defeated their opponents. Deb Haaland, a Laguna...

11/10/2018

article MARTIN: Midterm elections a good day for native female candidates
(North Carolina) -- President Donald Trump’s opposition to and lobbying against tribal sovereignty has been well-documented. He’s appeared before a...

11/6/2018

article YOURS: Tribes want to take Sioux San funding
(South Dakota) -- In 1868, which is 150 years ago, my great-great grandparents along with our nation made an agreement with the United States called the Fort Laramie...

11/4/2018

article VOWEL: Giving my children Cree names is a powerful act of reclamation
(Canada) -- Even though we'd agreed on the name months before, my exhausted and distracted husband nearly spelled our daughter's name wrong on her live birth...

11/2/2018

article HOPKINS: 2018 Is The Year Of The Native Woman, But We’ve Always Been Leaders
(USA) -- Next week’s midterm elections will go down in history as a turning point for Native women in this country. More Native women are running for political...
article HOPKINS: Native Voters Explain Why the Midterms Matter
(USA) -- American Indians and Alaskan Natives are the Original People of these lands, belonging to more than 573 tribes that predate the formation of the United States...

10/30/2018

article TRAHANT: Tribes lead way on climate change ballot measure
(USA) -- There are lots of reasons for Indian Country to vote next week: To pick a governor, a member of Congress or a state representative. But that’s not the...

10/25/2018

article ECOFFEY: Does Education Even Matter
(South Dakota) -- On November 6, 2018, our people will head to the ballot box to elect a new tribal president. While this race between Dr. Richard Zephier PhD and Julian...

10/23/2018

article BLACKHORSE: Stop selling costumes that sexualize Indigenous women
(Arizona) -- Three weeks ago, I was threatened with arrest for presenting a petition with more than 14,000 signatures on it to a Halloween-costume maker. Yandy, a...

10/21/2018

article GIAGO: Spooky reservation stories
(South Dakota) -- On moonlit nights on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Holy Rosary Mission School graveyard could be seen clearly through the tall windows of our third...
article MONET: Wall of Forgotten Natives
(Minnesota) -- Inside an encampment near downtown Minneapolis is a hand-painted sign made from a simple square of cardboard: “Just tents to you. A community to us...

10/20/2018

article ECHO HAWK: Changing Elizabeth Warren's story to one about Native America
(Washington D.C.) -- Invisibility of Native peoples to most of America threatens our fundamental rights and the wellbeing of our children. We are invisible within...
article OP/ED: Native American Is Not My Race—It's Who I Am
(USA) -- Elizabeth Warren may feel vindicated about her ancestry, but defining Native American identity by race often results in dangerous challenges to Indigenous...
article My mother is Native American, but I look white. My identity is more than my DNA.
(Arizona) -- There’s a story my mom likes to tell about when my brother and I were little. We’d be walking around our neighborhood in Tucson when a (usually...

10/12/2018

article MAILHOT: A Woman, Tree or Not
(Canada) -- I never became a woman formally in my culture. The ceremony I had once believed was promised to me didn’t come. I can’t tell you much about what...

10/10/2018

article Arne Vainio: 'Remind everyone to love those who are connected to them'
(Minnesota) -- “Has it really been sixteen years?” “It has.” She answered. “I still think about him every day.” She was 78 now and I...

10/5/2018

article CASTRO: The Ohlone People Gather
(California) -- In the origin narratives of many indigenous communities that have lived in what is now known as California since time immemorial, there is a recurring...

10/4/2018

article ECOFFEY: A Case for Online Voting
(South Dakota) -- I have advocated for tribal governments to exercise their rights as sovereign entities on a more frequent basis. Tribes who allow their “...
article TRAHANT: 'Tribalism' is tearing the country apart ... or is the word just misused
(Washington D.C.) -- “Tribalism” is the word that’s defining the political narrative in Washington. Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake put it this way on Wednesday: “Tribalism is...

10/3/2018

article NAGLE: I Won’t Support An Elizabeth Warren Presidency While She Appropriates My Identity
(Washington D.C.) -- On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she would “take a hard look” at running for president in 2020. As a registered Democrat, I agree...

9/25/2018

article Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: America's use of language is tied to racism
(South Dakota) -- Nobody remembers the “hanging chads” of that Florida election and neither do they remember how to spell anything. (On the Internet, you are...
article Tim Giago: Reflecting on my life as a Lakota journalist
(South Dakota) -- “And the days dwindle down to a precious few” and I hope that I am not considered vain for thinking back on those precious few days of the...

9/17/2018

article CHAIRMAN WOOTEN: To save the orca, we must save the Salish Sea
(Washington) -- A member of our family died. The Samish Indian Nation’s ties to J-Pod are deeper than our location on the Salish Sea. They are our family. One of...
article CORONADO: Mass Incarceration Is a Huge Problem for Indigenous Peoples in Oklahoma. Here's What I’m Doing to Help
(Oklahoma) -- My name is Isabel Coronado and I am a citizen of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation. I am of the wind clan and Thlopthlocco tribal town. I recently turned 22 years...

9/9/2018

article GIAGO: Native American Day Parade marches on
(South Dakota) -- Ironically, the first ever celebration of Native American Day took place at Crazy Horse Memorial on Oct. 8, 1990 — 28 years ago. On that day, I met...
article HARJO: Pulling no punches and making history: John McCain's legacy in Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Twenty years before his own passing four days before his 82nd birthday, Senator John Sidney McCain, III eulogized fellow Arizonan Barry Morris...

9/7/2018

article Genocide: What’s in a word?
(Alaska) -- Along with the honest discussion about race in America so needed in these times, an honest discussion of what happened to the Native people in the Americas...
article KROL: Native American journalists long-standing fight for a free press
(Washington D.C.) -- Exposing corruption can be hazardous to a reporter’s or editor’s employment in Indian Country. Just ask some of the editors and...

9/6/2018

article WOODWARD: The English Language Cannot Describe This Native Forest
(Indian Country) -- My focus on Native subject matter started in the late 1990s, when I was deputy editor of Garden Design magazine. As part of an effort to offer...

9/5/2018

article Why Defending Indigenous Rights Is Integral to Fighting Climate Change
(USA) -- Even as the Trump administration rolls back regulations meant to protect Americans from pollution, the EPA recently released a report that finds that people of...

9/4/2018

article COLUMN: It Ain’t Easy Being Indian September 2018
(Minnesota) -- Does anyone remember “Tank Girl?” It’s about how water and power controlled everything and there were just a few holdouts protecting the...
article TRAHANT: Congress debates a Supreme Court pick and federal spending
(Washington D.C.) -- This should be an interesting week in Washington. There are two things to keep an eye on. First, Senate hearings begin today on the nomination of...
article WILD: It Ain’t Easy Being Indian September 2018
(Indian Country) -- Does anyone remember “Tank Girl?” It’s about how water and power controlled everything and there were just a few holdouts...

8/25/2018

article TRAHANT: Oklahoma's runoff election requires a majority vote (this election anyway)
(Oklahoma) -- Every winning politician loves to claim support from The People. It’s how they make legitimate every decision they will make, from spending tax money...

8/24/2018

article LUGER: Before You Try to Decolonize Your Diet, Read This
(USA) -- The land we now know as the United States was by no means ever “virgin soil.” For thousands of years, American Indians have sustained politically...

8/22/2018

article TRAHANT: A crowded November ballot is ahead for Alaska's next governor
(Alaska) -- First the news from Alaska: Republican Mike Dunleavy easily won the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, former Sen. Mark Begich won an uncontested...

8/17/2018

article BUFFALO: Kavanaugh's record poses threat to Native people
(Washington D.C.) -- Judge Brett Kavanaugh's views on voting rights and racial justice in America are extremely troubling, especially in light of the fact that right...
article Sandoz symposium focuses on Native American activism
(South Dakota) -- Susan Power, an attorney turned author and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Tribe of the Dakotas, will deliver the annual Mari Sandoz Heritage...

8/14/2018

article Revisiting The Way We See Native America With Photographer Matika Wilbur On Tuesday's Access Utah
(Utah) -- In 2012, photographer Matika Wilbur sold everything in her Seattle apartment and created Project 562, which reflects her commitment to visit, engage with and...

8/12/2018

article TRAHANT: Andria Tupola wins Republican nomination for governor
(Hawaii) -- Andria Tupola easily won the Republican nomination to be the next governor of Hawaii. She will face the incumbent, Gov. David Ige in November. Tupola, Native...

8/11/2018

article TRAHANT: Championing Native people and values on Election Day
(Minnesota) -- Peggy Flanagan has been a candidate for Minnesota’s lieutenant governor for a long time, since last fall. She was one of the first Native candidates...

8/5/2018

article TRAHANT: Forget political parties (for now) Native candidates seek to be The Top Two
(Washington D.C.) -- Voters in Washington have been “going to polls” since July 20. But the ballot boxes are found in a living room, a kitchen, or anywhere...

8/4/2018

article ECCOFEY: Tribal Workers Come Together In Era Of Climate Change
(South Dakota) -- The storms that ravaged the Oglala Lakota Nation this past weekend could be a sign of things to come due to climate change. Hopefully, the unity and...

8/3/2018

article LaDUKE: Finding beauty in horses, hemp and solar panels
(Minnesota) -- Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s hard not to hang your head with the challenges of these times. To counter this, I just pick my head up and...
article TRAHANT: Meet the Native Americans running for office in 2018
(Washington D.C.) -- Countdown. There are now less than 100 days until Election Day. That means little time for campaigns to reach every possible voter or to raise money...

8/2/2018

article ECOFFEY: Tribal Workers Come Together In Era Of Climate Change
(South Dakota) -- The storms that ravaged the Oglala Lakota Nation this past weekend could be a sign of things to come due to climate change. Hopefully, the unity and...
article Family From High Plains
(North Carolina) -- In a field indistinguishable from the thousands that blanketed the North Carolina countryside, a bead of sweat dripped from O.C. Martin’s chin...

8/1/2018

article TRAHANT: Senate reaches deal with Democrats to pass budgets; but will president go along?
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate leaders would like 90 percent of the federal budget to move forward next month, including Interior Appropriations.

7/31/2018

article ROLO: Going Native: Kneading My Soul
(Minnesota) -- A few years back, I decided to learn how to bake homemade bread. My first time, I failed miserably. The loaf came out of the oven as heavy as a brick,...

7/30/2018

article Native films and documentaries for the 2018-2019 television season
(Indian Country) -- Public TV and the web have a plethora of great shows coming up for the 2018-2019 season you want to keep your eye out for. Here is a list below...

7/26/2018

article TRAHANT: A Farm Bill? More like a food bill and the House & Senate offer different diets
(Washington D.C.) -- Every five years or so Congress enacts a “farm bill.” Those two words are misleading. It’s really a food bill. A trade bill. A...

7/25/2018

article HARJO: If you don’t know treaties and sovereignty, you don’t know history
(Washington D.C.) -- There’s a widespread notion that “tribal sovereignty” and “Indian treaties” are legal, historical, practical and...
article GREAGER: Life and death: The rise of anti-abortion terrorism
(Washington D.C.) -- Since the pivotal 1973 case of Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United Sates, not only have the abortion laws been under attack, so have the...

7/23/2018

article CLARKSON: Elizabeth Warren just failed to stand up for Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- For her claim of Native American heritage, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has gotten a lot of attention, mostly negative. Attempting to turn that...

7/19/2018

article STAR COMES OUT: Native people go without justice on their own lands
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota primaries are over and the winners have celebrated and are now preparing for the general elections. However, there are things that...

7/15/2018

article CHAIRMAN STERUD: Watch our canoes, respect our life force
(Washington D.C.) -- Beginning July 28, the Puyallup Tribe will celebrate its 25th year of participation in the Canoe Journey. As we gather with thousands of relatives...

7/11/2018

article CHIEF BAKER: Sweeney will be champion for Native issues at federal level
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate’s recent confirmation of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior is a...

7/9/2018

article PEMBER: Amid Staggering Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates, Native Communities Revive Traditional Concepts of Support
(USA) -- “We stopped keeping statistics on the number of Native moms and babies that are lost in our region; it was just too upsetting,” said Millicent...

7/6/2018

article EDITORIAL: The ‘Blood Quantum’ Question, Part Three
(USA) -- We gathered for a family dinner on Thursday evening at the home of my friend Cynda Green. My son, Kahlil, and his wife, Miki, and their two children had come up...

7/5/2018

article ROLO: Boarding schools, border wall and the BIA
(Minnesota) -- While illegal immigration is not a pressing issue for the American Indian (when infact, it should have been as in why weren’t the Puritans vetted...
article CHIEF BAKER: Expanded laws allow CN to better enforce VAWA
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation remains committed to protecting our women and children from violence. As principal chief, I reinforced that dedication by creating the...

7/3/2018

article EDITORIAL: The ‘Blood Quantum’ Question, Part One
(Colorado) -- The New York Times posted a YouTube video last April, entitled “A Conversation With Native Americans on Race.” The six-minute “op-doc...
article Nebula Award-winning author Rebecca Roanhorse is indigenizing the future of science fiction and fantasy
(California) -- Rebecca Roanhorse is still excited after she won a Nebula Award for her first-ever short story, "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience."...

7/2/2018

article AHTONE: Share your stories and reclaim your Native truth
(Indian Country) -- The Kiowa word I know for “reporter” is Khoot piah-gyah Maw-tame-Kxee. The rough English translation is “one who teaches with a...

6/30/2018

article Tommy Orange and the New Native Renaissance
(California) -- On a June afternoon, Tommy Orange, author of There There, one of this summer’s breakout books, stood at the foot of the stage at the Fellowship of...
article Tommy Orange: ‘There’s a monolithic version of what a Native American is supposed to be’
(New Mexico) -- The Native American novelist on the many voices of his bestselling debut, his own personal canon and the fear of tokenism in publishing.

6/28/2018

article RED SHIRT: Separating Children from Parents
(South Dakota) -- In September of 1995, the National Park Service observed the date, one hundred years ago, when nineteen Hopi men from Oraibi returned home after...

6/26/2018

article ECHOHAWK: For Native people, the trauma of family separation is nothing new
(Washington) -- America has a long history of removing indigenous children from their families — and often, it came with the “best of intentions.”...

6/25/2018

article David Quincy: Indigenous people remember when America was 'great'
(Minnesota) -- Once upon a time before there was a America – a so called explorer, got lost and “discovered” what would become America, this new world...
article Tim Giago: South Dakota still doesn't get it when it comes to tribes and bison
(South Dakota) -- Last year and the year before that I wrote columns suggesting that the State of South Dakota’s Game, Fish, and Parks open its Buffalo Roundup at...

6/23/2018

article OP/ED: Reduced tuition for Native Americans
(Idaho) -- I am so very pleased that the Idaho State Board of Education has finally decided to offer American Native people much reduced ISU tuition. Good going to them!
article Decolonize and Indigenize: A Reflective Dialogue
(Indian Country) -- Borne from the cabinets of curiosities of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, museums embody colonial worldviews rooted in white supremacy, and...
article Santa Fe author pens tale of indigenous futurism
(New Mexico) -- The world as we know it has ended — or at least it has at the beginning of the new book Trail of Lightning. The debut novel focuses on the Navajo...

6/22/2018

article BREWER: On the border, colonial violence goes unpunished
(Colorado) -- Last week, a Tohono O’odham citizen was struck by a Customs and Border Protection vehicle on his nation’s reservation in southern Arizona. In...

6/20/2018

article 'Locked in cages': James Singer on forced separation of families
(Utah) -- Immigrant children and families being separated by our government is a despicable policy and must stop now. It seems like a cheap and immoral way for the...
article Aaron Payment: Innocent children victmized again by our government
(Michigan) -- Unfortunately, American Indians all too well know the trauma induced by federal policy that separated our children from their families and tribal nations.

6/18/2018

article A Chicago Native American Youth Shares His Experience with Gun Violence
(Illinois) -- I remember the day I got shot clearly. I was waiting to get my hair cut after school in my Chicago neighborhood when I heard that a friend of mine had been...

6/15/2018

article CHARLES: Separating Families? It’s What the US has Always Done
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a crisis going on at our borders. Children are being separated from their families. Mothers are being separated from their babies. Many...
article Opinion: My father’s name
(Canada) -- With a last name like Orange you can imagine I’ve given some thought to names and what they mean. Kids weren’t mean about my name growing up...

6/14/2018

article OP/ED: Higher Education Should Be A Remedy, Not A Tool, For Anti-Native Racism
(USA) -- Recently, two young Native American men had the police called on them during a campus tour at Colorado State University, because the mother of another potential...

6/11/2018

article PAYMENT: Congress must work with, not against, tribal communities in crafting Farm Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- From dairy farmers to foresters to everyone depending on nutrition assistance, Americans will be significantly impacted by the 2018 Farm Bill....
article GIAGO: Try to see America through the eyes of a Native American
(Indian Country) -- Many years ago Leta Rector, a lady of the Cherokee Nation, came to work for me at Indian Country Today when it was based in Rapid City. Rector was...
article Graham Lee Brewer: Native ancestors are often treated like collector's items
(Washington D.C.) -- A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer describes the discovery of Indigenous human remains in the collection of a small library in...

6/8/2018

article BREWER: Why Native remains are treated like collector’s items
(Colorado) -- A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer describes the discovery of Indigenous human remains in the collection of a small library in Philadelphia. The...

6/7/2018

article Entrepreneurial News: Veteran Journalist Fills a Niche with Indian-Country Coverage
(Washington D.C.) -- For the past eight years, journalist Mark Trahant has been a one-man newsroom covering Native American issues. Several times a week, his column,...

6/6/2018

article Native Voices celebrates new plays in annual series
(California) -- Jean Bruce Scott seems to live and breathe theater. As the producing executive director of the exciting initiative known as Native Voices, Scott is...

6/5/2018

article NAGLE: A Recent Trump Administration Ruling Attacked the Heart of Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) caused a stir in Indian Country and Capitol Hill last month by announcing that...
article ORANGE: How Native American Is Native American Enough?
(California) -- I’m not trying to be more Native than I am. Less white than I am. I’m trying to be honest about what I have to include. More often than not I...
article PRESIDENT WESTON: Tapio proposal to end Indian reservations
(South Dakota) -- As recently reported, Candidate Neal Tapio called for ending the “reservation system,” without ever consulting with our Sioux Nation tribes...
article TRAHANT: Congress about to hear a voice that it's never heard before, Deb Haaland
(New Mexico) -- There have been 12,244 men (and a few women) elected to the U.S. House, the Senate, or both since March 4, 1789. None of those representatives have been...
article ROSS: Why is Bob Ferguson attacking Native rights?
(Washington D.C.) -- This isn’t what I initially planned to write. Initially, I planned to write an impassioned opinion piece discussing how Democratic champion...
article Guest Column: Navajo Hopi Honor Riders complete honor run
(Arizona) -- What kind of people save their vacation hours annually so they can use it to visit families who have lost their loved one while serving their country? The...

5/31/2018

article Indian Country Today Negotiates Tightrope of Editorial Independence
(New York) -- A few weeks ago, NPQ reported with some relief that the online news site Indian Country Today (ICT) had reopened after a half-year hiatus. Last year, the...
article Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Let's have a real conversation about our stolen lands
(South Dakota) -- At the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City earlier this month, a gathering said to be called by the Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors was held and it was...

5/29/2018

article TRAHANT: #NativeVote18 Not just a political ad – Candidates are changing the very image of Native people on TV
(USA) -- Here’s one way that Native politicians have already won this election: Stereotypes are shattered every time a campaign commercial is produced and aired on...
article WHALEN: Oglala Sioux Tribe heads in right direction with constitution
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribal Constitutional Reform Task Force has been very active in gathering information from tribal members concerning suggested changes...
article Native Identity: Reclaiming Our Place For Social And Economic Prosperity
(USA) -- I have spent more than 25 years crisscrossing America as an artist, actor, entrepreneur, advocate and leader for multinational corporations, national nonprofits...

5/28/2018

article BREWER: When colleges let down Indigenous students
(Colorado) -- In April, police removed two Mohawk teenagers from a campus tour at Colorado State University. By now the video of officers removing Lloyd Skanahwati and...

5/23/2018

article PEMBER: Indian Country Today returns. Can it protect its editorial independence?
(New York) -- Scrappy and resilient as the population it covers, a reinvented Indian Country Today recently announced its return after a nine-month hiatus. The National...
article PEMBER: Indian Country Today returns. Can it protect its editorial independence?
(Washington D.C.) -- SCRAPPY AND RESILIENT as the population it covers, a reinvented Indian Country Today recently announced its return after a nine-month hiatus. The...

5/22/2018

article Spotted Eagle hoping to defend South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- Stories sustain Faith Spotted Eagle. They define her, bind her to a purpose and give her strength. The 70-year-old Lake Andes therapist became widely...

5/19/2018

article ROLO: Going Native: My Longing to Migrate Home
(Wisconsin) -- Growing up on the southside of Milwaukee during the late 1960s, I remember a particularly painful coming-of-age moment. We were poor; eleven children...

5/18/2018

article BREWER: When colleges let down Indigenous students
(Colorado) -- In April, police removed two Mohawk teenagers from a campus tour at Colorado State University. By now the video of officers removing Lloyd Skanahwati and...

5/10/2018

article Arne Vainio: Sharing our stories with 'In the Spirit of Medicine'
(Minnesota) -- KUMD 103.3 asked me to read my stories on the air. I’ve been writing them for over ten years and I was pretty excited when they asked me.
article James Giago Davies: All I knew were Lakota alcoholics and it hardened my heart
(South Dakota) -- My first experience with Lakota alcoholism came in the dark of a winter’s night, when we were rousted out of our beds by my drunken uncle and his...
article KEENE: To the man who gave me cancer
(Rhode Island) -- I. My cervix and I were closer friends than many. I relied on her to fight my monthly stone man, to help manage my Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

5/9/2018

article PEMBER: How a University and a Tribe Are Teaming Up to Revive a Lost Language
(Ohio) -- For indigenous people, language and song are everything. Since language is mostly an oral tradition for tribes, songs and stories handed down through...

5/8/2018

article Indian Country Today’s New Editor Mark Trahant On The Future Of Native Journalism
(Alaska) -- Last week KYUK got a visit from Indian Country Today’s new managing editor, Mark Trahant. A longtime independent journalist, Trahant has been coming to...

5/5/2018

article Whalen: It's time to remove 'rogue leadership' within Oglala Sioux Tribe
(South Dakota) -- Recently, the Oglala Sioux Tribal Treasurer had a heavy hand in the termination of a writer from a competing newspaper. The writer had previously...

5/4/2018

article Ivan Star Comes Out: A domineering and condescending constitution governs our people
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s constitution grants its Tribal Council absolute power and authority to govern. So why do we have satellite governments...

5/2/2018

article ROLO: Securing Tribal Self Determination
(Minnesota) -- Thirty years ago, the U.S. Congress passed one of the most sweeping legislative acts in the history of federal-Indian policy – the Tribal Self...

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