courtesy Marty Two Bulls

Cartoonist Marty Two Bulls Profiled by Associated Press

ICTMN Staff
6/13/13

In a profile published today, the Associated Press has spotlighted one of Indian country's leading satirists -- Marty Two Bulls, cartoonist for ICTMN.

Two Bulls, Oglala Lakota, has made a name for himself and gained this sort of mainstream recognition (last year, he won a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists) for his willingness to look at Indian country issues from more than one angle. This often puts his cartoons at odds with widely held Native opinions.

"If everyone quit drinking, then Whiteclay would go away. If everyone stopped driving their cars, Keystone would go away," he told the Associated Press. "It's simplistic. It's the way a child would look at the problem, but you know a lot of times the most simplest answers are the hardest to face because of that person in the mirror."

Two Bulls' work can also serve as a cultural bridge between Native America and the rest of the inhabitants of Turtle Island -- baseball fans who might not take the time to read an Indian Country Today editorial can get a more immediate sense of the Indian viewpoint from a Two Bulls cartoon. "Several of his cartoons plainly ask readers to think about how odd it would be if a team name were called 'Whites,' or if stereotypical imagery were widely accepted that is racist and offensive toward minority groups other than Indians," Rob Capriccioso, ICTMN's Washington, D.C. bureau chief, told the AP. "To fans of the teams and names he highlights, his work is controversial. To an Indian reader, his work is less shocking, yet more appreciated."

Visit ICTMN's Marty Two Bulls archive to browse cartoons dating back to 2008.

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Submitted by Nathan on
Marty says it like it is. No hands barred, if its fat Indians dying from sugar and/or alcohol, or white people being stupid, he says it graphic style. I like it. Thanks Marty. Your a good guy.

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Vince Cary
Submitted by Vince Cary on
I'm not part of the ignorant whites and neither are my relatives we care , want to learn we read .You can call me ignorant it does not bother me but it wouldn't hurt to give me a like on F/B once in a while. It hurts when you care about someone and they cant see past the color of your skin. When we have a family reunion we meet somewhere in the mountains not the Hilton LOL. Some of us cant even afford to get out of town so we hitch a ride with another relative . Some of my family are lawyers one of my Uncles died from alcoholism on Skid Row . I know what's up but if you don't let me in your heart there is nothing I can do. I respect your religion your old ways , I even married a Lakota girl it was alcohol and drugs that ruined our marriage . But I never felt like any disrespect until F/B . I can ramble on for ever on the subject for one thing I cant do much more . No money ! to travel I cant lift more than ten pounds but I sign petitions . So I feel worthless most of the time in reality I am worthless but not ignorant ! Now it is a joke to say that I am part Indian well I'm not laughing !

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Vince Cary
Submitted by Vince Cary on
I'm not part of the ignorant whites and neither are my relatives we care , want to learn we read .You can call me ignorant it does not bother me but it wouldn't hurt to give me a like on F/B once in a while. It hurts when you care about someone and they cant see past the color of your skin. When we have a family reunion we meet somewhere in the mountains not the Hilton LOL. Some of us cant even afford to get out of town so we hitch a ride with another relative . Some of my family are lawyers one of my Uncles died from alcoholism on Skid Row . I know what's up but if you don't let me in your heart there is nothing I can do. I respect your religion your old ways , I even married a Lakota girl it was alcohol and drugs that ruined our marriage . But I never felt like any disrespect until F/B . I can ramble on for ever on the subject for one thing I cant do much more . No money ! to travel I cant lift more than ten pounds but I sign petitions . So I feel worthless most of the time in reality I am worthless but not ignorant ! Now it is a joke to say that I am part Indian well I'm not laughing !

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Vince Cary
Submitted by Vince Cary on
I'm not part of the ignorant whites and neither are my relatives we care , want to learn we read .You can call me ignorant it does not bother me but it wouldn't hurt to give me a like on F/B once in a while. It hurts when you care about someone and they cant see past the color of your skin. When we have a family reunion we meet somewhere in the mountains not the Hilton LOL. Some of us cant even afford to get out of town so we hitch a ride with another relative . Some of my family are lawyers one of my Uncles died from alcoholism on Skid Row . I know what's up but if you don't let me in your heart there is nothing I can do. I respect your religion your old ways , I even married a Lakota girl it was alcohol and drugs that ruined our marriage . But I never felt like any disrespect until F/B . I can ramble on for ever on the subject for one thing I cant do much more . No money ! to travel I cant lift more than ten pounds but I sign petitions . So I feel worthless most of the time in reality I am worthless but not ignorant ! Now it is a joke to say that I am part Indian well I'm not laughing !
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