Recent controversies over claiming group identity (Native American and African American), who can claim it, and one’s connection to a particular community reminded me of a 2012 L’Oreal commercial featuring Beyoncé.
On October 16, 1995, the world witnessed more than a million black men converge on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrahkan urged them to improve their families and communities.
Once on the rez I was walking my baby to a Christmas dinner when a matriarch in my community scolded me for not putting a blanket on my baby. I was shamed, and rightfully so, because nobody with a good grandma would let their baby leave the house uncovered in the cold.
Hayley Cook was decorating the Michigan State University (MSU) campus landmark Rock on Farm Lane
In the hustle and bustle of the 21st Century, it’s not easy to drop everything and tend to your tribal traditions. Sometimes, if you respect your ancestors, you have no choice.
This September, Pope Francis is coming to Great Turtle Island (“North America”).
Twenty years ago, on a visit to Great Falls, Montana, I spent an afternoon casually wandering through the C.M. Russell Auction of Original Western Art, reputed, at that time, to be the most prestigious Western art show in North America.
At the age of 12, it seemed that I had no choice in the decision of being the next bundle keeper. At that time I went through the coming of age ceremony. I was told that the spirit chose me.
The July 14 column, "Protect He Sapa, Stop
Just being taught of the Aboriginal Medicine Wheel, I can definitely say that my medicine wheel is not perfect. Being shown a circle cut into four equal elements standing for Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, and Mental.
As a Native American man, and as a man who tries to live my life as a warrior, I would be nothing without the loving guidance of Native women that I know and care about.
Cecil the lion has me rethinking my style choices. I might opt for some hair teasing and furry suits. Maybe we’ve been going about ‘Native Lives Matter,’ all wrong. We’re silly to think the public would care about brown bodies—let’s be cats instead.
Being placed in between two native elders, I was close to being given my own traditional spirit name. Cloth in the colors of red and green were placed close to my chest with a peace pipe located in the centre of the material.
David Wilkins, Lumbee Nation, has said that Tribal Sovereignty is arguably the most important, unifying concept across Indian Country.