I enjoy a piece of warm frybread as much as anyone.
But I know that this supposedly “traditional” food was first made from U.S. Government commodity lard and flour, and that it’s unhealthy.
Last week when Dartmouth College announced it hired Susan Taffe Reed as the director of the college’s Native American Program, alumni and Native people from across Indian Country took their keyboards to express their dissatisfaction.
Contemporary American Indian pow wows have been undergoing a considerable amount of cultural change.
Since writing I wrote “Fight White Supremacists: People of Color Must Unite” on August 27, I have been bombarded by readers with opposing opinions.
When knowing the end is just around the corner it makes me weak inside wishing I could rewind and start from the beginning again. On the date of August 22, it was my last Traditional Naming Ceremony.
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.