Editor’s Note: From time to time, our contributors find themselves in far flung places doing very interesting and world changing things. It appears that it is Jennings turn to turn on the world to indigenous thinking and world views.
For two decades, the Dakota Consortium of Treaty Schools (DACTS), has worked with our friends in Congress to address the sad state of school facilities in Indian country.
The rescinded appointment of Professor Steven Salaita to the level of Associate Professor in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is easily one of the most controversial events in recent years.
I remember my first week at Dartmouth College. It was after a week-long bus ride from California. Dartmouth, the Ivies, the East Coast, College in general, they are all worlds away from the reality of the California Rez (American Indian Reservation).
If you are an American, born and raised, reading this article, then you were most likely told as a child the same Thanksgiving fairytale that I was. Presumably, we all went through a similar rude awakening later in life when we were taught the real history, not the BS Americanized version.
A new front is opening in the turf war over Indian self-determination: Who controls Indian education—distant Federal bureaucrats or Indian communities attuned to their own children’s needs?
These rules are my reflections after having worked for nearly 30 years in American Indian education at all levels (parent, teachers aid, bus driver, high school teacher, education specialist, consultant, head start teacher and director, college instructor, principal, and tribal education director
Last month I visited Washington, D.C. with Laird Jones, Vice President of the National Johnson-O’Malley Association (NJOMA), for a series of meetings with Members of Congress, White House Domestic Policy Staff, and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).
In his recent visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, President Obama announced an ambitious plan to fulfill the promise of a brighter future for children who grow up in often remote and impoverished Native communities.
President Obama recently visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota where he presented a series of Indian Education proposals intended to reform the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).
Standing in a parking lot across the street from the 2014 Chamberlain High School commencement ceremony last Sunday, singers, supporters (Native and non-Native), students, and families crowded outside the National Guard Armory to
Dedicating this song ‘Commencement Day’ from the Blue Scholars of Seattle to “the class of two thousand whatever” throughout Indian country and all “the teachers who are underpaid” and love their students enough to keep on teaching.
On May 19, I went to the Oklahoma Capitol Building to present Governor Mary Fallin with an 8,000 signature and 90 plus page petition I created for Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry (EONM), a group of Native American parents and allies along with RH Reality Check, a daily publication providing
Morgan James Peters, 46, professionally known as "Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor," is a Mashpee Wampanoag, multifaceted performing artist, writer, media artist and educator, who swept the 2010 Jazz category with his album The Liberation Sessions winning the ‘Best Jazz Male’ as well as ‘Best