Luci Tapahonso (Navajo) wrote the text for a photo essay in the July 2016 issue of Smithsonian magazine: "For Mor
Let us acknowledge that our nations were living entirely free and independent of Western Christendom prior to Columbus’s first invasive arrival to our part of Mother Earth.
On June 25, 1976, Hobart Keith, a Judge for the Oglala Sioux Tribal Court, kicked the doors of the Pine Ridge jailhouse wide open and freed the Indian prisoners in honor of the famous downing of the 7th Calvary some 100 years before in a Montana valley of the Little Big Horn river.
The threads of history, culture and ancestry form a timeless and unbreakable weave in Native American life. The elders who came before us are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.
“Every story has a sacred dimension not because of gods but because a man or woman’s sense of self and the world is created through them.
By the time you are pushing 40, you understand why oldies radio stations are common coast to coast. You hear the first few bars and you can name the tune and the artist. Even more important, the music transports you to a time and place.
Turtle Island and the Indigenous groups who have continuously occupied these lands are older than the United States of America. Our spiritual beliefs are tied to Ina Maka (Mother Earth).
While listening to National Public Radio the other day, I heard a story about a strange proposal being made in Pakistan. It would legally allow husbands to chastise disobedient wives.
These days, the word “reconciliation” has taken deep root in the contemporary discourse between the government of Canada and many of the First Nations of that part of Great Turtle Island.
Just for a minute, imagine that the situation in Hawaii involving land, Native Hawaiians and Hawaiians could be boiled down so that Hawaii has one of those Old World medieval walled cities, where a population known as the Native Hawaiian community lives, inside the walls.
Words are the means by which we configure and create our reality. When we change our words we change our reality. The words we use in our daily lives in our interaction with others constitute an entire reality.
In 1537, Pope Paul III issued the papal bull Sublimis Deus (Sublime God).
I am a direct descendant of one of the foremost leaders in the Suffragette Movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who worked alongside Susan B. Anthony to achieve the right to vote for women.
American history consists of history written primarily from the perspectives of white American historians. This is the truth that many Natives live with regularly. As a researcher and scholar I encounter this situation on a daily basis.