I recently attended a play put on by a Native production company under the command of the acclaimed Lakota playwright, Larissa FastHorse.
The modern era has unfolded in the shadow of the French Revolution. Almost all future revolutionary movements looked back to the Revolution as their predecessor.
Don't look for an understanding of Indian Peoples in Naomi Schaefer Riley's book, The New Trail of Tears, despite its subtitle, "How Washington is Destroying American Indians." Riley separates Indian people—individuals—from Indian Peoples.
As Native people we are no strangers to grief. Profound grief. With a growing literature on historical trauma, we have clearer understandings about how the political realities of colonization have affected us on the individual level.
There is a whole history of massacres against tribes that doesn’t really need to be documented in this story. The history of violence is something that is practically part of Native peoples’ DNA. It’s certainly part of our genetic memory, incorporated into our genetic code.
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.