As a kid, to me the Fourth of July was all about one thing: fireworks. I grew up in the country in the Dakotas, where lighting off fireworks was pretty much a rite of passage for reservation kids.
Today, July 4, the United States of America celebrates its Declaration of Independence from the British Empire.
I have for some time been analyzing the “ecology of fear” and the climate of hatred it generates to feed the growing menace of presumably random acts of violence in Arizona such as last year’s shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
An oft-heard criticism of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is that it’s an “aspirational” document, one with no teeth, enforceability
When you are about one half of one percent of the population, how many people can you afford to leave behind by categorical self-definition?
Citizenship is a tricky word in Indian country. It’s “citizenship” rather than “membership” if an Indian nation is not a club and you can’t join it.
The Western Shoshone have been litigating the rights to their homeland since at least 1951, when a claim was filed, purportedly in their behalf, before the U
When I began attending the University of Oregon, I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X as Told to Alex Haley, a book based on Haley’s in
In his Executive Order declaring November 2011 “Native American Heritage Month,” U.S. President Barack Obama said that his administration “recognizes the painful chapters in our shared history.” As a key part of that history, today marks the 125th year since the U.S.
A Haudenosaunee orator and representative to Nations has said that “sovereignty is the act there
Kanaretiio, identified in New York court documents as 51-year old William Roger Jock, serves as the Bear Clan representative of the Men’s Council of the Akwesasne Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne, or, The People of the Way of the Longhouse.
After multiple recounts and one court-ordered do-over, Bill John Baker has defeated incumbent Chad Smith to become the new Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been intruding on tribal sovereignty for several years, by asserting authority over businesses owned and operated by tribal governments, including those located on reservations. And it's poised to strike yet another blow.
A few weeks ago, I read the following paragraph in an NPR article about the Cherokee Freedmen:
"This is not a club; you can't just claim to be Cherokee and show up and be included," says Cara Cowan Watts, a vocal member of the Cherokees' tribal council.