Spirituality

March 18, 2012
By:
Alma Ransom

It seems like no one realizes that Tekakwitha lived a full life of learning and practicing our traditional culture and knew how to survive before she became a Catholic. There were missionaries who had learned our language and dialects among the Iroquois and she learned their prayers.

March 17, 2012
By:
Ruth Hopkins

I moved away from home two months ago for work. For the past six years, I’d been living on the Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate where I am enrolled.

January 12, 2012
By:
Ruth Hopkins

Before Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton, the Lakota studied astronomy. Many indigenous peoples did. They were natural scientists.

November 23, 2011
By:
Simon Moya-Smith

It was earlier this month during a snowstorm that I stumbled upon an interesting tidbit of American history—the kind you’d hope would make it into inner city high school textbooks, but somehow gets omitted like so many other things.

November 02, 2011
By:
Cheryl Crazy Bull

Many people after watching the ABC 20/20 special, “Hidden America: Children of the Plains” may be asking, “What can be done to help?” The special depicted the da

August 22, 2011
By:
Steven Newcomb

The Kumeyaay have no ceremony for reburying the dead. The remains of a Kumeyaay ancestor unearthed by the dominating society are to be given the same ceremony as a loved one who has recently passed on.

August 05, 2011
By:
Harold Monteau

It’s difficult to write about “spirituality;” it’s an individual experience.

July 27, 2011
By:
Gyasi Ross

(The following is a satire inspired by Jonathan Swift, with apologies to April.)

Scorching hot hippies. Patchouli oil steaming from the bodies.

July 21, 2011
By:
Daniel Blondeau

To the editor:

July 02, 2011
By:
Ruth Hopkins

Most people in the United States are unaware of what an important role plants play in the field of medicine. Plants are the original source material for nearly 40% of all pharmaceutical remedies in the United States.

July 01, 2011
By:
Russell Means

The late Seneca scholar and philosopher John Mohawk said: "In order to be free, you must act free." Mohawk was a contemporary of mine, and he knew the struggle for freedom for indigenous peoples is not theoretical, it is real; it is also difficult, constant and requires remembering where we, as A

June 30, 2011
By:
Gabriel S. Galanda

In early 2010, the Washington State Department of Corrections stripped the American Indian men and women incarcerated in its twelve prisons of virtually everything that makes them tribal. Agency religious practices policies were changed, ostensibly to help balance the state’s budget.

June 30, 2011
By:
Harold A. Monteau

Ordinarily I would not use those two words in the same sentence. A little over ten years ago I awoke in my pickup along a dirt road that served as a common driveway to my home and neighboring homes.

June 22, 2011
By:
Steve Russell

James Ray’s Arizona trial for manslaughter played like a bad movie; Harry Potter meets John Wayne. And now he's been found guilty of negligent homicide.

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