Steven Newcomb
In Rudy Ryser’s recent article, “Governing and Demagogues,” (ICTMN, 11/10/14), Glenn Morris (Shawnee) and I are the ones being termed “demagogues.” Ryser, Executive Director for the Center for World Indigenous Studies, used that pejorative to...
Byron L. Dorgan and Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D.
We know what is number one in all American’s lives—and that is our children. Yet, tragically some children in the United States are too often forgotten and living in systems without equal access to opportunity. This is all too evident in Indian...
John H. Horst
On the heels of an electoral drubbing, the President and Republican leaders of the new Congress remain at odds over immigration. The Republican meme of ‘securing the border’ is beginning to skip like a scratched record. But the President’s ‘phone...
Julianne Jennings
The pursuit of family history (genealogy) and origins tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future...
Mike Taylor
I live and sleep in the mountains. Been living this way for a year now, so I guess that technically makes me homeless. I know an Indian who was similarly homeless, but she got a PhD and now does research at MIT. So there's always hope for Indians in...
Garfield Steele
The greatest resource of a tribal nation is their people. Every elected tribal council has a responsibility to the membership that they serve but more importantly they have a sacred obligation to protect the welfare of their future generations. Over...
Peter d'Errico
A new historical and cultural novel by Larry Spotted Crow Mann (Nipmuc), The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving, challenges the stereotypical American holiday tradition. The story centers on the experiences of a 40-year-old Nipmuc man coming to terms...
Andre Cramblit
The basis of the religion of the local people relies on individual effort through ritual cleanliness and ceremonies that include the entire tribe. The Tribes of this region practice the annual World Renewal Ceremonies, such as the Karuk Pikyavish,...
Jessica Carro
If you are an American, born and raised, reading this article, than you were most likely told the same Thanksgiving fairytale story growing up. We all went through a similar rude awakening later in life when we were retaught that the Natives of this...
Rudolph C. Ryser
Reading the Glenn Morris comment in “Invader-States Hijacked UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” and Steven Newcomb’s “A Response to Glenn Morris’s Column” alongside Vice President Will Micklen’s “World Conference Takes Concrete Action to...
Kevin Leecy
In Germany, students in grades K-12 receive mandatory instruction about the Holocaust. In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission bore witness to the injustices of Apartheid. These countries took such public steps because they...
My alcohol and drug counselor asked me one simple question upon our first meeting. The answer would be the turning point in my life. I had become addicted to alcohol. I had just hit rock bottom. I was unsure, scared and lost. All I wanted was a...
Dina Gilio-Whitaker
I never cease to be amazed at the intellectual brilliance that comes out of Indian country. Much of it graces the pages of this site; some of these people can be thought of Indian country’s top pundits. And just as you see in the mainstream media,...
Sami Jo Difuntorum
The cornerstone of healthy communities throughout the world is access to safe, culturally relevant and quality affordable housing. Nowhere is that more apparent than in Indian Country, where Indian housing has had a long history of challenges, from...