In the Northeast among the forests and along the shores of Iroquoia we have a dance called the Women’s Shuffle Dance, or the Women’s Dance. The men sing an ancient song meant to honor and recognize the role of women and the female spirit.
With the state of Washington recently voting to ban the usage of all Native American-related mascots in public schools, it brings momentum and hope to those that aim to see national mascots like the Cleveland Indians or Washington Redskins caricatures retired.
There is something insidiously ironic about being American Indian during the fall of the 21st century.
The negative representations of American Indians have recently caught national attention in the news and on the Internet.
The battle is over, and pundits now stroll to the battlefield and shoot the survivors. I have used this bully pulpit to urge that Indians bloc vote only when threatened as Indians. My own vote turned on threats I perceived to my family. Your mileage may vary.
Amid the hoopla of the War of 1812 bicentennial, a notable anniversary came and went unobserved recently.
Many Native American teenagers are planning their future and want to make a difference—I believe that. The Native American people have—time and again—answered our nation’s call when it comes to serving in many capacities and that includes the call of service in the military.
Not again! In September, the Native community sprang into action voicing our collective outrage after we were assailed by Paul Frank’s "neon pow-wow" fashion night, complete with war-painted employees and C-list celebrities donning feather headbands, armed with plastic tomahawks.
On October 22, 2012, at 4:44 a.m., Oglala Lakota leader Russell Means began his journey to the spirit world.
My Fellow Americans,
It is with sadness that I concede the election to President Obama. He fought a good campaign and, while I thought I had a chance, the people of this country have spoken.
Despite the required recount, North Dakota tribes and Indian country were already celebrating the efforts put forth for Indian champion Heidi Heitkamp’s improbable victory in her bid to hold Democrat Kent Conrad’s United States Senate seat.
Did you get a chance to see No Doubt’s new music video for their song “Lookin’ Hot”? It was only out for a couple of days before they took it down and issued an apology to the American Indian community. I finally got a chance to hunt it down myself and take a look at it.