Dwanna L. Robertson

“There is no better place for a vibrant Indigenous and Cherokee Studies program than NSU, which serves as a monument to the intellectual history of the Cherokee Nation.” — Wilma P. Mankiller, “Memo to Dr. Don Betz,” January 19, 2010....

March 13, 2013
In September, Dean Chavers, the director of Catching the Dream—an organization that awards scholarships to Native American students—was hammered by readers for allegedly oversimpli...
Dwanna L. Robertson

After hanging up from a marathon talk with one of my best friends, Stephany, I suddenly remembered that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It reminded me that cancer is the leading cause of death among Indian women, with heart disease coming in as a close second....

October 24, 2012
Dr. Dean Chavers

When I wrote a column two months ago on scholarships and how few Indian students apply to them, I got a response that still floors...

September 19, 2012
Dwanna L. Robertson

With football and the fall season—which is always tough for Native folks because of the U.S.’s insistence on honoring Columbus, the awful Pocahontas Halloween costumes, and the ever-present Thanksgiving mythology of the goodness of the pilgrims and the simple-mindedness of Indigenous people—fast...

September 17, 2012
Dwanna L. Robertson

Recently, Dr. Dean Chavers wrote an article about how Native students aren’t applying for scholarships....

September 12, 2012
If she’d planned to tackle some of the most contentious issues in Indian country, a Mvskoke (Creek) sociologist couldn’t have done a better job...
Dwanna L. Robertson

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me about receiving money from Indian casinos, I might be relatively rich. No such luck. Non-Native people generally assume Indians are getting rich from tribal casinos, and often engage in intensive question-and-answer sessions when challenged....

June 23, 2012
Dwanna L. Robertson

Contrary to popular belief, especially among non-Natives, American Indians did not simply relinquish their rights to lands, waters, and other natural resources....

May 22, 2012

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