Terese Mailhot
6/18/16

I don’t know what "Native" is. It’s become something so obscure that the more I talk about it the more abstract it becomes. I can’t say it’s about blood, or skin, or pain, or papers. But I know when it’s absent....

Terese Mailhot
6/10/16

“Be quiet. The Gorilla is on TV again,” and, “Can you get me a margarita,” have been common utterances as of late, and I ain’t sorry....

Terese Mailhot
5/31/16

Trump’s a racist. He’s also an idiot....

Terese Mailhot
4/14/16

Recently, a beautiful Indigenous woman, Sharnell Paul, was barred from being featured in the Women of the Navajo calendar for being transgender....

Terese Mailhot
3/16/16

Enter J.K. Rowling: a well-meaning white lady whose work, “History of Magic in North America,” debuted with some criticism concerning its depiction of Native Americans....

Terese Mailhot
2/27/16

My auntie says there’s a direct connection between violence against the earth and violence against Indigenous women. I think of my own brown body when she says this, and how it was damaged in childhood and adolescence....

Terese Mailhot
2/5/16

I heard the term ‘crazy Indian’ a few times when I was a young girl....

Terese Mailhot
1/30/16

Indian life is full of incongruences. The sacred lands we live on, the land our ancestors cleared to make our lives livable, is the same land our youth blasts their bass-ridden, misogynistic lyrics on....

Terese Mailhot
1/24/16

The problem with white saviors isn’t necessarily that they’re paternalistic, or dumb, it’s mostly that they aren’t dependable. Where is my white savior when I want a jar opened? Ultimately, if you give a white person too much power as an ally they will betray you....

Terese Mailhot
1/10/16

One of my brother’s earliest memories is of him watching me in my father’s van while our father drank out by the river. My brother said I was only a baby, and he didn’t know if my dad would come back, so he sat in the cold van, feeding me an empty bottle....

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