Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Of Skittles, Hoodies, and Cell Phones

By:  Julia Good Fox I am skeptical at times, but probably not as much as I ought to be.  Skepticism is a necessary skill in navigating the United States maze, but it is my fate to be hard-wired with an unfortunate tendency to periodically keep a codependent relationship with society at large.  I still have to get schooled in recovery tactics by the more savvy members of my family, circle of friends, and Tribal peoples. Yet, I am not completely clueless.  Off hand, I am skeptical of the following: People who claim they do not see skin pigmentation.   Policemen who wear military haircuts.   Legislative activity in Florida, Arizona, and the other states. Florida and its NRA-sponsored “Stand Your Ground” law is receiving a lot of ink lately.  Florida aside, who cannot recognize the fear-mongering of the NRA since its founding in 1871?  Who among us was not immediately suspicious when news about the killing of high-school student, Trayvon Martin, began to filter out?  When we learned more...

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

A Doin’ to Establish a Political Platform for Indian Country

By Julia Good Fox Is a unified platform a political necessity for Indian Country? Yes, of course it is. Last week, National Congress of American Indians President, Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw), delivered the NCAI’s 2012 State of Indian Nations. Entitled, “A Vision for ‘Our America,’” the address actually was remarkable for the forcefulness of its pro-Tribal rhetoric. Listening to President Keel, I was reminded of the adage that the people perish when there is no vision. So what is the current political vision of Indian Country as formulated by Tribal Peoples? This vision, a viable political platform for Indian Country, can be achieved and implemented with no loss to the crucial importance of Tribal nationalism. (This is also true to with regards to voting in U.S. state and federal elections. The eventual formation of an inter-Tribal political party, which will provide an increase in meaningful and relevant choices for Indian Country other than those offered by the Democrat Party or the GOP, will be another instance of meaningful self-determination; and...

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Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Big Here: All Paths Lead to the Haskell Wetlands

By: Julia Good Fox On January 19, 2012, an important legal proceeding is scheduled to occur. On that date, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will hear the Prairie Band Pottawatomie Nation, et al., Appellants v. Federal Highway Administration (FHA), et al. The proceedings center on the proposed construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT) through a historic area (the Haskell Agricultural Farm property). This is a site that is on the southern portion of the Baker Wetlands, an area more commonly referred to as the Haskell Wetlands. If you have attended or visited Haskell Indian Nations University, no doubt you are familiar with this area of campus. Lawrence, Kansas, is one of the hubs of Indian Country. A charming town with a fascinating history, Lawrence is located in the eastern part of the state and is home to both the University of Kansas (est. 1866) and Haskell Indian Nations University (est. 1884). As such, there are well over 140 American Indian Tribes represented in Lawrence....

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