Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Featured

Grinch Strikes Fort Thompson, By Evelyn Red Lodge

Grinch Strikes Fort Thompson, By Evelyn Red Lodge

Big Bend District – Yes, the Grinch has struck a tiny community in South Dakota. Enter Joe Shields, Crow Creek Housing Executive Director(http://idaresources.acf.hhs.gov/apex/testgranteedetailsite?id=0017000000lP8MwAAK). While serving a 10 day eviction notice on a Big Bend District woman, she says he told her when asked that he is a pipe carrier and Sundancer. Gasp. Back up. A pipe carrier, in the Dakota way, has a special connection with Creator. He or she prays for the people, among other things. Next, a Sundancer makes sacrifices for the people, among other things. Instead of waiting a few more days after the holidays, Shields chose this time of year to serve her with a 10 day notice. According to the woman, Janice Howe, he violated housing rules by going over the Big Bend District Councilman, Fabian Howe’s head. The Howes are related as common in small Indian reservation communities. Janice Howe is well known throughout the nation as she is featured in the award winning National Public Radio’s 2012 investigative series Native Foster Care:...

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Featured

Thank you President Kelley, from a NDN UND Alumni, By Dr. Erich Longie

Thank you President Kelley, from a NDN UND Alumni, By Dr. Erich Longie

Over the course of 20 years I received 3 degrees from the University of North Dakota (UND): a Bachelors, Masters and a Doctorate. As a UND alumni, and as a Sioux, I want to thank President Kelley for his honorable and courageous leadership he demonstrated in carrying out the wishes all the North Dakotan who voted to end the use of the Fighting Sioux nickname at my beloved alma mater. It was this honorable and courageous leadership that so infuriated the die-hard nickname supporters. They were so used to previous presidents backing down when the issue of retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname was discussed. Not President Kelley. Although they savagely attacked him again and again, he went about doing his job, without demeaning, degrading, or insulting anyone. Their scorched earth policy of attacking President Kelley only strengthen the resolve of us Indian students who had, or who were attending UND, to support him and his decisions regarding the nickname. Why did the die-hard nickname supporters attack President Kelley so...

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Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Featured

Thanksgiving Day Conversation: Protests, Refugees, and Native American Heritage Month, By Seven Williams

Thanksgiving Day Conversation: Protests, Refugees, and Native American Heritage Month, By Seven Williams

November is perhaps the most important month of the year for many Americans. You have Election Day, which puts political figures into office. Also Veterans Day, which honors our military veterans for their service. Once those have passed, it’s all about the holiday season. Which means many families get together, eat, talk, and watch football on Thanksgiving. The next morning, thousands of people head out to do early Christmas Shoppers on Black Friday. With all the things happening lately, not only in United States but around the world, here are some conversations you should be having this Thanksgiving dinner. 1. The killings of unarmed black and brown people by police throughout the country has sparked outrage and created a new generation of activists and grassroots movements.  These young people are not afraid and are organizing and demanding justice. These  activists aren’t just African Americans either they are Arab, Native American, Latino etc. From Ferguson to college campuses these young people are bringing attention to Police Brutality and Killings as well as...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Featured

NDN Magic

NDN Magic

NDN medicine is seldom discussed, for a number of reasons. Indigenous spirituality has been under attack for hundreds of years, due to the invasion of European immigrants armed with guns and bibles. Our religion was outlawed by the government. Some of our ancestors were imprisoned and died to save these ways. Finally, we protect our ceremonies because they are, by nature, sacred. As a result of conquest, genocide and assimilation, some ancient knowledge has been lost or remains hidden. While visiting with an elder, he said there is one topic of conversation that’s mentioned even less than ceremony, and he missed it. “What is it?” I asked. “Magic,” he responded. He went onto explain that Natives today focus almost exclusively on the notion of ‘medicine’ while neglecting that there were people among us who were not holy men, yet practiced magic. These otherworldly folks were human tricksters who were able to perform deeds that defied explanation. They used their powers for good or evil, and were often mischievous. They...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Featured

BUZZFEED’S “WATCH NATIVE AMERICANS TRY ON ‘INDIAN’ HALLOWEEN COSTUMES” By Dr. Myrton Running Wolf

BUZZFEED’S “WATCH NATIVE AMERICANS TRY ON ‘INDIAN’ HALLOWEEN COSTUMES” By Dr. Myrton Running Wolf

An amused and disgusted Sheila Chalakee, a Muscogee Creek Indian actor/comedienne, laughingly says, “Argh! Just get this over with!” Music crashes in and the BuzzFeed opening logo tumbles on screen. Jump-cuts to several young professional American Indian interviewees – actor Jenny Marlowe (Algonquin), actor/writer Darrell Dennis (Shuswap), and student/intern Shane Whitaker (Sioux). The Native Americans offer their general feelings of “Indian” Halloween costumes. Shane Whittaker says, “I sort of always dread this time of year because of racist costumes.” Sheila Chalakee returns, “I’m so nervous! I’m so nervous!!!” Smash-cut to a title card that reads – “We gave each person a different costume.” Sheila laughs/cries/screams as she looks at her plastic-packaged Indian costume, “Oh, my god! What …!?!” She reads the costume labeling out loud, “Tribal Temptations.” Shane looks at his costume and smirks, “Oh, sweet Jesus! … Well, right off the bat the first thing I notice is the axe …” He adds sarcastically, “‘Cause we’re savages!” —————————— It’s like a game now, right? Here we are again...

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