District of Despair: Montana Reservation Schools | Alone | Loot | Bansky | Zinke gone

Just half of Wolf Point’s Native students graduate from high school, compared with about three-quarters of their white peers. In June 2017, the Tribal Executive Board of Fort Peck filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights requesting a federal investigation into its contention that the Wolf Point […]

Identity, Indians and THE MIX

As Adoptees we need to be flexible, open to the new, to synchronicities, to unlikely possibilities and to seeing the extraordinary opportunities we have, to deal with the losses, the traumas of adoption, to be who we want to be.  Identity, that ‘thing’ we have taken from us in adoption which is replaced by a […]

Who were the Suala Indians?

Hieron. Chiaves Richard Thornton Native American History Examiner December 29, 2013 Can you tell me something about the Suala Indians in North Carolina? I saw them on an old map. I looked them up in Wikipedia and it said that they were the same as the Joara Indians and lived near Morganton, North Carolina. However, […]

The Cherokee Word for Water

The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature length motion picture that tells the story of the work in the Bell Community that lead Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. This film is dedicated to the memory of Wilma Mankiller, Johnson Soap, the Bell Community and the contributions […]

Adopters, you do not own us

By Trace A. DeMeyer (reblogging from AMERICAN INDIAN ADOPTEES) OK, bear with me… I am thinking:  The Supreme Court ruling has me dumbfounded. I am not a lawyer but the Baby Veronica case is now headed back to the South Carolina courts who already ruled in favor of Dusten Brown, the natural father of baby Veronica. It’s […]

as i learn history: i question everything

Will the real Appalachian history please stand up March 27, 2013 By: Richard Thornton   John Mitchell’s famous 1755 map tells the truth about the most catastrophic and humiliating defeat that the Cherokee Nation ever experienced.  At that time, South Carolina claimed northern Georgia and a section of western North Carolina.       Credits: John Mitchell – […]

tiny horrors

Tiny Handcuffs. Photo by Mary Annette Pember A Chilling Reminder of How Cruel Assimilation Was—And Is Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today, January 01, 2013 For such small objects, the child’s handcuffs are surprisingly heavy when cradled in the palms of one’s hand. Although now rusted from years of disuse, they still convey the horror […]

WARRIORS: Navy Admiral Joseph James Clark (Cherokee)

Native Americans who served in the Military (Native American history) (next three posts) Admiral Joseph James Clark – Cherokee Indian Downloads Native Americans in the United States Navy – (ppt) Native Americans in the United States Navy – (pdf)  biography: Admiral Joseph James Clark, US Navy 1893 – 1971 Admiral Clark was born in Pryor, […]

The Lost #NDN History of the Cherokee Freedmen Controversy

Posted by Beth on 5 October 2011 [http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/]  I’d like to share a link to a blog by a UNC Press author, Celia Naylor. She wrote African Cherokees in Indian Territory: From Chattel to Citizens, and over at the First Peoples blog, she writes about the history and current events surrounding the Cherokee freedmen controversy. In […]

U.N. official, tribal leaders meet on U.S. Indian policy

Read here: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20120504_11_A13_CUTLIN187212 “Known in U.N. lingo as a “special rapporteur,” James Anaya ended a two-week official tour of the United States with a stop at the University of Tulsa. Speaking one after the other for four hours and sometimes speaking in native languages, more than 30 tribal leaders offered testimony on the history and […]