Charles Eastman and the Reformers | I’m reading | The Big Isms

By Lara Trace I hope you are all enjoying the winter … (I’m FREEZING HERE) … and do avoid politics as much as you can. (yeah, sure… kidding) My research project on the reformers in Indian Country (and Dr. TA Bland) must take more of my time so please excuse my absence from blogging.  Still […]

Beyond Mascots and Casinos #NativeLivesMatter

But beyond the slot machines, the movie sets and the football fields, there are other problems facing Native communities — insidious, systemic, life-or-death problems; the kinds of problems it takes years and votes and marches to resolve — that aren’t getting nearly as much attention.

Author Peter Matthiessen, Chronicler of Leonard Peltier, Walks On

Associated Press Author Peter Matthiessen, who championed the story of Leonard Peltier and Indian country in his work, walked on due to leukemia at age 86 on Saturday April 5, 2014. ICTMN Staff 4/7/14 Author Peter Matthiessen was a champion of Indian rights, not least of all for his controversial In the Spirit of Crazy […]

Disenrollment is not indigenous to Native America

An Essay on the Federal Origins of Disenrollment March 6, 2014 By GOLANDA BROADMAN Disenrollment is not indigenous to Native America.  It is a creature of the United States. The origins of disenrollment are traced to the United States’ paternalistic assimilation policies of the 1930s.  In 1934 the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Reorganization Act […]

The Invisible Crisis in Indian Country: PTSD

SOURCE The invisible crisis killing Native American youth By Troy A. Eid Guest Commentary The Denver Post Nearly two dozen military veterans kill themselves every day in the United States, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often to blame. President Obama has rightly demanded better care for returning vets […]

First Nations Helps Ensure the “Dream”

Sneak Preview of TV Spots That Will Air in November and December! You can get a “sneak preview” of two new television spots for First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) that will begin airing Nov. 17 on Comcast/Xfinity cable TV systems in 13 markets around the United States. The previews are available at this link: […]

Sheila Harjo: the cycle of abuse stops now

Despite the abuse that almost took her life, Harjo now declares, “I’m not a victim. I’m a survivor. I am the First Lady of The Seminole Nation. I’m a councilwoman. I now have the opportunity to share my story and let people know it can happen to anybody. It’s not drunks. It’s not the poor […]

COMMENTS: spam or real?

By Trace/Lara I have tons of comments (30+ on some days) which hit the spam folder saying things like “how do I design a blog like this?” and “How do you find the information you include?” (some are gibberish while others are trying to sell us shit.) Well, I have been an editor (for newspapers mostly) […]

We are still here

I wrote the following preface for my anthology TWO WORLDS: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects: EXCERPT: All of our lives the adoptees in this book have lived under an “adoptee stigma” of assimilation. We are often called transracial adoptees because we were raised outside our culture and by non-Indian parents. With a book, […]

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women #VAWA

Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West Speaks at the  Federal Advisory Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women Living in Tribal Communities Washington, D.C. ~ Friday, March 8, 2013 Thank you, Bea, for that kind introduction and your leadership on this task force and in our Office on Violence […]

NYTs: Timothy Egan on Indian Country Crime (“Science and Sensibility”)

Originally posted on Turtle Talk:
Here. An excerpt: For American Indians, living nearly invisible lives on archipelagos of native culture, irrational Republican philosophy has been particularly cruel. There are more than 300 reservations throughout the land — nations within a nation, sovereign to a point. Non-Indians are responsible for most of the domestic violence in…

Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Attorney General Eric Holder issued the following statement today on the Senate passage of the Violence Against Women Act:  “I am extremely pleased the Senate has passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which contains important new provisions to […]

Salon: How Abusers Get Away with Targeting Indian Women

Salon: How Abusers Get Away with Targeting Indian Women. “We have serial rapists on the reservation — that are non-Indian — because they know they can get away with it,” said Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center in Lake Andes, S.D. “Many of these cases just get dropped. […]