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James Giago Davies: Our future is not bleak but bright with promiseFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Our future is not bleak but bright with promise (04/21)
If you think the justice and jail conditions are bad for Lakota now, read up on how they were most of last century, when people supposedly had superior morality.
James Giago Davies: Rich and powerful people control our countryFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Rich and powerful people control our country (04/17)
A select group of rich and powerful people have taken over our country.
James Giago Davies: There is nothing else with more finality than deathFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: There is nothing else with more finality than death (04/07)
Back when my boy Griffin turned five, he reasoned out that at some future point, I was going to die.
James Giago Davies: Indian athletes continue to excel in baseballFiled Under: Sports
James Giago Davies: Indian athletes continue to excel in baseball (04/04)
There are two sports people associate most with the Indian athlete—basketball and distance running.
James Giago Davies: Now and again I get an email from a readerFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Now and again I get an email from a reader (03/31)
Every once in a while you get such a lulu of a letter from a person who didn’t like something you wrote you eventually have to share it.
James Giago Davies: Troubled times are coming to Lakota countryFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Troubled times are coming to Lakota country (03/27)
Back when George Dubya Bush’s popularity had reached an historical low, progressives speculated the impending death of the GOP.
James Giago Davies: It's time to take a trip to the Great UpstairsFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: It's time to take a trip to the Great Upstairs (03/21)
Both my parents had expressions they would use over and over again, which I have shared with my children.
James Giago Davies: It's time to honor our keen Lakota intellectFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: It's time to honor our keen Lakota intellect (03/13)
Give the Just-Smart-Enough Clan the boot.
James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty (03/02)
North Dakota wants jurisdiction on Standing Rock. This would mean the beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty.
James Giago Davies: We've become too proud of our ignoranceFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: We've become too proud of our ignorance (02/23)
How did we get so dumb we still think we’re smart?
James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota AccessFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access (02/16)
The Orange Ogre in the White House is just the latest politician to take full advantage of Lakota turning on Lakota.
James Giago Davies: Dakota Access battle has got us divided againFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Dakota Access battle has got us divided again (02/09)
Are we really one people, united in the face of Wasicu oppression, or are there always legitimate reasons to bail out, switch sides, abandon allies, and shake hands with Wasicu facilitators?
James Giago Davies: Stupidity remains as popular as ever in AmericaFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Stupidity remains as popular as ever in America (02/01)
How did stupid get so stubbornly popular in this country?
James Giago Davies: Why the American health care system stinksFiled Under: Health | Opinion
James Giago Davies: Why the American health care system stinks (01/26)
I’m still kicking despite the fact that the Indian Health Service almost killed me once, not out of an honest mistake, but because the emergency room doctor was dismissive, insulting, indifferent, and sent me home with Salmonella poisoning.
James Giago Davies: The real power to defeat the Wasicu pipelineFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: The real power to defeat the Wasicu pipeline (01/16)
There is a pipe, it is not a black snake, and no magical, mystical, spiritual insight predicted it would be here.
James Giago Davies: People don't really want to see the grim truth Filed Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: People don't really want to see the grim truth (01/09)
There is a face people present to the public, and we all present that public face whether we are a public figure or a contrary recluse.
James Giago Davies: Prayer alone didn't stop the Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Prayer alone didn't stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (12/29)
Nothing is more un-Lakota then demanding people toe a sacred line.
James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independenceFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independence (12/15)
All tribal administrations are creations of the federal government.
James Giago Davies: President Obama could have stopped #NoDAPL abusesFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: President Obama could have stopped #NoDAPL abuses (12/08)
For years involved parties knew the pipeline conflict up at Standing Rock was coming. For years. They knew.
James Giago Davies: Finding the real enemy in the #NoDAPL fightFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Finding the real enemy in the #NoDAPL fight (12/05)
A line was crossed the night they cut loose with water cannons up at Standing Rock drenching unarmed protesters in below freezing wind chill.
James Giago Davies: Mixed-race Indians forced to choose identityFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Mixed-race Indians forced to choose identity (11/30)
I have lived a Lakota life because I was forced to by circumstance.
James Giago Davies: Expect more of the same with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
James Giago Davies: Expect more of the same with Donald Trump (11/18)
Donald Trump isn’t necessarily a bad guy, and he accurately reflects the nature and priorities of the majority of the electorate.
James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin must work toward a better futureFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin must work toward a better future (11/15)
The Oceti Sakowin can remain true to themselves and still embrace all the knowledge and mystery of the modern world, of alien cultures.
James Giago Davies: Pulling back the curtain on tribal corruptionFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Pulling back the curtain on tribal corruption (11/09)
There’s this fictional place called the Cottonwood Reservation and what’s amazing about the place is how you would swear it was one of our actual Lakota reservations.
James Giago Davies: Corruption keeps the privileged in powerFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Corruption keeps the privileged in power (10/27)
Corruption happens because the people in charge not only make it happen; they make sure it keeps happening.
James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservationsFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservations (10/21)
Not content with just getting drunk or baked, people on our reservations now prefer to get wired, because any high is better than the reservation reality they want to escape.
James Giago Davies: Honoring traditional and modern knowledgeFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Honoring traditional and modern knowledge (10/17)
We cannot truly understand the world we live in until we can honor both.
James Giago Davies: Creating a new Lakota world in our own wayFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Creating a new Lakota world in our own way (10/07)
Lakota beliefs can form the basis of a better Lakota world, beyond reservations, freed from BIA shackles, a Lakota country within the borders of the United States, extending to the parameters of the 1851 Treaty stipulations.
James Giago Davies: Understanding who we are as Lakota peopleFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Understanding who we are as Lakota people (10/04)
Each Lakota should be free to express his beliefs and ideas without having to kowtow to some other Lakota’s idea of what they should be.
James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin assert sovereignty once againFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin assert sovereignty once again (09/28)
We must gather in Washington as one people, and not allow one condescending word to be spoken by the government against our vital interest.
James Giago Davies: The 'blame game' goes on in Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: The 'blame game' goes on in Indian Country (09/21)
Indians are no strangers to the blame game themselves, and well intentioned, but misguided Wasicu social activists make matters that much worse.
James Giago Davies: It seems like I've lost my Lakota mind againFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: It seems like I've lost my Lakota mind again (09/15)
Unlike most people from Lakota country, I don’t believe in spirits or ghosts.
Native Sun News: A rare and remarkable cowboy in Howard HunterFiled Under: National | Sports
Native Sun News: A rare and remarkable cowboy in Howard Hunter (09/07)
Children play cowboys and Indians, and the popular perception is that the Indian is diametrically opposed to the cowboy, and so to play properly, you must choose to be one or the other.
James Giago Davies: Politicians are still trying to scare Americans to deathFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Politicians are still trying to scare Americans to death (08/08)
Our entire society is developing a personality disorder no enema can fix.
James Giago Davies: Boxing was once encouraged among youthFiled Under: Opinion | Sports
James Giago Davies: Boxing was once encouraged among youth (08/03)
Fighters no longer display the skills common a half century back.
James Giago Davies: Police officers get away with 'kill option'Filed Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Police officers get away with 'kill option' (07/22)
When cops choose the kill option, when other options were reasonably available, they are not soldiers protecting our country, they are bullies murdering citizens.
James Giago Davies: A father and son go out in their finest hourFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: A father and son go out in their finest hour (07/19)
There is a certain type of person who cannot receive the same pleasurable stimuli we do by thinking about it.
James Giago Davies: American imperialism survives with our helpFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: American imperialism survives with our help (07/12)
That’s a specialty of the Wasicu, to manufacture bogeymen, to justify lots of guns and aggression, because don’t think for one second America has stopped taking whatever they have the power to take.
James Giago Davies: Fixing what is broken one Lakota at a timeFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Fixing what is broken one Lakota at a time (07/05)
We can argue how much Lakota identify as Americans, but there is no doubt, despite having valiantly served this country in war, Lakota do not feel about America the same way their Wasicu neighbors feel.
James Giago Davies: Welfare for corporations but nothing for tribesFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Welfare for corporations but nothing for tribes (06/23)
Wasicu somehow miss noticing trillions lost to corporate welfare, but bellyache if Lakota receive any government monies due them because of treaty obligation.
James Giago Davies: Lakota people are responsible for our worldFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Lakota people are responsible for our world (06/16)
To cope with an inexpressible loss of culture, the Lakota have taken to hero worshiping who they once were.
James Giago Davies: Socialism isn't working for our reservationsFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Socialism isn't working for our reservations (06/03)
Socialism fails on reservations because the Bureau of Indian Affairs exists as a bureaucratic response to an annoying problem, not as an instrument of compassion and social justice.
James Giago Davies: Information sharing can free Lakota peopleFiled Under: Opinion | Technology
James Giago Davies: Information sharing can free Lakota people (06/01)
We are wards of an oppressive state, and our shared sense of power and unity is mostly rhetoric.
James Giago Davies: Learning the true power of Lakota peopleFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Learning the true power of Lakota people (05/13)
I don’t live in a self-deluded state, and so I acknowledge there is very little the Lakota can teach the Wasicu about anything.
James Giago Davies: How  Lakota people can reclaim the Black HillsFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: How Lakota people can reclaim the Black Hills (05/09)
I realize there is no place on earth I love more than the Black Hills.
James Giago Davies: Propaganda machine protects racist NFL mascotFiled Under: Opinion | Sports
James Giago Davies: Propaganda machine protects racist NFL mascot (05/03)
You see the distortion first hand, minds so propaganda duped they cannot see that calling a team the Washington Redskins is overtly racist.
James Giago Davies: The Wasicu counts on us being our own enemyFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: The Wasicu counts on us being our own enemy (04/21)
You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to find hard evidence the Wasicu runs our lives.
James Giago Davies: Lakota culture reshaped by social networkingFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Lakota culture reshaped by social networking (04/18)
I drive hundreds of miles across isolated blacktop just to get to remote arenas to watch two tiny schools ball up, and the bleachers are full of people sitting with cell phones glued to the sides of their heads.
James Giago Davies: Honoring the best friend any Lakota ever hadFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Honoring the best friend any Lakota ever had (04/11)
Shunka is what the Lakota call the dog. He’s been around a long time so long there is no historical record of his arrival.
James Giago Davies: The Native vote really matters in this election Filed Under: Opinion | Politics
James Giago Davies: The Native vote really matters in this election (04/01)
One of the sadder parts of these presidential primaries is how minorities have been duped into supporting corporate shill Hillary Clinton
James Giago Davies: Racism holds power over our young peopleFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Racism holds power over our young people (03/25)
There used to be a grade school just west of K-Mart in Rapid City, E.B. Bergquist elementary. Before it was torn down it was over 51 percent Lakota.
James Giago Davies: Lakota youth face bias on basketball courtFiled Under: Opinion | Sports
James Giago Davies: Lakota youth face bias on basketball court (03/22)
There is no dispute Wasicu harbor racist resentment against Lakota, the question is, does it influence officiating at high school basketball games?
James Giago Davies: Follow what our Lakota ancestors wantedFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Follow what our Lakota ancestors wanted (03/17)
For untold centuries, the historical Lakota moved through an ever changing world filled with threatening enemies and life altering realities.
James Giago Davies: Kindness seen as a weakness in Lakota landFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Kindness seen as a weakness in Lakota land (03/10)
They say bullies are really cowards, but I think that is debatable, something people heard once and keep repeating because they think it must be true.
James Giago Davies: Thoughts about Lakota athletes and educationFiled Under: Education | Opinion | Sports
James Giago Davies: Thoughts about Lakota athletes and education (03/07)
The challenge for the Lakota educator is to promote learning for its own sake, and not as a means to a basketball end, not even as a foundation for a job or career.
James Giago Davies: Only one candidate can help Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
James Giago Davies: Only one candidate can help Indian Country (02/03)
Events happened in the 19th Century, beyond the war Lakota fought against the U.S. military, beyond even being rounded up and penned on desolate reservations, events that deeply resonate in our Lakota circumstance today.
James Giago Davies: Honoring the pain and suffering of Lakota peopleFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Honoring the pain and suffering of Lakota people (01/26)
When you turn your back on the flag, you dishonor yourself, but when you can’t bring yourself to cover your heart it is because you honor what has been lost, all the pain and suffering of Lakota people for over a century, all the pain and suffering of my relatives and friends.
James Giago Davies: Looking back at the nine lives of my Little MissFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Looking back at the nine lives of my Little Miss (01/20)
I don’t think I ever properly honored and respected her for the quality of her character, but this little story about her life is one way I can try.
James Giago Davies: Skin can get pretty thin in Lakota CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Sports
James Giago Davies: Skin can get pretty thin in Lakota Country (01/08)
People have noticed my column is not like the other opinion columns, and they may see that as a negative.
James Giago Davies: Making history at the Lakota Nation InvitationalFiled Under: Opinion | Sports
James Giago Davies: Making history at the Lakota Nation Invitational (01/06)
It won’t be a Lakota Nation Invitational soon forgotten, given how badly weather threatened opening day, and how the Winnebago Indians tore through the bracket to take the boys title, 74-41, from the defending champion White River Tigers.

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