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Don’t let your heroes choose themselves
Don’t let your heroes choose themselves (November 11, 2019)

When the Indian community doesn’t organize, and be its own watchdog, opportunists will swoop in to fill that power vacuum.


Upstanding Officer Jekyll and criminal Mr. Hyde
Upstanding Officer Jekyll and criminal Mr. Hyde (November 6, 2019)

Law enforcement should never choose protecting one of their own, over protecting children from that officer’s excessive policing.


Two types of trusting that rarely mix
Two types of trusting that rarely mix (October 31, 2019)

People either trust what is and what has been, or they trust what is and what will be.


Cracker box homes and linoleum floors
Cracker box homes and linoleum floors (October 28, 2019)

When I look out at Rapid City, it strikes me as a solid sheet of linoleum over the land, and over the people and the culture, that once called this place home.


Struggling to find a place in a modern world
Struggling to find a place in a modern world (October 15, 2019)

Until Lakota people develop a healthy intellectual class to offset the reverence paid to holy men or high school basketball coaches, the tribe will struggle to find a place in any world, the past, the present, or the future.


James Giago Davies: The Manchurian Candidates in the White House
James Giago Davies: The Manchurian Candidates in the White House (October 7, 2019)

Under no circumstances does any actual progressive get anywhere near the Oval Office.


Keep your grubbies off our oligarchy pie
Keep your grubbies off our oligarchy pie (September 26, 2019)

There is no long term difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They both serve the oligarchy.


James Giago Davies: Reservation reality bows to reservation rhetoric
James Giago Davies: Reservation reality bows to reservation rhetoric (September 23, 2019)

Given enough time, powerless people hammer out an empowering narrative, so that when they face the people that took their power, they can maintain their dignity, and pride, and hope.


James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way
James Giago Davies: It can’t all be Uncle Sam's way (September 2, 2019)

How did the government get this power over tribes? They took it.


James Giago Davies: Is there another war around the corner?
James Giago Davies: Is there another war around the corner? (August 16, 2019)

Today, we face a fascist takeover of our values that urges us to take up arms, protect our borders, make America great again, even if we have to go to war.


James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands
James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands (July 26, 2019)

There is no doubt about it: law enforcement is racially profiling people, and weeding out the likely loiterers from the white citizenry.


James Giago Davies: Racism against our Indigenous relatives
James Giago Davies: Racism against our Indigenous relatives (July 15, 2019)

Even on my own reservation, ignorance about Hispanic culture abounds.


James Giago Davies: Indian Country needs equity not equality
James Giago Davies: Indian Country needs equity not equality (March 7, 2019)

It is time the Lakota people stopped demanding politicians specifically address tribal issues.


James Giago Davies: Intellect isn't the only thing that helps us succeed
James Giago Davies: Intellect isn't the only thing that helps us succeed (January 30, 2019)

Nothing separates humans from the world of animals more than their ability to cooperate flexibly in large numbers.


James Giago Davies: Maybe younger people are really onto something
James Giago Davies: Maybe younger people are really onto something (November 8, 2018)

We often assume age and experience matter most when it comes to making wise decisions, or in understanding how the world actually operates.


James Giago Davies: We are not 'indigenous' but we were here first
James Giago Davies: We are not 'indigenous' but we were here first (October 31, 2018)

Sensible, accurate, positive terms, especially when it comes to our identity, are a must.


James Giago Davies: Native women aren't more likely to go missing
James Giago Davies: Native women aren't more likely to go missing (October 1, 2018)

Why do people, then, create these crisis situations where none exist?


James Giago Davies: Maybe the terrible things that happened never happened
James Giago Davies: Maybe the terrible things that happened never happened (September 19, 2018)

Forty years ago last spring, I lost my little brother Lloyd to a fishing accident.


James Giago Davies: We're still stuck on reservations and ghettos
James Giago Davies: We're still stuck on reservations and ghettos (August 21, 2018)

People tell me all the time that Indians don’t need any science. Why would they?


James Giago Davies: Wounded people love the wrong way
James Giago Davies: Wounded people love the wrong way (August 6, 2018)

Wounded parents unintentionally teach their children to love each other the wrong way.


James Giago Davies: My mother found sanctuary in a boarding school library
James Giago Davies: My mother found sanctuary in a boarding school library (July 31, 2018)

Born at Wounded Knee in 1930, Ethel Giago had her feet in two different worlds. Books transported her to new ones.


James Giago Davies: The technology that will destroy our way of life
James Giago Davies: The technology that will destroy our way of life (July 24, 2018)

Even the most remote part of the reservation has somebody jabbering into a cell phone.


Native Sun News Today: The true history of the Indian Removal Act
Native Sun News Today: The true history of the Indian Removal Act (June 6, 2018)

The fate of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole nations figured prominently in Andrew Jackson's first State of the Union in 1829.


James Giago Davies: One of these days we are going to actually read the book
James Giago Davies: One of these days we are going to actually read the book (May 18, 2018)

In every Wasicu church, and on every reservation, are holy men who can’t even tell you what caused the sky to be blue or thunder to crackle


James Giago Davies: Just when did we become a state of cowboy hats?
James Giago Davies: Just when did we become a state of cowboy hats? (May 11, 2018)

Why is it that when men stopped wearing hats back in the late 1960s, they didn’t also stop wearing cowboy hats?


James Giago Davies: All I knew were Lakota alcoholics and it hardened my heart
James Giago Davies: All I knew were Lakota alcoholics and it hardened my heart (May 8, 2018)

My first experience with Lakota alcoholism came in the dark of a winter’s night.


Native Sun News Today: Origins of the federal government's 'plenary power' in Indian Country
Native Sun News Today: Origins of the federal government's 'plenary power' in Indian Country (May 4, 2018)

Throughout Indian Country tribal governments assume that the United States is bound to Indian treaty obligations.


James Giago Davies: Stop believing the lies the fake heroes feed you
James Giago Davies: Stop believing the lies the fake heroes feed you (April 30, 2018)

What has happened to our Oglala Sioux Tribe that a younger generation has not built upon their legacy of our great leaders?


James Giago Davies: We grew up never knowing my veteran dad was suffering
James Giago Davies: We grew up never knowing my veteran dad was suffering (April 18, 2018)

My dad never told me that he loved me. I never once heard him tell my mom he loved her.


James Giago Davies: Dominant society destroyed our Lakota matriarchy
James Giago Davies: Dominant society destroyed our Lakota matriarchy (April 13, 2018)

Much of the unwillingness to place the Lakota matriarchy in its rightful place historically, and culturally, comes from the restructuring of Lakota society after the matriarchy was forcibly abolished.


James Giago Davies: Let's keep an open mind about other cultures
James Giago Davies: Let's keep an open mind about other cultures (February 2, 2018)

Iyeska Journal has a different perspective, neither Lakota or Wasicu, and getting readers to understand what that means, and accept that an Iyeska perspective matters, has been a challenge.


James Giago Davies: That struggle to remember what to remember
James Giago Davies: That struggle to remember what to remember (January 26, 2018)

My main worry right now is I will write this same column, six months from now, forgetting I wrote this column.


James Giago Davies: Imagine what a genius could do for our reservations
James Giago Davies: Imagine what a genius could do for our reservations (January 11, 2018)

Why don’t smart people run Washington, Pierre, the reservation? Why don’t they apply all that genius into acquiring power and prestige?


James Giago Davies: Hollywood's not so great record with Indian athletes
James Giago Davies: Hollywood's not so great record with Indian athletes (December 21, 2017)

White folks feel an abiding obligation to turn heroes of color into, well, white folks.


James Giago Davies: You can't break from the past until you admit you're stuck
James Giago Davies: You can't break from the past until you admit you're stuck (December 8, 2017)

People can get trapped in the past, shackled there by events too harrowing to let go.


James Giago Davies: We must rebuild our strength by returning power to women
James Giago Davies: We must rebuild our strength by returning power to women (December 4, 2017)

If the matriarchy was still in place, women would run everything local—the city council, county commission, school board, hospital board, even the local court system.


James Giago Davies: They don't know it but the Democratic Party is already dead
James Giago Davies: They don't know it but the Democratic Party is already dead (November 28, 2017)

The Democratic Party is dead, it just doesn’t know it yet, like a buff athlete walking around with the beginnings of steroid induced brain cancer, thinking he has his whole life ahead of him.


James Giago Davies: We are all writing to be brilliant for that one perfect person
James Giago Davies: We are all writing to be brilliant for that one perfect person (November 20, 2017)

You figure out very young most people who read what you write will grasp only a small portion of it, perhaps not even that.


James Giago Davies: Enjoying the freedom to think out loud and put it into print
James Giago Davies: Enjoying the freedom to think out loud and put it into print (November 3, 2017)

It has taken several years to compile over three hundred Iyeska Journals and sports columns, usually written in just under an hour in a variety of places.


James Giago Davies: Lakota culture was yanked away from its foundation long ago
James Giago Davies: Lakota culture was yanked away from its foundation long ago (October 26, 2017)

This is your time to be a hero to the next generation, to contribute your share to the Lakota winter count going back to the depths of time immemorial.


James Giago Davies: School fumbles historic opportunity after incident of racism
James Giago Davies: School fumbles historic opportunity after incident of racism (October 19, 2017)

Sturgis is not an especially racist community for this part of South Dakota, but given this part of South Dakota is especially racist, that may not be saying much.


James Giago Davies: A best friend sticks with us even at the very end of life
James Giago Davies: A best friend sticks with us even at the very end of life (October 12, 2017)

Whether cigarette, or whiskey jar, or Harley, or fishing pole, a friend proves they are our friend by staying right beside us to the bitter end.


James Giago Davies: Sometimes it pays off to be mediocre instead of perfect
James Giago Davies: Sometimes it pays off to be mediocre instead of perfect (October 5, 2017)

You can be an unkempt alcoholic with a stinky cigar, and become a war hero and a mediocre president.


James Giago Davies: We need to come together as a sovereign tribal nation
James Giago Davies: We need to come together as a sovereign tribal nation (September 29, 2017)

The Oceti Sakowin will one day come together, and stand unified as a sovereign nation, eager to take their place in a modern world based upon the traditions of their ancestors, not a pity party of self-destruction addicted to the hero-worship of the long lost.


James Giago Davies: Be kind to every Lakota you meet and don't turn on each other
James Giago Davies: Be kind to every Lakota you meet and don't turn on each other (September 15, 2017)

The Lakota world that was, the world the traditional Lakota lived in, no longer exists.


James Giago Davies: A tribute to the late Oglala veteran and author Ed McGaa
James Giago Davies: A tribute to the late Oglala veteran and author Ed McGaa (September 11, 2017)

Last month, my friend Ed McGaa set out on his final journey, a journey touched upon many times in the books he wrote about Lakota spirituality.


James Giago Davies: Cultural symbols reinforce our ugly mentalities in America
James Giago Davies: Cultural symbols reinforce our ugly mentalities in America (September 6, 2017)

What exactly is the South gonna do again, Charlie? Enslave Black people? Impose a hundred years of racist Jim Crow?


James Giago Davies: Indian Reorganization Act stripped tribes of sovereignty
James Giago Davies: Indian Reorganization Act stripped tribes of sovereignty (August 25, 2017)

Dark, disturbing truths can hide within the seemingly beneficial intent of the Indian Reorganization Act.


James Giago Davies: Stumbling on perfection in an imperfect world
James Giago Davies: Stumbling on perfection in an imperfect world (May 11, 2017)

Every once in a great while, you will come across something that is totally perfect.


James Giago Davies: Uncle Sam just baked everyone some cupcakes
James Giago Davies: Uncle Sam just baked everyone some cupcakes (May 8, 2017)

Most enlightened people in Western democracies think propaganda is something that dupes the people of inferior countries, but that they understand how society works.


James Giago Davies: People tell me it's better to read about pets
James Giago Davies: People tell me it's better to read about pets (April 28, 2017)

People tell me when I write about pets it is better than when I write about politics or religion.


James Giago Davies: Our future is not bleak but bright with promise
James Giago Davies: Our future is not bleak but bright with promise (April 21, 2017)

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 country
James Giago Davies: Rich and powerful people control our country (April 17, 2017)

A select group of rich and powerful people have taken over our country.


James Giago Davies: There is nothing else with more finality than death
James Giago Davies: There is nothing else with more finality than death (April 7, 2017)

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 baseball
James Giago Davies: Indian athletes continue to excel in baseball (April 4, 2017)

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 reader
James Giago Davies: Now and again I get an email from a reader (March 31, 2017)

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 country
James Giago Davies: Troubled times are coming to Lakota country (March 27, 2017)

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 Upstairs
James Giago Davies: It's time to take a trip to the Great Upstairs (March 21, 2017)

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 intellect
James Giago Davies: It's time to honor our keen Lakota intellect (March 13, 2017)

Give the Just-Smart-Enough Clan the boot.


James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty
James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty (March 2, 2017)

North Dakota wants jurisdiction on Standing Rock. This would mean the beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty.