Diego De Vargas is revered as a leader among the Spanish settlers in New Mexico but reviled by others who accuse him of brutal treatment after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.
A controversial statue of Juan de Oñate, a Spanish conquistador reviled for brutality against Pueblo people, has come down in New Mexico.
The tragic fact is that of all ethnic groups this country's Indigenous people have the highest rate of death by cop.
Around the world statues are coming down. Civil War generals. Mass murderers. And Christopher Columbus.
Sadly, far too many Natives have forgotten their languages and cultural teachings. Actually, the newcomer destroyed them.
Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this nation.
In a nation built on racism, sexism and white supremacy, the past is only nostalgic for white, land-owning men.
The world is beginning to better understand that the core of extractive industries are tied to deep political and economic conflicts related to the settler-colonial present and a shared colonial history.
Let us begin by acknowledging the fact that band councils are not First Nations while beginning the process of restoring our peoples to true national status.
How do you support people forever attached to a landscape after an inferno tears through their homelands: decimating native food sources, burning through ancient scarred trees and destroying ancestral and totemic plants and animals?
According to scientists, Native peoples in New England cleared forests and used fire to improve habitat for the plants and animals they relied upon. It turns out that may be wrong.
For Indigenous Peoples who have lived within their traditional territories for generations, music is a repository of ecological knowledge, with songs embedding ancestors’ knowledge, teachings and wisdom.
The United States of America needs an honest national dialogue regarding our own history.
As a member of the country’s minority group, I can swear on the fact that racial intolerance is everywhere.
This year's event focuses on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people.
Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.
Gender inclusivity is important, but so is acknowledging our Indigenous origins.
Tribes across the West are working with an increased sense of urgency to manage fire-adapted landscapes in the face of climate change.
While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people.
President Trump is simply just another example of the fruit produced by our white supremacist, racist, sexist and colonial foundations.
Indian-White History of America isn’t unique but the truth is, our history is not behind us and it is not forgiven.
Two generations saw our Inuit and Dine homelands in Northern Canada nearly destroyed. Now my way of life is one of cultural repair.
In effect, reservation life begins with the Laws of Burgos, issued by the Kingdom of Spain more than 500 years ago.
If we are to break the chains of 'federal trust' and colonial 'paternalism' we must know our opponents and have a strong command of our collective histories.
Land acknowledgment is a recognition of a truth, a kind of verbal memorial that we erect in honor of indigenous peoples.
It can be argued that thousands of 'Native' peoples are being detained but there are no exact figures on the number of people being detained in the U.S.
The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.
A new marker recognizes the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, acknowledges the circumstances that led to their forced removal, and honors the tribe's history of resistance and resilience.
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls final report concludes that the long-term and ongoing murders and disappearances is an ongoing genocide.
The murder and disappearance of Indigenous women and girls are occurring at stunning rates at both sides of the Medicine Line, with shared historical reasons.
Two statues in Charlottesville, Virginia, depict Native people in an unfavorable light, argues scholar Anthony Guy Lopez.
Many tribes are still in the process of trying to make colonial systems work for them.
We have to keep in mind the fact that our Lakota language was targeted for obliteration.
I dropped out of school while so many went on to become 'educated,' or is it appropriate to say assimilated.
There is a strong connection between colonialism and sexual violence.
The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.
Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.
Kentucky, home to the #MAGA youth at the center of a viral video, was founded on a legacy of anti-Native violence.
European colonization had devastating consequences for indigenous populations.
Racists wearing 'MAGA' hats and waving Nazi and confederate battle flags are capable of killing just because it is the law.
Why do we, as members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, continue to endure needless suffering on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation?
In less than a hundred years, the Indigenous population in the Americas was reduced by 90 percent.
Advocates are hosting meetings as part of an effort to 'de-colonize' Rapid City in South Dakota.
The federal government's purpose is to subjugate and control us Natives on our own treaty lands.
Looking back at my life, it is as if my life was predestined by the unknown.
The only way to fight colonialism is to regain what has been obliterated, like our language, customs history, belief system or world view.
There are stark differences between the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada and their non-Indigenous counterparts.
It is imperative that we revive our indigenous world view and spiritual beliefs.
I want us to go humbly to the very people our culture tried to exterminate to listen to what they can teach us.
I believe it is imperative that we free ourselves of this long-standing, unmerited tyranny.
A movement toward reconciliation is taking place after decades of divisiveness in New Mexico's capital city.
A new book digs into the paradoxes of American Indian diets most people don’t know.
A long-running event that celebrated the Spanish 'conquest' of New Mexico is finally ending following years of opposition from Pueblo tribes and activists.
The epic nature of settler colonialism requires radical responses.
Where is the clear image of a decolonized society we are to emulate? There isn’t one.