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Indigenous matriarchs are being recognized as the nation celebrates Women's History Month.
Are your reading habits diverse and open to all ideas? Or do you, like many of us, just read from the sources that agree with us?
The Lakota Food Summit drew hundreds of us to talk about how to eat, how to cook, how to pay attention to the environment and how to engage in plantings and harvesting of foods that sustained our ancestors for centuries.
Motives are often deliberately obscured by the non-Indian community that cannot bear to look at its own history concerning Indian-White hostility.
When I grew up on the reservation, I had a grandfather who loaded up the kids and drove us into the white man’s town. Those were the best of times!
The Republican regime in South Dakota has an intolerable regime for those who have a stake in the control of people and animals for profit.
Indian-White History of America isn’t unique but the truth is, our history is not behind us and it is not forgiven.
The 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre was a deliberate and planned military action on sovereign tribal land.
I consider the desecration of the Black Elk monument a racist act, an affront to an idea that we all must do what we can to see ourselves clearly and try to bridge the gaps between unlike groups.
I congratulate our brave Native activists and those who dared to run for offices held by Whites here since the founding.
'There There' by Tommy Orange has been described as one of the best books of 2018.
Our lives as Indians and Whites reflect a rugged, unjust history of enforced death to tribal life, and the subsequent colonization of a struggling sovereign indigenous nation.
Many tribes are still in the process of trying to make colonial systems work for them.
Kristi Noem has taken it upon herself to tell us that she is the one who is in charge and she makes no bones about what she has to offer.
The Sculpture Garden benefits all Native Americans and serves as an educational tool for Non-Natives and to our own people.
The incredible brutality of Euro-America law toward us is no longer tolerable.
The Sioux have known these soft trees and have considered them relatives for thousands of years
As U.S. Sovereignty increased, Indigenous Sovereignty decreased so that a policy of dispossession and land acquisition could follow.
Police more often than ever before have shot and killed unarmed persons and are rarely reprimanded or punished for it.
We seem to be a generation of people who have grown up and gotten old amid endless war.
Elizabeth Warren is a brilliant lawyer and an outstanding senator. Whether she is a Cherokee is debatable.
There is wide recognition that this country is in bad shape in terms of political, intellectual and social leadership, and we know that a diverse public voice is crucial to the health of any democracy.
Republicans seem to be standing at the ready to 'normalize' the outrageous oppression of the rights by the Trump administration.
The death of a Maya girl at the U.S. border is a symbol of an ongoing criminal act by today’s American government against defenseless Indian people.
Young Native women have been elected to the state, tribal, local governing offices in western states in the Northern Plains in astounding numbers.
The culture and history of the Oyate shines through in South Dakota.
Vine Deloria, Jr., the Native author, theologian, historian, and activist, was a star of his time.
This nation’s use of language toward Indians has been inextricably tied to its history of racism on which it was founded by white, male, Christian colonizers.
Teddy Roosevelt may be more responsible than most for the denigration of the powerful indigenous tribe that he called the Sioux.
Isn’t it time for America to listen to what the world is trying to tell us?
Americans often seem to be afraid of the future. Catastrophe is just around the corner.
There is a mass murder and 'removal' we do not talk about: the millions of indigenous peoples who were wiped out after the passing of genocidal laws.
Are we ever going to have that community 'conversation' about how certain entities 'divvy' up land that doesn’t belong to them?
One of America's continuing problem has always been the omission of the Indian history and experience.
An important, once in a life-time gathering of treaty tribes is taking place at Fort Laramie.
It was an astonishing day for Chase Iron Eyes as he went before a white-man judge in North Dakota.
Sherman Alexie is an Indian writer who gets to have it both ways.
There is no question that health service, a treaty right and obligation to the Great Sioux Nation, is a disgrace to an underserved population here in our area.
We do not want further instability in Indian education.
Busts of four prominent tribal citizens were unveiled at the First Nations Sculpture Garden in Rapid City, South Dakota.
We have been celebrating our progress toward equality in the modern world, and even Native women are thankful for the work that people continue to do for women in America.
These days of uncertainty, we ask about the historical perspective of trying to make sense of how to live good lives as Native people, even as others burn away our hopes and dreams.
So, we are concerned about racism in Rapid City, South Dakota?
Humanities professors, teachers and developers are never given credit for what they offer
The human consequences of this political activity will not be known until a few years from now when there is a break in the pipes under the Oahe Reservoir and the drinking water of thousands of people will be contaminated.
These days of uncertainty we ask about the historical perspective of trying to make sense of how to live good lives as Indian people even as others burn away our hopes and dreams.
When the Standing Rock Sioux established Sacred Stone Camp at Canon Ball we all knew that this inevitable clash was not the first attack on the Missouri River.
The Sioux Nation is in a war for its very survival and no one knows more than our war veterans what it means to make a decision to fight or make peace with enemies.
We have treaties and a huge history. Why say it doesn’t matter?
History is replete with evidence that Native peoples are simply trying to live on their ancestral homelands.
Here in our Northern Plains, the Sioux Tribal Nation and its non-Native neighbors seem to hold on to depressing and distasteful notions about how our paths crossed as histories were made.
The First Nations Sculpture Garden is nearing completion and preparing for a tentatively scheduled public showing on September 15 in Rapid City, South Dakota.
If one reads a section of the Rapid City Journal called 'Your Two Cents' one could come away with the impression that there are a lot of prejudiced, nay more than that; ignorant people living in Rapid City.
In the late 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, what we now call the reservation based community college system emerged and for many observers, proved to be one of the best ideas in Indian Education.
Why are we dedicated to go down this road with state influences into tribal affairs any further? Indian institutions need support, not 'take overs.'
The issues of Race and The Law and Justice continue to be the outrageous Indian-White conflict they have always been in America and in our region – it is historical.
Finding ways to 'come together' as a racially diverse city was the focus of a community gathering held at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City.