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Native Sun News Today: The true history of the Indian Removal Act
National | Politics

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
Opinion

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?
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Law | National

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Sports

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Education | Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Sports

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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
Opinion

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.

James Giago Davies: We've become too proud of our ignorance
Opinion

James Giago Davies: We've become too proud of our ignorance (February 23, 2017)

How did we get so dumb we still think we’re smart?

James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access (February 16, 2017)

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 again
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Dakota Access battle has got us divided again (February 9, 2017)

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 America
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Stupidity remains as popular as ever in America (February 1, 2017)

How did stupid get so stubbornly popular in this country?

James Giago Davies: Why the American health care system stinks
Health | Opinion

James Giago Davies: Why the American health care system stinks (January 26, 2017)

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 pipeline
Opinion

James Giago Davies: The real power to defeat the Wasicu pipeline (January 16, 2017)

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
Opinion

James Giago Davies: People don't really want to see the grim truth (January 9, 2017)

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 Pipeline
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Prayer alone didn't stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (December 29, 2016)

Nothing is more un-Lakota then demanding people toe a sacred line.

James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independence
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Tribal nations must insist on independence (December 15, 2016)

All tribal administrations are creations of the federal government.

James Giago Davies: President Obama could have stopped #NoDAPL abuses
Opinion

James Giago Davies: President Obama could have stopped #NoDAPL abuses (December 8, 2016)

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 fight
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Finding the real enemy in the #NoDAPL fight (December 5, 2016)

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 identity
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Mixed-race Indians forced to choose identity (November 30, 2016)

I have lived a Lakota life because I was forced to by circumstance.

James Giago Davies: Expect more of the same with Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics

James Giago Davies: Expect more of the same with Donald Trump (November 18, 2016)

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 future
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin must work toward a better future (November 15, 2016)

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 corruption
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Pulling back the curtain on tribal corruption (November 9, 2016)

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 power
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Corruption keeps the privileged in power (October 27, 2016)

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 reservations
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservations (October 21, 2016)

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 knowledge
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Honoring traditional and modern knowledge (October 17, 2016)

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 way
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Creating a new Lakota world in our own way (October 7, 2016)

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 people
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Understanding who we are as Lakota people (October 4, 2016)

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 again
Opinion

James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin assert sovereignty once again (September 28, 2016)

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 Country
Opinion

James Giago Davies: The 'blame game' goes on in Indian Country (September 21, 2016)

Indians are no strangers to the blame game themselves, and well intentioned, but misguided Wasicu social activists make matters that much worse.