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Gyasi Ross: The heavy breathing Indian woman (08/31)
"Picture it, Sicily (ok, ok, “the Rez”) 2007: I sat in on a conference call – speakerphone on – slipping between a) playing Solitaire and b) falling asleep (I promise I don’t usually fall asleep or play solitaire on...

Gyasi Ross: The tradition of Indian warriors (08/18)
"It seems like the vast majority of my male relatives went into one branch of the military or another. Sounds cool, right? Some folks might call that a “legacy.” I don’t. I call it “sucks for Gyasi.” See, the fact...

Gyasi Ross: Favorites of the corny Indian family (07/28)
"I mentioned, previously, that my family is shamelessly corny. As such, my family has a tendency to sing along together, in the car, to Journey, Billy Ocean and Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration” (and of course, Michael Jackson. R.I.P.). As a...

Gyasi Ross: Skin relationships with white folks (07/21)
"Skins tend to have interesting and complex relationships with white folks. Generally, we hate them or love them – we’re rarely indifferent. And the relationships with white folks are not always predictable. The Skins whom you most expect to have...

Gyasi Ross: Feeling insecure about being Skin (07/15)
"When I first moved from the reservation to the city, I felt like a fish out of water. Like a leopard with no spots. Like the New Kids on the Block without Donnie. Awkward. I was short and chubby. I...

Gyasi Ross: CNN and the Indian Child Welfare Act (07/01)
"The reason why I bring up adoptions is because there has been some hubbub recently about a report from CNN. The report contained some interesting thoughts, as well as some arguably offensive reporting about Skin adoptions and the Indian...

Gyasi Ross: Much love for Skins in movies (06/22)
"Another thing that my family absolutely loves – unabashedly – is seeing other Skins on television or in the movies. The Skin actor/actress doesn’t even have to be a big part – bit roles are just as much sources...

Gyasi Ross: Fancy Skins and non-fancy Skins (06/15)
"On the Blackfeet reservation, they call it “acting good.” Folks who act good – the fancy Skins – are on every rez and every city with a large Indian population. Most Skins are not the fancy type, mind you....