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“Indians are Persons” Under the Law

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the National Relief Charities Blog . Would you ever question whether American Indians are people? Of course not… and yet, this was actually argued in a court of law. It all started with the forced exodus of the Ponca Tribe to Oklahoma, after their homelands were ceded to the Sioux under the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, forever changing the course of the Ponca people. I want to tell the whole story, so let’s start at the beginning… In the 1800s, Lewis & Clark first encountered a Ponca band of about 700 members who had separated from the rest of the...
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A Trail of Togetherness for Hopi Elders

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the National Relief Charities Blog . In 1974, the US government re-designated some of Hopi’s land to the Navajo, forcing many Hopi people to abandon their long-time homes, yet another trail of tears. Some of the Hopi resettled in a new community – Yuwehloo Pahki Village (YPV), also known as Spider Mound. Only 24 people live there, including 10 Elders. YPV is extremely isolated and essentially cut off from the rest of Hopi. Because of the forced relocation, the Navajo community of Jeddito separates YPV from the rest of Hopi. Also standing between YPV and...
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Native American, American Indian or Indian?

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the National Relief Charities Blog . Recently, I was in Maryland for my father’s 60th birthday. It was the first time in almost a year that my entire immediate family was together. As a souvenir for my two young nephews, I brought them t-shirts from where I work: St. Francis Indian School . After I gave the shirts to my nephews, my father chimed in asking them whether they knew they were “Indian.” Their mother replied that they did, and that she used “Native American” instead of “Indian.” Knowing that I would be writing about that very topic soon, I...
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Getting to Know Lori Favela

November 25, 2013
This interview with Lori Favela (Yanton Sioux) originally appeared on the blog Native Voices @ the Autry . What is your favorite thing about playwriting? Playwriting offers me the opportunity to be creative. What is your least favorite thing about playwriting? There are hurdles to overcome with characters, etc., which are challenges, but there’s nothing about the process that I dislike. What is your favorite play? I am a big fan of Culture Clash , a Latino writing and acting trio. They weave politics, history, and current events into very witty, poignant, and humorous productions. To me they...
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Spotlight on First Look Series: Measure for Measure

November 25, 2013
This interview with Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) originally appeared on the blog Native Voices @ the Autry. Excitement is in the room as we begin our second First Look Series workshop of the season. Described as "Blazing Saddles meets Shakespeare," Measure for Measure: A Boarding School Comedy is Native Voices founder and artistic director Randy Reinholz's adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, Measure for Measure . The original Shakespeare piece, written around 1603, deals with Catholicism's contradictions and asks serious questions about who should have moral authority. Who gets to decide...
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Anger Turned Inside: The Fight For Native Families

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the blog lara (author-blogger) . I am honored to take part in the Moms Rising Blog Carnival and bring awareness to "Raising the Voices of Native Americans." I wrote a blog post "Anger Turned Inside: The Fight for Native Families" to coincide with a documentary that aired on Al Jazeera Fault Lines in November. (They are now creating a webpage with some of my adoption search and reunion and photos.) My blog "Lara" exposes issues of Human Trafficking in 2013 and Indian Country. I am 57 years on the long road as an adoptee warrior. In the past year, my...
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Ask For Directions

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the blog Bad NDNS . I wrote this poem as a reminder to myself that we are never alone, that within us are countless years of experience and wisdom from our Ancestors - if we can just remember to ask for help! Our DNA is a map made of stories. A genealogy of stories. A storytelling festival, featuring ancestors and those still in the womb, and those looking at us through eyes not yet made from stardust. When we tell stories we tap an ancestor on the arm, ask her to speak. We take the hand of a child, let our fingers intertwine. When we tell stories we time...
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Job Shadowing My Father, and My Path to Tenure

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the blog Beyond the Mesas . Earlier this summer the University of Illinois granted me promotion to associate professor with indefinite tenure in American Indian Studies & history. Since then, I've been thinking a lot about my path to tenure, and the road I took to get where I am now. Thirty years ago I wanted to grow up to be an astronaut, a veterinarian, or a professional musician. I did not imagine that I would become a university professor or a "scholar." But when I was a senior in high school, my perspective and desire changed. At this time, I had...
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Making Knowledge Out Of Sound: The Enduring Legacy Of The American Indian Flute

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared on the website The Flute Portal . I want to share what has been shared with me over my career in a good way and try and touch the souls of young people that stories matter. As a cultural outreach & world flute artist I try and bring the universal language of music to the world. The true essence for me of the sound and the enduring legacy of the traditional American Indian Courting Love Flute with its haunting, yet plaintive, sounds is the long vocal-like phrases and the unique delicate pulse that transcends the sound and takes you to another world. That...
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17th Century Books About Indians

November 25, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the online forum Native American Netroots . During the seventeenth century Europeans wrote a number of books about American Indians which both created and perpetuated many of the common stereotypes and misconceptions about Indians. Some of these books were basically fantasies reflecting the author’s beliefs about European fantasies; some were works of propaganda intended to foster a belief in the inherent superiority of European ways; some were sympathetic and empathetic regarding Indians and were based on actual observations. Indian Origins: When the...
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