An open letter to (Kansas) Congress

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In 1971, psychologist Philip Zimbardo conducted a, now notorious, study known as The Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo converted the basement of the Stanford University psychology building into a mock prison and commissioned 24 students to participate in the project. Half of the students were guard and the other half were prisoners. Prior to the study, all students underwent extensive psychological …

Neal Ambrose-Smith: An Artist

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By A.J. Leonard Whilst walking on the Denver International Airport main terminal terrazzo floor, commuters might initially confuse the massive terrazzo design in blue, green, and orange as an enormous Southwestern Navajo rug. These travelers would be wrong, however, because the installation is not a rug, nor even a textile, but is instead made of ceramic tiling. Its contemporary design …

An Open Letter to Congress

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By Doris Tinsley Dear 116th Congress, I am here calling on you to look to Native America’s newest congresswomen, Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk) and Deborah Haaland(Laguna Pueblo), as I ask for your help. Indian Country is not only placing the responsibility on you, but we are demanding you to launch a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), just like the Canadian government …

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A New Chapter

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By Kirsten Red Shirt-Shaw Today marks a new chapter in my life.  I feel like I have marked way too many at this point.  Although for some odd reason this one seems slightly comforting.  When I was originally applying for college I was looking at art focused-ones only.  I skipped over places like Cal (University of California, Berkeley) or U.A. (University of Arizona) and …

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Atsimoihkan: A Poetry Collection

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By Piitohsoowatsis Leo John Bird Foreword Atsimoihkan means prayer and is often talked about in terms of apaitapiisin, way of life. For me prayer has been something in my life that I have always felt sure about. Some of my first memories revolve around my immersion school class learning our prayers in our language. To this day when I pray, …

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It’s Not the Same, as Notre Dame

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By Justin Susan I never knew much about the big controversial debate over the Washington Redskin’s name. As I grew older, I started to hear different point of views from all sorts of people. I listened to ideologies from Redskin fans and from Native Americans fighting to change the name. All interesting opinions and one thing I always try to …

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Massacres of November

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By Kaden Walksnice It’s 4:30am November 25th 2015 and I’m awake trying to hustle around before I get on the road to Eads, Colorado at 6:30am because the weather report says we will be driving through a blizzard in northern Wyoming. As I sit here in my room, I’m continuously looking over at a box sitting on the end of …

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A Letter From Our Founder

In Press Release by Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

Dear Natives In America family, Three years ago, I decided to start a platform dedicated to Native youth voices, where their stories could be told unapologetically and without censoring. I knew there was nothing like it that existed, and hoped it would move into the future as a source of knowing for those wondering who we were as Indigenous people …

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Intersectionality of Native Identity and Systemic Oppression

In Prose by Celeste Kimimila Terry

“Indeed, today it is popular to be an Indian. Within a decade it may be a necessity.” Vine Deloria Jr., Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact Vine was onto something when he wrote this passage because as we are amidst climate change crisis and other environmental crises, indigenous cultures seem to be most in …

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Our Blood Pulses Resistance

In Poetry by Abaki Beck

By Abaki Beck My grandmother once told me she was a class bully at the government run school that punished her for being Blackfeet and buried her classmates on the school grounds She told me she spoke back to teachers and had to be punished The same school trained my uncle to be a butcher trained him to be a …