View Post

Back To School

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Kirsten Shaw Starting your first day of school can be nerve racking. Figuring out where your classes are. Worrying about where to sit for lunch, who to sit next to. The feeling that everyone is looking at you. This time last year I was packing up my bags and traveling three thousand miles to Sarasota Florida. A  touristy, sea …

View Post

#UpToUs

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Joey Montoya A week ago, I never would have thought I would be caravanning cross country to Philly. Towards the end of May, Calina Lawrence, Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, and myself organized a dialogue in San Jose, CA for the #BernieBusTour with Rosario Dawson, Kendrick Sampson, and Shailene Woodley in attendance. Over 20 Native students from local Bay Area Universities …

View Post

Dear JK Rowling: We’re Still Here

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Loralee Sepsey I remember the first time I picked up a Harry Potter book. I was seven years old. I was in the back of our old beat up Nova that would break down a minimum of five times a year. We were driving through the rez on our way somewhere, I don’t remember where, but what I do …

View Post

Privileging Education

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Abaki Beck my hand was cut off I stood there bleeding, crying. But when my tears dried, I convinced myself it was nothing. I am in college now, I learn things now. Yet when I return I don’t even know how to talk without sounding so damn condescending what’s wrong with you, this is your cousin I think When …

View Post

Tanka Part One: Native Representations

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Taylor Schad It’s mid-March, I’m in the cab of my family’s Ford pickup, my mom is driving and my older sister sits shotgun, across from me is my little sister or Tanka as we say in our Native language. She’s not so little anymore – at 6’2” she towers over the rest of our family, myself included. I’ve been …

View Post

That One Harsh December

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Abaki Beck *Trigger warning: Descriptions of violence when his throat was slit who was surprised? I was surprised not by the violence or the night-call from my auntie but by his name. I hadn’t seen him since middle school I heard he started doing meth and when I hadn’t seen him for such a long time I assumed he …

View Post

Dear Stanford Administration

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Leo John Bird Dear Provost Etchemendy and President Hennessy: I am so tired and sad. Weeks have gone by since the faculty senate’s decision to reaffirm Stanford’s commitment to Indigenous community, identity, dignity and space. Decades have gone by since students of color have advocated for decolonized spaces on campus. Spaces that directly challenge, silence, and work against various …

View Post

For Unci Iktomi

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Talon Bazille Ducheneaux For my grandma Helena Harrison-Spider, Unci Iktomi. Most horror movies take place On an “Indian burial ground” I’d like to see the old cackling Lakota and Dakota boys Squinting w/cheek-to-cheek smiles Their cracked skin Covered with facial creeks of knowledge And spiritual experience Laughing When the flies filled An old Amityville house With a Scooby-Doo laugh-track, …

View Post

Respect

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Julia Wakeford “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” We’ve all heard the phrase before, its often used to teach our children not to insult others, to keep their negative thoughts on the inside. Political Correctness functions in a similar way. It simply puts a pretty face on bigotry and stereotypes. As a …

View Post

The Contemporary Cherokee

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Tennessee Loy What is a contemporary Cherokee? The answer the age-old question of what exactly Native American identity is. No one person knows what Native American Identity is, I am just Cherokee. I have the Cherokee experience, you will get no argument from me that we Cherokee are the most overly claimed tribal identity. The 2000 federal census states …

View Post

Being Choctaw In This Moment

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Bridgette Annalyse Jameson Perhaps the title should be “Being Indigenous in this Moment” because surely my brothers and sisters from other tribes, nations, and countries can relate. There is a multitude of emotions being felt because of this case; a multitude of wounds being opened, triggered by different bits and pieces of the story at hand. Lexi, (also known as …

View Post

A’o’tsévôhomó’hestôtse (Victory Dance!)

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Kaden Walksnice Ancestral Cheyenne Homelands at Naahéo’hé’e(Otter Creek) are closer to being protected by coal development. Arch Coal is one of the World’s top largest coal producers for the global power generation industries and we have stopped them from mining on Cheyenne lands! On March 10th Arch Coal released a statement announced the suspension of the Proposed Otter Creek …

View Post

Further Response to the Desecration of Sumeg Village

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Sinéad Talley A response to a piece originally posted here  I’d like to preface this letter by saying that we do not need another piece attacking or degrading those who display ignorance and a lack of respect for Native cultures. Even more importantly, we do not need another piece that promotes negative perceptions of Native peoples. That’s been done. As …

View Post

How Do We Define American Nationalism Today?

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Celeste Kimimila Terry How do we define an American today, are we relying upon a civic or ethnic definition of nationalism? Which do you believe should be the determining factor for an American? Why? “American” without the hyphen connotes “white” whilst all others are hyphenated people of color, this assumption of ethnic nationalism is very alive and well today. …

View Post

A Letter To Mom

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Teddy McCullough Growing up, everyone has an idol, role model, or superhero. For most of my life, that person had been my Grandma Joyce. She inspired me; instilled my love of politics and public service; and imparted advice, wisdom and life skills. She made such a profound impact on my life that I believed no other person could match …

View Post

A Letter To My Daughter

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

Photo by Leslie Frempong By Cara Forbes December 15th, 2015 Dear Naomi, I want you to know that you are not an Indian. You are something so much more refined and profound than Indian. My dear, you are Cherokee. Tsalagi. Keetoowah. One of the Real and Principle People. You see, Naomi, an Indian (at least to your mother) is a …

View Post

Massacres of November

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

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 …

View Post

It’s Time

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

  By Doris Brown I am a student at Norwich University which is a  small, very small, college in Vermont. The demographic here is not the best, but it’s manageable. I have seen/met only four Natives. It’s sad, to be honest, because I walk around getting the same question– “What are you?”; and when I answer, I get the same …

View Post

Imagine Your Long Life Dream Ending…

In Writing by nativesinamericaLeave a Comment

By Justin Susan Imagine your long life dream ending… Where do you go? Who do you tell? How do you begin again? Time never stops. Never. As a young child I realized that important fact. The simple fact that time does not stop, or does not come to a halt. Some may say, “Oh, in this particular moment, time literally …