"This isn't just Indians, it's the whole planet. We're all connected. What we're made of here goes clear to the end of this universe," Fielder says.
Some of my fondest memories as a parent were of reading to my children. They would snuggle up next to me with book in hand, excited for me to take them deep into stories told in words and pictures.
Language is always a vehicle for social justice. Righting wrongs. Native American language revitalization sustains the life force of communities. This is ever so true when it comes to immersing children in their heritage language.
Oklahoma is a thriving farming utopia that years later would be discovered and once again the "white man" would betray his words by making it part of the frontier.
It is my hope that with Intel and NIH leading the way, 2015 will see significant advancements in concrete investments and strategy to actualize our long struggle for equal representation in STEM.
Even before the kickoff, the FSU fans were flaunting their painted faces and chanting their grade-B movie Indian chant, and doing the infamous tomahawk chop. "Yes, we are killers; we are savages who will use our tomahawks to take your scalps."
Let's be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.
We need to pay more attention to Native college students, applying resources to dismantle hurtles that hinder their success.
I realize that many factors play a role in the examples I cite above, including the judicial system itself; official versus real life police attitudes, not to mention the law and recent questionable policing techniques implemented in New York City and elsewhere.
This month Colorado marked a dark chapter on a stretch of windswept prairie: the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.
Since the Marijuana Policy Project was founded 20 years ago, I've oftentimes written a list of the top 10 victories at the end of each year. 2014 was either the best or second-best year in 20 years, depending on how you weigh the legalization victories in Colorado and Washington in 2012.
In spite of a dire need for funding, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are preserving and building upon Indigenous culture and educating Native people.
White America strains away from the ugly truths of Ferguson, of Sanders, of the black men shot by a police force sworn to protect them. But a beloved fairy tale? How could something so innocuous be wrong? How dare we go after the ur-childhood, the ultimate fantasy of Neverland?
The Juneau School District superintendent on Thursday said he will remove four books from the fourth-grade curriculum that members of the public called into question this year, saying the controversial material distorted Native American history.
From the very beginning, the fabric of this country was woven with the threads of fear and division. In creating "a more perfect Union," as the preamble reads, we Americans still have a long way to go. The end of the path is not yet in sight.
We call on sports teams with Native American names and mascots to consult with contemporary tribes and follow their guidance. Abandon negative characterizations and where it is mutually desired embrace positive identities so that we may preserve our Native American heritage.