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.
Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.
I'm not skipping Thanksgiving because I don't have things to be thankful for, but because the traditional day of giving thanks in this country is a farce. I no longer enjoy 24-hour marathons of hypocrisy, gluttony and guilt that ombre into weeks of self-absorption and ungratefulness.
Thanksgiving has been celebrated by Native Americans, Christians, Jews and whoever else wants to since 1621, and I firmly believe we should continue unapologetically to celebrate giving thanks to God Almighty for our many blessings.
The Texas State Board of Education wants to reinforce this knowledge gap, forcing Texas high schoolers to learn a sanitized version of U.S. history in the name of being "pro-American."
As worrisome as the new statistics are, the solutions to the diabetes epidemic are at hand. With a plant-based diet, we could help tackle the disease once and for all.
As Native Americans, we are still connected to our cultures and our traditions, but we live in modern society and the world needs to understand and respect that. Native Americans are not frozen in time; we are not tragic statistics and we are not worn out caricatures. That is not our narrative.
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Google and other tech giants know that to increase the diversity of their workforces, they will have to root out and eliminate the hidden biases and prejudices that shape their hiring practices and work environments. But they cannot graduate more minority engineers to enlarge the pool of talent.