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Bury My Hertz at Wounded Knee

Commented Apr 1, 2008 at 19:07:16 in Media

I suggest you read American Indian Mafia by Joe Trimbach the FBI Agent in Charge at Wounded Knee. The book you mention "The Unquiet Grave" is so full of mistakes, assumptions, and outright misrepresentation of the facts that it fits right in with Mathuesien's book which is also so full of holes that it leaks untruths. I knew Dick Wilson and was at his bedside when he died. If you will take your head out of the clouds and do some research you will find that more progress was made during the adminstration of Dick Wilson than at any other time before or since. If you want to unwash your brain try talking to some of the so-called GOONS that stayed on the reservation, unlike the AIM members that fled to different parts of the country, to help rebuild the Pine Ridge Reservation. They were simple people like carpenters, electricians, teachers, social workers, healthcare workers and elected officials. They were there during Wounded Knee, were labeled as GOONS, and they were there after Wounded Knee. The AIM propoganda had it impact.”
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Indians as Mascots for America's Fun and Games

Commented Feb 10, 2012 at 11:14:54 in Home

“In the more than 30 years I have been writing a weekly column I have responded to or written about the Kansas City Chiefs, NDame, and all of the others mentioned in some of the responses to my column this week. To the majority of Native Americans it is not irrelevant. I have written that the Celtics and Vikings are no longer relevant because they are figments of history; they no longer exist. There was not enough space to go over all of these things in this week's blog. But believe me, I have tried to cover all of the bases. Tim”

ShirleeK on Feb 12, 2012 at 08:41:47

“Did you know that "Chief" was the KC team owner's nickname?”

newworldman777 on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:00:26

“"Celtic" and "Viking" were never considered racial epithets among those whom the words refer to. In fact, most of the are proud to be associated with Celtic and Viking.

Not so with "redskin." That a whole different animal, dude.”
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Slamming the Door on the Government Thieves

Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 14:52:27 in Politics

“Bravo Ben Carnes. We need more akicita (warriors) like you. Tim”

Ben Carnes on Feb 6, 2012 at 17:25:00

“Thank you Tim. I wrote and posted a blog on Facebook to try and get the word out to more people through our various networks. The negative reactions against the three women and one man are uncalled for and completely embarrassing that Native people would conduct themselves in this manner. It just goes to show how badly our culture and traditions have been affected through assimilation and the mentality of greed. I appreciate the inspiration to write on this. Ben”
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SuAnne Died Young, but Her Legacy Lives On

Commented Dec 21, 2011 at 12:34:21 in Impact

“Nathinski: I don't know where you found your statistics, but wherever you did they are wrong. Alcoholism on Pine Ridge is not 80 percent. Please find a more reliable source or let me know where you got the statistics so I can verify. In the meantime, my words are true. Hece tu welo. Tim”
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Keystone XL and Jobs: Just More Pipe Dreams

Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 12:25:59 in Green

“A small weekly newspaper Native Sun News based in Rapid City started to report on the XL Pipeline in 2009 with its Health and Environment Editor Talli Nauman. It took nearly two years for the mainstream media and Robert Redfort to take note.”
Apocalypse 2012: How Will The World End?

Apocalypse 2012: How Will The World End?

Commented Dec 22, 2010 at 13:11:12 in Comedy

“Some of you should actually read the predictions of the Mayans. You may be surprised to find that they do not mention the end of the world; only the beginning of a new. Tim”

AyeChart on Dec 22, 2010 at 13:32:59

“Probably related to having a TEA Party president elected that year...”

iamhoops on Dec 22, 2010 at 13:24:06

“I just watched a documentary on the Mayan 2012 prophecy, in conjunction with other prophecies about 2012. It was quite interesting. There's so many different possibilities that could play out, including what some believe to be the most likely; nothing at all.

Personally I like to believe that 2012 will bring positive changes to the world. It's more fun to believe something will happen, however unlikely, and the world could use some good news for a change.”

GeneralDisarray on Dec 22, 2010 at 13:17:13

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Allegations of tribal corruption are aired

Commented Oct 26, 2009 at 09:31:25 in Home

“Digwoli: If you would open your eyes and your mind you would soon ascertain that it was not my voice waging complaints, but the voices of many. Please read the column again and you will see the complaints came from tribal members. Am I to bury my head in the sand and pretend these tribal members do not have the right to complain? Tim”

digoweli on Oct 26, 2009 at 11:58:23

“One more point. When LaDonna Harris and Ruben Snake put out all of that energy for the TIMS Interactive Management programs that interfaced with the Traditional Comanche and Winnebago political structures, it was the disruptive Indian elements from the European political structure that slowly destroyed it. If you want to have a moral structure then you must get back to the peace councils and processes more resembling the modern TIMS programs that Harris and Snake tried to institute with the help of John Warfield and Ben Broome. The only group I know still using TIMS are the Pueblos. I still suggest that you work with the traditional leaders in incorporating the prosperity into the culture without destroying the morality and the traditional values. To him who much is given, much will be asked. Digoweli”

digoweli on Oct 26, 2009 at 11:44:05

“absolutely not but they aren't the ones with the Harvard degree. I expect more from you. That is the "old" way according to what I was taught. How about you? Digoweli”
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Sotomayor Puts Dent in Glass Ceiling

Commented Aug 9, 2009 at 16:07:26 in Politics

“My windshield was hit by a pebble last week and it didn't crack. It just got a small dent. Podcast”
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Custer Rides Again in McDonald's Happy Meal

Commented Jun 9, 2009 at 16:50:18 in Politics

“If Adolph Hitler had been in the Night at the Museum 2 do you think they would have made a figurine doll in his image and put it in the Happy Meals? No they just do that to American Indians because they know nobody (except Indians) gives a damn.”
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Memorial Day Speech at Black Hills National Cemetery

Commented May 24, 2009 at 13:33:28 in Home

“Henry, you are right. Native Americans became US citizens in 1924. Two states did not ratify the Act, Arizona and New Mexico and so those from those two states that served in WWII were still not US citizens and that would include the Navajo Code Talkers who did so much to save lives in the Pacific Theater.”
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A Ripe and Rank Case of Dishonest Dealings

Commented Apr 26, 2009 at 11:40:27 in Home

“I could not fit it into my weekly column but a lawsuit was filed by an attorney with a Yankton, SD firm against the Secretary of the Interior to force them to pay out the Black Hills money. Attorney Mario Gonzalez believes it to be a moot issue. He believes the firm cannot sue for the money because the time limit on such a suit has passed. Tim”
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Native American Veterans Fight VA and Lose

Commented Jan 26, 2009 at 14:17:43 in Politics


Thanks for your very welcome remarks. My columns are posted weekly but they begin at "Recent Posts" and disappear quickly so they do not have time to garner too many comments. I have found however that since I started posting comments from a Native American point of view that very few of the huffingtonpost readers really understand the First Americans and although I am doing my best to bring them a strictly Native American perspective on America and its lack of concern for its indigenous people, I am still appalled at the willingness of the general public to learn. Tim”
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Cultural Genocide in the Land of the Free

Commented Jan 11, 2009 at 16:50:01 in Healthy Living

“When I was writing the column I assumed that every reader would know that I did not mean that Alaska was not a part of the US, but the thought did cross my mind that someone would come to that conclusion and think that his astute comment would be more important than the subject matter: abused Indian children. I could have explained that I know Alaska is a part of the US, but why even bother. It was a given and you sorely misinterpreted what I wrote favoring a smart comment over truly understanding the subject matter.”
Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Commented Oct 26, 2008 at 19:19:11 in Politics

“Esarfina42: If that is all you got out of this column or any column for that matter, to nitpick, I feel sorry for you. Read the content and forget the nitpicking and you may even learn something.”
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Voting for Deeds over Promises

Commented Oct 19, 2008 at 15:43:34 in Politics

“To ramara: Where was Obama on Abramoff and the Cobell lawsuit? He serves on the Congressional Black Caucus that tried to cut federal funding to the Cherokee Nation and although he did not sign their petition against the Cherokee (he voted present again) neither did he stand up for the Cherokee people. I would like to see some of the proof the critics of McCain are throwing at me about McCain's actions concerning the Navajo and other issues. I know they are not true, but too many people are swallowing this swill whole hog. If you think Obama's move toward national socialism is good, visit any of the poor Indian reservation out west that have been forced to accept socialism for more than 100 years. Today they are listed as the poorest people in America. Don't take my word for it, check the U. S. Census of 1980 in which for of the poorest counties in America were on Indian reservations in South Dakota.”
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Forming a Native American Party

Commented Oct 14, 2008 at 10:01:00 in Healthy Living

“Shahida, most of the different tribes in America, Canada, Central America and South America have their own creation stories. The Lakota (Sioux) believe they came from the center of the earth and emerged at Wind Cave in the Black Hills. Other tribes have similar beliefs. New science dates the history of the indigenous people in the Americas to 40,000 years ago. Tim”
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Forming a Native American Party

Commented Oct 13, 2008 at 09:30:35 in Healthy Living

“The idea of a Native American Party came to me because we (Native Americans) do not fit into any of the parties now in existence. The choice of a name for the party would happen at the first meeting of the people interested in forming that party. Whether the party would include non-Indians as members would be up to the governing body of the party. I think it is an idea whose time has come. Tim”
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My Advice to Aspiring Young Writers

Commented Sep 28, 2008 at 20:25:56 in Media

“Dear Intenzity: Very funny. I am glad you read the headline and not the column. If you would have scrolled down a couple of spaces you would have seen the headline that was attached to this column when it was sent. Believe it or not the spelling was correct. You are the kind of people I referred to in the column. Tim”
A Story Dying to Be Told

A Story Dying to Be Told

Commented Sep 23, 2008 at 13:57:58 in Media

“To Redbow: My weekly column appears in many of the Native American outlets and often draws many comments from the Indian readers, but I have found that the readers of Huffingtonpost, for the most part, have very little knowledge of Indian America and in my estimation, do not respond to the things I write because they do not want to show their ignorance. I have also found that 90 percent of white Americans do not give a damn about the First Americans. Out of sight, out of mind is the attitude I run into, but I hope that by continuing to write a weekly post for Arianna I can begin the tedious educational process that will be required to educate mainstream America that there is another side to this country that really needs to be told and taught to them. Tim”

redbow40 on Sep 24, 2008 at 09:36:47

“Well Tim, all I can say is you're getting the information out. The stories and experiences you have shared here are priceless. I look forward every week to your blog. So a big thank you to you for doing what you do. I would like to challenge every American Indian that reads the Huffington Post to make a weekly contribution to Tim's blog. He takes the time to write for us, this medium doesn't exist anywhere else in the world. I would also like to challenge the Huffington Post censors to please try and help us a little more in the area of posts. I know you're busy, but waiting 24 hours to have a post posted makes it impossible to have a consistent and meaningful dialogue. THANKS TIM GIAGO AND MISS HUFFINGTON!!!!”
A Story Dying to Be Told

A Story Dying to Be Told

Commented Sep 22, 2008 at 09:58:43 in Media

“tbone99 - The land was stolen from the Siioux people. They were awarded money without their consent. It would be like someone stealing your house and then more than 80 years later offeriing to pay for it. The Sioux consider the Black Hills to be their Mecca and have refused to accept money for it. They say in one voice, "The Black Hills are Not for Sale." But since the money was awarded something had to be done with it so it was invested by the Department of the Interior and as any investment, it goes up and down with the market fluctuations. The Sioux are asking for a return of National Forest Service land in the amount of 1.3 million acres and the land would not include towns, state owned land, or private land, only NFS land. The Hills total 7.5 million acres so they are not asking for a whole lot for the theft of their sacred Black Hills. Tim”
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When Undecided Means Undecided

Commented Sep 10, 2008 at 16:47:37 in Home

“I said I was undecided. Why am I having to defend that position? Getting blasted by Obama supporters will not cause me to make up my mind because they are calling me names, but it does make me wonder why there is such vitriol for someone who hasn't jumped on their bandwagon, yet! I am appalled at the vicious attacks filled with halftruths and untruths about Sarah Palin and it makes me wonder why there is such animosity and fear over this woman. That is all, I am digesting all of these contradictions and making up my mind. My weekly column reaches thousands of Native Americans and some of them have been weekly readers of my column for 30 years and they respect my opinion. When I become :undecided" I will write about it and give the reasons why, but the hatefilled attacks are not making it easy. Tim”
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Billy Mills, the Pride of the Lakota Nation

Commented Aug 3, 2008 at 17:09:00 in Healthy Living

“ebran, you are so right. Just watching the tape of his victory is indeed one of life's great motivators.”
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Time Stood Still for Joe Trimbach

Commented Jul 13, 2008 at 17:29:21 in Home


Martin Luther King and Gandhi were attacked with waterhoses, guns, and dogs. They were jailed and beaten. AIM started out in Minneapolis, a metro city with a large Indian population. They would have made much more of a connection to the American public if they had acted non-violently in the larger cities. Several AIM members wanted to follow this path of non-violence, but they were shouted down my the more militant members. And, incidentally, AIM was never attacked by the Natioinal Guard. It was the US Marshals and FBI at Wounded Knee.”

redbow40 on Jul 13, 2008 at 20:02:46

“I never mentioned Gandhi. King was a great man, but he was no Gandhi, lets be clear about that. Okay so have it your way, A.I.M. was attacked by U.S. marshalls and the F.B.I. they were still using weapons of war. I'd prefer a waterhose and dogs anytime as opposed to military gunships, armored personnel carriers and military armaments that were used in the Vietnam war. All of this to handle a small group of militant indians with hunting rifles?”
Navajo Nation Takes The Plunge

Navajo Nation Takes The Plunge

Commented Jun 22, 2008 at 10:21:43 in Healthy Living

“Trueheart: There are plenty of Native professionals out there fighting for the rights of the Indian people. Ernie Stevens, director of the National Indian Gaming Association, Mario Gonzalez, attorney for the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, strong advocate for the rights of Indian women, Winona LaDuke, environmentalist, Doris Giago, associate professor of Journalism at South Dakota State University, Liz Gray, Publisher of the Native American Times, John Echo Hawk, director of the Native American Rights Fund and the list goes on. There are now 36 colleges on Indian reservations that are controlled by the tribe.”
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Mt. Rushmore Seen Through Native Eyes

Commented Jun 8, 2008 at 18:07:48 in Home


Crazy Horse is known amongst the Lakota as the man who never touched a pen to a treaty. He was murdered after he brought his followers in to Ft. Robinson and surrendered. Mari Sandoz wrote a pretty good book on him. The director at Mt. Rushmore is a Native American from the Three Affiliated Tribes of Ft. Berthold, ND named Gerald Baker. He is trying to put a new face (no pun intended) on the carvings. Space did not permit, but the Lakota still look at Mt. Rushmore as a disgrace against their Sacred Hills.

Tim Giago”
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