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Stop Pulling Up the Ladder on Immigrants: The Wilberforce Act and Our Short National Memory About Immigration

Gyasi Ross | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

Don't let your elected officials succumb to the pressure of a few hypocrites/bigots with loud microphones. Hear these immigrants out the same way that this nation's Indigenous people heard this nation's white ancestors out. That's what the Wilberforce Act requires.

N.D. Pipeline Leaks 1 Million Gallons of Saltwater Into Lake

AP | JOSH WOOD and JAMES MacPHERSON | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead veget...

Happy Birthday America

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.04.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

he process of debating and revising Jefferson's declaration continued on July 3 and into the late morning of July 4. In the evening of July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress "unanimously" approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence.

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

Mockery and Injury: The San Francisco Giants 'Celebrate' Native American Heritage

April Negrette | Posted 07.01.2014 | San Francisco
April Negrette

Native American Heritage Night at the Giants game last week seemed like an ideal time to attend a game with my little sister. That is, unless you consider watching non-Native people prance around in a costume headdress and getting slammed to the ground by your hair by police to be "ideal."

Boy Is Their Face Red

Neal Wooten | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Neal Wooten

My Facebook friends are once again on the warpath. What has their knickers in a wad this time? It's those goofy Native Americans complaining about spo...

Holder To Address 'Outrageous' Voting Access Conditions For Native Americans

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday his office will consult with tribes across the country to develop ways to increase...

The Most Important Super Bowl Ad You Didn't See

Ben Irwin | Posted 04.05.2014 | Sports
Ben Irwin

At roughly $4 million per 30-second slot, this ad never had a chance of making the airwaves during Super Bowl XLVIII. But you should watch it anyway.

These American Families Live Without Running Water (VIDEO)

George McGraw | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
George McGraw

Nearly 40 percent of the 173,000 Navajo in the U.S. don't have a tap or a toilet at home. (For non-Native Americans, that number is just .6 percent).

Do Native Americans Face Discrimination in the Labor Market?

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Algernon Austin

In a labor market free of racial discrimination, one would expect whites and Native Americans to have somewhat similar outcomes, not starkly divergent outcomes like we see in Alaska, the Northern Plains, and the Southwest.

The Baby Veronica Saga: Denial of a Father's Rights and Now a $1 Million Lesson

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

This latest chapter in a young child's heart-rending saga does offer an opportunity, however, to step back from the details of the custody battle and consider its many important lessons.

Thankfulness and Rewriting History

Terra Trevor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Terra Trevor

Last November an associate producer at Huff Post Live, the Huffington Post's live streaming network, invited me to be part of a 20 minute conversation...

Thanksgiving -- Need Some Comments From You

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I know these are hard times, full of many trials and tribulations--for individuals, couples, families, and for our country. But if the early Pilgrims, after their horrific voyage to America and the devastating winter filled with death and suffering, were able to find reasons to be thankful, surely we can, too.

The False Binary of the 'Redskins' Controversy

Gyasi Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Gyasi Ross

Changing the Redskins name won't put food on one Indian kid's plate; it won't give one Native person a job in our economically vulnerable homelands. Those are facts. But that shouldn't be the test -- Native people shouldn't be forced to choose between living or racial discrimination.

Concussing Jim Thorpe's Life: Pennsylvania's State of Denial

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Looking into the life of Jim Thorpe, you'd think that there must be a majestic connection between him and the town that has taken his name as its own in Eastern Pennsylvania. It is not the case.

Redskins & Pigskins: Revisions of Justice

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Have not enough Americans of all ethnic, religious, and other differences felt like unwelcome outsiders enough? I too like the team that throws a pigskin for D.C., but "Redskin" is an unacceptable epithet.

Some of My Best Friends Are Redskins

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

This is not a matter of "political correctness." This is about righting a wrong. This is about changing an ugly, misunderstood aspect of our culture. This is about firing Coach Mike Shanahan for keeping RG3 in at the end of that playoff game last season.

Dallas Cowboys and Indians

Sharief Easterling | Posted 11.23.2013 | Black Voices
Sharief Easterling

It feels dumb saying I didn't realize how unbelievably offensive the name "Redskins" actually is until now, but it's true. Prior to the recent media attention that's arisen the thought had never once crossed my mind.

History Repeats Itself: Why Is South Dakota Denying American Indians an Equal Opportunity to Vote?

Eunice Hyon Min Rho | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Eunice Hyon Min Rho

Every election, South Dakota voters have 46 days when they can vote early, which makes it easier for people to take part in our democracy. But the rul...

It Isn't Getting Better For Native American Students

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Native American students have not shared in the recent rise in educational performance achieved by African Americans and Latinos, according to a new s...

Hitching the Patch: Cree Carny on Fights, Women & Childhood

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Hitchhiking the Northern Rockies "Oil Patch" region yesterday, I was picked up by an old Cree Indian with carny stories of the bygone era of his youth.

It's Time to Scalp the Washington Redskins' Nickname

Larry Atkins | Posted 08.05.2013 | Sports
Larry Atkins

It's not just the name that is offensive, it's the cartoonish manner in which the mascots and symbols are portrayed, such as Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians mascot, or the use of the Tomahawk Chop and war chant by fans of the Atlanta Braves and Florida State Seminoles.

Incredible Story of Navajo Mike, Child of the Dust Devil Air

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.14.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

The wind blew a small tornado of tumbleweeds onto the parking lot of the Motel 6 along the old Route 66 in Moriarity, NM. So many tumbleweeds it blocked the entrance to the parking lot and made parking impossible before someone from the hotel came out to clear the lot.

Remembering Allen Neuharth, the Newsman From South Dakota

Tim Giago | Posted 06.25.2013 | Media
Tim Giago

Native newspaper men and women and Native journalists across America lost one of their best friends. Al Neuharth grew up in a small South Dakota town and he never forgot his roots, nor did he ever forget the Native Americans that made up a large portion of the state's population.

"I Know a Lot More About Being White Than You Know About Being Indian."

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.10.2013 | Media
Bill Moyers

Writer Sherman Alexie, who was born on a Native American reservation, talks with me about feeling "lost and insignificant inside the larger culture," and how his culture's "lack of power" is very apparent in stereotypical sports mascots, like that of the Cleveland Indians.