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An Open Letter To Matthew McConaughey About The Washington Football Team

Migizi Pensoneau | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Migizi Pensoneau

Let me start by saying that I'm a fan. But then you did that interview with GQ. I was more than a little disappointed with the things you had to say about the Washington football team's name and logo, and I think we need to have a talk.

National Coming Out Day: Coming Out in Indian Country

Chelsey Luger | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Chelsey Luger

Being gay is a unique experience. Being Native American is a unique experience. And being a gay Native person who has been able to thrive and survive and is brave enough to share a personal story of coming out in this cutthroat world is nothing short of remarkable.

Why the Big Tribal 'Payout' Is Only a Start

Dennis Worden | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Dennis Worden

The complex legal history of the federal government's connection to Native American tribes was on display in separate events last week, neither shining a positive light on this continuum of American history, but both sowing the seeds for a more positive future.

The Word 'Redskins' And Natives: We've Earned the Right To Use It How We Want

Chelsey Luger | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Chelsey Luger

When my dad says it, it's endearing. When I see it on the back of a jersey, it's irritating. Yes, I'm talking about the word "Redskins" and no, I'm not particularly troubled if that's a double standard.

American Indian Nicknames May Be Banned For DC Schools

AP | Ben Nuckols | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The D.C. Council will consider banning racially based nicknames for public schools in the nation's capital. Democratic Councilme...

Children of the Powwow: Changing The Way We See Native America

Terra Trevor | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Terra Trevor

Every American Indian person at the powwow is connected, and is making a statement that American Indian people are still here. This is our celebration of life past, present and future.

Pocahontas' First Marriage: The Powhatan Side of the Story

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 10.09.2014 | Arts
National Museum of the American Indian

As Virginia institutions celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pocahontas-Rolfe marriage this year, a crucial event in the Commonwealth's venerable self-image, we should recognize that existing Native traditions put it in a very different perspective.

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

Gyasi Ross | Posted 09.20.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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.