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Not a Full Picture: Evaluating Tribal College Success Using Mainstream Measures

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Marybeth Gasman

In spite of a dire need for funding, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are preserving and building upon Indigenous culture and educating Native people.

Peter Pan and the Roots of Racism

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 12.11.2014 | Entertainment
Elizabeth Broadbent

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?

Nota Bene: The Pilgrims Were Illegal Immigrants

Dan Agin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Dan Agin

Yes. The Pilgrims were illegal immigrants. They landed in America without the permission of the American Indians, who owned the land by virtue of resi...

"Pro-American" History Textbooks Hurt Native Americans

Shannon Speed | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Shannon Speed

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."

1890 and 1973: Do We Really Know What Happened At Wounded Knee?

Mark Tilsen | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Tilsen

My three children are Oglala Lakota. They grew up here on the Pine Ridge Reservation. If they hadn't, maybe they wouldn't have known about the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. That's because Wounded Knee, the most famous catastrophe in Native history, is rarely taught in U.S. schools.

Where the Data Speak of Capacity

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Brimley is a school that helps dispel the myth that there is little schools can do to help students overcome poverty, isolation, and discrimination. But such schools can't be reduced to just a couple of practices. They do a lot of things right, not just a few.

Cowboys and Indians, Yes. Indians and Occupiers? Let's Think About That

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.03.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

This past summer, DC politicos and residents woke up to a surprising sight: Cowboy ranchers and Native Americans sharing an encampment on the Nationa...

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 12.10.2014 | 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 11.30.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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.