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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.

Neil Young and Willie Nelson Protest Keystone Pipeline in American Heartland

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Harvest the Hope, a concert on the farm of Art and Helen Tanderup in Neligh, Nebraska, right on the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, was ...

Sioux Mother Rescues Abused Children, Faces Arrest

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 03.12.2014 | Crime
Stephanie Woodard

The doctor found bruises covering the boy's penis and scrotum. Those injuries would soon lead to an arrest warrant for the mother -- not because she had caused the harm, but because she did not return her son, along with his wheelchair-bound twin, to their abusers.

Native Video Offers Oil-Soaked Vision for Christmas Future

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Activist, orator, and former 1996 and 2000 Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate Winona LaDuke introduced a new video on YouTube this week. Produced by Honor the Earth and narrated by LaDuke, "The Triple Crown of Pipeline Rides" revisits three horseback journeys by native riders and their supporters along oil pipelines.

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

The Nature Within

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 09.21.2013 | Home
Katie Scarlett Brandt

As I gripped the steering wheel, my mind formed alternate routes in case the windshield shattered around us. Stories of cow-killing-hail were fresh in my memory, and as we sped through the Badlands, there was nowhere to stop for shelter.

Native Names: Finding Your Own Spirit

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Even though the government tried to take the Lakota names away, they didn't completely succeed. People on the reservation today do carry last names, but names that belong to their ancestors: White Plume, Yellow Thunder, Takes War Bonnet.

The Culture Within: The Day I Met Delores Takes War Bonnet

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Before Ray died of a heart attack at age 57, he told his wife, "You have a book in you. You need to get it out." Delores, 58, is the reason I look at Ray's photo everyday. In April, I made the 14-hour drive from Chicago to Delores' home on Pine Ridge.

The Olympics of Indian Basketball

Tim Giago | Posted 02.24.2013 | Sports
Tim Giago

The LNI is more than just a basketball tournament: It has turned into the social event of the year for the Lakota people.

Remembering Lakota Ways

Emil Her Many Horses | Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion
Emil Her Many Horses

Much of traditional Lakota culture was threatened in the early 1900s. After the Lakota people were placed on reservations in the late 1800s, the U.S. government forbade their language and ceremonial life.

Hollywood and Hip Hop Unite to Help Save Lakota Sacred Site

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Language, tradition, geography, ethnicity and religion offer the illusion of separation, but experiencing the sacred brings us to the source and commonality of our creation stories. We all live under a dome of stars and hope to find our way home to our individual Creators.

Stuck Like a Fly in the Honey of the Democrats

Tim Giago | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

What have the Democrats done to bring jobs and economic development to the nine Indian nations within the borders of South Dakota? Don't just talk and talk and talk about it, Mr. Wilson; show me!

Tribal Truths

Mehdy Ghannad | Posted 08.28.2012 | Travel
Mehdy Ghannad

A trip to South Dakota and a visit with the local Native American community is enough to change ones view and perspective of America.

White Buffalo Day 2012: A Positive Sign

Jacob Devaney | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Jacob Devaney

The White Buffalo Prophecy, handed down for 19 generations within the Lakota Tradition, has continued to unfold in magical ways that paint a positive future for humanity.

Fight for Lakota's Sacred Pe' Sla Brings Miracles

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 10.23.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

An amazing idea took hold in the last few weeks. People from around the world decided that they could do something to right a terrible wrong that has existed for hundreds of years here in the United States.

The Word 'Honoring' Should've Read 'Remembering'

Tim Giago | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

A faulty headline can change the entire focus of a news story. It was unfortunate that a Native newspaper chose the word "Honoring" instead of "Remembering" in its headlines last week.

Ancient Interpreters: Virgil Ortiz

Jay Tavare | Posted 10.06.2012 | Arts
Jay Tavare

Virgil Ortiz represents his heritage with dignity and style while creating global awareness of his culture and opportunities for his tribal community -- especially the Native youth, which to him are the future.

The Lakota Way: Conservation of a Culture, People and Planet

Charles Orgbon | Posted 09.25.2012 | Teen
Charles Orgbon

Many Lakota people believe that resorting back to the Lakota traditions of hunting, spirituality and language is a part of the solution for restoring the economy and renewing the spirit of the people.

Alex Hesbrook: A Dream On Buckskin

Waking Youth | Posted 09.08.2012 | Religion
Waking Youth

My buckskin dress is the first representation, both spiritually and artistically, of the person I not only saw myself as at the time, but the person I am 12 years later, and no doubt the person I will be several decades from now.

Gathering Of Nations Brings 500 Tribes Together

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion

(Fixes spelling of MacDonald in 19th paragraph) By Zelie Pollon ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 28 (Reuters) - Tomé Roubideaux...

Tatanka Iyotanka (Sitting Bull) Was a Pure Lakota Traditionalist

Tim Giago | Posted 06.29.2012 | Home
Tim Giago

One cold winter day Tatanka Iyotanka (Sitting Bull), the great Lakota warrior, was sitting on a bench in front of his home with his two wives on the S...

Why Native American Truths Can Heal The World

Joseph M. Marshall III | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Joseph M. Marshall III

There are wise people in the world from all walks of life, from many nations and cultures. It is our hope that one day wisdom -- rather than might, arrogance and bluster -- will rule the world.

Lakotas Launch Hunger Strike Against Tar Sands Pipelines

Rocky Kistner | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green
Rocky Kistner

In the Dakotas, members of the proud Lakota Nation rose in protest this week to join a 48-hour hunger strike in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline -- and all tar sands pipelines -- they say will destroy precious water resources and ancestral lands in the U.S and in Canada.

Stars Come Out for Wirikuta

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

Some 800 Wixarika people -- 18 busloads -- are gathering in the desert below are expected to descend on this tiny town within an hour and will begin the trek up the sacred mountain of Cerro Quemado, the place where they believe the sun was born.

Message From the Gods: Unite to Defend the Birthplace of the Sun

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

They came by the hundreds from the Western Sierra Madre, native Wixarika or Huichol people on a spiritual quest, seeking to consult with the spirits of their ancestors. This year, however, would be vastly different from years past.