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Remembering a friend – Steve Pavlik

A good walk in the light

A good walk in the light

Sharing for Steve’s Memorial at NWIC November 12 2014

Most of this was written for Steve’s memorial but I have added more as we have been thinking of him over the days since his departure from his earthly into his journey to the Milky Way.

We first met [...]

Celebrating Christ and Being Native

Each year during the time surrounding the Christian days of the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I find myself thinking about how I became a person who still goes to church. My father’s family is deeply immersed in Lakota religion and his grandparents became Episcopalians who had baptisms at their home. My great [...]

In appreciation of the Spirit

Today is my birthday. I celebrate being a Sagittarian because we are known for our optimism, we are sure everything is going to be all right, and that others are deserving of our trust and support. I celebrate having a good family and a successful career. I feel like the mother and grandmother I always [...]

Thoughts of Giving Thanks

As the thanksgiving holiday weekend draws to a close and I reflect on the swirl of public commentary among Natives and non-Natives about what a Thanksgiving celebration looks like to Indians and and what is there to give thanks for, I thought I would share some of my memories and what this holiday might mean [...]

Speaking of the Indian Narrative

I had read Gyasi Ross, the Blackfeet attorney and writer who lives among the Suquamish so I was happy to be able to hear him speak at the final assembly of NIEA on Sunday. I look forward to meeting him. Gyasi greeted the attendees with enthusiasm for his story and centered his remarks in the [...]

Leadership and the redefining of Indian education

During a strategic planning session at the AIHEC ( meeting, president Lionel Bordeaux of Sinte Gleska University discussed the words and vision of one of the founders of SGU, Stanley Red Bird, Sr., that tribal colleges would provide the leadership to redefine and restructure Indian education, that we would create new structures and approaches to [...]