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Thoughts on Prosperity

The challenges we face as indigenous peoples with our reservation economies is frequently in the news. From many places, there are discussions about health, schooling, violence, and the lack of good housing and transportation. The stories are so personal. To each of us they are our stories, our relatives, sometimes they are us, in the [...]

Being in the Lone Ranger

This past summer the College Fund was the beneficiary of the ticket sales for the Lone Ranger premiere. The opportunity, of course, prompted great discussions about misappropriation and Native star power. It wasn’t an easy decision but I kept my focus on the tribal colleges students who benefitted through the scholarship funds raised by the [...]

Going To places where our Grandfathers went

Recently, I took a journey to two cities that thrive with political and social relationships that are so defining to the ways of people in the USA. I went to Washington DC and New York City. In many ways these cities represent this country in ways that are both grounded in the best of intentions [...]

SIGNS OF PINES AND SPIRITS

There is a smell of pine A smell that brings memories Bearing down upon the present day Tangy, pungent, clean The smell of freshness Carried on cool winds left behind by thunderstorms Warm in the summer sun Crisp with winter ice

Sticky bark and prickly pine needles

I have stood many times in the shelter [...]

Making 2012 a Food Resolution Year

With the popularity of New Year’s resolutions, it is irresistible to write about their meaning and usefulness. In past years I did elaborate and long lists in the human hopefulness that writing it down would help them come true,

Last year I did a self care resolution that was fun and I acquired lots of [...]