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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 [...]

Idle No More Brings Native Voices Native Education To The Forefront

Like many Natives and our allies across our Grandmother Earth, Unci Maka, I have joined the Idle No More movement, attending round dance gatherings, praying for Chief Theresa Spence and her supporters, sharing the stories I hear and read and perusing news and opinion pieces. Like many indigenous people, I am acutely aware that our [...]

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 [...]

Red Language

RED LANGUAGE

There is a foreign language That trips on the tongues of the elders Skirts around the hearts of the young Sets itself to music and writes itself sonnets and epic poems

It is the language of the end The end of ourselves As indigenous

It is a white language Translucent in some places [...]

Reflection 2 – Urban Indian Living

Over the years I had often heard that our relatives who went to live in the cities because of relocation, education or to join other family members, kept alive the traditions and ceremonies of our people because they are so important to their identity and to their connection to their homelands. While I know [...]

First days at AICF – being present and remembering

This was my first week at the American Indian College Fund and I want to celebrate being in this really wonderful place in my life. Alex and I like living in this area – we are fascinated by the Rocky Mountains – they really are rocky and filled with all kinds of interesting trees and [...]

More Thoughts on Being Native

This morning I woke up thinking about a dream I had where I was telling someone about the tribal colleges and tribal people and he didn’t believe me. He acted like we couldn’t possibly be so culturally different and dismissed my remarks as if I was telling him something that was not important – [...]