Guest Commentary Published November 23, 2017 Editor’s Note: This guest commentary was originally published by Native News Online on Thanksgiving 2015. The relevancy of this commentary continues as Thanksgiving is celebrated today. As Native people, we are all aware of the true story of Thanksgiving. We know that the quaint stories of Pilgrims and Indians […]
Guest Essay – Women’s History Month Published March 26, 2017 Editor’s Note: This guest essay was originally delivered on March 16, 2017 as the Women’s History Month keynote speech at the University of Maine by Sherri Mitchell. Kwey, Aquanu. Hello and Welcome. N’daliwisi, Wena Hamu Kwasset, nejayu Penawahpskek, N’dilnabamuk Awesus nil Peanwahpskek, naka Kahkakus, nil […]
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Guest Commentary Published November 29, 2016 Custer’s Ghost Rides again- This time he’s riding in on the back of a big black snake. On December 5th, which is Custer’s birthday, the U.S. Army Corps has issued an eviction of Native people and their allies from Sioux Treaty lands. These lands were granted to the Sioux […]
Guest Commentary “Columbus discovered America like a meteorite discovered the dinosaurs.” –Matthew Inman There is no shortage of opinions regarding Columbus Day. It has been the cause of lengthy and heated debate for decades. Opponents of Columbus Day believe that the celebration of Columbus’ discovery memorializes a reprehensible history of entitlement, conquest and genocide. Proponents […]
Guest Commentary The courage to feel pain is something that most of us are never taught. Instead, we learn to distract ourselves from it, to insulate, and hide. The irony is that when we avoid our pain it hunts us down, becoming increasingly stealth in its machinations. It hides behind one mask after another, surfacing […]
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Guest Commentary Published June 18, 2016 In recent weeks, there have been several tragic events in the news. First, a four year old child accidentally fell into a gorilla pit at a zoo in Ohio. The gorilla habitat was an open air exhibit, meaning it had no fencing or protective barriers, other than some hedging […]