Monthly Archives: November 2014

Learning from Ferguson, Part II

Structural issues—poverty, education, advancement opportunities and health disparities—affect communities in significant ways. Some of the larger issues are being tackled right now, in part because of the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri. Fortunately some reporters, critics, pundits and politicians are paying … Continue reading

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Learning from Ferguson, Part I

One important lesson we can learn from the anger and violence waged lately in Ferguson, Missouri, is how we look at core problems. My pledge this November has been to write 30 blogs about issues through the lens of American … Continue reading

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When headlines lie

The mainstream headlines are disquieting: Britain’s Telegraph: Seals helped Europeans wipe out Native Americans eScience: Sea lions, not Columbus, may be to blame for many Native American tuberculosis deaths Yahoo News: Seals not Columbus brought TB to Americas Examiner.com Seals, … Continue reading

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Magazine takes Redskins to task

The New Yorker magazine’s latest issue hit subscribers and newsstands this week with a cover that takes the Redskins football team to task. Titled, First Thanksgiving, the cover—a painting by Bruce McCall—shows a trio of Native Americans arriving at a … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: what’s the point?

Sometimes folks who know my Osage and Sioux ancestry ask if we celebrate Thanksgiving. Sure, I say. My family, my mother’s family, her mother’s family—all through the generations—have shared supper with friends and relatives, thanking the creator for the harvest … Continue reading

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Make way for the athlete tyospiye

I have to admit I love Indian athletes. I grew up with stories of Jim Thorpe, Billy Mills and John Barnes. My family would talk about Indian athletes as kin. Jim Thorpe (Wa-Tho-Huk) seemed to excel at every sport he … Continue reading

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Sounds like Ethel Merman

Just like the song says, I can’t bake a pie. You have to love Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun, singing her heart out. The competition between sharpshooter Annie Oakley (Merman) and marksman Frank Butler (Howard Keel) rolls out … Continue reading

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