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What will your Obituary Say about You?

And what will others think? Today’s news is full of memories of the 41st president of the United States: George Herbert Walker Bush. I listened to the entire broadcast of NPR’s live coverage of his funeral because of happenstance: I … Continue reading

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Me, First

Does the Collective Matter? When? When you research “ways of knowing” among cultures, you find solid evidence that communities are important. Primitive is the new modern, as we come to realize that it takes many hands to steer a child … Continue reading

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Can I Afford to be Moral?

Books by Native American Authors The delightful feature of attending Portland’s annual literary fair—held this month–was discovering the works of American Indian writers. I was transfixed, hearing Layli Long Soldier, Tommy Orange, Trevino Brings Plenty, and a host of American … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks, Indian-style

It’s all about me Sometimes the secret to dissecting an issue is to carve through the sinew. A word like “Thanksgiving” creates its own semiotic map. At its most basic, the word means, “Giving thanks.” When my children were little, … Continue reading

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Raccoon Gaze  

Identity Politics I’m a raccoon. What you need to know, first, is that being a raccoon is not the same as being a member of an American Indian family, band or clan. For example, woven into the Sioux thread of … Continue reading

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Are you a Native American or are you a Writer?  

“White Writer Writes Book on Love” How do you represent yourself? As a writer, or as a Native American writer? That’s the question American Indian writers face when sharing their stories with heterogeneous crowds, like the ones that gathered this … Continue reading

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Fractions of Little Theories  

Like a Slide Where my Relatives are Falling Yesterday I wrote about Little Theories about the Mass Media, and how urban legends live long after the real stories emerge. Seems we just can’t let go of a good story, even … Continue reading

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