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When Resolution Meets Revolution

JUST OPEN A CAN I miss the days when we made garlands with strips of colored paper folded into rings and glued together for the Christmas tree. In winter we would crack nuts that arrived with their shells intact. My … Continue reading

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When Vegetarians and Meat-eaters Break Bread

CHRISTMAS DINNER 2022 Chacun à son Goût Uncredited linocut from the website Zazzle Today: I’m laundering cloth napkins. And ironing them. This is my kind of housework: I like to see things clean and shine. A tiny red streak on … Continue reading

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Making Tamales

Celebrating the Holidays I spent Saturday afternoon at a friend’s home learning how to make tamales, a tradition in many Indigenous communities in North, South and Latin America. She invited a few pals to snack on hors d’oeuvres (deviled eggs, … Continue reading

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Honoring A Native American Activist

Have a Merry Mankiller 5 DECEMBER 2022 I was thrilled to learn the US Mint issued a 25-cent coin to recognize Wilma Mankiller. This week I decided to track down some quarters to share with family as a holiday gift … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

NOVEMBER 2022 Image by Alesha Sivartha, Book of Life, 1898 Thanksgiving Floats the Media Bubble My social media bubble encircles friends and acquaintances who are–for the most part–kindhearted. I’ve grown weary of folks who shame communities online, drawing attention to … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

NOVEMBER 2022 Pictured: Oscar Howe (Yanktonai Dakota) is a modernist painter who shared his Sioux culture worldwide (1973). Credit: Digital Library of South Dakota (photographer not named).   OSCAR HOWE The Dakota Modern Exhibit Where identity is baked into aesthetics … Continue reading

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Native American Heritage Month

NOVEMBER 2022 HONORING ANCESTORS Pictured: My great-grandmother, Eva Agnes Herridge, and her older sister, Mary. Photograph taken around the early 1890s by P.A. Miller. Agnes was born in South Dakota and settled in Oklahoma–in Stillwater and Fairfax (one of the … Continue reading

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Taking Steps to Recognize Indigenous Peoples

Let’s Start with Names Seek-Seek-Qua by C. Coleman Emery When I returned home from a September camping trip, I opened my book (Night of the Living Rez) and found a plastic knife holding my place. I had used the knife … Continue reading

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Doing What’s Ordinary

Our puppy lived with his brothers, sisters and trainer for five months before we got to take him home. We learned one important lesson the day the trainer handed over the leash: praise the pup royally when he goes potty … Continue reading

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Do Media Matter? Maybe, Not So Much….

I get it. We long for answers. One step solutions. But life is complicated, and we can’t solve our problems with shortcuts. There’s no single pill to make you slim and no simple test to show you’re smart. Lately I’ve … Continue reading

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