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30 Poems in 30 Days

My weekend poems took shape on the train ride to Seattle and return, and while we soaked up the sunshine in outdoor cafes, I tried to keep up with the 30 poems in 30 days promise. Poem 15 Safe Weekend … Continue reading

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The Boycott Bandwagon

When Bruce Refuses We Listen In refusing to perform a concert in Durham, Bruce Springsteen is using age-old techniques to hit where it hurts: in the pocketbook. When news that North Carolina legislators approved a law that enables discrimination of … Continue reading

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Inspiration

I placed some of our lilac cuttings in a vase for inspiration as I consider today’s poem. Our Pacific Northwest flowers are a delicate pink: not purple like the pictures that adorn air freshener products for your bathroom. Local lilacs … Continue reading

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Where the state tree is a telephone pole

The state tree is a telephone pole, he joked. Zig Jackson (Mandan) began his story at the beginning: growing up in Fort Berthold, North Dakota. Few trees and a lot of telephone poles in that part of the state, he … Continue reading

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A gathering of minds: Indian style

Our conference in Albuquerque focused on narratives and how they shape meaning. Students and scholars from across the United States and Canada—most of them tribal members—delivered thoughtful presentations about how meanings are created in photographs, cartoons, internet games, news media, … Continue reading

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Oscar’s Platform for Politics  

  DiCaprio’s Plea for Indigenous Acknowledgement Gets Buried Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech for Best Actor at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony turned into a Rorschach test for viewers: you heard what you wanted to hear. After thanking The Revenant team, DiCaprio … Continue reading

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Landmark Judgment Returns Bones to Tribes

California Kumeyaay Win the Dispute  The US Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a lower court ruling that will, in effect, allow ancient bones to be returned to American Indians in California. The judgment means a landmark legal decision … Continue reading

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It’s not about science: it’s about control

Give her the shot Once again childhood vaccines are at the news forefront. Seems that one of the presidential hopefuls thinks vaccines cause autism. I viewed this week’s debate through the periscope of the internet. Here’s what I learned: Donald … Continue reading

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Indian People’s Time

Visiting the reservation reminds me that I’m a poster child for the folks who tried to integrate Indians into the mainstream version of settler life—what Robert Warrior calls a Judeo-Christian viewpoint fueled by material capital. When I return to the … Continue reading

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Is there a horn in your purse?

Is this your bag, lady? I was searching through my purse for a strip of paper to wrap around my chewed gum and found my bicycle horn buried at the bottom. Who else carries around a bike horn? When I … Continue reading

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