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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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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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When News is Like Magic

What you don’t see can hurt you James Tankard, one of journalism’s key scholars, talks about news reporting as a “magician’s sleight of hand.” Tankard means that we muggles pay attention to the rabbit and the high-top hat, while oblivious … Continue reading

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Little Theories

 Identity Politics If I could write a book on any topic I’d explore the ways that we invent our own realities. I will call the book, “Little Theories.” The reason?  When I look at headlines, talk to friends, or just … Continue reading

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Never Stop Learning  

It takes guts to examine your failures, but that’s just what we need to do in order to learn and grow. The take-away in a brief news item in today’s New York Times notes that taking time to consider why … Continue reading

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When Words Harm

  And Actions Matter  In my profession (writing and researching words, and thinking about their meanings) we argue: words mean. Exactly what they mean and how is worthy of conversation, especially because humans create the meanings we attach to words. … Continue reading

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Threading the Needle

Closing the Osage-Buddhist Circle We spent the last weeks—months—on a sewing project, creating a Rakusu: a garment worn when you become a practicing Buddhist. The Rakusu has a rich tradition. The garment is a rectangular cloth with straps that you … Continue reading

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Dependence within Independence

I wonder about the meanings of dependence on the day that celebrates independence (and my birthday): July 4. Thoughts about independence are buried deep within our nation’s stories, including myths that our Indian ancestors roamed free and wild and independent, … Continue reading

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Powerful Lessons from Indian Country

  Infusing Indian Thought in Social Theories I teach a course for college sophomores on social theories and how they relate to my field: communication. Writers who set the stage for Western thought—lots of French, German, British, Italian and American … Continue reading

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Put Down the Phone

Life in a Cocoon The wonderful gift of leaving the United States for a short hiatus is that you get a fresh look at what seems normal. And discover some stuff’s not so normal. For example, I left my laptop … Continue reading

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