Tag Archives: Tiyospaye

The Day Julia Joined the Osage

My uncle sat in the front seat while I drove his car, pointing out the sights on our drive to Pine Ridge—there’s Russell Means’ house, there’s the Agency, there’s Big Bat’s store. We parked the car and John, my daughter … Continue reading

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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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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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Native American Heritage Month

How should we approach conflict? Ask Granny, my mother said, when I wanted to know what it was like growing up in the depression. In my family we turned to our elders when we had questions. So I wonder how … Continue reading

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Babies on spikes

Gallows humor One day I came home from running afternoon errands to find my then-middle school daughters sitting on the sidewalk in front of the house torturing their Barbie dolls. The girls had shorn their dolls’ hair and had scrubbed … Continue reading

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Coping

Family Gathering This week some of my sisters and I returned to Oklahoma to take care of paperwork–always best done in person on the Rez–and visit relatives at Greyhorse cemetery. Our ancestors’ headstones stand side by side by side: Relatives … Continue reading

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Talking about race

American Indian posers I’m glad we’re talking about race, although the heinous acts that led to the conversation should never be lost in the discussion. Problem is, the very word race stems from difference—not just cultural—but perceived biological and intellectual … Continue reading

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