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Valerie Blue Bird Jernigan: Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

For Indigenous people in the U.S., food is considered a sacred gift. Healthy and bountiful produce is received when we care for the land.

November 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: The Trails Before Us

THE TRAILS BEFORE US follows 17-year-old Nigel James, a Diné mountain biker, as he hosts the first Enduro race in the Navajo Nation. Through revitalizing livestock and wildlife trails on his grandparents’ land, Nigel and a new generation of riders honor the connection to their land, community, and culture.

August 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abaki Beck & Rosalyn LaPier: For Indigenous Peoples, Abortion Is a Religious Right

For thousands of years, reproductive health care has been an important part of Indigenous peoples’ cultural practices, which include religious rituals, sacred rites, and the right to abortion.

July 7, 2022 · 2 Comments

Melanie M. Kirby: Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment

What bees taught me about building community.

May 12, 2022 · 1 Comment

Martha Collins: Blessing

there, and throughout our earth, let us grieve
for the graves we robbed, and then
let us bless the graves of the dead that remain

April 6, 2022 · 4 Comments

Video: Seawolf

This documentary explores the perspectives of Mike Willie and K̕odi Nelson, two Indigenous men looking to conserve their land, protect their culture and heritage

March 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Video: Ada Blackjack Rising

In the pre-dawn twilight of an Alaskan shore, a young Native woman reflects on the story of Ada Blackjack, the sole survivor of a disastrous 1921 Arctic expedition, and the loneliness she must have felt waiting for a rescue through the months-long polar night.

January 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: Telling Your Secrets Can Set You Free | Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos never planned to write a book about her experiences as a heroin addict and professional dominatrix, but the result of exposing and making sense out of her dark history had profound and unexpected results. By making her darkness visible, she reached thousands of strangers and became closer with her own family. “This kind of honesty,” she claims, “makes room for every kind of love.”

December 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Gregory: On Second Mesa

Wherever one steps is sacred

November 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

George Yancy, Brian Burkhart: US Founders Demonized Indigenous People While Coopting Their Political Practices

In 1907, Peter Bryce did a study of Indian residential schools in Canada and discovered a 69 percent mortality rate among the students. Would you send your child to a “school” with a 69 percent mortality rate?

August 23, 2021 · 6 Comments

Joe Kadi | Good Poetry: A Force To Be Reckoned With

As soon as I became an activist, as soon as I connected with Arabs and feminists and queers and folks with disabilities and poor people fighting to re-make the world, poetry demanded my attention.

July 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michelle Theriault Boots: Assault Was Only the Beginning of Her Trauma

Everything Mary Savage did in the hours after the attack was dissected on the witness stand, an experience so upsetting she vomited. But years later, she finds comfort knowing her testimony led to his conviction.

June 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Mobilize

In her short film Mobilize, Caroline Monnet – a Canadian filmmaker and artist of French and Algonquin origin – uses archival documentary footage to honor the restless diligence of Canada’s indigenous people.

May 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Counter Mapping

Jim Enote, a traditional Zuni farmer and director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, is working with Zuni artists to create maps that bring an indigenous voice and … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

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