A Lame Apology and Poems with a Punch

Mark Charles (Navajo) told me a while back about the lamest apology ever made, the one Congress made to Native Americans, the one buried in theĀ  2010 Defense Appropriations Bill.

Until recently I hadn’t heard about the poem that apology inspired.

Before getting to the poem, let’s take a couple of steps back to the beginning of the story: Senate Joint Resolution 14, proposed in the 111th Congress (2009). The resolution starts by acknowledging: “a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the Federal Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.” Continue reading

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News Wrap: Indigenous Environmental Victories, A Native Perspective on Bombing ISIS, Native American Superheros in Comics, and More!

Below are summaries and links to recent news items about recent indigenous environmental victories, a Native perspective on bombing ISIS, a publisher who is breaking stereotypes and raising up Native American superheros, and a failed effort at a symbolic gesture to mend wounds in North Dakota. Continue reading

National Truth and Reconciliation Efforts Moving Forward

Truth Commission
From Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Several nations have used Truth and Reconciliation Commissions or similar processes to try to acknowledge and heal from the traumas colonial powers inflicted on Indigenous peoples. In the United States, such work is long overdue, both for Native Americans and other people of color.

An article published in Yes! Magazine this month discusses efforts to push Truth and Reconciliation forward at a national level. Continue reading