The Navajo Concentration Camp at Bosque Redondo

February 4, 2011

The premise from which I write about American Indian issues is that while some Americans are ignorant, callous, and self-justifying about the nation’s history with Native America – and sometimes, still, clearly racist – most people are ignorant in the innocent sense of simply lacking knowledge. Most Americans, one can learn merely from raising the […]

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In Memory, and with Thanks

May 31, 2010

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

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Earth Day Climate Change Conference

April 21, 2010

Officially titled the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, the conference, running from April 19 though tomorrow is being hosted by President Evo Morales of Bolivia, which has the only majority indigenous population in the Western Hemisphere, at approximately 55%. The following press release from the Indigenous Environmental Network […]

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Indian Rights, Human Rights

March 26, 2010

I was going to post on Israel today. Recent developments are much in the news (Jeffrey Goldberg is even pausing to consider – “This is big stuff,” he says), and more than is generally the case, there is a sense of urgency, though nothing in particular is about to happen. But this is the point. […]

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The Open Mind I: Wrap Up

October 10, 2009

So I have posted, on the subject of Native America, “Call Me Irresponsible,” and ShrinkWrapped has riposted. His commenters have contributed in full measure. We’ve had a couple of other voices. Where do we stand? One ShrinkWrapped commenter had some sage advice at the start: let’s practice listening carefully to each other and asking clarifying […]

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The Code Talkers Are Passing

June 6, 2009

Three of the Navajo Code Talkers, all in their eighties, have died in the past two weeks. Read about John Brown Jr., Thomas Claw, and Willie K. Begay. Read about Code Talker Sam Tso, very much still with us, whom we met in Lukachukai, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation back in March. And today being […]

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Citizens of Lukachukai, the Navajo Reservation

April 20, 2009

In the Seniors Center, March 30, 2009 JD

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The People along the Way

April 9, 2009

Vicki and Hank live on the Navajo Reservation, in Lukachukai, Arizona, a settlement of sixteen hundred people or so just off Indian Route 12, about sixty miles southeast of Monument Valley and the same southwest, mostly south, of Four Corners. You can’t really call Lukachukai a town because there is no town center. There are […]

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In a Navajo Way

March 30, 2009

Robert Yazzie and Amber Kanazloah Crotty don’t like to say that Navajos have “lost” their knowledge of their native traditions. They might say that some Navajos are not in “relationship” with elements of their culture. The knowledge is there somewhere, as a part of who they are – like a vague sense of “coyote” as […]

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Code Talker

March 5, 2009

Originally there were twenty-nine. They developed the code. Then there were about 390 more. Sam Tso was one of the 390. During the Second World War, he was a Navajo Code Talker. It had been done before, on a smaller scale, with the Cherokee and Choctaw, in the First World War. The Comanche were used […]

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