native americans

The Aftershocks of the DAPL Standing Rock Protests Are Still Ongoing

The Aftershocks of the DAPL Standing Rock Protests Are Still Ongoing

For several months in 2016, the whole world stood at transfixed by what was happening at the Standing Rock. The looming threat of the Dakota Access pipeline through tribal lands combined with the lack of respect for the sovereignty of the tribes to whom that land was significant inspired massive protests and led to the […]

Alcohol Is Killing my Generation. We Need to Legalize Cannabis.

Alcohol Is Killing my Generation. We Need to Legalize Cannabis.

For as long as alcohol has been a part of human culture, it has had a worrisome impact on relationships and human health. Before the rise of potable water and municipal filtration systems, drinking alcohol was a daily activity for many humans (although they did drink water, too). At this point in history, we arguably […]

Rinelle Harper Asks First Nations Assembly to Consider Missing and Murdered First Nation Women

Rinelle Harper Asks First Nations Assembly to Consider Missing and Murdered First Nation Women

Content Note: This article discusses assault, sexual assault, murder and attempted murder, all with First Nations women as victims. First Nations women in Canada are disappearing and being murdered at a staggering rate. While First Nations women make up only 4.6% of Canada’s population, they represent 16% of female murder victims and 11.3% of missing […]

Feds Won’t Stop Native Americans  Growing, Selling Pot in Sovereign Tribal Territories

Feds Won’t Stop Native Americans Growing, Selling Pot in Sovereign Tribal Territories

Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department announced a dramatic departure from standing cannabis prohibition policy: as long as they comply with federal guidelines put in place for states with recreational cannabis legalization or medical marijuana programs, Native American tribes can grow and sell cannabis on their sovereign territories (also referred to as reservations). Mirroring the 2013 […]

Will Congress Use Defense Bill to Turn Apache Ceremonial and Burial Grounds Over to Mining Company?

Will Congress Use Defense Bill to Turn Apache Ceremonial and Burial Grounds Over to Mining Company?

The news coverage of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (the 2014 NDAA) almost reads like a history book. Congress, ignoring treaties and promises of keeping Native American reservation lands with cultural significance under the control of Native Americans, may soon vote to give 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona to Resolution […]

Keystone XL Pipeline Defeated; Sioux Who Sang in Senate in Victory Arrested

Keystone XL Pipeline Defeated; Sioux Who Sang in Senate in Victory Arrested

Last night, the Senate chambers briefly filled with the sounds of a Crow Creek Sioux tribe member named Greg Grey Cloud singing in victory after the vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill was not passed. The bill failed to pass by only one vote. This vote came after months of heated debate and increasingly […]

Happy 4th of July from Ladybud!

Happy 4th of July from Ladybud!

Happy 4th of July from Ladybud ! We encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly and enjoy the freedoms our nation has to offer. Be smart and safe in all that you do, including the use of fireworks and the consumption of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. While celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, take a moment to […]

LABOR DAY: Who You Are Is Not What You Do

LABOR DAY: Who You Are Is Not What You Do

by Rev. G. Friesen The two most important questions navigators ask themselves are: 1. How did we end up here? 2. How do we get to where we want to go? These are the same questions I feel we’re all asking ourselves and each other.┬áThing is, none of us agree on the answer to either […]

The Beauty And Art Of Body Modification

The Beauty And Art Of Body Modification

PHOTO: Kayan girl, Mary Rose Loria Body modification has existed since the beginning of time in different cultures across the world. Tattoos, nose rings, septum rings, earrings, lip rings, tongue rings, navel rings, gauged piercings and genital piercings span the globe in history and every cultural background in existence. Each piercing had specific religious, rite […]