Living in two worlds – Native Navajo & White Mormon

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by navajo   I am trying to live in two worlds. I was born in Utah. My white father descended from the Mormon pioneers. His grandparents were polygamists. My full-blood Navajo mother — who was taken from her family at age five to be assimilated into white culture at the Tuba City Boarding School — joined the Mormon church in

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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  “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (2007) by American writer Sherman Alexietells the story of Arnold Spirit, a 14-year-old boy from the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington state. He goes to an all-White high school – thus the “part-time Indian” of the title. It won a National Book Award and yet is banned by some schools. It is

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Finding Your American Indian Tribe Using DNA

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By robertajestes   If I had a dollar for every time I get asked a flavor of this question, I’d be on a cruise someplace warm instead of writing this in the still-blustery cold winter weather of the northlands! So, I’m going to write the recipe of how to do this.  The process is basically the same whether you’re utilizing Y or

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Interview with Celeste De Luna, Xicana artist – Xica Nation

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Hello and welcome to Xica Nation.  Could you tell us your name, age, nation and how you identify? Celeste De Luna, 40,  Xicana, I identify myself as an indigenous person of the North American continent, one in the process of trying to decolonize my mind and spirit and that of my family.  The loss is so great that it feels

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Tlahtolli: Interview with Carlos Aceves, teacher and author – Xica Nation

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By Xica Nation What is your name, title/what you do, and how you identify?  Where are you from? Carlos Aceves, bilingual teacher, I am writer, presenter, and I identify as a human being first and foremost, with my ethnic identity is Mexican, which in Nahuatl means “universal citizen”. I was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa and grew up in Juarez and El

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Full-blood Comanche marries Cowboy, Fights for Native Rights, Women’s Rights & against Segregation [DOCUMENTARY]

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  LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and the role that she has played in Native and mainstream American history since the 1960s.   Harris’s activism began in Oklahoma, fighting segregation and assisting grassroots Native and women’s groups. She continued her work in Washington DC where she helped to

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SNL 40th Anniversary: Mike Myers and Native Imagery

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By Adrienne K. This week, Saturday Night Live turned 40. The show had an epic 3.5 hour long special episode, with cameos and performances from tons of folks involved during the show’s history. I watched it last night as I was grading papers (meaning I half-watched it), and didn’t expect there to be any Native representations, because there never are (except

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