Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women: Statement on Loss of Savanna Greywind

Fort Yates, N.D. — Two weeks ago, we lost yet another Indigenous sister, daughter, mother, and friend. Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind became the latest in what has become a horrific epidemic amongst Indigenous communities in North America. The vulnerability and targeting of our Native women is undeniable, and we must begin looking for new ways to urgently address this plague of violence and disregard. Continue reading

Seattle to Open School in Honor of Bob Eagle Staff

On September 5, 2017, the Seattle Public School District will hold an opening ceremony for the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in North Seattle. The Wilson Pacific School is being renamed in honor of Robert “Bob” Eagle Staff, a long-time Seattle educator and principal who is credited with helping to develop Seattle’s Indian education program into one of the Nation’s finest, including dramatic improvements in Native American student achievements and graduation rates. Continue reading

Cloud On Fire: Eclipse Is Time For Prayer And Reflection By Dakota Wind

Bismarck, N.D. (TFS) – The Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta call the solar eclipse Maȟpíya Yapȟéta, or “Cloud On Fire.” Other Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Seven Council Fires; Great Sioux Nation) tribes have different names for the eclipse, many calling it Wí’kte (Sun Killed). The New Lakota Dictionary, 2nd Edition, has a few entries for eclipse as well: Aháŋzi (Shadow) and Aóhanziya (To Cast Shadow Upon). Continue reading