Protect Sacred Sites a Message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our ways of beliefs in the Creator. Continue reading

Historic Native American Voting Rights Legislation Passed in Washington State

March 5, 2019 OLYMPIA, WA – Lawmakers in Olympia passed historic legislation expanding access to democracy with the Native American Voting Rights Act Tuesday afternoon with a final 95 to 3 vote off the House floor. Continue reading

Honoring Our Ancestors: Wearing Our Hair Long by Wakíŋyaŋ Skye LaPointe

Back in the day, everyone, our ancestors, our predecessors had long hair. Today, I see my generation moving into this western world of “professionalism” and cutting off all their hair. I assume they are in mourning and come to find that they did it because they are “professional.” In our way, cutting of the hair meant mourning a lost loved one who has left to the spirit world. Though not all Indigenous had this tradition. Continue reading

Learning to Speak Ojibwemowin (Ojibwe) Ishkwaa – wiisiniyang

Boozhoo, niijii-bimaadizidog! I don’t know about you, but sometimes after a big dinner it is good to watch a movie together as a family. Here are some phrases related to that situation, so long as the kids don’t fall asleep first. Continue reading