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Donna Ennis

Donna Ennis


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DAPL: Again, Government Disregards Natives

The fast-tracking of the Dakota Access Pipeline is another example of the federal government granting the construction of potentially hazardous projects near or through tribal lands, waters and cultural places without including the tribe in the decision-making process.In 1967, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) began construction on its Tellico and...

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A Lynching in Effigy

Settler Colonialism has best been defined as more of an imposed structure than a historical event. This structure is characterized by relationships of domination and subjugation that has become woven throughout the fabric of society, and even becomes disguised as paternalistic benevolence. The objective of settler colonialism is the...

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It’s Time to Take Back Our Cultural Sovereignty

David Wilkins, Lumbee Nation, has said that Tribal Sovereignty is arguably the most important, unifying concept across Indian Country. It is about more than political boundaries; it defines nothing less than our living, collective power which is generated as traditions are respectfully developed, sustained, and transformed to confront conditions...

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Tribal Sovereignty Gets Big Boost in Obama’s New Budget

A historic event happened in Indian Country this month. As part of President Obama’s budget request to Congress, federal funding for tribal contract support costs (CSC) for three years beginning in 2017 will be moved from the "discretionary" to "mandatory non-discretionary" category within the federal budget. Contract support are...

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The High Cost of Tribal Banishment

The following first was printed in The Daily Yonder and passed on to us by the author and the DY editor.For hundreds of years Native Americans have fought colonization and banishment from their own lands. Now, in an ironic twist, some Native Americans are being banished from their back...

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Holding the U.S. Accountable for Funds Held in Trust

I have returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota Duluth. According to the syllabus for one of my courses I will be provided with a general background of the history, development, structures, and politics associated with American tribal...

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Beware of Ethnic Imposters

Many of us are familiar with people of color trying to “pass” as white people perhaps to indulge in some White Privilege that they have heard so much about or maybe because being a person of color was a death sentence. Whatever the reason ethnic imposters have been for...

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Yo, Potheads! Being a Stoner is Not the Native Way

I have a message for all of you “stoners” in our Native community; there is nothing “traditional” about using a natural herb found in our environment if your method of using it is smoking the herb for recreational purposes.The pot-smoking supporters of legalizing medical marijuana are going to in...