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Suzan Shown Harjo


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‘Off the Reservation’ – A Teachable Moment

“Off the reservation” is a term I’ve heard tossed off casually by policymakers and bureaucrats from the White House to Capitol Hill, and by reporters who cover them and editors and producers who place stories and write headlines.When that term is used in my presence, I can tell its...
Honor Lines for JT

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Honor Lines for JT

He was JT to his contemporaries—too charismatic for just plain John; too Native for a European name like Trudell—Suzan Shown Harjo shares her memories
Billy Frank Jr.: A World Treasure (1931 – 2014)

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Billy Frank Jr.: A World Treasure (1931 – 2014)

“I was the go-to-jail guy.” That’s how Billy Frank, Jr., (Nisqually) often described his role during the treaty fishing rights struggle in the Pacific Northwest of the 1960s and ‘70s.Beginning as a teenager of 14, he went to jail more than 50 times and was arrested more than times...
Hall of Fame/Mantle of Shame Awards for 2013

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Hall of Fame/Mantle of Shame Awards for 2013

SHAME: The lobby for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty to fast-track energy projects that the U.S. and a dozen other countries negotiated in secret. The TPP, like NAFTA, the nearly 20-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, overrides U.S. laws, provides federal rights for foreign extractive companies in U.S....

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Red*kins ‘Honor’ Codetalkers—How Low Will They Go?

The Washington NFL team “honored” Navajo codetalkers during halftime of the San Francisco-Washington game (Washington lost, again, 27-6). The “honoring” is part of the franchise owner’s, Daniel Snyder’s, charm offensive that began when he hired Lanny Davis, the crisis whisperer who peddled the scenario that President Bill Clinton victim...

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Fighting Racist Stereotypes in Sports, One Poll at a Time

A thousand people were asked in April if the Washington NFL franchise should change its name and (shocker) 79 percent said no. Respondents were mostly white (65 percent), middle-aged (55 percent, 30-64), conservative to moderate (70 percent) pro football fans (56 percent), and nearly one-quarter (23 percent) were Party...

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R*d*k*ns: Proof Of Indian Kill

All major Native American organizations have called for the Washington pro football franchise to end its team’s despicable name. Why? Because it’s a racial slur and—no matter how many millions it spends trying to sanitize it and silence Native Peoples—the epithet is not, was not and will not an...