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The Only Good Indian

Date: Aug. 7, 2020

This morning, fat bands of mist layer the fields on Puget Island. It’s late July, summer has turned toward fall and the beginning of ...

Reckoning

Date: July 16, 2020

Sparked by George Floyd’s excruciating death by asphyxiation on the heels of Armaud Arberry’s execution in coastal Georgia, the United States is the ...

Us and Them

Date: June 11, 2020

It’s May 31st, tomorrow is Osage Election Day, and I was going to write about the tension between Osages who live inside and ...

Celebrating Osages in COVID Times

Date: May 18, 2020

The Osage are a sovereign people, with land, shared culture and language and governance. The times we spend together, face to face during the dances ...

Making Our Way Through

Date: March 26, 2020

Last month, I wrote about learning to write Osage words via electronic media. We heard the Osage word for buzzard, and they’re back on ...

Make your Mark

Date: March 4, 2020

I’m studying Osage orthography. Last week in Wakonze Celena Noear’s orthography class we had a drill. Whenever I’m in Oklahoma, I take ...

Being Good Citizens

Date: Feb. 10, 2020

January 1st was a mild day along the Columbia River where I live, with temperature in the 50s and sun breaks interspersed with gentle ...

What ‘The Irishman’ Tells Osages

Date: Jan. 1, 2020

Photo caption: The official poster for The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's latest film on Netflix. Courtesy Photo 

The Irishman is Martin Scorsese’s latest film ...

A Good Time to be Osage

Date: Nov. 26, 2019

Starting at least 100 years ago, advocates like the Cattaraugus Seneca scholar Dr. Arthur Caswell Parker worked to designate holidays to honor Native Americans in ...

Sacred Spaces

Date: Sept. 20, 2019

In late August, I spent two weeks at the Mineral School, a small residency for artists and writers on the shoulders of Mt. Rainier, an ...