3 Facts You May Not Know About Indigenous Peoples in United States

In second grade my teacher, Mrs. Kleinart, assigned all of us a book report to be presented to the class. I do not recall the name of the book I read for the assignment, but I do recall the misinformation. This book peddled the usual stereotypes about NDN peoples, that we all live in teepees, that we all wear war bonnets, and that we’re all great horse riders. Fortunately, my family set me right on that count, and I was lucky to have access to and knowledge of my history as an Oneida woman. Read More 3 Facts You May Not Know About Indigenous Peoples in United States

The Government Shutdown & Tribes: Or the Continuing Failure of the Fed to Meet Treaty Obligations

As the United States (U.S.) government shutdown drags on past ten days (and counting), I have begun to fear the long-term consequences of such a halt on the most vulnerable populations in the United States. I’ve already witnessed some of the consequences for my Oneida tribe. All over the U.S., the shutdown disproportionately affects tribes and especially tribes who experience high poverty rates. While the government shutdown continues, the U.S. fails to uphold their treaty obligations to all U.S. tribes. Read More The Government Shutdown & Tribes: Or the Continuing Failure of the Fed to Meet Treaty Obligations

Good News: Circumcision, Cease-Fires, City Transit, and More

The World Health Organization approved a nonsurgical circumcision device for adult males, which involves a rubber band. The New York Times explains that “For a heterosexual man in countries where AIDS is common, being circumcised lowers the chance of getting infected by about 60 percent.” For more about circumcision and HIV risk, click here. Read More Good News: Circumcision, Cease-Fires, City Transit, and More

“You Need to Get a Religion”: Explorations in Being a Godless Heathen

Being an atheist in the United States is hard.

Well, I should clarify: being a non-Christian in the United States is hard. Not being the “right flavor” of Christian is hard*. However, to many, being an atheist is a new kind of low. A new kind of rampant godless heathen low. Read More “You Need to Get a Religion”: Explorations in Being a Godless Heathen