Seeking Participants: Research Study on Native Suicide

Link to survey: Native/Indigenous Experiences on Suicide

As a BSc Psychology holding native graduate student in the Native American Studies M.A. program at MSU Bozeman, a counselor and parent, it is one of my aims to research and expand on ways to help. In this study, I am currently seeking native/indigenous participants who have survived or experienced loss by suicide. If you meet these conditions, you are invited to participate in this IRB approved research study, which consists of 10 multiple choice and ranking questions. It is completely anonymous.


CALL TO ACTION! Standing Rock Sioux Nation Issues Call #NoDAPL!

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CALL TO ACTION: Actually do something to help protect and honor native peoples, lives, cultures and belief to take away for oneself. A call to action has been issued, the spirit horses brought. Oyate, lila ohitika. This is happening right now, it has to happen because there is no respect for native lifeways and rights. Please view the video at the link above. Read more at their website Camp of the Sacred Stones.

If you are not aware, the Dakota Access Pipeline was planned and the US government and corporation are again violating treaties. They are tunneling through native lands, they are desecrating sacred lands and burial grounds. These pipelines carrying crude oil ALWAYS fail, and this time if constructed the Missouri River would be polluted. Native defenders and allies are protesting with their bodies, peacefully blocking and are being arrested despite the right to protest.

All native nations, allies and friends are asked to come help the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to defend the water and land. Like myself I cannot be there because of distance, but I can feel this power and strength, the determination to resist. I can’t be there right now but they’re asking for donations to take care of all visitors who come, even bedding, camping supplies, food, and first aid supplies.




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‪#‎NoDAPL‬ ‪#‎NoDakotaAccessPipeline‬ ‪#‎RezpectOurWater‬ ‪#‎NoDakotaAccess‬ ‪#‎LoveWaterNotOil‬ ‪#‎HonorTheTreaties‬


Decolonization of Indigenous Studies: A Voice From Both Sides of the Desk

megRead my full article at Red Rising Magazine!

“From my perspective, indigenous studies is about creating allyship between natives and non-natives, but for everyone to be close to ‘being in the same place’ and have a conversation about current indigenous issues, we had to go back to basics. That meant a lot of breaking down of their epistemologies, breaking down prejudices and stereotypes of misinformation that were present. Histories, literature, watched movies, music lyrics, theories, what questions shouldn’t you ask and which ones you most definitely should when learning about natives. Unlearning fabricated Europeanized history in order to receive actual indigenous history.”

“Two of the most significant things that stuck with non-native students was having actual boarding or residential school survivors come into class and share their stories, the other was looking at the romanticized stereotypes of their childhoods then learning how destructive that is for native peoples. Whenever they would write down what they had learned, that’s what they pointed out.

But all during these times, as there were only one or two native students per class, natives were usually quiet because they felt it wasn’t their space anymore. It wasn’t about the indigenous, it was about what white people were missing and their opinions, viewpoints and needs that they wished validated. So, misinformation wasn’t the only thing holding the classes back, but the power dynamics, attitudes and behaviors white students had developed due to privilege.”

“The thing is, when they bring their white fragility, seeking indigenous methodologies, trying to circumvent white privilege, that’s not what Native Studies is about. If you want to play white colonialism,” said Singer, “you need to go do that someplace else. I mean, people are dying on reservations but you’re here talking about yourself.”

1st Teaser for Our Upcoming Documentary “Forget Winnetou!”

“Forget Winnetou: Going Beyond Native Stereotypes in Germany” is an upcoming documentary by Timo Kiesel & Red Haircrow. Exploring themes of racism, stereotyping and erasure that Native Americans face living and working in Germany, despite German fascination with the indigenous peoples of North America.


The Love of Stereotypes: It Starts Early In Germany, too

DSC_2247Because many “others” “foreigners” specific ethnicities, and in this case “Indianer” or Native American Indians are only presented in shows, as entertainment, as costumed figures who are there to entertain Germans in some way…stereotypes abound here, and are expected and even demanded. Often you see the same rapt look and desire: “Teach us! Show us! Make us laugh with wonder! Cry with excitement, shudder with amazement, dread, outrage (as to native treatment of the past)” but whatever it is, they want what they want.

For Native Americans they expect, with very clear stereotype guidelines, how you should look, speak, engage, too. If you don’t look, act or perform as they expect, they are disappointed, dejected and dissatisfied. You must meet their expectations or you are not “real”, you are not “authentic.” Continue reading

My Latest at Red Rising Magazine: A #Navajo Metal #Thrash Band in #Denmark? YUP!


I DONT KONFORM in Denmark (From their Facebook fanpage)

As a long time fan of heavy, hard and all kinds of metal, first I was thrilled to find I DONT KONFORM  on Facebook then doubly they were headed to Germany then onward to Denmark to record their first album this summer. A contract can always be great, but especially when it’s with the legendary producer of Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen of Sweet Silence Studios. I reached out to IDK offering to show them around if they happened to come to Berlin. That wasn’t the case this time around but they were willing to give me an interview from their location in studio in Denmark.

idk2“Sure, our music has native characteristics sometimes, but we (as natives) don’t just play powwow drums and flutes, war songs. We show natives can do more than smoke a peace pipe. We’re progressive, live in houses, have jobs, have wi-fi. We feel this can be positive for everybody, our doing our thing.”

The interview was funny, full emotion and deep insights as well on reservation life, politics and partying. After paying their dues for years, the guys were also in a kind of wonder at the tremendous opportunity, eagerly enthusiastic about creating the best debut album ever dropping this fall. Read the full article at Red Rising Magazine, a newly relaunched website showcasing indigenous writing from indigenous writers.