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, as a suicide survivor and parent of a survivor, 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.


Tell A Yarn

K.I.N. Knowledge in Indigenous Networks


Photo credit: Noritta Morseu-Diop

The word yarn or yarning has taken on a whole new meaning since returning from Australia this week.

I’ve spent the last few weeks surrounded by story-tellers telling a yarn. I’ve listened to men stand and speak in their native tongue of Te Reo Māori to address New Zealand Government. I’ve experienced extraordinary, strong and daring women stand-up and bear their souls to a room full of strangers through yarning. And travelled across the Tasman to Brisbane, Australia to be with First Nations elders, leaders and youth to share my yarn on “Building movements, not empires”.

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Blood quantum: the Colonial tool of racial superiority and economic dependency Native communities can’t let go of — K.I.N. Knowledge in Indigenous Networks

Defining, measuring and labeling indigenous groups is an intensely political and debated process. On one hand Native peoples are glamorised, objectified , sexualised , romanticised and endlessly imitated. On the other we are victimised, or vilified, as impoverished, imprisoned, addicted, pagan, fatherless, overweight + diabetic, dependent, complainers who go to college for free (period. No […]

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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.