Manifest Destiny-Lite With Souvenirs: Why Assholes in Turquoise Are Flooding the Southwest

For most people in the rest of the United States, New Mexico is a sort of blank spot—an overlooked, ragged square wedged next to Texas, its loud, swaggering cousin. It’s the fifth biggest state land-mass-wise, at a little under 122,000 square miles, and one of the emptiest, with 2 million people spread out over the…

Interior Secretary Zinke Reassigned Native American Employees After Conveniently Shrugging Off Diversity

Native American senior officials of the Interior Department were disproportionately reassigned under Interior Secretary Zinke, according to a review by Talking Points Memo. Less than 10 percent of the Interior’s employees are Native American, but made up nearly one third of the employees caught up in reassignment…

Elizabeth Warren Will Not Take the 'Spit Test' to Prove Her Heritage 

On Tuesday, the editorial board of the Massachusetts paper the Berkshire Eagle declared that Elizabeth Warren should “spit into a tube” to once and for all shut down Trump’s “Pocahontas” jabs and the years-long Republican accusations that she used her Native American heritage in order to further her career. On Sunday…

Native American Lit Community Warns of Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Sherman Alexie 

Prominent voices within the literary community are raising the alarm against Indigenous American author Sherman Alexie, whose semi-autobiographical novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2007. Alexie is facing whisper network allegations that…

Native American Activist Found Dead in Jail Cell, Autopsy in Progress

On July 14, 2015, Rexdale Henry, 53, was found dead in his prison cell at Neshoba County Jail. Now a private autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of Henry’s death, which contributes to the ever-increasing body count of people of color dying at the hands—or in the supposed protection—of the United States…

No Doubt Does In Fact Exhibit Doubt About Offensive Native American-Themed Music Video

Not since Cher (and let's face it, Cher's fun—not to mention part Cherokee) have we seen quite this level of stereotypical camp when it comes to Native American imagery in a music video: No Doubt has just pulled the cowboys-and-Indian-themed video for their second single "Looking Hot" after YouTube commenters informed…