Taking a Look Back on Spring 2017

It’s only been a little less than four months since I started this blog. When I initially started it, I had no idea where to go with it or how in the world I was going to write about Native Amerian activism and class work all in one little space and make it sound like…

New and Improved Mission Statement

My original mission statement is on the Home page of this blog. That was written back in January, and since then I have gone through some interesting changes. Nothing dramatic and crazy has happened, but there have been minor changes to my goals for my education and my future work. Don’t expect anything elaborate, but…

Hooray! A Victory Against Whiteclay

HUGE VICTORY FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES!!! After a long fight, on April 19, 2017, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commissions decided to not allow the renewal of liquor licenses to anyone in Whiteclay, NE. This is an immense victory for all indigenous people, but especially those who have been fighting to see the liquid genocide of Native…

Nonprofits and Me

Exciting News! I have accepted a writing internship with a nonprofit organization called The Borgen Project, which works to fight and decrease global poverty. On June 5 I will begin writing informative articles for their magazine, focusing especially on global education and technology and solutions. Not only will I be writing to raise awareness and…

An Amateur Review of The Sellout

I have never read any of Paul Beatty’s work, leaving me totally vulnerable to anything that Beatty could throw out at me. I strolled into Barnes & Noble, and with a little help from one over-enthusiastic worker, I located the display case of the novel under “Best-Sellers”. It’s always refreshing to walk out with a…

Norma Elaine (Swift) Fielder

What’s my connection to Native Americans and why are they the quintessential focus of my blog? Even before I began this blog I was asked the first question repeatedly. While I’ve shared personal tidbits throughout my blog, I don’t think I’ve answered why. My origin of reason is always my grandmother, who I always look…

Is it a good day to be Indigenous?

The Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln celebrated 47 years running by bringing in environmental-justice activist Leo Yankton, an Ogallala Lakota Native American from the Pine Ridge Reservation and Lincoln, NE.  While he admitted to not being an academic or a polished public speaker, I think he successfully used a new and creative…

Local Nebraska Indigenous Activism

“All has changed and many have left, but I am still here,” said Frank LaMere on March 31 as he and many others gathered at Lancaster County Courthouse in a rally against the alcohol sales in Whiteclay, NE.  Whiteclay is an unincorporated town on the border of Nebraska and South Dakota with only 12 official…

Post-Racial Societies

  On Thursday, March 2, I attended the Humanities on the Edge event held at the Sheldon Art Museum. The event is made up of a serious of talks and usually tries to follow a central theme for a whole year, with four speakers in each. Alexandre Da Costa was the speaker of the night…

Nonprofit Career Fair

Almost a week ago, I attended the Nonprofit Career Fair at UNL, and while initially I was left feeling a little disgruntled by the subtle rejections I received from a lot of the booths I visited with because I am an English major, my reflection, now, has led me to realize that I’ve actually learned…