Tribal Sovereignty: A Practical Definition

Tribes are treated significantly different than other minority groups because the United States has a legal and political relationship with tribes. Tribal Sovereignty is a philosophical term that is legally constructed and came about through the treaty relationship, is limited via legislation and court decisions, and applied through the actions of Native nation building andContinue reading “Tribal Sovereignty: A Practical Definition”

Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation 2009 Conference and Forum

The 2009 Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation Conference and Forum hosted by the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities and East Central University Chickasaw Clemente Humanities Courses was held on April 16th, 2009 in Ada, Oklahoma. This first ever conference, in addition to the annual forum, was well received and those in attendanceContinue reading “Dynamic Women of the Chickasaw Nation 2009 Conference and Forum”

Phoenix Indian Center Gala: April 4th, 2009

CONTACT: Patti Hibbeler; Phoenix Indian Center 602-264-6768 pattih@phxindcenter.org The Phoenix Indian Center will host its 26th Annual Gala & Native American Art Auction, Saturday, April 4th at the Scottsdale Resort & Convention Center to raise funds for at-risk Native American families and kids. Patti Hibbeler, the Center’s CEO said,” Today’s economy, job layoffs, foreclosures andContinue reading “Phoenix Indian Center Gala: April 4th, 2009”

Upcoming Event: Street Party at LUX Coffee Bar

I will be heading out to support the ASU Art Museum at a “Street Party” fundraiser they are hosting this Saturday, April 4th from 4-8 at Lux coffee bar.  My favorite art collective Postcommodity is participating! It should be an interesting art happening right in the heart of Phoenix!

American Indian Self-Determination: What Does it Mean?

In Indian Country you often hear the word Self Determination.  It is more than just a buzz word! The term is most often used in legal and policy discussions regarding Native Americans. Here is one definition, but what does it really mean for Indian Country? Let’s discuss this. “According to scholar Sam Cook from theContinue reading “American Indian Self-Determination: What Does it Mean?”

Review of Berlin Gallery Panel Discussion: Current Issues & Trends in Contemporary American Indian Art with Norman Akers, Steven Yazzie and Patsy Phillips

This discussion, held at the Heard Museum’s Berlin Gallery on 3/7/09 during the Annual Indian Market events, included Norman Akers (Osage),  Steven Yazzie, (Navajo/Laguna) and Patsy Phillips, (Cherokee), Director of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Billed as an event where the three would “share insights on CurrentContinue reading “Review of Berlin Gallery Panel Discussion: Current Issues & Trends in Contemporary American Indian Art with Norman Akers, Steven Yazzie and Patsy Phillips”

Trickster in Contemporary Native American Art and Thought: The Indigenous cultural Language of Bob Haozous

This is an article I wrote for American Indian Art Magazine. It was published in Autumn 2005 and is based on a series of interviews I did with Chiricahua Apache artist Bob Haozous.  Most of the interviews still remain unpublished as I have yet to write up the book. However, this article was one pieceContinue reading “Trickster in Contemporary Native American Art and Thought: The Indigenous cultural Language of Bob Haozous”

Mailing the Manuscript Off

Today, I finally mailed off the last of the Native American Voices manuscript to Prentice Hall.  Yeah!  Each of my co-editors (Susan Lobo and Steve Talbot) and I had differing responsibilities in terms of the final submission of the manuscript.  My job was to inventory the art/photos and create what the publisher called the art/photoContinue reading “Mailing the Manuscript Off”