Columns

Telling Stories

Date: Feb. 28, 2019

In late February, I went to Pawhuska to attend Wak’on Owatsi, traveling between snow and cold in southwest Washington and the freezing drizzle that ...

Respect

Date: Jan. 30, 2019

On Jan. 20, images of Nick Sandmann, a young man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat grinning into Omaha elder Nathan Phillip’s face ...

Meeting Edgar Alan Poke

Date: Jan. 10, 2019

Some mornings lately the sky has shown pink behind the dark branches of alders along the dike. I’ve been awake early enough to see ...

Tracing our History

Date: Dec. 14, 2018

Salt. Níísskue, as linguist Carolyn Quintero spells it. For those with orthography on their phone or computer, there’s another clear way to represent ...

Being Home

Date: Nov. 13, 2018

I spent much of October in the Osage, and I met people who said they recognized me as an Osage News columnist. I know how ...

Cowboys and Indians

Date: Oct. 18, 2018

C. Marie Furman, a talented poet and educator at the University of Idaho, invited me to join her on a panel called “Rewriting Cowboys and ...

What is on your Fall Reading List?

Date: Sept. 28, 2018

My great-nieces and nephews are getting ready to go return to school on September 4th, three in elementary for half-days and one in Junior High ...

Amend the Constitution if you can

Date: Sept. 11, 2018

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and greeting two young published authors from France.  They were doing background research for their next novel. It ...

The Osage people once had two chiefs

Date: Aug. 6, 2018

I recently discussed with a newly elected Councilwoman the differences in the 2006 Constitution and the 1994 Constitution, relative to the mineral estate. There was ...

Osage Writers

Date: Aug. 3, 2018

Last week, at Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, I shared a story set during the Civil War near Fort Gibson. Multiple factions were fighting up and ...