Columns

Us and Them

Date: June 11, 2020

It’s May 31st, tomorrow is Osage Election Day, and I was going to write about the tension between Osages who live inside and ...

Celebrating Osages in COVID Times

Date: May 18, 2020

The Osage are a sovereign people, with land, shared culture and language and governance. The times we spend together, face to face during the dances ...

Making Our Way Through

Date: March 26, 2020

Last month, I wrote about learning to write Osage words via electronic media. We heard the Osage word for buzzard, and they’re back on ...

Make your Mark

Date: March 4, 2020

I’m studying Osage orthography. Last week in Wakonze Celena Noear’s orthography class we had a drill. Whenever I’m in Oklahoma, I take ...

Being Good Citizens

Date: Feb. 10, 2020

January 1st was a mild day along the Columbia River where I live, with temperature in the 50s and sun breaks interspersed with gentle ...

What ‘The Irishman’ Tells Osages

Date: Jan. 1, 2020

Photo caption: The official poster for The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's latest film on Netflix. Courtesy Photo 

The Irishman is Martin Scorsese’s latest film ...

A Good Time to be Osage

Date: Nov. 26, 2019

Starting at least 100 years ago, advocates like the Cattaraugus Seneca scholar Dr. Arthur Caswell Parker worked to designate holidays to honor Native Americans in ...

Sacred Spaces

Date: Sept. 20, 2019

In late August, I spent two weeks at the Mineral School, a small residency for artists and writers on the shoulders of Mt. Rainier, an ...

Indian through American Eyes

Date: Aug. 6, 2019

In late June, my husband and I went to Ashland to see Between Two Knees, the first play by the 1491s, an indigenous comedy troupe ...

Larger than life and immersed in Indigeneity

Date: July 29, 2019

In June, I spent a week with poets and writers sharing work along Lake Bemidji not far from the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The ...