COMMON AND INSTITUTIONAL SAINTS Written by Ursula K. Le Guin Reading about the imminent canonization of Junipero Serra I want to tear my hair and shout at the Catholic Church and its clever pope, “How can you call this religious conquistador, this cruel bigot, this terrible man, a saint?” Maybe I can calm down by considering what the word “saint” means. In daily life, in ordinary speech, a saint is a notably kind, pa...
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Native Reflections on the News of Junipero Serra’s Canonization

The California Indian community in recent days has shared a multitude of expression regarding Pope Francis’ decision made on January 15th, 2015 to make a saint of Junipero Serra, the founder of the California Mission System. We continue to be amazed by the thought, intelligence, grace and dignity by those in Native California who continue to speak out and share their reflections through social media, Facebook p...
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Dahkota Brown Leads the Way!

Wilton Miwok youth leader, Dahkota Brown, has been an outspoken activist for Native rights this past year. He gave an especially articulate interview to MSNBC on Native mascots in August. His non-profit NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) is doing great work.   Sam White Swan-Perkins (TsaLaGi/Siksika) caught up with Dahkota to talk about his recent trip to Washington, D.C. for the White House Tribal N...
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Fresno State Announces Native Student Recruitment Initiative

Fresno State Announces Native Student Recruitment Initiative Reblogged from Indian Country Today Media, originally posted by Fresno State News for original post visit ICTM. A new outreach and recruitment initiative at Fresno State will strengthen partnerships with rancherias, school districts and tribal agencies serving American Indian students. The goal is to double the number of American Indian students enrolling a...
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Artwork by Frank LaPena

From the News archives for your winter afternoon: “Sleepy Time” by Frank LaPena (Nomtipom-Wintu), linoleum block print. Part of the four seasons series....
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