With a grant from the Carnegie Foundation and under the guidance of five university professors, students spent 18 months reporting and writing about American Indian women who are artists, activists, lawyers, cops, warriors, healers, storytellers and leaders. Not only that, but about half of the nation’s tribal colleges are led by Native women presidents. Cecelia Fire Thunder (Lakota) became the Oglala Lakota Tribe’s first woman president.
Now the Nebraska Department of Education has also released a companion curriculum for the magazine. Can’t wait even one minute more to learn about Native women? The art forms Native women practice stand as reminders of cultural endurance. She has fought against domestic abuse, saying it’s not a part of traditional culture, and been a leader for women’s reproductive rights.
But at least journalism students, instructors and state educators in Nebraska are doing something to help end America’s ignorance of Native women and the contributions they make to their communities, their tribes and to the nation as a whole.
Last year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications published the magazine, . Their representation in the military is disproportionately high—and Native women are more likely to be sexually harassed, which increases their chances of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. The number of Native women applying to medical school has increased since 2003, peaking in 2007 when 77 Native women applied nationwide. In 2007, when Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet (Diné) was named president of Antioch University, she became the first American Indian woman president of a mainstream university.
What’s the right mix of creativity, cuteness, honesty, exaggeration and cheeziness?
Twitter users tackled it this week with the hashtag #Native Dating Site Bios and the results are pretty good.
I just don’t know what her problem is.” “Yes, you do,” I said. “Back home, in Colorado, when you showed up at the March Pow Wow with what’s-her-face.” At this point, Erica, wiggy and rheumy-eyed, was having her own conversation with a couple standing directly behind her, vying for the attention of the bartender, leaving Andrew and I to chat on our own for a bit. Dating Native women is fine and all, but goddamn it’s incestuous! Some dude they like has already dated some friend or cousin of theirs, and they say, ‘That guy has, like, four kids,’ or something.” This lovesick bastard, I thought. His mind was still with her, whoever she is, the heartbreaker. “I’ve had bad experiences with their parents, mostly,” I said. I didn’t hear from Andrew that night, and still haven’t. And the point of this piece is: don’t judge your friend’s date or preference or pals – or find yourself stuck in a newsroom-turned-studio with Al Sharpton at 6 p.m. These are all crippling things that will invariably warp your mind and chap your ass.
You know that.” “But you don’t prefer them,” he goaded. Nice to meet you” to Erica, and then headed for the 1 train.
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It’s no exaggeration to say that American Indian women are missing from most media coverage, history books and classroom discussions.
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