Mary Annette Pember

Native land should not be a biker bar

Native land should not be a biker bar
By Mary Annette Pember

August 15, 2006

Bikers and developers need to take a hard look at the damage wrought by their merrymaking near sacred places. Last week, the 66th annual Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota drew thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. But it is also drew attention to the rights of Indians.


Honoring Indians of Alcatraz occupation, 35 years later

Honoring Indians of Alcatraz occupation, 35 years later
By Mary Annette Pember

June 6, 2006

Thirty-five years ago this month, federal officials escorted a little ragtag group of Indians and supporters off Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The 19-month occupation of the island helped bring about a sea change in the relationship between the U.S. government and Indian country.


Giving thanks to an Indian leader

Giving thanks to an Indian leader
By Mary Annette Pember

November 21, 2005

It is fitting that Vine Deloria Jr.'s spirit chose to pass on Nov. 13, so close to Thanksgiving.

Deloria, famous for his acerbic wit as he punched holes in native stereotypes, would have appreciated the irony of dying days before a holiday that mythologizes the American Indian.


Spielberg's TV series simplified depiction of native people

Spielberg's TV series simplified depiction of native people
Mary Annette Pember

July 28, 2005

Steven Spielberg's latest television epic, "Into the West," traveled some tired trails in its effort to tell the story of the occupation of the American West and the toll it took on native people.


Abramoff, DeLay sell selves to highest bidder

Abramoff, DeLay sell selves to highest bidder
Mary Annette Pember

June 28, 2005

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has disgraced the Texas voters who helped bring him to power.

He has come to embody the very image of a corrupt politician, selling his influence to the highest bidder. DeLay's unholy alliance with lobbyist Jack Abramoff is a perfect example.


Breakdown of Indian family has its roots in the past

Breakdown of Indian family has its roots in the past
By Mary Annette Pember

April 13, 2005

The tragedy on the Red Lake reservation in Minnesota has placed native people and our "social ills" on the mainstream media news for our 15 minutes.

Most of these stories retrace the same well-traveled ground, citing our high levels of poverty, substance abuse and lack of opportunities, before we recede, once again, into news oblivion.


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