It’s been 40 years since American Indian activists ended their occupation of Wounded Knee, S.D., but thanks to them, life has improved in Indian country.
Mark Anthony Rolo
We don’t celebrate 500 years of being dominated, exploited, enslaved and nearly exterminated by Europeans. But we do celebrate our survival. By Mark Anthony Rolo
This Thanksgiving, don’t call on me, as an American Indian, to offer up a prayer of thanks.
The 120th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre should serve as a reminder of the U.S. government’s brutal war on American Indians.
On the morning of Dec. 29, 1890, the U.S. 7th Calvary attacked a Lakota community camped along Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. Soldiers indiscriminately shot the Lakota, killing at least 150. Most of them were women and children. About 30 soldiers also died, some from friendly fire.
As a nation, we need to gain enough distance from our history of colonialism to move forward peacefully and treat other peoples respectfully. Our insistence on honoring Christopher Columbus with ticker tape only makes that journey longer and more difficult.
As an American Indian, I can’t think of anything more depressing than sitting around the dinner table tracing the legacy of a holiday that began with a questionable decision to save a band of starving pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.
On Monday, Oct. 13, schoolteachers across the nation should find the courage to speak the truth about the man who sailed the ocean blue in 1492.
It’s not time for black people to hit the mute button.
Progressive black critics of Sen. Barack Obama are facing a lot of criticism.
The Trail of Tears began 170 years ago this week. We should recall it not as an aberration but as a logical outgrowth of an inhumane policy.
Every year, I usually try to keep a low profile when Thanksgiving comes around. As an American Indian, one has to be careful about admitting to the guilty pleasures of enjoying a turkey feast.
My guest this week is Mark Anthony Rolo, a member of the Bad River Band of Ojibewe, and former head of the Native American Journalists Association. We discuss issues of race, diversity, and the media.
This interview was conducted August 4, 2006.
July 17, 2006
The 125th anniversary of Chief Sitting Bull's surrender is an opportune time to learn about one of our nation's Native heroes.
May 10, 2006
PLYMOUTH, Mass. - Two years after the Indians greeted the first European immigrants to this land that was new only to them, the good life may now be taking a turn for the worse as rumors spread about a proposed plan to send the English settlers back to their Old World.
December 21, 2005
The anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee is a sober reminder of our nation's bloody past.
October 5, 2005
There's only one reason to keep Columbus Day on the national calendar: not to continue honoring the sailor as a great explorer, but instead to remember him as a great exploiter.