Yvonne Chouteau, Native American Ballerina, Dies at 86

Posted in Articles, Arts, Biography, Media Archive, Native Americans/First Nation, United States, Women on 2016-02-11 03:34Z by Steven

Yvonne Chouteau, Native American Ballerina, Dies at 86

The New York Times

Jack Anderson

Yvonne Chouteau, one of the five celebrated Oklahoma ballerinas with an American Indian background, in a 1963 photo. Credit Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Yvonne Chouteau, a former principal dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo who emerged as one of a celebrated group of dancers known as the American Indian ballerinas of Oklahoma, died on Sunday at her home in Oklahoma City. She was 86.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said Mary Margaret Holt, director of the School of Dance and dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Chouteau was a founder of the dance school, one of the leading institutions of its kind in the Southwest

…Part French and part ShawneeCherokee, Myra Yvonne Chouteau was born into a pioneering Southwestern family in Fort Worth on March 7, 1929, the only child of Corbett Edward Chouteau and the former Lucy Annette Taylor. The family soon moved to Vinita, Okla., and her father, who was known as C. E. Chouteau, became a prominent American Indian figure in the state.

Ms. Chouteau was a direct descendant of Maj. Jean Pierre Chouteau (1758-1849), who established Oklahoma’s oldest white settlement in 1796…

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Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community

Posted in Books, Forthcoming Media, Gay & Lesbian, Health/Medicine/Genetics, Monographs, Native Americans/First Nation, United States on 2016-02-06 20:46Z by Steven

Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community

University of Washington Press
June 2016
176 pages
1 bandw illus, 2 tables
6 x 9 in
Paperback ISBN: 9780295998503
Hardcover ISBN: 9780295998077

Andrew J. Jolivette, Professor and chair of American Indian studies
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

The first book to examine the correlation between mixed-race identity and HIV/AIDS among Native American gay men and transgendered people, Indian Blood provides an analysis of the emerging and often contested LGBTQtwo-spirit” identification as it relates to public health and mixed-race identity.

Prior to contact with European settlers, most Native American tribes held their two-spirit members in high esteem, even considering them spiritually advanced. However, after contact – and religious conversion – attitudes changed and social and cultural support networks were ruptured. This discrimination led to a breakdown in traditional values, beliefs, and practices, which in turn pushed many two-spirit members to participate in high-risk behaviors. The result is a disproportionate number of two-spirit members who currently test positive for HIV.

Using surveys, focus groups, and community discussions to examine the experiences of HIV-positive members of San Francisco’s two-spirit community, Indian Blood provides an innovative approach to understanding how colonization continues to affect American Indian communities and opens a series of crucial dialogues in the fields of Native American studies, public health, queer studies, and critical mixed-race studies.

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White Earth members approve new constitution

Posted in Articles, Law, Media Archive, Native Americans/First Nation, United States on 2016-01-27 17:17Z by Steven

White Earth members approve new constitution

The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Pam Louwagie

New constitution does away with blood quantum rule.

In a historic vote that could vastly increase their membership, White Earth Band of Ojibwe members have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution.

The new document removes a requirement that tribal citizens possess one-quarter Minnesota Chippewa Tribe blood, a controversial “blood quantum” standard adopted at the urging of the federal government decades ago. Under the new constitution, White Earth’s declining citizenship will instead be based on lineal descent.

The change could mean more than doubling the population, which now stands at under 20,000.

According to ballots counted Tuesday night, nearly 80 percent of the nearly 3,500 votes cast approved of adopting a new constitution, which in addition to changing citizenship standards will create a tribal government with three branches and a separation of powers instead of one tribal council overseeing everything.

The old citizenship standard was divisive among families, with some members having children or grandchildren who couldn’t become citizens, said Jill Doerfler, associate professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Lineage citizenship won’t be automatic, however. People will still need to apply to become citizens, said Doerfler, who consulted with the tribe on reforming the constitution…

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A Romance of (Miscege)Nations: Ann Sophia Stephens’ Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter (1839, 1860)

Posted in Articles, Literary/Artistic Criticism, Native Americans/First Nation, United States, Women on 2016-01-26 03:04Z by Steven

A Romance of (Miscege)Nations: Ann Sophia Stephens’ Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter (1839, 1860)

Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory
Volume 63, Number 1, Spring 2007
pages 1-25
DOI: 10.1353/arq.2007.0000

Yu-Fang Cho, Associate Professor of English; Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

First serialized in The Ladies’ Companion in 1839 and later reprinted in 1860, Ann Sophia Stephens’ Malaeska narrates the tragic interracial union of an Indian princess and a white hunter in northeastern United States during the colonial period. By rewriting the Pocahontas legend, Malaeska allegorizes the dispossession of Native Americans at two significant historical moments in U.S. nation building: the enforcement of the Removal Act throughout the 1830s and westward expansion in the 1850s after the U.S.-Mexican War. The first version of Malaeska was serialized in a women’s magazine tailored specifically for middle- and upper-class female readers, a site of production and reception often characterized as part of the “culture of sentiment.” The second version was the first of the Beadle and Adams’s dime novel series, which often made sensational appeals to audiences across class, gender, age, profession, and ethnicity. Simultaneously inhabiting cultural spaces defined in contemporary analytical terms as mutually exclusive, Malaeska unsettles binary constructions in the study of nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture. This novel thereby enables an understanding of intersecting racial, gender, class, and cultural formations in relation to U.S. nation building.

Until recently, Malaeska has been dismissed as formulaic, superficial, conservative, and therefore unworthy of scholarly attention. In her important critical re-assessment of Stephens’ Indian tales, Paola Gemme offers an insightful overview of the relationship between the increasingly essentialist dominant racial ideologies from the 1830s to the 1860s and the growing pessimism in depictions of Native American “extinction” in Stephens’ stories. Building on the historical framework in Gemme’s overview (“Rewriting”), this essay examines the ways in which the representation of Indian-white miscegenation in Stephens’ Malaeska simultaneously engages racial ideologies, gender politics, and class formations in cross-fertilized cultural forms. By considering the differences between the 1839 version and the 1860 version, the two contexts of production and reception, and narrative elements beyond the plot, this essay suggests that Malaeska does not necessarily endorse the inevitability of Native American extinction. Rather, Malaeska mobilizes “the Indian question” to critique white supremacy and patriarchy simultaneously: it appeals to women’s shared predicaments as wives, daughters, and mothers to expose the violence of white dominance and its destructive impact on both Native Americans and whites. At the same time, this double critique is limited by its displacement of racial issues onto gender concerns as the text foregrounds women’s alliances across racial and class lines and defines womanhood in terms of the emerging white middle class. The contradiction between the dramatization of racial tensions and their ultimate displacement onto gender issues, this essay suggests, registers an articulation of normative, invisible middle-class white womanhood in the broader context of the emergence of (de)racialized women’s middle-class culture. The term “(de)racialized” highlights the ways in which normative “whiteness” operates as an invisible, “unraced,” universal construction against which all other “races” are defined and thereby racialized. The naturalization and (de)racialization of women’s middle-class culture, this essay suggests, relies on its claim to moral authority and its antithetical relationship to other cultural spheres, such as the heterogeneous cultural spaces where dime novels circulated.

The Elegy of the Vanishing American: Removal, Western Expansion, and the Consequences of the Failed Contract across Racial Lines

From the 1830s to the 1860s, conflicts between whites and Indians were a recurrent theme in cultural representations. As the enforcement of the 1830 Removal Act took place in the late 1830s, Indian tales and poems lamenting the predicament of the “vanishing American” appeared frequently in popular magazines. A generation later many Beadle and Adams dime novels also featured violent encounters between whites and Indians as the clash between white settlers and Indians continued to intensify after the removal era due to westward expansion after the U.S.-Mexican War. While the figuration of different racial others in relation to U.S. national identity varies in different periods, the Indian was particularly important in shaping the emergence of U.S. national identity, most notably perhaps in the republican era when the U.S. struggled to define itself and expanded its territory (Rogin 4). During this period, the Indian functioned as an important icon…

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Black Indians Formed the First American Rainbow Coalition

Posted in Articles, History, Letters, Media Archive, Native Americans/First Nation, United States on 2016-01-23 23:06Z by Steven

Black Indians Formed the First American Rainbow Coalition

The New York Times

To the Editor:

Census Finds Many Claiming New Identity: Indian” (front-page, March 5) discusses whites who now assert their Indian blood, but fails to mention African-Americans who can claim longer and more legitimate ties to America’s Indian heritage. Many in the New York area are pursuing their biracial heritage through such organizations as the National Alliance of Native Americans and radio stations such as WLIB.

The African-native American connection came to light in 1503, when Gov. Nicolas de Ovando of Hispaniola complained to King Ferdinand that African slaves “fled among the Indians . . . and never could be captured.” His words announced our first rainbow coalition. Today almost every African-American family — from Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes and Alex Haley to Alice Walker, Jesse Jackson and L. L. Cool J — has an Indian branch in its family tree. The statistics are much lower for white Americans…

William L. Katz
New York
March 6, 1991

The writer, a scholar in residence at N.Y.U., is the author of “Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage” (1986).

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Census Finds Many Claiming New Identity: Indian

Posted in Articles, Census/Demographics, Media Archive, Native Americans/First Nation, United States on 2016-01-22 23:57Z by Steven

Census Finds Many Claiming New Identity: Indian

The New York Times

Dirk Johnson

For the first 43 years of her life, Barbara Anderson did not talk about her ethnic background. But now it is a matter of pride — and record. On the latest census form, Mrs. Anderson, now 48, checked a different box: American Indian.

“I no longer had to pretend,” she said.

Census officials are finding a sharp increase in the number of people who identify themselves as American Indians. Tribes are swamped with applications for enrollment. And a large wave of urban Indians now takes part in traditional Indian practices, like the “vision quest,” a time of spiritual reflection spent alone in the wilderness.

As American society becomes more accepting and admiring of the Indian heritage, and as governments set aside contracts and benefits for tribe members, an increasing number of Indians, like Mrs. Anderson, feel freer to assert their identities.

“There were many people who were ashamed of their Indian past, so they hid it,” said Russell Thornton, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a sociologist at the University of California at Berkeley. “But a lot of people who went the assimilationist route have come back. And the tribes have been enjoying a renaissance.”

Since 1960, the Government count of American Indians has tripled, to an estimated 1.8 million. The Census Bureau has so far released ethnic data from 38 states and the District of Columbia showing a 38 percent increase in the last 10 years. Some of the biggest increases came in states without large Indian populations: Alabama rose 118 percent, New Jersey 78 percent. In Wyoming, which had an overall population loss of more than 3 percent, the number of Indians grew by more than 33 percent…

…Many of the Indians who now strongly assert their identities are the children or grandchildren of Indians who “passed” as white. Others were adopted into white families, and later sought to reclaim their heritage. John Homer, for example, was born 44 years ago to Indian parents in Hugo, Okla., but was adopted by a white couple. As a child growing up in Arkansas, he knew that he was Indian and was bothered that he could walk comfortably in whites-only neighborhoods because of his adopted parents but that other Indian boys could not…

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National Museum of the American Indian Presents Unprecedented Retrospective “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist”

Posted in Articles, Arts, Media Archive, Native Americans/First Nation, United States on 2016-01-19 20:50Z by Steven

National Museum of the American Indian Presents Unprecedented Retrospective “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist”

Newsdesk: Newsroom of the Smithsonian


For nearly five decades, Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935) has charted an artistic career that is not bound by singular definition. While her early work with Native themes celebrate heroic American Indian leaders with stately, abstract compositions and her more recent heroically scaled paintings recast American landscapes as Native places, WalkingStick’s artistic persona originates from roots in the New York art world of the 1960s and 1970s and her immersion in considerations of abstraction, minimalism and feminist art. “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist” is the first major retrospective of WalkingStick’s work, including more than 75 works that trace her dynamic career from the 1970s to the present.

The exhibition will be on view from Nov. 7 through Sept. 18, 2016, in the National Museum of the American Indian’s third-floor gallery. The American Federation of the Arts will tour the exhibition to the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio (Feb. 9, 2017–May 7, 2017), Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, N.J. (Feb. 3, 2018–June 17, 2018) and two additional venues in 2017. “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist” is co-curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo), associate curator, and David Penney, associate director for museum scholarship. It features both well-known works, such as WalkingStick’s “Chief Joseph” series and hallmark diptychs, as well as never-before-seen works, richly illustrated sketchbooks from the artist’s personal collection and a gallery film featuring the artist discussing her work and process. A press preview will be held Monday, Nov. 2.

“For her entire career, Kay WalkingStick has been rewriting the narrative about Native peoples through her artwork, which has defied categorization,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian. “These seeming contradictions and complexity are part of being an American Indian today, and what makes her an American artist. Our nation itself is built upon diversity of culture and expression. WalkingStick’s background and art reflect this same richness and diversity.”…

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Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition

Posted in Asian Diaspora, Books, Gay & Lesbian, Identity Development/Psychology, Latino Studies, Media Archive, Monographs, Native Americans/First Nation, Religion, Teaching Resources, United States on 2016-01-10 21:13Z by Steven

Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition

December 2015
832 pages
7.2 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1119084303

Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education
Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York

David Sue, Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

The standard bearing guide for multicultural counseling courses now enhanced with research-based, topical, and pedagogical refinements

Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, 7th Edition is the new update to the seminal work on multicultural counseling. From author Derald Wing Sue – one of the most cited multicultural scholars in the United States – this comprehensive work includes current research, cultural and scientific theoretical formations, and expanded exploration of internalized racism. Replete with real-world examples, this book explains why conversations revolving around racial issues remain so difficult, and provides specific techniques and advice for leading forthright and productive discussions. The new edition focuses on essential instructor and student needs to facilitate a greater course-centric focus.

In response to user feedback and newly available research, the seventh edition reflects:

  • Renewed commitment to comprehensiveness. As compared to other texts in the field, CCD explores and covers nearly all major multicultural counseling topics in the profession. Indeed, reviewers believed it the most comprehensive of the texts published, and leads in coverage of microaggressions in counseling, interracial/interethnic counseling, social justice approaches to counseling, implications of indigenous healing, the sociopolitical nature of counseling, racial identity development, and cultural use of evidence-based practice.
  • Streamlined Presentation to allow students more time to review and analyze rather than read more detailed text
  • New advances and important changes, such as expanded coverage of internalized racism, cultural humility, expansion of microaggression coverage to other marginalized groups, social justice/advocacy skills, recent research and thinking on evidence-based practice, and new approaches to work with specific populations.
  • Most current work in multicultural mental health practice including careful consideration of the multicultural guidelines proposed by the American Psychological Association and the draft guidelines for Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC) (2015) from the American Counseling Association’s Revision Committee.
  • Expanded attention to the emotive nature of the content so that the strong emotive reaction of students to the material does not prevent self-exploration (a necessary component of cultural competence in the helping professions).
  • Strengthened Pedagogy in each chapter with material to facilitate experiential activities and discussion and to help students digest the material including broad Chapter Objectives and more specific and oftentimes controversial Reflection and Discussion Questions. Every chapter opens with a clinical vignette, longer narrative, or situational example that previews the major concepts and issues discussed in the chapter. The Chapter Focus Questions serve as prompts to address the opening ‘course objectives,’ but these questions not only preview the content to be covered, but are cast in such a way as to allow instructors and trainers to use them as discussion questions throughout the course or workshop. We have retained the ‘Implications for Clinical Practice’ sections and added a new Summary after every chapter. Instructor’s Handbook has been strengthen and expanded to provide guidance on teaching the course, anticipating resistances, overcoming them, and providing exercises that could be used such as case studies, videos/movies, group activities, tours/visits, and other pedagogy that will facilitate learning.
  • Easier comparison between and among groups made possible by updating population specific chapters to use common topical headings (when possible).

Offering the perfect blend of theory and practice, this classic text helps readers overcome the discomfort associated with discussions of race, provides real-world examples of how to discuss diversity and difference openly and honestly, and closely examines the hidden and unwritten rules that dictate many aspects of diversity in today’s world.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • About the Authors
  • Section One the Multiple Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
    • Part I: The Affective and Conceptual Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
      • Chapter 1 Obstacles to Cultural Competence: Understanding Resistance to Multicultural Training
        • Emotional Self-Revelations and Fears: Majority Group Members
        • Emotional Invalidation versus Affirmation: For Marginalized Group Members
        • A Word of Caution
        • Recognizing and Understanding Resistance to Multicultural Training: For Trainees and Trainers
        • Cognitive Resistance—Denial
        • Emotional Resistance
        • Behavioral Resistance
        • Conclusions
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 2 The Superordinate Nature of Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
        • Culture Universal (Etic) versus Culture Specific (Emic) Formulations
        • The Nature of Multicultural Counseling Competence
        • A Tripartite Framework for Understanding the Multiple Dimensions of Identity
        • Individual and Universal Biases in Psychology and Mental Health
        • The Impact of Group Identities on Counseling and Psychotherapy
        • What Is Multicultural Counseling/Therapy?
        • What Is Cultural Competence?
        • Cultural Humility and Cultural Competence
        • Social Justice and Cultural Competence
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 3 Multicultural Counseling Competence for Counselors and Therapists of Marginalized Groups
        • Counselors from Marginalized Groups Working with Majority and Other Marginalized Group Clients
        • The Politics of Interethnic and Interracial Bias and Discrimination
        • The Historical and Political Relationships between Groups of Color
        • Differences between Racial/Ethnic Groups
        • Counselors of Color and Dyadic Combinations
        • Summary
        • References
    • Part II The Political Dimensions of Mental Health Practice
      • Chapter 4 The Political and Social Justice Implications of Counseling and Psychotherapy
        • The Education and Training of Mental Health Professionals
        • Definitions of Mental Health
        • Counseling and Mental Health Literature
        • Need to Treat Social Problems—Social Justice Counseling
        • The Foci of Therapeutic Interventions: Individual, Professional, Organizational and Societal
        • Social Justice Counseling
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 5 Impact of Systemic Oppression
        • Therapist Credibility and Client Worldviews
        • The Rest of the Story
        • Therapist Credibility and Attractiveness
        • Formation of Individual and Systemic Worldviews
        • Formation of Worldviews
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 6 Microaggressions in Counseling and Psychotherapy
        • Contemporary Forms of Oppression
        • Evolution of the “Isms”: Microaggressions
        • The Dynamics and Dilemmas of Microaggressions
        • Therapeutic Implications
        • Summary
    • Part III The Practice Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling/Therapy
      • Chapter 7 Barriers to Multicultural Counseling and Therapy: Individual and Family Perspectives
        • Identifying Multicultural Therapeutic Issues
        • Generic Characteristics of Counseling/Therapy
        • Culture-Bound Values
        • Class-Bound Values
        • Language Barriers
        • Patterns of “American” Cultural Assumptions and Multicultural Family Counseling/Therapy
        • Conclusions
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 8 Culturally Appropriate Intervention Skills and Strategies
        • Cultural Expression of Mental Disorders
        • Communication Styles
        • Sociopolitical Facets of Nonverbal Communication
        • Counseling and Therapy as Communication Style
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 9 Multicultural Evidence-Based Practice
        • Evidence-Based Practice and Multiculturalism
        • Evidence-Based Practice and Diversity Issues in Therapy
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 10 Non-Western Indigenous Methods of Healing: Implications for Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
        • Legitimacy of Culture-Bound Syndromes: Nightmare Deaths and the Hmong Sudden Death Phenomenon
        • The Principles of Indigenous Healing
        • Conclusion
        • Summary
        • References
    • Part IV Racial/Cultural Identity Development in Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
      • Chapter 11 Racial/Cultural Identity Development in People of Color: Therapeutic Implications
        • Racial Awakening
        • Racial/Cultural Identity Development Models
        • A Racial/Cultural Identity Development Model
        • Therapeutic Implications of the R/ CID Model
        • Conclusions
        • Summary
        • References
      • Chapter 12 White Racial Identity Development: Therapeutic Implications
        • What Does It Mean to Be White?
        • The Invisible Whiteness of Being
        • Understanding the Dynamics of Whiteness
        • Models of White Racial Identity Development
        • The Process of White Racial Identity Development: A Descriptive Model
        • Developing a Nonracist and Antiracist White Identity
        • Summary
  • Section Two Multicultural Counseling and Specific Populations
    • Part V Understanding Specific Populations
      • Chapter 13 Culturally Competent Assessment
        • Therapist Variables Affecting Diagnosis
        • Cultural Competence and Preventing Diagnostic Errors
        • Contextual and Collaborative Assessment
        • Infusing Cultural Competence into Standard Clinical Assessments
        • References
    • Part VI Counseling and Therapy with Racial/Ethnic Minority Group Populations
      • Chapter 14 Counseling African Americans
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 15 Counseling American Indians and Alaska Natives
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
        • References
      • Chapter 16 Counseling Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 17 Counseling Latinos
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 18 Counseling Individuals of Multiracial Descent
        • Multiracialism in the United States
        • Specific Challenges
        • A Multiracial Bill of Rights
        • Multiracial Strengths
        • References
    • Part VII Counseling and Special Circumstances Involving Racial/Ethnic Populations
      • Chapter 19 Counseling Arab and Muslim Americans
        • Arab Americans
        • Muslim Americans
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 20 Counseling Jewish Americans
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 21 Counseling Immigrants and Refugees
        • Challenges and Strengths
        • Counseling Refugees
        • References
    • Part VIII Counseling and Therapy with Other Multicultural Populations
      • Chapter 22 Counseling LGBT Individuals
        • Understanding Sexual Minorities
        • Specific Challenges
        • References
      • Chapter 23 Counseling Older Adult Clients
        • Characteristics and Strengths
        • Specific Challenges of Older Adults
        • References
      • Chapter 24 Counseling Women
        • Specific Challenges
        • Embracing Gender Strengths
        • References
      • Chapter 25 Counseling and Poverty
        • Demographics: Who Are the Poor?
        • Strengths of People Living in Poverty
        • Suggested Guidelines for Counselors
        • References
      • Chapter 26 Counseling Persons with Disabilities
        • Understanding Disabilities
        • The Americans with Disabilities Act
        • Specific Challenges
        • Supports for Individuals with Disabilities
        • Counseling Issues with Individuals with Disabilities
  • References
  • Author Index
  • Subject Index
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‘Here Comes Honky!’: Why I Married a White Guy

Posted in Articles, Autobiography, Media Archive, Native Americans/First Nation, United States on 2016-01-09 20:14Z by Steven

‘Here Comes Honky!’: Why I Married a White Guy

Indian Country Today Media Network

Terese Mailhot

When my sister’s dates pulled into our driveway my mother would yell, “Here comes Honky!” My sister was always livid, embarrassed, but still, she went out with white men most of her adult life. I always thought she was a traitor. I thought someday my Indian prince would come: the son of an activist in braids, with a mind full of theory and a stoic wisdom. But surprisingly I fell in love with a white man, with dusty blond hair and blue eyes.

I was always told we were a dying breed. “Meet a Native man,” my mother said. Blood quantum is important where I’m from. Land rights, healthcare, housing, and assistance all deal with blood quantum and how Indian one is ‘officially.’ Besides that, marrying Native was always what I dreamed of.

For generations Native women could not govern their own bodies, because white men and officials dictated we were their wards. We were subject to exploitation, objectification, and degradation at the hands of white people. Why would I ever want to give my body or love to a white man, a man who could never understand my grief or lineage?…

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Feet in two worlds: The American Indian, cowboy hybrid

Posted in Anthropology, Articles, History, Media Archive, Native Americans/First Nation, United States on 2015-12-27 23:18Z by Steven

Feet in two worlds: The American Indian, cowboy hybrid


Sunny Cooper

(Sunny Cooper)

The Native American is historically pedigreed. Its bloodlines bound through hundreds of years and generations, and lopes straight as I-40. Not so with the American Cowboy. Here, history zigzags, revealing how Spaniards and Native Americans formed the early American Cowboy: the Mestizos, the Criollos, the vaqueros. Russell Freedman says, “It is the cowboy whose fabled reputation we remember, while the vaquero has all but disappeared from history.”

The romantic icon we know today appears relatively new on the scene of humanity. What isn’t new to us is the historic conflicts, and Hollywood cinema, that deeply divided the American West into a split personality: Cowboys vs. Indians.

With respect to the fundamental fact that one set of cultures is rooted in bloodlines and the other in a lifestyle, the two identities share a vital commonality in the American West: the hybrid culture, the amalgamation of Indian and cowboy. We’re horses of a different color with feet in both worlds…

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