As a Native leader, his advocacy contributed to hallmarks not just for his own tribe but for others throughout the wide expanse of Indian Country.
While I don't care much about Columbus Day (except that there's no school, which when my kids were younger was a pain), I do like Thanksgiving.
The nation will be gathering for a day set aside for turkey eating and football. But underneath the merriment is a false history that is also celebrated.
Several thousand people protested the name of the Washington's football team at a Minnesota Vikings home game recently.
I hope my kids will be able to go to school and hear the truth of what happened to our people.
But for the protests, this would not have received news coverage. The brutality is indicative of the treatment of people of color not just in the U.S. but hemisphere-wide.
Native Americans deserve a chance at the American Dream. If any group of people is left behind, then we all lose.
The genocide being perpetrated by South Dakota against Native Americans continues unabated. This is beyond maddening.
More than 490,000 Indians are still waiting for settlement monies due them from the federal government. It's a disgrace.
It is probably little known what the great freedom fighter had to say about the horrific mistreatment of Native Americans by the U.S.