Every Day is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women

It could be the most important of this new century if it were to get the mindfulness it deserves. Gloria steinem, twenty indigenous female leaders—educators, healers, attorneys, from the introduction In this rare and intimate glimpse at the resilience and perseverance of Native women, elders, artists, and activists—come together to discuss issues facing modern Native communities.

She became the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1985, a position she held for ten years. Her lifetime of activism began in 1969, when she took part in the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island. Their common life experiences, patterns of thought, and shared values gave them the freedom to be frank and open, and a place of community from which to explore powerful influences on Native life.

Wilma mankiller spent most of her life in the rural community of Mankiller Flats in Adair County, Oklahoma. This is a very important book. Over a period of several years, tribal governance, female role models, Mankiller engaged indigenous women in conversation about spirituality, love, traditions and culture, and community.

She passed away april 6, 2010, at her home on the Mankiller family allotment. Mankiller has been honored with many awards, Dartmouth College, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, and Smith College. This illuminating book found its genesis with Wilma Mankiller 1945–2010, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Mankiller: A Chief and Her People

In this spiritual, former chief of the cherokee nation and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, moving autobiography, Wilma Mankiller, tells of her own history while also honoring and recounting the history of the Cherokees. Now featuring a new afterword to the 2000 paperback reissue, this edition of Mankiller completely updates the author's private and public life after 1994 and explores the recent political struggles of the Cherokee Nation.

Mankiller's life unfolds against the backdrop of the dawning of the American Indian civil rights struggle, and her book becomes a quest to reclaim and preserve the great Native American values that form the foundation of our nation.

Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

These stories are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing: A quintessential blonde California girl travels abroad to escape suffocating responsibilities at home, only to fall in love with a handsome Brazilian stranger she may never see again. An orthodox african-American woman must face her growing attraction to her female friend.

A young girl defies her South Asian parents’ cultural expectations with an interracial relationship. A book that strips off the traditional trappings of Islamic womanhood to expose the special strengths and vulnerabilities that lie beneath. The washington post   romance, dating, twenty-five american muslim writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love openly for the first time, sex and—Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, to college flirtations and arranged marriages, showing just how varied the search for love can be—from singles’ events and online dating, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.

These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relatable. A beautiful collection that reminds us all not only of the diversity of the American Muslim community, but the universality of the human condition, especially when it comes to something as magical and complicated as love.

Reza aslan, #1 new york times bestselling author of god: a human History   “Portraits of private lives that expose a group in some cases kept literally veiled, yet that also illustrate that American Muslim women grapple with universal issues. The new york Times. And a southern woman agrees to consider an arranged marriage, with surprising results.

"All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

Accessibly written and revelatory, “All the Real Indians Died Off” challenges readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history. Tracing how these ideas evolved, and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as:“columbus discovered america”“thanksgiving proves the indians welcomed pilgrims”“indians Were Savage and Warlike”“Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians”“The United States Did Not Have a Policy of Genocide”“Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans”“Most Indians Are on Government Welfare”“Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich”“Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol”Each chapter deftly shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land and tied to narratives of erasure and disappearance.

Unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native AmericansIn this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations.

I Am Where I Come From: Native American College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories

The organizing principle for this anthology is the common Native American heritage of its authors; and yet that thread proves to be the most tenuous of all, as the experience of indigeneity differs radically for each of them. All three have changed jobs multiple times, started and increased their families, and, returned to school for advanced degrees, along the way, continuously revised and refined what it means to be Indian.

The autobiographies contained in i am where I Come From explore issues of native identity, adjustment to the college environment, cultural and familial influences, and academic and career aspirations. While many of the writers do return to their tribal communities after graduation, ideas about 'home' become more malleable and complicated.

From the introductioni am where i come from presents the autobiographies of thirteen Native American undergraduates and graduates of Dartmouth College, ten of them current and recent students. I am where i come from addresses similar themes and experiences, but it is very much a new book for a new generation of college students.

Three of the essays from the earlier book are gathered into a section titled "Continuing Education, " each followed by a shorter reflection from the author on his or her experience since writing the original essay. While many experience a centripetal pull toward a cohesive Indian experience, the indications throughout these essays lean toward a richer, more illustrative panorama of difference.

Education plays a critical role in such lives: many of the authors recall adoring school as young people, as it constituted a place of escape and a rare opportunity to thrive.

We Are Dancing for You: Native Feminisms and the Revitalization of Women's Coming-of-Age Ceremonies Indigenous Confluences

The women of the tribe, recognizing the critical importance of the�tradition, anthropological records, undertook its revitalization using the memories of elders and medicine women and details found in museum archives, and oral histories. Deeply rooted in indigenous knowledge, risling Baldy brings us the voices of people transformed by�cultural�revitalization, including the accounts of young women who have participated in the Flower Dance.

Using a framework of native feminisms, gender, she locates this revival within a broad context of decolonizing praxis and considers how this renaissance of�women�s coming-of-age�ceremonies confounds ethnographic depictions of Native women; challenges anthropological theories about menstruation, and coming-of-age; and addresses gender inequality and gender violence within Native communities.

We are dancing for you. So begins cutcha risling baldy�s deeply personal account of the revitalization of the women�s coming-of-age ceremony for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. You will never be alone. I am here. At the end of the twentieth century, the tribe�s Flower Dance had not been fully practiced for decades.


All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life

In 1996 and 2000, laduke served as Ralph Nader's vice presidential running mate in the Green Party. Haymarket books proudly brings back into print Winona LaDuke's seminal work of Native resistance to oppression. This thoughtful, the anishinaabeg, the northern Cheyenne, the Innu, and the Mohawks, in-depth account of Native struggles against environmental and cultural degradation features chapters on the Seminoles, among others.

Filled with inspiring testimonies of struggles for survival, each page of this volume speaks forcefully for self-determination and community. Winona laduke was named by Time in 1994 as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty.

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere. Frightening, and richly imagined, compelling, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.

. Held up as an essential work in feminist, there are over 500, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, 000 copies of Kindred in print. More than 35 years after its release, kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day.

As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, and the many people who are enslaved by him.

Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. Butler’s most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South.

Butler’s bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format. Octavia E.

God Is Red: A Native View of Religion

First published in 1972, Vine Deloria Jr. S god is red remains the seminal work on Native religious views, asking new questions about our species and our ultimate fate. Celebrating three decades in publication with a special 30th-anniversary edition.

Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism Live Girls

With prescient and intimate writing, colonize This! will reach the hearts and minds of readers who care about the experience of being a woman of color, and about establishing a culture that fosters freedom and agency for women of all races. Newly revised and updated, exposing the feminist movement as exclusive, white, this landmark anthology offers gripping portraits of American life as seen through the eyes of young women of colorIt has been decades since women of color first turned feminism upside down, and unaware of the concerns and issues of women of color from around the globe.

. Since then, key social movements have risen, including Black Lives Matter, transgender rights, and the activism of young undocumented students. Social media has also changed how feminism reaches young women of color, generating connections in all corners of the country. And yet we remain a country divided by race and gender.

Now, a new generation of outspoken women of color offer a much-needed fresh dimension to the shape of feminism of the future. In colonize this!, to borders and divisions, daisy hernandez and Bushra Rehman have collected a diverse, lively group of emerging writers who speak to the strength of community and the influence of color, and to the critical issues that need to be addressed to finally reach an era of racial freedom.


American Indian Politics and the American Political System

American indian politics and the American Political System is the most comprehensive text written from a political science perspective. It analyzes the structures and functions of indigenous governments including Alaskan Native communities and Hawaiian Natives and the distinctive legal and political rights these nations exercise internally.

They also seeks to address issues that continue to plague many nations, implementation of governing structures and processes attentive to Indigenous political and legal traditions, such as notions of belonging and citizenship, and the promotion and enactment of sustainable practices that support our interdependence in an increasingly globalized world.

In the fourth edition, wilkins and Stark analyze the challenges facing Indigenous nations as they develop new and innovative strategies to defend and demand recognition of their national character and rights. It also examines the fascinating intergovernmental relationship that exists between native nations, the states, and the federal government.