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It Ain't Easy Being Indian
It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Friday, February 07 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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The easy thing to do is gripe about the horrific Polar Vortex II and how I’ve been huddled in front of my little space heater at home with the temp set at 58 degrees because I dare not put it any higher. Propane is used to heat my house and prices just skyrocketed to almost five bucks a gallon! Oops! I see that I have indeed just complained about the frigidly cold weather up here but I see on national news I’m certainly not alone. A Facebook friend posted a picture of severely frostbitten feet which is hard to look at but it must be harder to feel. But of course all this extreme weather we are experiencing has nothing to do with climate change. So I suppose we can all just diddley-bop along or stick our heads in the sand or snow banks.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Thursday, January 09 2014
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Well … This is the month for New Year’s resolutions, which I don’t like making but if I'm gonna get anything for next Christmas I better start being good. Oh wait! I don't 'do' that holiday anymore! Not for any Grinchy reasons though; mostly because the first family Christmas gathering I had in my Rez house 10 years ago began fantastically but ended in angry shouts, fists being shaken and dark vows of never dampening my doorstep again. Good times, good times … Not!

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Wednesday, December 04 2013
 
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ricey wild.jpgHere is ‘tis the season upon us once again. This is not my favorite time of year because of all the distraction of Christmas holiday shopping and of course Black Friday. Ish. The zombies will be out trying to get deals on stuff, just stuff. Stuff they already have at that; it’s my firm belief that we Americans are being mind-controlled by massive yet shady corporations. They work to get us to become super-consumers, becoming only numbers tallied in quarterly sales reports. There is no day that goes by that the DOW or NASDAQ isn’t mentioned as a barometer for our nation’s health.

For the record I am a human being; I am not merely a consumer.

It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Monday, November 04 2013
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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ricey wild.jpgIt has been 15 years since my column has been published and I’m smiling all big! My humble thanks go out to Sue who was editor of The Circle News in 1998 and to Paul De Main, editor of News From Indian Country who picked up my column soon thereafter. The column began as “It ain’t easy being Indian…but someone’s got to do it” by Kristine Shotley. Cat Whipple shortened the title to what it is today but my picture has stayed the same in The Circle so here I am in 2013.


It Ain't Easy Being Indian
Monday, October 07 2013
 
Written by Ricey Wild,
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Last month I ended my column talking about the removal of my ancestors’ – and many others of my tribal nation – remains from a cemetery dating to the 17th century, to a burial ground in a Catholic cemetery. What is so awful about that you ask? Well, I’m gonna tell you.

A village once thrived on Wisconsin Point inhabited by Indians. It was and still is a remarkably beautiful and peaceful place; it had everything. Plenty of manoomin (wild rice), and all sorts of delicious and nutritious animals, vegetables and berries were in abundance. To me it sounds like what is now called an eco-friendly, sustainable resort town. However, it was home for many generations of families who buried their loved ones in a sacred cemetery.

Then in 1908 the United States government began proceedings to condemn a portion of Wisconsin Point for “development” (I despise that word) by U.S. Steel. The objective was to construct docks for railroads to make easier the cargoes of minerals from northeast Minnesota mines.

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