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The climate crisis is the greatest threat to Indian Country

For many people who know me, one of the first things that comes up is that I’m a proudly enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe (Oglala Lakota Oyate). I’m proud to be Native, and I’m proud to be enrolled. On this side of my family, I’m also a…

Little love lessons: The technique of texting

It could be the end of the world. It probably is. You press send. It’s a text message, a simple text message. Yet, it feels like a bowling ball is sitting in your stomach. Actually, it feels like seven bowling balls are sitting in your stomach. Then your phone buzzes.…

What is “Super Mario Bros.” about, really?

I want to tell you about a conspiracy that’s been going on right under our noses for almost 40 years and has bled into the upper echelons of society. You see, the most famous video game franchise in history is absolute bullshit. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s the classic…

Education and ChatGPT

I had never really wanted to write about ChatGPT — or consider it for that matter — when I came across the novel algorithm in December. Nonetheless, I submitted a request for the algorithm to write me a poem about some complex social issue of our day, akin to modernist…

Sovereignty is a verb

This Saturday, I had the privilege of attending an event hosted by the Prairie Island Indian Community near Red Wing, Minnesota, presenting the “Honoring Dakota Project.” This project is dedicated to advancing relationships between the city of Red Wing and the Prairie Island Indian Community through storytelling and sharing the…

Avoiding the social chill

It’s 11 p.m. It’s freezing. It’s absolutely freezing. We all have a point where we draw the line between going out and staying in. Unlike the Fall Term, another variable must be added to our equation of socialization: the cold. Before crossing campus to find a party or deciding to…

The way we see the internet

The evolution of media as portrayed by many flows along an accelerating timeline with flashpoints featuring the camera, the telegraph, the radio, the television, etc. The evolution follows a particular narrative that runs with one of economic and material success, demonstrating the fruits of modernity. We see the evolution of…

Memorial service honors Black educator who helped change Carleton

Hundreds of people honored Black educator and activist Fred Easter last Saturday, November 5, at the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Easter was described by one of the speakers as “a man entrenched in the culture of Carleton who inspired many of us with his dedication to making this campus a more…