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Ali Blog

Musings on Indigenous issues, disability issues and family

Beware Econo Auto Sales Denver

By ali | November 16, 2022

This is from Econo Auto Sales’ ‘About’ page. https://www.econoautosale.com/about-us/ “Used car dealers come and go, but Econo Auto Sales has been serving the Denver metro area for over two decades, and counting. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, due to our exceptional customer service track record and because we’re a low … Read more

The final straw

By ali | October 6, 2022

(Author’s note: my name is the only real one. Names have been changed.) CW: there is a lot of heaviness in this entry. Mentions of abuse, physical and mental, suicide ideation, graphic description of a car accident involving minors and death mentions. Please take care when reading. I took over guardianship of my younger sister’s … Read more

a young man standing inside a small home foundation frame

April to present Oglala tent post

By ali | May 14, 2022

That first night when we set up the tent. One of the first things my brother told my kids before his epic meltdown was, ‘this isn’t camping’ and then he’d laughed about it. Because we brought one of our TVs with us. We had the generator. We had a large 10’x17’ dome tent, that TV, … Read more

Who made the pretendian part two

By ali | December 29, 2021

[Ali note: A previous version made a reference to ‘amoeba’, “Are we Indigenous or amoeba”. I’ve been informed that the “amoeba” reference has been inflicted on Natives in general but has also been used to specifically target the Lumbee. While my use of the phrase didn’t have that intention, it’s important to note that this … Read more

November 2021 blog

By ali | November 28, 2021

Today, I want to give a brief glimpse of our family life the last few months. CW: suicide and death ideation. In August, I pleaded for help because we were drowning. We hit another snag in trying to get the kids’ benefits reinstated. Bills piled up and I was very much already in despair. But … Read more

Who made the pretendian

By ali | June 13, 2021

How much or how little that I speak on this issue is dependent on the energy I have to put toward it. Thus, this may end up being more of a small series. While I have not spoken previously on this ‘alleged pretendian list’, I am aware of it. I’d meant to look into it … Read more

Just-a-bully Sarah

By ali | May 11, 2020

Update 7/7/2021. Almost a year to the day! Sarah’s new handle is @SaliSaeLeigh. Way too many of us knew it was to good to last. Let’s get back into it… Mickey Barrett and Raccorny say I’ve admitted to having 2 white parents. Yes. They signed my birth certificate and treated me as their own the … Read more

There is a sense of helplessness…

By ali | August 22, 2018

There is a sense of helplessness that comes with knowing that something you’ve tried has failed. I’ve been in a position to reach out to certain artists and for the most part, nothing comes of trying to educate about cultural appropriation. I’d stopped reaching out to tattoo artists when responses from them were often aggressive … Read more

Welcome!

By ali | August 9, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to check out NTVTWT.com and my blog here. Entries are longer than would be feasible for a tweet or a tweet thread. I hope to share with you thoughts, tidbits about my family and important issues in urban and reservation life. As many things in between as well. A … Read more