Race to Winterize on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

In mid-July, a severe storm swept through the community of Oglala, South Dakota and other areas of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dozens of houses endured heavy damage to their siding, windows were broken, car windows and windshields were broken. By the time I visited the Rez a couple of weeks later, the devastation was … Read more

A problem with VAMPS

Originally appeared in tumblr, aliw117, 2016. Artist photo taken from their official Facebook Page. For me, it was a shock and sheer disappointment when I saw the extent of VAMPS’s cultural appropriation and misrepresentation of Native Americans. VAMPS has great music. They’ve collaborated with Apocalyptica and opened with them for the SIXX A.M. tour in … Read more

Missio music and a skull in a headdress

[Image of the single ‘EVERYBODY GETS HIGH’ taken from Big Hassle publicity site.] A promo went through my timeline that linked to this: Dive into the MISSIO realm! Play our game to unlock exclusive content. You won’t come close to beating my score… https://t.co/BFdRTv0Grl pic.twitter.com/JmLT7T1J9M — MISSIO (@MissioMusic) June 2, 2017 The title “EVERYBODY GETS … Read more

Tattoos, artists and ink

For all the times that I’ve seen offensive tattoos with Native-esque symbols or items, there has always been one thing clear — there are at least two people at fault for the offense. The person getting the disrespectful image, and the tattoo artist who inked it on them. Some time ago, I took the time … Read more