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Wahinkpe Topa (Four Arrows) is faculty at Fielding Graduate University and was formerly Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College and a tenured professor at Northern Arizona University. Named by AERO as one of 27 educational visionaries, he is the author of 20 acclaimed books on wellness, critical education and Indigenous worldview such as his most recent text, Point of Departure: Returning to Our More Authentic Worldview for Education and Survival. Recipient of a Martin Springer Institute Moral Courage Award for his activism, he lives with his artist wife in Mexico where he is working to create the first marine sanctuary on the Costalegre.
(3 comments) Monday, June 24, 2019 Invisible No More: Please Let's Do This Together (Remembering the Other Original Sin)
African Americans and Native Americans (aka American Indians) should be together in any discussion seeking to bring about reckoning America's history of racism, oppression, discrimination and inequality. Unfortunately "Indians" remain all but invisible in politics and media covering the new reparations efforts for descendants of Black slaves .
(1 comments) Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Speaking of Wellstone
David Wellstone said his Dad "would have gotten under this president's skin by now. He wouldn't have backed down from this kind of stuff. It would have energized him." In trying to get Wellstone Action to take such action, to their great surprise and dismay, the two men were voted off the board. I have no evidence to conclude that the "crises of courage" has some role to play in this decision, but I think it must.
(3 comments) Monday, January 22, 2018 And Then Mother Earth Said, "Me Too!"
The "Me Too" movement's unprecedented number of courageous women speaking out against their famous male abusers could signal hope for our planetary crises. We just have to realize that the source of such rampant anti-feminine oppression is an uninvestigated worldview that places humans above Nature and ignores the importance of diversity and complementarity.
(3 comments) Friday, January 27, 2017 Trump's DAPL Memorandum: The End of Rule of Law?
Rule of law" assumes that law should govern a nation rather than the personal desire of a government official. Rachel Klienfeld Belton, a legal scholar and Director of the Truman National Security Project writes that rule of law in a democracy is identified by "the efficient and predictable application of justice and the protection of human rights." On January 24th, 2017, Trump signed an executive order that seems to violate
(1 comments) Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Shootings on Backwater Bridge
Late afternoon yesterday "Lunatic Outpost" released a video showing a group of about "20 to 50" water protectors who while returning from a prayer walk along the Cannonball River were chased down by armed security from DAPL and Morton County Sheriff's Department.
Friday, December 16, 2016 No Sitting for Standing Rock, Please
My ultimate goal is to encourage water protectors worldwide to be more determined than ever in the face of the incoming administration of Donald Trump. This may seem an impossible task but perhaps without the deceptive language of those who came before that only veiled Trump's anti-environment intentions, it may be easier than we can imagine if we keep up the effort.
(1 comments) Friday, November 11, 2016 Veteran's Day at Standing Rock: Perhaps Not What You Think
Today's Veteran's Day, filling me with mixed emotions. On the one hand there is a sense of pride and a continuing sense of loyalty to the Corps. Like the the marine-turned-avatar in James Cameron's Avatar said, "You never lose the attitude." On the other hand, there's the knowledge the Marine Corps mostly works for the corporations just like the National Guard is now working for Energy Transfer Partners at Standing Rock
(3 comments) Wednesday, November 9, 2016 From Standing Rock: Today is a Good Day to Die
In Donald Trump's unusually gracious speech this morning he spoke of supporting the downtrodden and bringing everyone together. As we know, his words like those of too many politicians and corporate leaders, are often insincere, manipulative, deceptive or outright untruthful. But perhaps today Trump was sincere. Maybe the magnitude of this event has set up the possibility of his walking this talk.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 Standing Rock and "Sitting" Universities
Standing up for positions on controversial public issues seldom comes from administrators on high. Worse, this unwillingness to do so has made its way into the hearts and minds of many faculty and students. The rationalization is that neutrality is an academic requirement.