Graduation

Land of Enchantment Rural Route 53 – Westbound 55 mph Isolated with pot holes A jack rabbit scurries across Ditat Dues – God Enriches Stateline – Westbound – I-40 75 mph Fast pace Small. Big. Large. Semis Travel Stops to the Left Southbound Border Patrol Deterring. Detecting. Apprehending Enforcement. Protection Port of Entry Early Morning Dawn – Field Workers Eureka!…

All Alone

Got so much pain more than I can contain Put that little bloodsucker back on my vein Yeah I’m supposed to be happy of course But I’m hyperventilating put me to bed by force. Hate waking up, I’ll sleep thru day Drown me and leave me by the bay Let my body appear by the shore. How much more loneliness…

Doing Time

There are liquid nooses that drip from the roof tops in White Clay. Entwined are the bodies of many Lakota men and women who purchased an addiction by paying with their lives. She is held without bond within the four bars of White Clay, Nebraska. A state run incorrectional institution built upon addiction and paid for by the people who…

Shímásáni Clara

2017 AIHEC Student Poetry Slam Video

On the opening evening of the 2017 AIHEC Student Conference in Rapid City, students from an array of TCUs entertained conference goers with the spoken word at the annual poetry slam.

Cheii’s House

Walking into house It smells like cedar and soap Forgets all troubles Samantha Mitchell is a single parent of two beautiful children who motivate her to pursue her degree so that she can provide a better life for them. She is half Navajo and half Apache. Her clans are Chishi Nishli, Kinyaa’aanii Bashishchiin, Tabaaha Dashicheii, and Tacii’nii Dashinali. A student…

To be an:

Overarching assumption restricted to stigmA Reluctantly given access to the American dreaM Ironically, only reserved for their first refugE Granted rights and ownership but revised on papeR Involuntarily added to cultural genocide alumnI Neglected healthy natural diet until clinically diabetiC Accepted only as mascots or subjective academiA Loathed because we all happened to survive extinctioN James T. Vallie was born…

Where the Dragons Live

I live on the south side of a peninsula, on the borders of society, subtle changes from boulders to sand. Witness the exchange of forces between the tide and the moon, follow the tracks of the wary animals calling this place home, mine so insignificant and out of place not abiding to the unspoken agreement between predator and prey, more…

From the Dark to the Light

That one look that showed you the world of Ego Its breeze suddenly springs into the season being Spiritual Then right in front of me sat a teacher of teachers, Silence Motionless he sat right in front me, with knowledge of Impermanence I understood so little about Non-action Seated cross-legged he showed the greatness of the world and Oneness  …

Sundance for All My Relations

I stomp my brown feet in the red desert sands then claw my way down a pine covered mountain to bathe in a misty shroud of morning and listen as the Great Mystery thunders out another universal warning   How will our little ones survive till tomorrow if the womb of the Earth Mother is thrashed and sprawled creating the…

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