Forgive Me

Beth stood in the middle of the Mojave, her eyes cast up towards what she’d always considered an abysmal, black sky. But now in the silence of the desert, galaxies revealed themselves just beyond her icy touch. She didn’t dare blink for fear of missing a single second of a sky that seemed to beckon to her. Her body heaved,…

In Our Blood

The powwow grounds were bitter, only a handful of dancers and a couple drums brought in the Grand Entry remained. It was a shame to find that it wasn’t a celebration anymore, more like going through the motions of being an Indian. Although it was a powwow, the younger generations of on lookers were oblivious to what “used to be;”…

Of Missionaries and Indian Loggers

“You’re ugly.” A small girl, perhaps three years old, tells him as he walks past a rusty swing set. “Why?” he asks, genuinely curious. “Your skin is brown.” She responds. It’s true. Though his mom is light skinned, he could never be mistaken for anything other than Native on the basis of looks. His father’s brown skin out raced his…

Silence

In the end, it was the silence that told him more than any word ever could’ve hoped. The thick shag of the hotel carpet dulled the thud of his bare feet as he paced the room for what seemed to be the thousandth time that long and lonesome night. His quick, successive breaths seemed to echo off the hotel walls…

Rat City

Zombie rats had overtaken the city. The mayor had called the piper to lead the rats out of the city, but the rats ate the piper and only left a pile of bones with a flute broken in half. The red and orange flames from the fire lit the dark city. Hours before, the use of high explosive missiles was…

Unbelievable Night

Joseph’s whole day is so perfect on Thanksgiving. Then his night is truly a living nightmare. That’s what happens when you’re young, Native, and living on the west side of Denver. There are lots of Natives in Denver. Lots of young native men come from the reservations and think that the city rules are like the rez rules. Rules are…

Life is Education

“How are you my boy?” asked the receptionist. “I guess alright. I found out I am going to be a dad,” said Moses. “Congratulations! What are you having?” the receptionist asked. “I don’t know yet. How is my mom doing?” he asked. “She’s doing real well. She has made some real progress. I think this time might be her last,”…

Wanderer of the Wastes

A young man, a drifter, eats alone in an alley. He huddles beside an exhaust vent to warm himself, his jeans mud splashed, caked in grime. The shoppers go out of their way to avoid him, shunning away from the struggle in their midst. Steps quicken when eyes glance, the million miles on his shoulders, the scars etched on his…

A Dragon’s Epilogue

Two human boys saved me once. Young and foolish at the time, I swam one too many days. I fainted and washed ashore in my weakened human form. The boys rescued me and cared for me until I regained my strength. I smiled at the remembrance of the two boys’ reactions when they first discovered I wasn’t human, but a…

Champion Fancy Dancer

The 1991 Chevrolet truck coughed as it pulled into the parking space. The truck had been through many miles, as many as Joseph could remember. At one time, it was his grandfather’s truck, one in which he and Joseph traveled to many powwows. As he got out of the truck, he heard voices in the distance calling his name. He…