Impacts of High School Dropouts

The graduation rate at Wolf Point High School has improved over the past decade. Students drop out for a different reasons so it takes a variety of interventions to support them.

Hydraulic Fracking: Take It or Leave It

Would you rather have a shortage of natural gas or a shortage of water? Who can live without water? Can you live without natural gas? We know we need natural gas, but oil fracking damages water sources and contaminates drinking water and air. According to the American Oil and Gas Historical Society, hydraulic fracking was first used in the United…

Going AWOL

It is a hot and sunny summer in Farmington, NM. The day is nice enough for a bike ride along the Berg Park Animas River trail. Too bad today is not the day to partake in these outdoor opportunities. Especially when my work schedule demands eight hours straight of doing the same thing every day. The Red Apple Transit has…

Comfort?

You rise in false triumph to face the unfamiliar church full of people—clusters of Bristol Bay and Tundra families—gathering with a smattering of bible-carrying city congregants who bend toward the shadows of your church on an early Friday afternoon. The folks welcoming me warmly had come in from the sunshine to pay respects to our ilung who hadn’t heeded repeated…

David and Sunockv

In the late afternoon of a windless yesterday, bees swarmed the Purple Robe Locust tree outside my apartment window. The breeze brought them back today and they swarmed the trees in the grove outside my apartment fence. Chile, the Blue Bull, barked. Annie, the Blue Police Dog, whined. Big Boy, the Chow Pit, howled. The bees ignored us and continued…

From Pandan Leaf to Birch Bark

I had been living in Bali, Indonesia, when I came to visit my relatives on the Leech Lake reservation. It was a regular trip I took with my parents each time I visited from abroad. My parents still lived on the East Coast at the time, so we would road trip out to Leech Lake and also to Turtle Mountain,…

On The Trail to the Swamp

She is alone. Alone, with cats and dogs and fish. The morning is dark. She flicks on a kitchen light switch. She descends to the basement TV room to feed the flitting neon swimmers. She sees that she forgot, the previous night, to turn off the tank light. Her hand taps two shakes of flaked fish food into the lit…

2015 Introduction by LeAnn Howe

A little over a decade ago I published “The Story of America: A Tribalography,” discussing how Native authors pull together all the elements of their tribe—meaning the people, the land, multiple characters, and all their manifestations and revelations—and connect these in past, present, and future milieus. I argued that “tribalography” comes from the Native propensity for bringing things together, for…

Animals Matter

In the United States today we face many issues with feral cats and dogs. Euthanizing them simply because they do not have a home should not be a solution to this problem. There are other ways to get these animals off the streets and into someone’s care. These animals can spread unhealthy diseases, not only to other animals but to…

Help For Our Youth

There are many needs in Wolf Point, Montana, but one of the most pressing ones is the well-being of younger generations. There are many children and families that are in need of a healthy environment in which to live. These families need a place to temporarily stay and live, where they will be protected and feel safe; a place where…