Author Archives: Dina

About Dina

Dina is a freelance writer based in San Clemente, Ca. She is also a Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. A descendant of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington, she holds a bachelor's degree in Native American Studies and a master's degree in American Studies with a research focus on indigenous studies, both from the University of New Mexico. She is a veteran Indian artist, and dancer in the Native American powwow and Hawaiian hula traditions. She writes for Indian Country Today Media Network, Native People's Magazine and numerous other outlets.

Discerning Your News And Information Sources

View post on imgur.com I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this idea of “fake news,”  especially since DTs statement that CNN is fake news, and his obvious gas lighting approach to communications.  The lines between reality and non-reality, facts and … Continue reading

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And the Trauma Continues

Yesterday in the ongoing demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, over 80 people were arrested for “rioting.” This is just the most recent in a long series of intimidation tactics designed to wear down … Continue reading

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RumiNating on Indigenous People’s Day

First book signing at Skylight Books, 10-4-16.  It’s been far too long since I last made a blog post here, and for that I apologize. But now is a good time to pick it back up again, given that we … Continue reading

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Website for New Book Now Up!

As we anxiously await the release of our new book this October, we (Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, my co-author, and our fabulous publisher Beacon Press) are busy getting the word out about it. This includes a brand new website! Follow this link. … Continue reading

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Writing History as Healing

Many of my friends and readers know that I have been in the process of writing my first book, which is a co-authored project with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. The title is “‘All the Real Indians Died off’ and 20 Other Myths … Continue reading

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Surfing and Indigeneity in the United States

At first glance, using the terms surfing and indigeneity (as in “Indigenous”) in the same sentence may seem like a non-sequitur, something that doesn’t connect or make sense. Yes, it makes sense in the context of Hawaii given that the … Continue reading

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Upcoming New Book about Native American Myths

I recently announced on my Facebook page and am now disclosing here that I am currently under contract with Beacon Press for a book tentatively titled ‘There Are No Real Indians Anymore’ and 20 Other Myths about Native Americans. The … Continue reading

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Native American Journalist Awards

I am deeply humbled but proud to announce that I was recently honored to receive two Native American Journalist Association awards as a result of this year’s competition, out of a total of three nominations submitted by Indian Country Today … Continue reading

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Tough Alliances and Tangled Webs: Indians and the Counterculture

The uproar about the Rainbow Family Gathering in the Black Hills reminds us that the counterculture is alive and well in the U.S. Not just a relic of a forgotten era, the hippies of the Rainbow family and their Black … Continue reading

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Latest Ethnic Fraud in Indian Country, or When does Exposing Ethnic Fraud Become a Witch-hunt?

Recently, the Rachel Dolezal scandal turned the public’s attention to an issue people of color are all too familiar with–identity claims made by people of dubious ethnic origins. As a white woman with no black lineage whatsoever, Dolezal was outted … Continue reading

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