Tag: American Indian

World War II Hero Chester Nez Dies at 93

By Julissa Catalan Chester Nez, who died on Wednesday at age 93, once recalled that as a young student, speaking his native Navajo language resulted in his receiving a beating or having his mouth washed out with “a bitter, brown soap.” In later years, this very language garnered Nez the…

Heidi Klum Called A Racist for American Indian-Inspired 'Redface' Photoshoot

By Julissa Catalan A well-known model is defending herself from controversy following a “redface” photoshoot. Following the recent backlash from Vogue Magazine’s Blackface spread, it is confusing as to why veteran model Heidi Klum would follow suit and promote contestants from Germany’s Next Top Model sporting “redface,” but she did….

The First Openly Gay Black Male Judge

By Albert Lin Gayles President Obama nominated five people for federal judgeships on Wednesday as the White House touted the President’s “unprecedented commitment expanding the diversity of our nation’s highest courts.” Of the five, only one, Paul Byron, is a white male. The others are two women (Beth Bloom and…

Things NOT to Say to American Indian Coworkers

If you asked Rick Waters, National Director of Tribal Partnerships for the University of Phoenix, how he classifies himself, he’d say, “I am Cherokee American Indian.” If you asked the same question of Reverend John Norwood, Tribal Council member and Principal Justice for the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, he’d say…