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Tuesday, March 27

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

I’ve had a certain food craving recently. Maybe it’s because my fellow blogger Stacy Thacker has me reminiscing about the dry Southwest with her latest blogs. Maybe it’s because my mother recently sent me a bag of Bluebird flour, saying I should start working on my bread-making skills.

Even from far away she is still grooming me for marriage material.

Thursday, March 22

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

Moving away from my family to attend college affected me in more ways than one. The first thing I noticed missing in my life besides the usual family chaos was my mother’s cooking.

She always made the best meals, even when we had scraps and leftovers to work with. She made it work and sometimes those new inventions were better than the “original” recipes.

I miss a good old fashioned home cooked meal - rez style.

Thursday, March 22

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

Growing up I listened to stories like the three little pigs and little red riding hood with a conflicted perspective.

As a young girl I loved those fairy tales but as a little Indian girl I knew the wolf was being portrayed unfairly. I was taught wolves are a sacred animal from the time I had grass stains and ashy knees.

But according to white ranchers the wolf is a bloodthirsty animal and they all need to be wiped out. It’s ironic that those out for the blood of wolves are calling the wolf bloodthirsty.

Thursday, March 22

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

Remember when you were a little terror running around? You knew who you were and there was no such thing as an identity crisis. You were native because you just were. Things were so much simpler at that age.

Blood quantum never even crossed your mind. Not just because you didn’t know the definition but being a 1/16 or 1/ 8 of some other tribe didn’t change the fact that you still considered yourself native.

Tuesday, March 20

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

Tuesday, March 20

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

Being an adolescent girl is hard enough without being publicly humiliated by the school that you attend.

Friday, March 16

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

Now more then ever do I wish I had an iPhone.

Not just because of the awesomely-geeky gadgets Apple makes but because there is a new application for the iPhone that teaches the Lakota language.

Thursday, March 15

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

Being an adolescent girl is hard enough without being publicly humiliated by the school that you attend.

Tuesday, March 6

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

March is indeed madness when it comes to Indian country. Cars become jam packed with Natives who travel with the high school basketball teams like an unofficial cheerleaders.

Everyone, parents, cousins and elders, scrounge up gas money to cheer on the native youth in the most iconic Native community sport. Heck, even the rez dogs travel to watch from the bleachers.

Thursday, March 1

By Santee Ross, University of Montana

Soda, chips, pizza and candy are under attack from Montana state senators and representatives in Helena according to a letter that appeared in the Valley Journal.

Many state representatives and senators want to see SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) revamped so that people can’t buy foods high in cholesterol and sugar with their food stamps.

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