When women win, praise the coach When men win, praise the team

uconnEven if you don’t follow sports it’s uplifting to find women’s basketball in the spotlight.

My cell phone buzzed when the University of Connecticut trounced Notre Dame to win the NCAA title, thanks to my New York Times app.

But when I read the story I thought the editors made a mistake.

The lead begins with praise for some guy: Continue reading

Posted in advertising, authenticity, ego, journalism, media, media effects, native press, ncaa, neuroscience, New York times, news bias, propaganda, uconn, writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Spoonful by spoonful

navajo spoonCalling myself a weekend Buddhist seems to fit.
I’m afraid to stray too far from my Indian upbringing.
And I’m afraid to commit to a single way of knowing.
Truth is, my spiritual upbringing was obscure: difficult to discern. Continue reading

Posted in american indian, authenticity, Family, framing, Indian, journalism, Native Science, science, science communication, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Pass the fat, bring the science

ehp.120-a474a.g001-240x300
A new study on fat and heart-health is bringing out the worst in journalism.

Open up the New York Times or turn on CBS news and you’ll see a meaty burger loaded with cheese, bacon and a fried egg.

The burgers, fries, butter and cream aren’t meant to entice you, except, maybe to the news stories themselves. Continue reading

Posted in belly fat, health, journalism, media, media effects, medicine, native american, native press, Native Science, neuroscience, new study on fat, New York times, news bias, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to be a lady, Oscar Wilde style

posterI owe a debt to Oscar Wilde in my transformation to being a lady.

The term lady is heavy with meaning.

As children my sisters and I were encouraged to be ladies.

When we got rambunctious or rude our mum would say we weren’t ladylike. Continue reading

Posted in advertising, american indian, cinema, lady windermere's fan, medicine, native american, native press, Native Science, neuroscience, oscar wilde, writing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

When viewers panic

olympusThe FCC—the Federal Communications Commission—says it will fine media production companies $1.9 million dollars for airing a movie trailer last year for the film Olympus has Fallen.

I just caught a news report announcing the FCC said the trailer broadcasts the sound of the Emergency Broadcast System.

And you can’t do that. Continue reading

Posted in advertising, film, framing, media effects, New Jersey, New York times, writing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Return the bones

sentinelYou would probably get upset if someone wanted to remove your grandparents’ bones from their graves and put the skeletons on display in a museum.

That’s a no-brainer.

So it’s no surprise that Native American tribes have tried to protect ancestral bones. Continue reading

Posted in american indian, authenticity, Crow Indians, Family, Indian, Indian relocation, individualism, Kennewick Man, native american, native press, Native Science, race, repatriation, What is the vanishing race, Who are cowboys and Indians?, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Practicing invisibility

rene-magritte-die-blankovollmacht

I’m practicing my invisibility.

Working with coyote—who hides objects from me when I need them the most—lets me meddle in indigenous ways.  

Once I asked my friend Ann, who has aged so gracefully that 60 seemed a minor blemish, how getting older has affected her.

Continue reading

Posted in advertising, american indian, authenticity, barista, ego, ethics, native american, native press, Native Science, Who are the Osage, writing | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments