New article

Pialli! Dear Followers, I have not been active on here for a while. I've been busy teaching, researching, writing, and dealing with the pandemic as we all have. I just wanted to direct you to an article of mine that was recently published on the website - Mexicolore. The website is run by an organization … Continue reading New article

Paul Hernandez: Presente!

The Mexican American community has lost another great one. Paul Hernandez—Austin Brown Beret and long-time Chicano activist—passed away September 24, 2020 at the age of 74. My condolences to the family. Paul Hernandez was a founding member of the Brown Berets in Austin as well as El Concilio – a coalition of Mexican American neighborhood … Continue reading Paul Hernandez: Presente!

Q&A with John Trudell (2001)

It's been 4 years since the imitable writer, artist, activist John Trudell (Santee Dakota) left us on Dec 8, 2015. Recently, I've been digging through my old files in an attempt to make space and de-clutter my office. In the process, I'm finding lots of good stuff going back almost 2 decades, including a copy … Continue reading Q&A with John Trudell (2001)

What Are We Thankful For?

Note: I was going through some old files today, and I found this old commentary I did back in 2003. It was for the Mexika Eagle Society journal that I used to contribute to called, In Kuauhtlahtoa: Journal of Native Resistance. This journal ran from 2001-2005; we stopped the project due to a lack of … Continue reading What Are We Thankful For?

Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning for Indians

Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning for Indians by Moonanum James and Mahtowin Munro, 1998. Every year since 1970, United American Indians of New England have organized the National Day of Mourning observance in Plymouth at noon on Thanksgiving Day. Every year, hundreds of Native people and our supporters from all four directions join us. … Continue reading Thanksgiving: A National Day of Mourning for Indians

50 Years On: Who Remembers the National Chicano Liberation Youth Conference?

50 YEARS ON: WHO REMEMBERS THE NATIONAL CHICANO LIBERATION YOUTH CONFERENCE? Today, June 28, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that occurred at the Stonewall Inn bar in New York City in 1969. On that day, police arrived at the bar to conduct what they thought would be routine business – the harassment … Continue reading 50 Years On: Who Remembers the National Chicano Liberation Youth Conference?

Twitter discussion about the term Anahuatlahtolli

The discussion that follows is one that I recently had with a couple of fellow Nawatl/Mexikayotl scholars on Twitter, and I think it's worth posting here for posterity. I plan to write a short piece on the matter soon. Look for it on mexika.org. 5/30-31/2019 @tlakatekatl Tlakatekatl Taking informal Nawatl lessons from a native speaker … Continue reading Twitter discussion about the term Anahuatlahtolli

Some Thoughts on the First Ever “Mexican American Civil Rights Tour”

Dallas, Texas These are just some preliminary thoughts on the Mexican American Civil Rights Tour of Texas that my fellow SMU history graduate, Carla Mendiola—in partnership with the Wesley-Rankin Community Center (West Dallas), is undertaking right now along with local Dallas area high school students.  (Link to the story by Stella Chavez from KERA news.) … Continue reading Some Thoughts on the First Ever “Mexican American Civil Rights Tour”

The Myth of La Virgin De Guadalupe

The Myth of La Virgin De Guadalupe Copyright Kurly Tlapoyawa 2000 Editor's note: Re-posted with author's permission. This is an excerpt from Kurly Tlapoyawa's book, We Will Rise (2000). A revised second edition is coming soon. Although the Virgin of Guadalupe is best known as the patroness of the Amerikas, the story of her “miraculous” … Continue reading The Myth of La Virgin De Guadalupe

“Problematize” & Academic Discourse

Every now and then, I'll stop and ponder on the meanings of words I encounter in my academic studies, convincing myself that I understand their meaning. But then I get to thinking and  stop what I'm doing to check (and double check) until I find a satisfactory definition.  That is the case here with the … Continue reading “Problematize” & Academic Discourse