What is an ‘Indian Giver?’

Do you remember during your childhood when someone gave you something but then took it back? The person might have been called an “Indian giver.” The term was always hurtful for me because I knew firsthand the generosity of American Indian people. At our ceremonies, it has always been a custom to have what we call “giveaways,” a tradition of honoring and respecting others by … Continue reading What is an ‘Indian Giver?’

The 5 R’s of Native Culture & Why they Matter to Business

This past month I have had the honor of visiting several college campuses where the Johnson Scholarship Foundation supports Indigenous scholars in their pursuit of careers in business and entrepreneurship. During these visits, I met some of the best and brightest future leaders of Indian Country. The next generation of American Indian business leaders will have to be better educated, more fluent in their traditions, … Continue reading The 5 R’s of Native Culture & Why they Matter to Business

The True Story of Thanksgiving

  The real story of that first Thanksgiving although filled with happiness for the Pilgrims was actually a very difficult time for Indian communities.  Many Nations on the eastern seaboard were devastated by diseases such as smallpox and many villages were now uninhabited and the former inhabitants extinct.   Here is a part of the story that is rarely told in America today. One day in … Continue reading The True Story of Thanksgiving