A Native American Experience

It is a few days after the now (F)ederally recognized Indigenous People’s Day, beginning with Oct. 11, 2021. I have been very intentionally choosing ways of honoring this confusing rebranding of Columbus Day, trying to get cozy in the obvious contradiction. I am transcribing the essay below to Medium from five pieces of burnt paper while eating a greasy breakfast in a late-night diner. I wrote this while attending WWU in 2003 for a course called American Studies 202.