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At Crow hand-game tourney, the spectacle is the thing

Other Meds

I was told by several people that the Crow hand game was difficult to explain, but that once I’d watched a few rounds it would start to make sense. I suppose it did, sort of in the way that the one cricket game I ever watched had begun to make some sense by the time it ended. The big difference is that at a cricket game, cricket is the main attraction. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The chief and the chickadee

Coups

Chief Plenty Coups, last of the great Crow chiefs, in battle wore the legs and feet of the chickadee braided in the long black hair behind his ear. After listening to an early vision received by this future chief, the Crow Elders told Plenty Coups, “The chickadee is your medicine. We must be wise like the chickadee.” And he honored this tiny bird throughout his life. Power from and communication between species is something most people don’t believe in now—or even try to understand. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Opinion: Everything has water flowing through it

Lake

Editor’s Note: This essay is part of “Sacred Water,” Environmental Health News’ ongoing investigation into Native American struggles—and successes—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation. We grew up learning a tradition of respect for water, hearing our Elders praying with water. Water is a part of every second of our lives, everything has water flowing through it, everything has life. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In Crow Country, a new water system brings life

Bodies

Editor’s Note: This story is part of “Sacred Water,” Environmental Health New’s ongoing investigation into Native American struggles—and successes—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation. Read Part 1: Tainted water imperils health, traditions for Montana tribe

CROW RESERVATION— Alisara Knaub saw firsthand how contaminated water can upend your life. (more…) Continue Reading →

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For Crow Nation, many other tribes, clean water is scarce

Strife

Editor’s Note: This story is part of “Sacred Water,” an ongoing investigation by Environmental Health News into Native American struggles—and successes—to protect culturally significant water sources on and off the reservation. CROW RESERVATION—Cutting south through the western border of the Crow Nation’s vast reservation, the history is as dense as the land is sparse. There are no billboards, stoplights, gas stations or cell service. “But there’s a lot out there,” says Emery Three Irons, a Crow tribal member, driving through an early-spring snow. (more…) Continue Reading →

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