The Inheritance – Now available!

  If you inherit something, do you also inherit responsibility for its history? Even if you have no awareness of that history? So begins my second novel, The Inheritance, available on Amazon and iBooks. This novel fictionalizes my own internal struggle and eventual resolution of discovering that money I had inherited could be traced to land […]

Critical Family History Book Review: Before we were Yours

Adoption presents challenges to family historians. Perhaps the greatest challenge is figuring out how important it is to trace biological ancestors, especially if they have had little or no role in actually raising a person. Lisa Wingate, in Before we were Yours (Ballantine, 2017), grapples with this question, although her purpose is mainly to critique […]

Returning What was Stolen

On September 24, 2017, I returned to the Ute Nation money I had inherited derived from the sale of a homestead on the Utes’ homeland in the Yampa Valley of Colorado immediately after the Utes had been expelled. How did I trace my inheritance to the Utes’ loss of land? Why did I frame the […]

Book Review: The Lost

The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million tells the story of how Daniel Mendelsohn searched for all he could learn about one family that perished during the Holocaust. What particularly intrigued me about this prize-winning book was the author’s decision to cast it mainly as a memoir about the process of searching for a […]

Preventing Home-Grown White Terrorism

A few days ago, white supremacist Jeremy Joseph Christian stabbed three men — Ricky Best, Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Micah Fletcher — on a train in Portland, Oregon because they were defending two young women, one of whom wore a hijab, from Christian’s racist rant. Two of the men died immediately, victims of home-grown white terror. Christian, who […]

Multicultural Programming in one State

A couple of years ago, I was asked to serve as an expert witness in the court case Martinez v. New Mexico. The case itself is quite extensive and complicated. My portion of the work focused on multicultural programming. Specifically, I analyzed 1) empirical research on practices and impacts of multicultural education on students, 2) New […]

Critical Family History Book Review: Homegoing

What might a family history look and feel like that, while not based strictly on genealogy, portrays in exquisite detail who one’s ancestors could have been? This is the project debut novelist Yaa Gyasi undertook in her breathtaking debut novel Homegoing (Knopf, 2016). Perhaps her greatest impulse in creating Homegoing was articulated by one of […]

Impact of Ethnic Studies on Attitudes

The Arizona state legislature is at it again, now considering legislation to ban specific ethnic studies teaching practices (such as the privilege walk) at the university as well as K-12 levels. This proposed legislation is based on the belief that such courses and activities promote resentment based on race, gender, religious affiliation, social class, and/or political affiliation. […]

White people in Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies is experiencing a vibrant growth at the K-12 level. I am sometimes asked what place there should be, if any, for white people in Ethnic Studies. This is an important question. Simply leaving white people out of Ethnic studies will alienate them. In addition, Ethnic Studies is invaluable for helping white people see […]

A Critical Race Theory look at Teacher education

In the U.S., achievement gaps by race/ethnicity persist. I will use Critical Race Theory to ask what teacher education is doing to address them. But first, let’s look at the gaps themselves. I like to use data from the National Assessment of Education Progress, because it has been given to samples of students since the […]