Current Issue | No. 2 of 2022

Native Edition




Entrepreneur Melinda Williamson, founder of Morning Light Kombucha. Photograph by Nick Krug


Letter by Guest Editor Jared Nally


'The Answer ... is Found in the People'

By Allen Stephenson (Nmn/Comanche and Kitikiti’sh/Wichita), Photography by Ryan Coody (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ/Cherokee Nation)

Writer Jimmy Beason talks about his children's history book and the importance of Native people overseeing the narrative of the past and the heroes who shaped it

'Tribal Enterprises Adapt to Community Needs'

Story by Rhonda LeValdo (H’akum’ee/Acoma Pueblo), Photography by Ryan Coody (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ/ Cherokee Nation)

Businesses that are good for the land are good for the people | READ STORY

Behind the Lens 

with Ryan Coody (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ/ Cherokee Nation)

A conversation with KANSAS! photographers about their lives in photography

Q & A with Kickapoo Tribal Chairman Lester Randall

Story by Kalli Jo Smith, Photography by Ryan Coody (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ/ Cherokee Nation)

Lester Randall gives a behind-the-scenes look at Kickapoo Tribal Museum | READ STORY


Morning Light Kombucha

Story by Jared Nally (Myaamia/Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), Photography by Nick Krug

As a Native-owned business scales, so does its ability to support causes and partners in Kansas and beyond


The Language of Land Acknowledgements

Story by Rhonda LeValdo (H’akum’ee/Acoma Pueblo), Illustration by Lana Grove (Oceti Ŝakowiŋ/Oglala Lakota)

Addressing erasure and responsibility by acknowledging Indigenous peoples’ relationships to land

New Mascots offer New Beginnings

Story by Jared Nally (Myaamia/Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), Photography by Ryan Coody (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ/ Cherokee Nation)

Kansas public schools see benefits for their students and their relationships with Native communities after adopting new mascots

'We are Still Here' 

Story by Alex Red Corn (𐓷𐓘𐓻𐓘𐓻𐓟/Osage), Illustration by Lana Grove (Oceti Ŝakowiŋ/Oglala Lakota)

A more appropriate and accurate understanding of Native peoples and nations begins with education


Working from a Past Heading to a Future

Story by Jared Nally (Myaamia/Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), Photography by Aaron Patton and Jason Dailey

Kansas artist Ric Dunwoody and Mona Cliff talk contemporary Native art and the futures they envision

A Herd, Once More

Story and photographs by Ryan Coody (ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ/Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas works to care for and grow its herd of bison as a practical and symbolic bridge between its past and future

The Next Generation

Story by Jared Nally (Myaamia/Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), Photography by Nick Krug

A photo celebration of recent Haskell Indian Nations University graduates and their thoughts on Kansas and community with other Native students