Two hours of escape and connection
Pauly Denetclaw is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and from Manuelito, New Mexico. She is Haltsooí (Meadow People) born for Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People). Denetclaw is currently the Indigenous Affairs reporter for the Texas Observer. Previously, she was a staff reporter for the Navajo Times. She is a board member for the Native American Journalist Association. She was a Knight-CUNYJ Journalism Fellow in New York City, Emerging Fellow for the Journalism and Women Symposium and an Indian Country Today Tribal Media Fellow in Washington D.C. Her radio work has aired on National Native News, NPR's Latino USA and Texas Public Radio.
Articles by Pauly Denetclaw
Indigenous people came together in Plano to remember those lost and those that survived Indian boarding schools.
The Ishak built mounds tall enough to escape floods and hurricanes in southeast Texas.
Emily Grace Spydell died in adoptive care. Her biological family says the Indian Child Welfare Act could have saved her—but her tribe’s legal code prevented it.
The Wichita built towns along Red and Brazos River in North Texas. Those sites remain important to the tribe to this day.
Despite the United Methodist Church’s history of violence toward Indigenous people, the Dallas Indian Mission is a place of cultural exchange and community.
In an ecosystem that needs fire to flourish, the actions of the tribe could decide the future of the longleaf pine.
Two stories this week from our Indigenous Affairs desk dive into the thorny issue of belonging. Here’s why.
For years, candidate Marie Crabb has claimed to be Mescalero Apache. Those claims cannot be verified.
A new food documentary fails to recognize the complexities of Indigenous identity in Texas.