Dr. Kali Simmons (Oglala Lakota) is an assistant professor of Indigenous Nations studies at Portland State University, where she teaches courses on Indigenous representation in popular media.

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    Reservation Dogs Series-Finale Recap: We Did GoodAfter a beautiful run, Reservation Dogs has come to an end. Let’s keep supporting Indigenous storytelling.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Second ChancesThank the convoluted rules of student financial aid for giving us Elora’s reunion with her absentee father.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Elder HeistIt’s the Rez Dogs’ turn to impart some wisdom to the elders.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Hoka, Bae!This whole episode is a beautiful love letter to Indigenous women.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Operation Nephew RescueThe elders don’t want the Rez Dogs to be haunted by the same mistakes they made as young people in Okern.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Space OddityA flashback breaks from our core four to reveal how Okern’s elders have also struggled to carve out a place for themselves in this world.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Cleaning HouseA transitional episode sees the Rez Dogs all back together, wondering what the future holds.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Life Among WolvesBear makes an unlikely ally in Deer Lady.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Lost in the Milky WayBear sees firsthand how important it is to stay connected to his community.
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    Reservation Dogs Season-Premiere Recap: NDN StorytellingThe California trip has provided the Rez Dogs some relief, but they still have to find their places among their community and families.
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    Reservation Dogs Season-Finale Recap: We Hold Each Other UpAfter nine weeks of falling apart, the Rez Dogs are finally ready to come back together.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Caught Up in CirclesWillie Jack gets a letter from her younger self — and from Daniel.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Big and Kenny Boy’s Excellent AdventureBig and Kenny Boy discover a creepy folk-horror cult in the middle of the woods, which is not what you want.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Inside CheeseCheese faces incarceration after he’s left without an adult guardian. Can the rest of the Rez Dogs come together to bust him out?
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Trust FailsA pair of wanna-be Native influencers attempt to teach the Rez Dogs what they already know all too well.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: One for the AuntiesThe aunties try to cut loose in this episode that also highlights the burdens Indigenous women are often forced to bear, invisibly and thanklessly.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Hard TimesBeing physically present is not the same as “being there” for someone.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Little BearBear starts a new job while dealing with the same old problems.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Free Fallin’There’s hope that the Rez Dogs can turn it around, but there’s still a lot that can go wrong.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Indians Never DieJackie and Elora encounter a straight-up Dances With Wolves acid trip on their road trip to L.A.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Unfinished BusinessA finale full of difficult conversations and decisions caps off a spectacular and revelatory season.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Don’t Wanna Walk AnymoreElora wants desperately to escape the reservation before she’s caught in the current of her own history.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Home with DadAs the effect of Daniel’s absence becomes more clear, it’s becoming less certain whether all of the Rez Dogs will make it to California.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Be Good, Fight EvilA reimagining of the Deer Lady makes for a genuinely delightful episode.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Greasy, Greasy Fry BreadThe beginnings of a rift between Bear and Elora threatens to tear the group apart.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Creator’s Medicine (Buds, Beer, and Backstrap)Elora’s Uncle Brownie, played by Cayuga actor Gary Farmer, teaches the Rez Dogs how to be warriors.
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    Reservation Dogs Recap: Meat Pies and Black EyesA quieter episode fleshes out our main characters and the minutiae of the small town of Okern.
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    Reservation Dogs Series-Premiere Recap: I Wanna Be Your DogThis strong introduction to a vibrant fictional world sets up authentic conflict without dwelling on Indigenous trauma. Oh yeah, and it’s funny.