Accountability is a word used with increasing frequency in political and social justice conversations. But what does it mean and why is accountability important?

A Feast and a Gift

In 2003, some friends on White Earth reservation said, “Get a feast and gifts together. We have an elder we want you to meet.” Always nervous when I have to cook for elders, as I have limited cooking skills, I prepared to meet with him for an afternoon. I didn’t know why I was meeting with him.