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Natives Americans in Los Angeles by Pamela J. Peters

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Featured

In 2008, I saw Kent Mackenzie’s film, “The Exiles” (1961), a neorealist film that showcased a true depiction of Indians living in Los Angeles during a time when Hollywood cinema was generating stereotypes of Indians in Western films. I loved “The Exiles” because it gave a realistic portrayal of American Indians going through the U.S. Relocation Program. My parents, like many Indian families, migrated to various cities through the program, yet today many people don’t know about it. The film inspired me to do something — to bring to light that we (as Indian people) have a history in Los Angeles. Clearly, people from many cultures have come to...

Mass Killings, Native Erasure by Matt Remle

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Featured

Upon his arrival into the “New World” Columbus and his crew unleashed a vicious and relentless wave of violence against the Indigenous populations. From enslavement, to mass rapes, to mass killings Columbus and his men inflicted grotesque levels of violence never before seen in the Western hemisphere. By 1508, an estimated three to five million Indigenous peoples from the Island Nations had died since the time of Columbus’s arrival. The genocide had begun, one driven, and backed, by an ideology under the Doctrine of Discovery that claimed European Christians had a God given right to set forth and colonize any lands not occupied by European Christians. Throughout the Western...

Supreme Court Affirms Tribal Court Jurisdiction Over Dollar General Corporation

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2016 Contact: Princella RedCorn press@niwrc.org or (402) 417-4174 Supreme Court Affirms Tribal Court Jurisdiction Over Dollar General Corporation Decision upholds tribal civil jurisdiction over non-Indians who sexually assault Native children on tribal lands (Lame Deer, MT) The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ (“Mississippi Choctaw”) Tribal Court possesses jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought by Mississippi Choctaw citizens against the Dollar General Corporation for an alleged sexual assault committed by the store’s manager at a Dollar General store located on the Mississippi Choctaw Reservation. The Court deadlocked at 4 to 4, with no majority of...

Unwarranted: Violating the Federal Indian Arts & Crafts Act by Gabe Galanda

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Featured

As you can see from this image from a 2013 Settlement Agreement with the United States, Pendleton Woolen Mills is a known tribal cultural appropriator—and federal law violator: As I recently explained through the Indian Country Today Media Network: Pendleton Woolen Mills, a 100% non-Indian owned company that currently markets 290 products as “Native American,” including 233 as “Native American Inspired.” But with the exception of 15 of 120 wool blankets, Pendleton’s products appear to be non-Indian made. Having been dinged by the Federal Government for violation of the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Pendleton now advertises its non-Indian made products as “Native American Inspired.” But that untruthful...

Native Mascots Are a Direct Result of America’s Fabricated Colonial History by Kelsi Rae Barron

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Featured

The negligence of our nation’s history has allowed for the continued racist representation of Native Americans, specifically when discussing their representation as mascots in amateur and professional sports. Several scholars have chosen to raise awareness to the ongoing misrepresentation and racist imagery that is present in amateur and professional sports by arguing against the allowance of such images, claiming such representation to be a by-product of a postcolonial society that allows for cultural imperialism, where the idea of Native American lives and presence are simply a thing of the past and not of the present day. The continued misrepresentation and racist portrayal that has plagued Native American communities simply...

Our ‘Educational System’ was not Created to Make Us More Intelligent by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Featured

OUR ‘EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM’ WAS NOT CREATED TO MAKE US MORE INTELLIGENT – ONLY MORE CONTROLLABLE..FOR ALL YOUR UNIVERSITY DEGREES – HOW MANY OF YOU DARE TO CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO OF SOCIETY? YOU SPEND YOUR LIVES ‘FITTING IN TO IT” AND BY YOUR VERY ‘ACQUIESCING’ LIVES – HELP MAINTAIN IT! The American (and I daresay every Western) ‘Educational System’ is based on the Prussian ‘Educational system’ – which was more interested in creating people who would ‘die for their country’ and never question the authority that was sending them to their deaths, and also not know any more than you needed to – according to how best you were...

Cambridge MA Abolishes Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Featured

“I view changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a cleansing for me, as an Italian-America. I do not want Christopher Columbus to be representing my culture. I really view it … as making a day that I can actually be proud of.” ~Cambridge Vice Mayor Marc McGovern On June 6th, 2016, the Cambridge Massachusetts City Council voted unanimously to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. The resolution was sponsored by council member Nadeem Mazen and was pushed for by members of the areas Indigenous community. Mazan stated that, “it is important to reclaim the day for Native Americans, thousands of whom were killed under Columbus’s leadership...

Love in the time of patriarchy by Heather Milton Lightening

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Featured

Been thinking a lot about patriarchy this week and in general. There’s that. Then I had these two dreams this week. Both were dreams about me being with white guys, like completely in love with them- full on. I woke up pretty puzzled about these dreams, then I put it all together. It goes back to relationships with significant others. I’ve had good ones and not so great ones. But all in all they taught me something. The last relationships I had turned into a fight against alcoholism. Something I don’t want in my life. I was pissed at the time. How could these men lie to me about...

My Humble Observation & Opinion on why Native Peoples should not Drink Alcohol by Damon Corrie

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Featured

Traditional Central, South American & Caribbean Amerindian hand-made & home made brews such as from Cassava, sweet potato or Corn are weak by comparison – and do not cause the addiction and Alcoholism that commercially made (and much stronger) Alcohol does – and THIS is the focus of my article; traditional brews are made for special occasions such as feasts/festivals and other communal celebrations and is a more sanctified substance. ALCOHOL is not the harmless source of entertainment that we assume it to be…well if you nor anyone you know has never ‘become a different person’ under the influence of Alcohol…or actually become happier and more pleasant to be...