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Seattle Human Rights Commission Endorses Resolution Recognizing the Trauma of the American Indian Boarding School Era

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Featured

On August 6th, the Seattle Human Rights Commission voted unanimously to support a proposed resolution to the Seattle city council that would recognize the trauma and historical impacts of the American Indian boarding school era.  The resolution was presented by Matt Remle, one of the resolutions authors. The resolution grew out of a planning committee for Seattle’s now annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, held on the second Monday in October.  Section 5 of last years Seattle’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution states: “The City of Seattle firmly commits to continue its efforts to promote the well-being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community” The aim of the resolution...

Tribal Disenrollment, Donald Trump, and the Anti-Birthright Citizenship Movement by Gabriel S. Galanda

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Featured

The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” In other words, if you are born in America, you are a citizen; American citizenship is a birthright. What’s more, American citizenship can only be divested voluntarily. 8 U.S.C. § 1481. It cannot be undone by Congress. As the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear: “The fourteenth amendment . . . has conferred no authority upon congress to restrict the effect of birth, declared by the constitution...

Letter Burning to the Departed By “Kuni” Tyrone Ross Thompson NiiMiiPuu Wyampum

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Featured

Our last talk was on self-immolation More than a year later I still think on that revelation From four years ago although with endless love We became bitter with guarded love Exchanging the thoughts of suicidal Insanity & both our circles was questioning Our being trying to rob us of the spiritual The attempt was to shoot my brains out over the suicidal letter Leaving a blood pool on paper But their was a stack of books with words to manipulate Along with your messages & I have to state Something that your support would empower And ensure enough strength to create Despite others words and the internal damage...

How US Politics Fails To Understand Native Issues, by Anpo Jensen

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Featured

As an Oglala Lakota born and raised on a beloved reservation with hardworking parents and strong elders, I have quickly learned that I am the result of 200 years of resilience. Because of this, I can now speak English as well as speak my language. It still astounds me that despite everyone speaking a common language on Turtle Island, my people, Indigenous people, Native American people, remain the least understood in the nation. The news is filled with politics every day and there are countless YouTube videos of current presidential candidates. It’s difficult to escape the topic without observing how it all stirs within the Native community. Donald Trump...

Kill ‘em with Kindness, by Cindy Gomez-Schempp

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Featured

White progressives. You are killing me with your kindness. I know it’s a popular phrase amongst the good white progressive. And I realize this may be the intended result within the metaphor, but your lack of real understanding or involved passion for any progressive issue which affects people of color is literally killing us. The way in which you say that you support our causes, but ‘respectfully’ listen to and support the views of those who oppose our causes is tantamount to lukewarm support. At the end of the day, when I see that type of rhetoric on your pages or hear them in your conversations, I know you...

Future of Great Plains Water to be Examined in Hearings on Renewal of Uranium Mine Permit

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Featured

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will hold a hearing Aug. 2428th 2015 in Crawford, Nebraska on challenges to the license renewal for Camecoʼs Crow Butte uranium recovery facility near Crawford. The board is the independent body within the NRC that conducts adjudicatory hearings and renders decisions on legal challenges to licensing actions. After a ten-year battle to stop the uranium mine from renewing and expanding itʼs operations, experts and lawyers representing local residents, Native Americans, the Western Nebraska Resources Council and the Oglala Sioux Tribe will have their opportunity to testify in front of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plaintiffs intervened in 2008 to stop...

Justice Or Else! By Ruth Hopkins

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Featured

On July 12th, 2015, Paul Castaway, a Lakota Sioux Native man, was shot four times by Denver police in front of 18 neighborhood children. As Paul bled out onto the pavement, officers rolled him over and handcuffed him. His final words were directed toward his killers: “What’s wrong with you guys?” Police justification for the use of deadly force against Castaway was that he threatened them with a knife. This statement was contradicted by video evidence as well as the testimony of several eye witnesses who said Paul held the knife to his own throat. You see, he was schizophrenic and battled addiction. Paul Castaway’s murder is eerily similar...

Citizens Demand Transparency and Protection of Diné Water Security

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Featured

Window Rock, Arizona– Friday August 14th, 2015 a group of inter-generational Diné Citizens concerned about the intention of John McCain’s visit to the Navajo Nation staged a peaceful protest. Utilizing the power of song and prayer, a small group staged a sit-in in the room where the congregation was supposed to take place. A second group took position outside of the museum to greet elected Navajo officials, requesting them to stand strong as leaders. “We were there to let our voice and presence be known that our water will never be given away and our rights, gifted to us by Diné Diyiin and Nihima Nahasdzaan, will not be taken...

Olympia WA Proclaims Second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Featured

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OLYMPIA PROCLAIMS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY! OLYMPIA, WA. August 18, 2015: At a rally in Olympia’s Heritage Park on Monday, Mayor Pro Tem Nathaniel Jones announced that the City of Olympia has proclaimed the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The announcement was a welcome surprise to supporters of the holiday. “The future feels a little better today,” Lucas Saul, one of the organizers, said. Mr. Jones began by quoting a letter to the Olympian by Fred LaMotte: “What really matters? We imagine ourselves divided by race, religion, party, class, and tribe. But these divisions are mental constructs, not biological facts. If we are...