Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Featured

Leonardo Dicaprio Recognizes 1st Nations in Golden Globe Speech by Chase Iron Eyes

Leonardo Dicaprio Recognizes 1st Nations in Golden Globe Speech by Chase Iron Eyes

American mega-celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor for his role in the new film “The Revenant” which also won Best Picture.  The story follows the struggles of his character to never give up despite the unrelenting challenges throughout the film which is also based on a true story.  It’s an awesome film and you should see it.  DiCaprio is the man.  Native people become extremely excited when they are mentioned in the mainstream of western, American media especially by celebrities in that demographic.  Native people have been waiting for a mega-celebrity actor to replace Marlon Brando as the go-to for an ally-voice with a platform we are consistently left out of prior to Ashley Calling Bull becoming Miss Universe.  Many of us are also waiting for our own mega-Indian celebrity to be the one to recognize us & provide their voice but it is tremendously more impactful to have this recognition come from a member of the ultra-privileged European class.  Sad but true.  DiCaprio...

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Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Featured

Should Indians Support Armed Anti-Government Standoff in Oregon? by Chase Iron Eyes

Should Indians Support Armed Anti-Government Standoff in Oregon? by Chase Iron Eyes

Everybody who is non-white viewing this armed takeover in Oregon through that lens is screaming White Privilege & double-standard in the bloody wake of Tamir Rice (12 year old Black kid with a pellet gun shot dead by cops) and all the other Black or Native American victims of the systemically racist police state in America. The national guard or some para-military force would be on hand and already have confirmed kills if the armed protesters were Native American, Black, or non-white. The take-over would be labeled a terrorist event. Yet, some outlets are referring to this as a peaceful protest, and it did indeed start as that in support of 2 ranchers found guilty of Arson and facing prison time for doing their own controlled burns which impacted federal lands, “federal lands” that originated as an Executive Order “Indian Reservation” under President Roosevelt in the early 1900s. However, there is another angle to be considered and that is the Armed Anti-Government Protesters are attempting to re-claim land from...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Featured, News

Adidas Takes Stand to Eliminate Indian Mascots…Where is Nike N7?

Adidas Takes Stand to Eliminate Indian Mascots…Where is Nike N7?

News hit the interwebs Nov.5 about the Athletic Shoe-Apparel company Adidas announcing that it would assist any High School that wanted to change from the derogatory practice of having an “Indian”, “savage”, “brave”, “Redskin” or other similar moniker as its school mascot with approximately 2000 high schools in America still teaching young minds that its ok to caricature, fetishize, objectify & ultimately dehumanize Native People. Adidas has agreed to help design new logos in order to make it so cost of change would not prohibit any school that wanted to do the right thing and walk into the evolving, socially conscious 21st century. Adidas representatives announced this monumental effort during United States President Obama’s 7th Annual Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC. Just a year ago Nike N7 was under fire for throwing a Redskins themed party for one of its beloved brand personality’s, NBA superstar Kevin Durant. Actually, I don’t know if N7 was “under fire” but we here at LRI definitely weren’t going to sit back and be happy that Nike and/or N7 thought nothing of...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Featured, News

A Response to Ivan Star Comes Out by Denny Gayton

A Response to Ivan Star Comes Out by Denny Gayton

A response to Ivan Star Comes Out by Denny Gayton Immersion is the only hope for our language. We must make use of it before even that opportunity slips through our fingers. That is where our language stands; it is not firmly gripped in our arms and we do not have a strong grasp on it. Our language is slipping through our fingers. And each of us contributes. Immersion hardly has a place on any reservation, it has even less of an infrastructure, and it has an embarrassingly small employable applicant pool to draw from. This is aside from the nearly non-existent educational lesson plans written in our language. The language however is already institutionalized in our school systems across perhaps each of our reservations. People do not have an appropriate frame of reference when evaluating language classes, even if we restrict our discussion to high school level courses. When Ivan wrote that we have not produced any speakers, I think that is a comment or observation that our...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Featured, News

Denver Votes to Recognize Indigenous Peoples Day  (Glenn Morris Statement)

Denver Votes to Recognize Indigenous Peoples Day (Glenn Morris Statement)

With the recent vote by the City of Denver to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day (instead of Columbus Day), LRI caught up with Glenn Morris of Colorado AIM for some background into this historic event. Colorado AIM began, and has led, the movement to challenge the racism of Columbus Day in Colorado and across the US. in Spring, 1988, to outline a campaign that built every year until 1992, the 500th anniversary of the invasion by Columbus. In 1991, Colorado AIM blocked the Columbus Day Parade in Denver, and four were put on trial (Russell Means, Ward Churchill, Glenn Morris, and Margaret Martinez). At a trial in June, 1992, those four educated the jury and the public, and we were found not guilty on all charges. Colorado AIM stopped the C-Day parade in 1992, with over 3000 people gathered at Denver’s Civic Center Park. Between 1992-2000, there was no celebration of Columbus in Denver. In 2000, the parade celebrating a racist genocidal maniac was resumed, and in 2000, AIM and...

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