Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Featured

War Eagle Camp, By Mytuva Russell

War Eagle Camp, By Mytuva Russell

I’ve recently found a photo posted to Twitter by someone I follow. This person had posted the picture claiming cultural appropriation against natives. I’m the kind of person who will comment on something and explain why it’s wrong, when it comes to cultural appropriation towards natives. However, this is a much bigger issue than just posting a picture of a nonnative in a headdress. The source of the photo was from a Christian camp in Arkansas called “Camp War Eagle”. I decided to look further into it. I found their Instagram, which has several photos of white children dressed in “native regalia”. I went to their Instagram and Facebook page in attempts to point out what they’re doing is wrong. Camp War Eagle has deleted those comments and blocked me on their social media websites. Here’s a little bit about Camp War Eagle based on their about us section from their website: “Camp War Eagle is a Christian, sports, adventure and recreation summer camp for boys and girls ages...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Featured

Natives Americans in Los Angeles by Pamela J. Peters

Natives Americans in Los Angeles by Pamela J. Peters

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 Los Angeles and their stories have been told and acknowledged by the city. Plaques have been displayed showing their communities. However, American Indian migration to cities has not been discussed on a large scale. As a Navajo living in the city, I want our history to be remembered and I also want to pay homage to that first generation of...

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Featured

Mass Killings, Native Erasure by Matt Remle

Mass Killings, Native Erasure by Matt Remle

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 hemisphere, colonization and genocide followed from the eastern shores to the Pacific Ocean. By the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, an estimated 100 million Indigenous peoples had perished. Violence throughout the Western hemisphere was not limited to Indigenous populations. The Trans-Atlantic slave trade, followed by the Jim Crow era, saw millions of people of African descent perish at the hands of...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Featured

Supreme Court Affirms Tribal Court Jurisdiction Over Dollar General Corporation

Supreme Court Affirms Tribal Court Jurisdiction Over Dollar General Corporation

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 Justices agreeing on a final outcome, so the decision of the Fifth Circuit stands. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (“NIWRC”), a leading advocate against domestic violence in Indian Country, participated in the Supreme Court case as amicus curiae and filed a brief to preserve the inherent sovereign authority of American Indian Nations to protect their women and children living...

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Featured

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

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

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 reinforces a false image that does not fully and adequately reflect Native American cultures, peoples, epistemologies, and complexities. The use of Native American objects and the performance of certain Native rites and rituals only further degrades Native American culture and way of life, as many of these objects and rituals are being performed out of context, for various forms of...

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