Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Featured

Camp Encourages Kids to “Become a Solider in Custer’s 7th Calvary” by Matt Remle

Camp Encourages Kids to “Become a Solider in Custer’s 7th Calvary” by Matt Remle

Fort Abraham State Park in North Dakota offers a Saturday morning kids’ program called “Becoming a Soldier of Fort Abraham Lincoln”. The free program states that “children will learn about soldier life at Fort Abraham Lincoln and what it takes to be part of Custer’s 7th Cavalry.” Fort Abraham is located just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, home of Tatanka Iyotake (Sitting Bull). The program, which runs from late May to early September, says it will “introduce kids to military life on the Dakota frontier as a solider living at Fort Abraham Lincoln in 1875.” Kids will also take the ‘official oath of enlistment’ into the U.S. 7th Cavalry. While some may see the camp as just another harmless summer camp where parents can let their children run wild for an afternoon, let’s consider the campaigns of mass genocide Custer and the 7th Calvary committed against tribes in the Great Plains. On November 27th, 1868, Custer led an early morning attack on a peaceful band of Cheyenne...

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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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