Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Featured

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

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

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 has caught everyone’s attention with his idea of tearing the 14th Amendment from its place and deporting “illegal immigrants,” including their American-born citizen children. And of course, many Natives on social media are keeping the humor alive by joking that this means Donald Trump can be deported. (At least, I think they’re joking). And others have mentioned Mexicans are also...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Featured

Kill ‘em with Kindness, by Cindy Gomez-Schempp

Kill ‘em with Kindness, by Cindy Gomez-Schempp

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 don’t have our backs. You claim to care about the issues of PoC but only to the degree that it takes a back seat to the feelings and opinions (however misinformed, racist, or outright wrong they may be) of white people. I had heard of Minnesota and North Dakota Nice, but I didn’t realize that carried to its logical conclusion...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Featured

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

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

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 the uranium mining permit renewal. Evidence presented will address contentions which challenge, among other things: the adequacy of the evaluation and protection of historical resources at the site, impact on Native sacred sites and the NRCʼs analysis of the facilityʼs impacts on surface water, groundwater, and the ecosystem. The board will hear arguments on four technical contentions and five related...

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Featured

Justice Or Else! By Ruth Hopkins

Justice Or Else! By Ruth Hopkins

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 to the slaying of Allen Locke, also Lakota, by Rapid City, South Dakota police in December 2014. In that case, the officer also claimed he was threatened with a knife. Rather than deploying non-lethal means, Allen was shot and killed- one day after attending a local rally meant to bring attention to police violence against Native Americans. The brutal killings of...

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