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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Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Featured, News

Maze Runner Admits Robbing Indian Graves -by Denny Gaytn

Maze Runner Admits Robbing Indian Graves -by Denny Gaytn

Foreigners Disrespecting the Dead Cast and crew of the Maze Runner sequel are grave robbers. An actor in the film, Dylan O’Brien, publicly confessed his co-workers‘ crime on Live with Michael and Kelly. Fascination with Native North Americans is at all-time high. History in American school books fail to inform children whose land the Americans live upon. Without acknowledgment of past domestic American atrocities, with statutes erected in American cities to commemorate the Hitlers who terrorized Native North Americans, these young Americans are left with a Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed history. Although kept ignorant about much current American terrorism abroad, at every turn the young learn of past terrorism from those left alive to tell chilling American tales. In the world abroad, people from other nations never tell Native North Americans they didn’t know they were still alive, nor do people abroad ask whether they still live in teepees; people abroad know they aren’t speaking with Americans, painfully ignorant of past and present American aggression. In the world...

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