Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Featured, News

Excessive Force Claim: 13 officers dispatched to arrest one 15 year old Mexican Girl*

Excessive Force Claim: 13 officers dispatched to arrest one 15 year old Mexican Girl*

On July 25 a 15 year old Fargo girl says she was the victim of excessive force perpetrated by the Fargo, ND police department while she was  charging a cell phone in a family member’s car in front of her older sister’s residence. The 15 year old says that she was approached by two Fargo Police officers who accused her of smoking marijuana and claimed they could smell cannabis. She says she told the officers that she was not smoking marijuana but retrieving her sister’s phone and charger from the car when the officers dragged her from the car and handcuffed her causing excruciating pain to her arms and wrists, which she said were pulled too forcefully and too far up, and to her wrists which she said were handcuffed too tightly causing her circulation to be cut off. The 15 year old girl also stated that during the violent and painful arrest, her head was repeatedly pounded into the hood of the parked car outside her sister’s house,...

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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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