Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Featured, News, Videos

REZ Sets Crowd-Funding Record on Seed&Spark

REZ Sets Crowd-Funding Record on Seed&Spark

Production Of NYC Film School Alum That Will Shine Spotlight On The Life in Native American Reservation To Honor Late College Friend Was Funded Within 72 Hours Brooklyn, NY – Special Boy Films Ltd today announced that its short film project Rez has set a record for being the fastest growing campaign on Seed & Spark, the world’s first crowd-funding and digital distribution platform made just for independent films.  The production of Rez was crowd-funded within just 72 hours on Seed&Spark thanks to the overflowing support from the Native and independent film community. The film project also received a Spike Lee grant and a nod of approval from the famous filmmaker on social media. Featuring a talented Native American cast, Rez tells the story about Daniel Nightbird, an Ojibwe teen living on the Leech Lake reservation. Daniel is taking care of his young sister alone and, down to his last dollar, is suddenly evicted. The eviction sets in motion a desperate search for a safe place on the Rez,...

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Featured, News

Letter to the Mitchell Daily Republic in Response to “State Wrongly Demonized in ICWA Debate” Editorial, By Natalie Stites

Letter to the Mitchell Daily Republic in Response to “State Wrongly Demonized in ICWA Debate” Editorial, By Natalie Stites

Reply to article available at: http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/80091/ June 3, 2013 Dear Mitchell Daily Republic Editorial Board, Your editorial is absurdly insensitive, and yes, racist against Native Americans living in the state of South Dakota. The State is not being demonized, the Indian children suffering institutional racism, poverty, abuse and neglect from their loved ones and the failure of legal systems to protect them are the ones being demonized. I covered the ICWA event for the Lakota Country Times, and I also have worked on such issues in my professional life.  I have also been published on the website, Last Real Indians, for my thoughts on ICWA and the protection and care of American Indian children. The facts are that the system of social services for all of South Dakota’s children does not work for their safety or well-being. If one of your editors had even attended the ICWA Summit, they may have learned the fact that safety is simply NOT ENOUGH to care for and ensure a child’s well-being. The...

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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Featured, News

You Can’t Defend the Indefensible, By Brandon Ecoffey

You Can’t Defend the Indefensible, By Brandon Ecoffey

In a recent response to an editorial put forth by Patrick Lalley, managing editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Jessica Giard, the editor of the Chamerlain/Oacoma Sun, managed to display the same level of willful ignorance that the Chamberlain school board showed when they denied the singing of a Native American honoring song at Chamberlain’s High School graduation. In the the editorial written by Lalley he asks, “What is wrong with Chamberlain?” He goes on to eloquently note that the denial of the singing of a traditional Lakota honor song was a reflection of deeper race issues in the state of SD. In response Giard went on a reckless tirade defending the actions of the school board. In her column she says, “It is ridiculous to divide our community based on a school board’s decision. It is even more ridiculous for media outside our community to paint a slanted picture of our town based on the decisions of the school board”. Well, let’s keep it real, Ms Giard....

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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Featured, News, Videos

Of Scalps and Savages: How Colonial Language Enforces Discrimination against Indigenous Peoples, By Ruth Hopkins

Of Scalps and Savages: How Colonial Language Enforces Discrimination against Indigenous Peoples, By Ruth Hopkins

Before I head out the door, I watch Morning Joe on MSNBC.  It’s part of my workday routine.  This morning they were talking about the latest issue of the New Republic and its lead story entitled, “How the NRA is Going Down: This is How the NRA Ends.”  Since the Newtown tragedy, Republican Joe Scarborough, the show’s host, is openly advocating for gun control.  Still, Joe disagreed with the assertion that the NRA’s power and influence is eroding, especially in the wake of recently defeated gun control legislation.  In the midst of this exchange, John Heilemann, an author, journalist and political analyst who frequents Morning Joe (and who occasionally says things that make sense to me), said, “But who’s the SCALP?”  John paraphrased this statement by saying, “who’s gonna pay the price for having voted the wrong way?”  In other words, John was questioning whether any of the congressmen who voted against the recent legislation in question will be defeated next election specifically because they voted against gun control,...

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Featured, News, Videos

PKOLS and the Indigenous Nationhood Movement, By Renee Holt

PKOLS and the Indigenous Nationhood Movement, By Renee Holt

“INM is the continuation, the revitalization, the realization… of our long-standing fight to recover our lands, demand respect for the treaties that are the foundation of North American societies, and demonstrate the strength and dignity of our people. It’s decolonization in the 21st century, it’s Idle No More without restraint, it’s acting on our ancestral rites, it is Indigenous Nationhood!” – Taiaiake Alfred With events happening throughout Turtle Island, the reclaiming of Indigenous homelands is a relevant and conscious movement towards Indigenous nationhood, especially when led by First Nations. In addition to reclaiming ancestral homelands by First Nations, there are others acts of resurgence that are occurring that create opportunities for Indigenous people to engage in discussions about decolonizing. At the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Indigenous faculty, graduate students, and staff will lead an Indigenous Leadership Forum (ILF) from May 21-28, 2013. During this week long event, members of the Indigenous community from throughout the Americas will participate in workshops and forum where dialogue will address issues that...

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