Navajo (Diné) mother tying her daughter’s hair using brush. Undated (1920s?). Source - University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center.
Walk and memorial in Winnipeg tonight, in honour of Tina Fontaine, Faron Hall and all Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Respect and prayers to all our relations.
Leaving the Rez and Living the Rez -By Denny Gayton
Some call it the brain drain, some people call it escape, some people call it success. Whatever you want to call leaving the rez, there is always at least one other side to it.
Some Indians go to college and never come home. Some Indians grow up and will do anything to get away. Some of them do it, too. Some people leave and become a success; get a great job, or something else. There are a lot of other ways people leave the rez. No one but you is going to make the rez a better place than the place you grew up in.
Our children, we, live unorganized lives. There are people at home on the rez who aren’t eating or eating enough tonight, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There is abuse at home on the rez, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There are people at home on the rez who have zero trust for the people working at the hospitals they go to, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There are houses falling apart on the rez, and there is only one person you can count on to change that. There are companies & corporations, not to mention governments, in planning meetings detailing how to steal what they call your resources away from your people, and there is only one person you can count on to change that.
"Suicide is a reflection of social suffering. The pressures and complexity of life Indigenous people face on a day-to-day basis are astounding. We often navigate personal trauma, communal dysfunction, unresolved grief, family losses, and addictive behaviors, while having to also deal with oppressive and assimilative parts of imposed systems (governance / education) and behaviors (racism / indifference) from a dominant culture."
Last week on the Pine Ridge Rez in Manderson, SD an officer was caught on tape tasering an unarmed, non-violent tribal member 23 times! These abuses of power by the police must cease.
HELP A NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY THAT IS BEING SUED BY THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL FOR QUESTIONING CULTURALLY OFFENSIVE THANKSGIVING CURRICULUM
The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there. The school was having children make feathered headbands and literally play Indian. When the Native parents expressed disapproval over it, rather than address this racially sensitive issue, the school told them to keep their children home from class.
This case is moving forward and they need to raise funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against redface, appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.
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The unexplained death of a Kamloops First Nation woman has led to another call for a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
I recall that a year ago the UN requested that Canada do a national inquiry into violence against the country’s aboriginal women. Our government decided that a better solution would be to ignore the problem until it goes away.
I would encourage every Canadian to take two minutes to write out a quick email or make a short call to your MP, requesting a national inquiry on violence against aboriginal women.
Please signal boost!