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Last Real Indian Chase Iron Eyes, fighting mascots since 1996 when he was a student at the University of North Dakota
Commodification of the Sacred: The Appropriation of the Lakota Headdress, By April E. Lindala
“The commodification of difference promotes paradigms of consumption wherein whatever
different the Other inhabits is eradicated, via exchange, by a consumer cannibalism that not
only displaces the Other but denies the significance of that Other’s history through a process of
decontextualization.” — bell hooks, Black Looks
On a weekly, if not daily basis, I am short-circuited by discriminatory visual markers that comfortably reside within modern society’s culture industry. This could range from the mascot of Washington D.C.’s NFL football team to the advertising blitz for the Johnny Depp film, The Lone Ranger to supermodel and television host, Heidi Klum wearing a replication of a Lakota headdress at a highly publicized karaoke party for the elite. Misrepresenting, commodifying, and thus, marginalizing American Indians within the culture industry is certainly not a new trend (can we say classic westerns?). However, in the past ten years, I’ve noticed more celebrities and public figures donning a reproduction of what appears to be a Lakota headdress in modern (and disrespectful) contexts: a musical concert, fashion shows; and beauty pageants. Wearing imitation headdresses within such postmodern situations erases the political and spiritual significance of an authentic eagle-feather headdress. No doubt the headdress is a striking item to behold; it makes one pause to take notice. Thus, the choice behind misappropriating the headdress one can safely assume is to make a provocative statement visually by wearing it in such contexts.
Largest Climate Change March in History! #Memes #Selfies #Leonardo
Since contact, white people have been stealing. Stealing land, and water. Stealing our clean air. Stealing our lives, and our children. Stealing our culture, and our language from us. Now they are stealing our struggle and issues as well! Thus making it all about them, go figure. Climate change and justice is inherently linked to the willful ignoring and eradication of Indigenous rights and title, it is inherently linked to our genocide and the rape of our lands and waters! The Earth killing capitalist death machine and every modern convenience that makes life easier is linked back to us and the stark facts of genocide, and slavery and that these countries were built on top of us like we do not exist. Underneath this society built of mindless consumer barracks we are, murdered, raped, ignored, forgotten, used, abused and discarded when we are no longer convenient, this has been happening since contact. Yet again our struggle is being appropriated and negated by the seething homogeneous human masses and with no mention of what it really means to have true justice and change in terms of the climate and the fact that this means acknowledging the horrors past and present and giving us back our right to govern ourselves and our lands as we see fit. Like we did since time immemorial before contact. To the average settler and most especially rich or famous ones this is just crazy talk though, because very few settlers would give up the privilege of being a “citizen” of Amerikka and KKKanada for being governed by the Nation of the territory they reside on.
Indigenous Rights are not Given from the Tongues of Oppressors (World Conf. on Indigenous Peoples)
First and foremost, being involved with the processes leading up to the United Nations High-Level Plenary to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (HLPM WCIP), I fully understand and respect the work that it took in order to state what is needed for advancements of Indigenous Peoples globally. Meetings with little to no sleep, long days of travel, Indigenous peoples putting their lives at stake by defying the oppressor, and time away from family and friends. And for this, I honor and respect the work that Indigenous peoples have committed to and followed through with in regards to this process, yet there is a piece fundamentally missing in this colonially directed process.
Everything in the final outcome document for the HLPM WCIP which was accepted and adopted by UN States are things that we, as Indigenous peoples, do not need colonial recognition or ratification for. We are fully allowing UN States to continuously dictate, and decide our rights, by agreeing to the highly acclaimed outcome document in partnership with these said States. Through this we are completely fulfilling the role and duty of the colonizer – to disempower Indigenous peoples, which is -ourselves. To disempower ourselves creates one less obstacle for the oppressor in order to fully subjugate and dominate a peoples. We have taken and became the role of an oppressor simply by disempowering ourselves by agreeing to the concept that States hold the power of deciding our rights as Indigenous Peoples through this outcome document.
Indigenous Spokesman Intercepted at Ukraine Airport Enroute to UN World Conference
NADIR BEKIR’S TAXI INTERCEPTED BY 4 MASKED MEN AS HE ATTEMPTS TO ATTEND UN WCIP
Dr. Nadir Bekir, my dear brother and one, if not the most vocal International Indigenous Rights Advocate for the Crimean Tatar Peoples, was riding in a taxi towards the airport at Kiev, Ukraine, as he began his journey towards New York City to attend the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations, when the car was intercepted by a minibus. Four masked men jumped out, opened the car door and pulled Nadir to the ground. He offered no resistance. The masked men searched his belongings and took his mobile phone and his passport, even making a comment when they found and perused through his passport, at which point they hopped in the minibus again and left.
Nadir went to the police to file a report. It took over two hours, yet no attempt was made to go look for the attackers. Interestlngly, this was not a “typical robbery”, they took no money or belongings other than the mobile phone and his passport (which seems to be what they were truly looking for).
READ MORE HERE: http://t.co/8DVwXSMlzN
Hoka! Coffee Company: Indigenous from the Ground to the Cup by Matt Remle
To support the Hoka! Coffee Companies campaign to put their coffee on wheels with a Mobile Coffee Shop go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hoka-coffee-mobile-coffee-shop
Organizing for Change, Embracing Strategies and the Power of Local Elections by: Matt Remle
For nearly twenty years, I’ve been involved in community organizing. I have worked on a myriad of issues ranging from environmental and economic justice to indigenous rights and tribal sovereignty. Along the way, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with incredible people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. I’ve been blessed to work with individuals, and communities, that carried with them a deep love for their communities, future generations, and Mother Earth. These individuals worked on different issues and in different capacities ranging from grassroots and direct action organizers to tribal and elected officials.
Along the way, I have developed a healthy respect and appreciation towards the different philosophies and strategies people take towards working for justice and towards the issues they choose to work on and are passionate about.
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards and the Corporate ‘REDWASH’ Agenda – An Open Letter by Clayton Thomas-Muller
Dear Indigenous Peoples Movement,
We need to talk (again) about a serious issue threatening our livelihood and our collective inherit and treaty rights known as corporate sponsorship and the ‘REDWASH’ agenda [of our artistic and education institutions]
Last night the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards (APCA) happened in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba and some of our brightest artists and their work were recognized.
The APCA show was sponsored by some of of the biggest violators of Indigenous/Treaty Rights in this country, here is a short list of these corporate criminals:
Transcanda Pipeline Corporations (Grand Rapids Mother Pipeline-Alberta, KXL-USA, Energy East-Alberta to New Brunswick pipelines)
Enbridge (Northern Gateway, Great Lakes Pipelines, Line9-Ontario-Main, Alberta Clipper-Minnesota)
Manitoba Hydro (Mega Hydro Expansion-Northern Manitoba)
Royal Bank of Canada (biggest financier of destructive fossil fuel and mining development in Canada most notably tar sands and associated pipelines.)
The Northern Company (food monopoly in northern Canada, price gouging, exploiting food deserts in First Nations Metis and Inuit communities)
Seventy Years message from Leonard Peltier
Greetings my Friends, Relatives and Supporters,
I want to send you all this personal message on what is now my 70th Birthday. I really want to thank you all for your years and years of support and love, I would have never made it this long without your love and support. As you can imagine, it has been a VERY long path. At times, more difficult than I could have ever imagined. I don’t regret any of it for one minute.
DOJ releases report on Indian Country By Brandon Ecoffey
*This article was first published in the Native Sun News
WASHINGTON—Last week the Department of Justice released a second report to congress highlighting its work in Indian Country. The report entitled Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions includes statistics relating to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, and information on Attorney General Eric Holder’s initiatives to curb violent crime on reservations.
“As detailed in this report, the Department of Justice is making good on our commitment to strengthen cooperation with sovereign tribes, reduce violent crime, and ensure justice for every individual,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. ““From our work to empower Indian women under the landmark Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, to the task force we established to safeguard children in Indian Country from violence and abuse, we have made significant strides – in close partnership with tribal nations – to bolster the safety and security of all American Indian and Alaska Native communities. As we move forward, we will continue to expand on this critical work; to deepen our ongoing efforts; and to reaffirm our dedication to the promise of equal rights, equal protection, and equal justice for all.”
Dam The Indians Anyway – Winnemem WAR DANCE at Shasta Dam
Winnemem Wintu Tribe
Media Contact: Charlotte Berta
NOTE: PRESS CONFERENCE: 3 PM 9/10/14 AT SHASTA DAM SITE
Redding, Calif. –The Winnemem (McCloud River) Wintu Tribe will hold a “War Dance” at Shasta Dam, north of Redding, Calif., beginning September 11th through September 15th. The War Dance is in response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s proposal to raise the dam, which threatens to submerge many Winnemem sacred sites and village areas. The Winnemem lost much of their homelands and their salmon when the dam was first constructed. “Any raising of the dam, even a few feet, will flood some of our last remaining sacred sites on the McCloud River – sites we still use today,” says Caleen Sisk , Winnemem Chief and Spiritual Leader. “We can’t be Winnemem any place else but the McCloud River. The dam raise is a form of cultural genocide.”
The Winnemem invoked the War Dance in 1887 against a fish hatchery on the McCloud River that threatened the salmon and the Winnemem way of life. . Again The Winnemem held a War Dance at the dam in 2004 to commit themselves to the protection of their land and their salmon. Now, the Winnemem face even more of their sacred sites and culture being submerged by the dam “We gave up a lot of our homeland for the sake of the California people, and got nothing in return. Now the government wants to take our sacred places, and again we get nothing in return. How is this fair, over and over again?” “This is not right Chief Sisk said. “This is too much to ask of a people.”
Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
Climate Action Week: #FRACK OFF: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend our Climate
This event features activists Shelley A. Young, Kandi Mosset, Elle Maija Tailfeathers, and Ellen Gabriel who will discuss high-profile media campaigns by indigenous groups in Canada and the United States that protest the oil and fracking industries and the ongoing governmental violations of Tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.
Sponsored by the School of Media Studies and co-organized in collaboration with Idle No More and Frack Action, a leading New York-based organization working for a statewide ban on fracking as a part of Climate Action Week at The New School.
Participants will include:
Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) Human rights activist from Kanehsatà:ke, Ellen has spent years fighting for Indigenous rights well-known to the public when she was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during the 1990 “Oka” Crisis; to protect the Pines from the expansion of a 9 hole golf course in “Oka” and the removal of Kanien’kehá:ka ancestors from their burial ground. She is now a leading voice in fighting the Energy East and Line 9 tar sands pipelines.
Kanehsatà:ke territory is right in the path of the proposed Enbridge #Line9 and Trans-Canada Energy East tar sands pipelines and Ellen has emerged as a key voice in the fight to stop tar sands expansion through organizing in solidarity with First Nations in Alberta and the 185 First Nations in the right of way of the controversial project.