2195 posts tagged native
Indian Water Rights Concerns Draws Strategists – by LRI
Long, long ago there was only darkness (han), han was not nothing but was and is a “darkness”, during this time Inyan was the foremost spiritual entity and he became aware of himself and was lonely so he decided to create another, this was and is Maka (Earth) and to do this he had to Create of himself. Thus, he began to spin with such explosive force that the whole of Creation was begun but that Creation was only possible because he was willing to sacrifice of himself, to give up his place as the foremost power (under the Incomprehensible Sacred) and to give his own blood (which is water) which now carries his power, but he remained with with sacred power and became tunka (the oldest god, or the “rock” as it is known today). -A Creation Story of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation). Spiritual Leader Leonard Crow Dog was on hand to impart the spiritual relationship that Original Peoples of the hemisphere, and all beings by extension, have with the water.
Crow Dog stated “our souls are hungry, for what?, the water of life.”
The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance hosted the Missouri River & Ogallala Aquifer Indian Water Rights Conference 2014 in the Black Hills of Tetonwan Territory (Rapid City, SD) July 23-24, 2014. The main topics of the gathering were Water Quality, Quanitification, and addressing the Army Corp of Engineers plan to unilaterally manage the river, to the exclusion and detriment of Tribal Nations (who possess Treaty and Winter’s Rights to the surface and ground waters, river beds and banks).
The Killdeer Mountain Conflict: General Sully’s 1864 Punitive Campaign Conflicts In Dakota Territory By Dakota Wind
“The Lakȟóta and Dakȟóta knew Killdeer Mountain as Taȟčá Wakútepi (Where They Hunt/Kill Deer), Killdeer. The hunting there was good and dependable, and the people came there regularly, not just to hunt but to pray as well. The plateau rises above the prairie steppe allowing for a fantastic view of the landscape, and open sky for those who came to pray.”
The Eaglebull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for speaking out against the activity this school flier discusses. The school encouraged children to ‘dress up like a Native American.’ Other activities included making feathered headbands and playing Indian.
Now the family faces an undue financial burden for expressing freedom of speech and asking the school to end culturally offensive curriculum.
Please contribute here to help this family fight back. This legal decision will impact all Natives. Every dollar helps. There is $6,000 left to raise: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30
The Shocking Reason Women’s Rights Continue to Disappear, By Cindy Azucena Gomez-Schempp
No movement where people demanded their rights has ever been successful without the oppressed rising up. Usually, a critical mass of the target group must rise up before a shift in ideas or behaviors begins to take place. It was how the civil rights movement was won. Today, however, we hear there is a war on women’s rights and women are losing the battle. States are rolling back abortion rights, guaranteed decades ago in Roe. vs. Wade. 1 out of 4 are sexually assaulted before age 18, the statistics are higher for brown and black women. 1 out of 5 college women are raped on campus and yet congress narrowly reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Women still can’t earn equal pay with men or gain access to the same quality education or jobs. Women in America are furious at politicians and lawmakers, most of whom are white males, for their adversarial policies. They vow to rise up together and unleash the voting power of women to fight back! Yet personally, I’m not that optimistic for the women’s movement.
Unfortunately for women in America, racial divisions deeply rooted in institutions, history, and daily life keep women divided, unable to organize and unite for the benefit of us all. This may seem like a shocking statement, but it’s true. It stems from a misogynist system that sustains patriarchy and white supremacy for white males. White women act against their own interests as females when they support conservative policies which restrict women’s rights to exercise free will over their sexual and reproductive organs and progeny. Whatever their stated ulterior motives may be, be it religious or moral values for example, the outcome is the same: women’s access as a whole to medical reproductive care will be limited or lost. Conservative women understand this. But, who are the women affected most? Women of Color.
Black and Latina women’s sexuality and reproductive care has never been respected in the same way as white women. Black, Latina, and Native women were all historically subjected to rape and forced sterilization in a way white women have never been. This is because of the Eugenics movement in America which reinforced Jim Crow ideology and policy. It was considered a scientific necessity to reduce the fertility of women of less desirable races, like Latinos, Native Americans, and African Americans. Forced sterilization of women of color continues today but is rarely discussed in media. America’s history has been sterilized by conveniently omitting the teaching or discussion of these easily verifiable facts.
White women organized together for women’s suffrage when there was not yet equality between people of color and whites. White women knew that, so they also knew the voting rights they were really securing were those of white women, not all women.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Launch of Website for Community-led Database for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 16, 2014
As Indigenous peoples, working for justice for #MMIW is a process that starts within our own communities. The launch of this website is one example of the resurgence of community documentation as justice.
In April of 2013, No More Silence, Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network began what has become a long term vision for a community-led database documenting the violent deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women. It is our collective hope that the lives of Indigenous Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTTQQIA) will also be recognized as gender based violence also impacts these communities and is often invisibilized.
The website is available for viewing at: www.ItStartsWithUs-MMIW.com
Iroquois Nationals vs. USA lacrosse yesterday
The Red Power Mixtape: Che Christ & Indigenous Hip Hop
The Red Power Mixtape is a whirlwind of resistance music. Che Christ is no stranger to backlash, since he is named after white icons and raps in Lakota, Spanish, and English. Before judging Che Christ, consider that sometimes icons must be destroyed for ideologies to survive. “You’re the great white hype, but Eye believe in the Wakan,” Che Christ self-reflectively raps in “New Spirit (Peace & Harmony)”.
Che Christ was born in the desert lands of his Pipá and Quechan (Colorado River Tribes) ancestors. Raised on traditional teachings, bird songs, a high respect for the land, and a steady diet of underground hip-hop, Che Christ maneuvered the inner-city streets of Phoenix, using his words to combat the oppression around him. His ancestors demanded traditional knowledge be kept a secret, so Che Christ is challenged to find a way to share the lessons he grew up with.
Blackfeet Homecoming: a swoosh hat. Photo by Walt Lamar
there are songs that shake the earth when sung,
songs composed to crumble cities, to part mid day clouds,
songs to reach back into the ancient,
hers is one of cool water,a calm stream,
flowing between lush greenery in summer shades,
sing, young child
for you are the healing generation we’ve all been praying for,
sing eldest voice, to purify tongues of the taste of bar soap,
sing recovering alcoholic,
sing attempted suicide,
sing inmate of false acusation and racist police force,
sing those who have been taken from your path by kóoshdakháa
sing your songs and return back to the red road,
back through sovereign reclaimation and daylight,
sing your songs strong ones,
the shapeshifters laws no longer prohibit our culture,
yet we must prohibit many of their laws and much of their culture.
sing your songs strong ones they are waiting,
the time is now,
they are waiting,
they are waiting.
Fulfillment of Prophecy: the Eagle and Condor and Embracing Our Indian Children by Matt Remle
Prior to European colonization, indigenous peoples throughout the lands we now call the Americas existed as originally free peoples. We were allowed to live as free peoples to follow in the ways of our ancestors spiritually, culturally, economically, linguistically and geographically with no restrictions to rigid ideologies, or borders.
Vast trading networks stretched well across Turtle Island with various tribal Nations trading medicines, ceremonies, goods, and knowledge. While inter-tribal conflicts would occur from time to time, usually due to encroachment on traditional hunting grounds, rarely, if ever, would conflict arise between tribal Nations to the point of campaigns of mass extermination.
Charles Eastman (Dakota 1858-1939), a noted author, wrote that inter-tribal conflicts were often settled by what we would describe today as contact sports. Certainly a look at one of the historical uses of the sport we now call lacrosse is one such example. Albert White Hat Jr (Lakota), wrote that one of the reasons the Hunka, making of relations ceremony, was created was to make relatives with other families, tribes, or bands that one may be in conflict with.
Colonization, slavery and genocide radically altered the traditionally free movements of indigenous peoples of this land. As I hear the reports of Indian children fleeing their violence ridden homelands of Central American only to be imprisoned, and usually deported, by the descendants of illegal European immigrants I am reminded of this new, and restricted, reality.
By the thousands, Indian children from Central America have risked their lives to escape their violent homelands in attempt to cross into the United States. Once across the US/Mexico border, these children find themselves held in detention centers where they await to either be united with family members currently living in the US, or face deportation.
I have little interest in the rhetoric of the colonial settlers with their talk of strengthening border security and closing the borders, which is of course spoken in the upmost of hypocrisy given that they themselves are descendants of illegal immigrants. Rather we, as indigenous peoples and peoples of conscious, should be looking at the influx of Indian children through the lens of both tribal cultural values and the fulfillment of prophecy.
Enoch Pow Wow 2014
Dee Ledoux, Paula Weaslehead, Souixsan Robinson
Photo by De Ledoux