2274 posts tagged native
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.
Native women speaking out against violence by Brandon Ecoffey
RAPID CITY — Some say that a picture can speak a thousand words: Some however, can do more than that.
A photo posted by First Nations woman, Sarah Rainville, on Twitter, along with hashtag #ImNotNext, has gone viral and is giving those who are fed up with the high rates of violent crime against indigenous women in Canada a far reaching platform to speak from.
Rainville, 25, a citizen of the Soto First Nation from Sakimay, SK, chose to take her own personal message to social media. The catalyst for Renville’s revelation to post the photo and create the hashtag came about in response to a different social media campaign that asked the question #AmINext. #AmINext was intended to create awareness about the high rates of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. However, Rainville, felt that a more powerful and empowering message was more appropriate.
“I would never go to Canada and ask if I am next. It is time we lift our people I am not going to be next. My people are not going to be next. And my children are not going to be next,” said Rainville. “I am not next I don’t want to be next,” said Rainville. “This was not from a victim’s standpoint or from a place of fear.”
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.
People’s Climate March
Shriners Play Indian in ND Parade; Should Stick to Clowning
Autumn Fest: Bismarck, North Dakota (ND); Sept. 20, 2014.
As part of an annual parade we are told is organized by a man named Scott Johnson in the capitol city of the State of North Dakota, a float full of White guys all in Red Face, donning fake headdresses -in the present day- actually made it all the way through with out being booed, pelted with eggs or confronted to have their mock head-dresses removed. Seriously. This is 2014 and in this part of the USA, Native Americans and forward thinking, socially conscious people are subjected yearly to this annual Parade. The parade float was sponsored by the Bismarck Masons and the Bismarck-Mandan Shriners. The Shriners are known throughout the country as people who usually dress up as clowns and do good will wherever they are, but in North Dakota I guess they also think they can dress up as Indians, Orientals, and Arabs. They seem to have fit in perfectly with the annual racially charged themes in which White appropriation of non-White cultures and/or Peoples is encouraged and celebrated. The Mandan Indian Shriners (who apparently were on the float) have units in their organization with names such as the Arab Patrol, Oriental Band, and maybe other 1950s White privilege influenced unit names and practices of their El Zagal Shriner organization, founded in 1942 by A.B. Welch. From the links below it is clear that White people have been playing Indian in North Dakota since the early 1900s.
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.
MHA Nation Election Pivotal for #Fracking
Those are the final candidates for the office of Chairman of the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Indian Country is watching this year’s Tribal elections because the MHA Nation sits in the middle of the Bakken formation and their leaders have adopted the slogan “Sovereignty by the Barrel” -a reference to the #Fracking of shale oil bringing record profits to a few of the Tribal Nation, buffering the coffers of the Tribal Council, Spilling poisonous #Frack fluid into the Missouri River at times and endangering the surface and ground water supply of the entire State of North Dakota, and those sister Tribes downstream including the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes.
The Tribal nation made news recently for a very significant oil spill as well as declaring several candidates ineligible for Tuesday’s primary election for various reasons including Edmund Baker, the Environmental Protection Director who was shut out of and denied access to information about the aftermath of the most recent Crestwood spill.
Last Real Indians reached out to MHA Nation Council candidate Wendi Wells, excluded from this election, for comment regarding the importance of the Sept. 15, 2014 Tribal Primary Election.
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)
Black Hills Unity Concert Tomorrow