2292 posts tagged native
Native American High School Club Denied Cultural Assembly
October 17th, 2014
Seattle, WA., On Oct 1st, 2014 Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors approved resolution N. 2014/15-10 designation of ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ in Seattle Public Schools to honor, celebrate, and promote visibility while recognizing contributions and achievements of Indigenous Peoples. In addition, City of Seattle Council and Mayor Ed Murray approved a resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day every 2nd Monday of October.
Ingraham Native/Latino club student leadership requested a school wide assembly to promote diversity, celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day and to recognize Native Heritage Month and Latino Heritage Month and Native American Heritage month is November as traditionally marked by the President of the United States of America since 1990. However, Native American and Latino student Club members and allies at Ingraham High School are being oppressed by the school leadership through the denial of a voice or “freedom of speech”; denying active participation in school activities; and demoting Indigenous visibility at Ingraham High School, Seattle, WA.
#NotYourMascot Minnesota to Rally Against the Washington “R*dskins
Media Contact: Jason Elias (763)458-7289
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2014
#NotYourMascot March/Rally to TCF Stadium: Minnesota Native Community and supporters join national campaign against Washington team
Minneapolis, MN. #NotYourMascot has announced a march and rally to protest against the Washington “Redskins” at their scheduled game with the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Stadium on November 2.
#NotYourMascot is a coalition of grassroots organizations including Idle No More – Twin Cities, AIM – Twin Cities, AIM Patrol of Minneapolis, United Urban Warrior Society, Idle No More – Wisconsin, Protect Our Manoomin, Twin Cities Save the Kids, Minnesota Two Spirit Society and several other organizations.
The march and rally against the Washington team is a response to Dan Snyder’s refusal to change the team’s name and mascot.
“Redskins” is an offensive racial slur and stereotype. The continued use of mascots and team names in sports has resulted in widespread racial, cultural, and spiritual stereotyping that promotes hatred and disrespect toward Native people.
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For Immediate Release: Indigenous Environmental Network Campaign to STOP GE Trees
Qualla Boundary, North Carolina–In the shadow of Columbus Day and the legacy of colonization in the Americas, the Indigenous Environmental Network  and Eastern Band of Cherokee community members organized a gathering of Indigenous Peoples from across the Southeastern US for an historic Indigenous Peoples’ action camp against genetically engineered trees (GE trees).
Participants condemned GE trees as a form of colonization of the forest.
The Indigenous Environmental Network Campaign to STOP GE Trees Action Camp focused on building an information-sharing and mobilization network of tribal representatives and community members to address the unique threats posed by GE trees to Indigenous Peoples, their culture, traditions and lifeways. Steering Committee members of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees  were invited to present concerns about the social and ecological dangers of GE trees.
“All trees and the variety of life that depend on forest biodiversity have historically and will in the future continue to be a necessary part of Indigenous culture and survival, which GE trees directly threaten,” stated BJ McManama, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Don’t Honor Columbus or the Colonial Notion of “Discovery” By Sloane Cornelius
Frankly, I’m tired of people trying to co-opt the discovery of what we would now call “America.” This is also particularly painful when individuals from other communities of color adopt this colonial mindset. While I understand that there is a historical precedent for exploring community pride, particularly if being proud of yourself has been historically and violently denied to you, this ends up both alienating and erasing the indigenous population here.
I think it’s important to really examine the notions of “discovery” and engage with this desire to co-opt the discovery of the Americas. This attitude bothers me for a couple of reasons, the foremost and most obvious being that it completely ignores the fact that we indigenous people were here with our own histories, ceremonies, and civilizations far before anybody knew that we existed. It doesn’t matter how we got here, no matter what your beliefs are, but the indisputable fact is that we as native people were living here thousands of years before anybody “discovered” America.
Secondly, this co-opt of discovery is truly just coded language for playing the racial superiority game. It is deeply rooted in the idea that whomever discovers first gets to claim, and whoever can claim more is obviously superior. This is a heavily colonized attitude wherein people attempt to elevate themselves and their communities at the cost of our humanity and at the expense of our history, all so that they can gain legitimacy in this white world that we live in. It perpetrates this violent idea that the only way to prove your worth is by proving how much you have and by how much you have dominated.
Finally, no matter who “discovered America” for the “first” time, the end result is always the same: murder, rape, disease, enslavement, genocide. With an end result like that, I’m not so sure it’s something to be proud of. As native people we know that Columbus Day marks not a day of discovery, but the beginning of hundreds of years of horrific genocide, not just for our community but also for other communities of color with whom our history is profoundly entwined.
Abolish Columbus Day in Seattle. Photo by Matt Remle
Powwowed out. :) Photo by Kim Braveheart
Arizona protest against the Redskins. Photos by Klee Benally
Black Hills Powwow: Oceti Sakowin counting coup on Custer’s 7th Cavalry flag
Breaking: Portland public schools votes to #abolishcolumbusday and celebrate #IndigenousPeoplesDay #IdleNoMore