Thinking of LGBTQ+ Native Americans This Thanksgiving
I am reminded that for many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause of celebration but rather a National Day of Mourning.
Kavanaugh Assails Native Sovereignty in Castro-Huerta
The latest assault on tribal sovereignty in the Supreme Court’s decision in Castro-Huerta is not just about native rights but the future of American freedom.
‘Healing Tour’ Honors Survivors of Indian Boarding Schools
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has pledged to document the schools’ troubled pasts, address their intergenerational impact and fully account for the trauma they inflicted throughout Indian Country.
Predatory Choice Between Student Loan Debt and Military Enlistment
It is easy to draw parallels between student loan companies and another institution that targets students, especially low income students, with promises of a fulfilling life: the US military.
Thankstaking vs Thanksgiving: Cultivating Gratitude
avid "katya" ketchum: Having just passed through another year of civic myths, televised parades, football games, and comprehensive coverage of Black Friday sales, it’s probably a good moment to reconnect with that kernel of goodness in Thanksgiving.
Indigenous Native American Culture Redux
Roger Ray: Civilizations have a way of exploiting those which it finds to be vulnerable. We might be more interesting to them as a food source or for sport than we would for conversation. Europeans arrived in the Americas with guns and swords like aliens looking for gold and silver, and finding very little of that, we took humans to exploit for wealth and, admittedly, sex.
Water Protectors Show That 'Another World Is Possible'
Eileen Flanagan: During a week of action with over 600 arrests, water protectors occupying the Bureau of Indian Affairs showed that caring for one another is directly connected to caring for the Earth.
Nature-Based Climate Solutions Will Only Make Rich People Even Richer
Fiore Longo: These so-called 'solutions' are, overwhelmingly, empty promises that will lead to massive violations of Indigenous rights, while failing to solve the climate crisis.
Steven Donziger, Human Rights Attorney, Gets Prison for Winning Case Against Chevron
Marjorie Cohn: Donziger is the only lawyer who has been held in criminal contempt for trying to appeal orders which he believed violated the rights of his clients to enforce the judgment.
Brazilian Indigenous People Fight for Their Future
Nick Estes: Rural landowners, loggers, and miners terrorize and evict Indigenous and traditional communities from their lands at the barrel of a gun.
Legacy of Native American Boarding Schools
Optimism that Reconstruction would bring about true and lasting healing and change in a nation ravaged and traumatized by the horrors of slavery and war, were combined with optimism that there could be a change in the government’s policies regarding Native peoples.
Indian Boarding Schools Investigated
David “Katya” Ketchum: During the 19th century, there was a growing frustration by the powers that be with the lack of success in assimilating Native peoples to the so-called civilized ways of settlers in the United States and Canada.
Canada Wages All-Front Legal War Against Indigenous People
Justin Podur: No amount of compensation can ever recover what you have lost, the scars that are left on your souls or the suffering that you have gone through as a result of racism, colonial practices and discrimination.
No Justice, No Peace Gets It Backward: Peace Is the Key to Justice
Frank Joyce: Trying to discover more about white territorial conquest led to my becoming open to learning more about Indigenous ways of seeing the world.