re: Baltimore
  1. There’s no such thing as a peaceful protest in the eyes of a government. You either ignore or accept state violence or you’re considered an aggressor. Period.
  2. Gang violence and riots do not spring from a vacuum. They are responses to institutional and systemic discrimination, oppression, and abuse. What you see on the news is not an isolated story; it is simply another chapter in a very long series of unfortunate events against poor black people who are trapped in a cycle of violence that they did not start, nor do they perpetuate. 
  3. Do not invoke the Civil Rights Movement and/or MLKJ in any of your anti-riot arguments. First of all, see Point 1. Second of all, if you’re using that same tired argument, I guarantee you that you are (a) not on the front lines of these protests, nor behind the scenes organizing them, NOR putting yourself on the line via social media or any other medium in support of the peaceful protesters or the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ movement in general, AND (b) you would not have done any of that in the mid-20th century, either. 
  4. The police will be fine.
  5. The police deserve it. 

Tye Longshadow  //  Young Justice, DC Comics

Tye is a teenage Mescalero Apache, he was with the other abducted teens at STAR Labs where they were having their newfound powers tested, as a result of the Reach’s experimentation, Tye’s Meta-Gene was triggered. 

His gene allows him to create a translucent orange astral form in the shape of his body, of varying size. He can only create this while in a relaxed state, and must remain calm and focused to use it at will. (X)

What’s Your Native American Zodiac Sign?

Otter: Jan 20 - Feb 18

A little quirky, and unorthodox, the Otter is a hard one to figure sometimes. Perceived as unconventional, the Otter methods aren’t the first ones chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake on the part of others - because although unconventional, the Otter’s methods are usually quite effective. Yes, the Otter has unusual way of looking at things, but he/she is equipped with a brilliant imagination and intelligence, allowing him/her an edge over every one else. Often very perceptive and intuitive, the Otter makes a very good friend, and can be very attentive. In a nurturing environment the Otter is sensitive, sympathetic, courageous, and honest. Left to his/her own devices, the Otter can be unscrupulous, lewd, rebellious, and isolated.

Wolf: Feb 19 - Mar 20 

Deeply emotional, and wholly passionate, the Wolf is the lover of the zodiac in both the physical and philosophical sense of the word. The Wolf understands that all we need is love, and is fully capable of providing it. With his/her fierce independence - this Native American animal symbol is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Needing his/her freedom, yet still being quite gentle and compassionate - we get the picture of the “lone wolf” with this sign. In a nurturing environment the Wolf is intensely passionate, generous, deeply affectionate, and gentle. Left to his/her own devices the Wolf can become impractical, recalcitrant, obsessive, and vindictive.

Falcon: Mar 21 - Apr 19 

A natural born leader, the Falcon can always be looked upon for clear judgment in sticky situations. Furthermore, the characteristics for this Native American animal symbol never wastes time, rather he/she strikes while the iron is hot, and takes action in what must be done. Ever persistent, and always taking the initiative, the Falcon is a gem of a personality to have for projects or team sports. The Falcon can be a little on the conceited side - but he/she is usually right in his/her opinions - so a little arrogance is understood. In a supportive environmental the Falcon “soars” in his/her ability to maintain passion and fire in relationships, and always remaining compassionate. Left to his/her own devices, the Falcon can be vain, rude, intolerant, impatient, and over-sensitive.

Beaver: Apr 20 - May 20

Take charge, adapt, overcome - this is the Beaver motto. Mostly business, the Beaver is gets the job at hand done with maximum efficiency and aplomb. Strategic, and cunning the Beaver is a force to be reckoned with in matters of business and combat. One might also think twice about engaging the Beaver in a match of wits - as his/her mental acuity is razor sharp. The Beaver has everything going for him/her - however tendencies toward “my way or the highway” get them in trouble. Yes, they are usually right, but the bearer of this Native American animal symbol may need to work on tact. In a nurturing environment the Beaver can be compassionate, generous, helpful, and loyal. Left to his/her own devices the Beaver can be nervous, cowardly, possessive, arrogant, and over-demanding.

Deer: May 21 - Jun 20

This Native American animal symbol is the muse of the zodiac. The Deer is inspiring lively and quick-witted. With a tailor-made humor, the Deer has a tendency to get a laugh out of anyone. Excellent ability for vocalizing, the Deer is a consummate conversationalist. This combined with his/her natural intelligence make the Deer a must-have guest at dinner parties. Always aware of his/her surroundings, and even more aware of his/her appearance, the Deer can be a bit self-involved. However, the Deer’s narcissism is overlooked because of his/her congeniality and affability. In a supportive environment the Deer’s natural liveliness and sparkly personality radiate even more. He/she is an inspiring force in any nurturing relationship. Left to his/her own devices the Deer can be selfish, moody, impatient, lazy, and two-faced.

Woodpecker: Jun 21 - Jul 21

Woodpeckers are usually the most nuturing of all the Native American animal symbols. The consummate listener, totally empathic and understanding, the Woodpecker is the one to have on your side when you need support. Of course, they make wonderful parents, and equally wonderful friends and partners. Another proverbial feather in the Woodpeckers cap is the tendency to be naturally frugal, resourceful, and organized. In a nurturing environment the Woodpecker is of course caring, devoted, and very romantic. Left to his/her own devices the Woodpecker can be possessive, angry, jealous, and spiteful. 

Salmon: Jul 22 - Aug 21

Electric, focused, intuitive, and wholly creative, the Salmon is a real live-wire. His/her energy is palpable. A natural motivator, the Salmon’s confidence and enthusiasm is easily infectious. Soon, everybody is onboard with the Salmon - even if the idea seems too hair-brained to work. Generous, intelligent, and intuitive, it’s no wonder why the Salmon has no shortage of friends. This Native American animal symbol expresses a need for purpose and goals, and has no trouble finding volunteers for his/her personal crusades. In a supportive environment, the Salmon is stable, calm, sensual, and giving. Left to his/her own devices, those that bear this Native American animal symbol can be egotistical, vulgar, and intolerant of others.

Bear: Aug 22 - Sep 21

Pragmatic, and methodical the Bear is the one to call when a steady hand is needed. The Bear’s practicality and level-headedness makes him/her an excellent business partner. Usually the voice of reason in most scenarios, the Bear is a good balance for Owls. The Bear is also gifted with an enormous heart, and a penchant for generosity. However, one might not know it as the Bear tends to be very modest, and a bit shy. In a loving environment this Native American animal symbol showers love and generosity in return. Further, the Bear has a capacity for patience and temperance, which makes him/her excellent teachers and mentors. Left to his/her own devices the bear can be skeptical, sloth, small-minded and reclusive.

 Raven: Sep 22 - Oct 22 

Highly enthusiastic, and a natural entrepreneur, the Crow is quite a charmer. But he/she doesn’t have to work at being charming - it comes easily. Everyone recognizes the Crow’s easy energy, and everyone turns to the Crow for his/her ideas and opinions. This is because the Crow is both idealistic and diplomatic and is quite ingenious. In nurturing environments this Native American animal symbol is easy-going, can be romantic, and soft-spoken. Further, the crow can be quite patient, and intuitive in relationships. Left to his/her own devices, the Crow can be demanding, inconsistent, vindictive, and abrasive.

Snake: Oct 23 - Nov 22

Most shamans are born under this Native American animal symbol. The Snake is a natural in all matters of spirit. Easily attuned to the ethereal realm the Snake makes an excellent spiritual leader. Also respected for his/her healing capacities, the Snake also excels in medical professions. The Snake’s preoccupation with matters intangible often lead others to view them as mysterious, and sometimes frightening. True, the Snake can be secretive, and a bit dark - he/she is also quite sensitive, and caring. In a supportive relationship the cool Snake can be passionate, inspiring, humorous, and helpful. Left to his/her own devices, the Snake can be despondent, violent, and prone to abnormal mood swings

Owl: Nov 23 - Dec 21

Changeable and mutable as the wind, the Owl is a tough one to pin down. Warm, natural, with an easy-going nature, the Owl is friend to the world. The bearer of this Native American animal symbol is notorious for engaging in life at full speed, and whole-hearted loves adventure. This can be to his/her detriment as the Owl can be reckless, careless, and thoughtless. Owls make great artists, teachers, and conservationists. However, due to his/her adaptability and versatility - the Owl would likely excel in any occupation. In a supportive, nurturing environment the Owl is sensitive, enthusiastic, and an attentive listener. Left to his/her own devices, the Owl can be excessive, overindulgent, bitter, and belligerent

Goose: Dec 22 - Jan 19

If you want something done - give it to the Goose. Persevering, dogged, and ambitious to a fault, the Goose sets goals for accomplishment, and always obtains them. The goose is determined to succeed at all cost - not for the approval of other - but those with this Native American animal symbol competes with his/her own internal foe. Driven is the watchword for the Goose’s dominating personality trait - which makes them excellent in business and competitive sports. When tempered with supportive, nurturing family and friends, the Goose excels in all things he/she attempts. In a loving environment the Goose can be very passionate, humorous, gregarious, and even sensual. However, lead to his/her own devises, the Goose may fall into obsessive or addictive behaviors that will inevitably be his/her demise.

A Very Close Vote Picks the New Miss Indian World

Ms. Cheyenne Brady (Sac and Fox/Cheyenne/Tonkawa) was crowned 2015 Miss Indian World on Saturday. Brady edged out 1st runner-up, Ms. Ashley Pino (Acoma/Santo Domingo/Northern Cheyenne), and 2nd runner-up, Ms. Baillie Redfern (Metis Nation) for the top honor in what the pageant staff called one the closest contest in recent years.  

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Via @RachelsByington >Vanilla Ice Claims ‘Choctaw’ Ancestry, Not with His Bloodlines for the ‘Adam Sandlers’ flop racist film dumped by other studios for ‘Netflix’ #NotYourHollywoodNDN

- by Erin Spiceland and Rachel Byington
For immediate release.

April 24, 2015. ICMTN has reported recently on the fact that Native actors walked off the set of the Adam Sandler movie, The Ridiculous Six. Following that act of resistance to racism in Hollywood, fellow Ridiculous Six actor Vanilla Ice found himself at the center of a Twitter campaign to draw attention to this issue. He tweeted in support of Sandler and the movie’s script, stating that he is “Chactaw.” <Tweet has been deleted with no apology>

Upon hearing this claim, Rachel Byington, a Choctaw Nation citizen, hit the internet to see if his claim was legit.

This same claim was repeated in a 2013 interview in Another Tattoo. Ink Collector Rob Van Winkle

In response to asking if he was going to get anymore tattoos, Van Winkle responded:

“Yes! I want to get the Choctaw Indian crest to represent my native american heritage. My grandmother would always ask why I would do this to my body (getting tattoos) and maybe a year before she passed she told me I had some beautiful tattoos. So I want to get that tattoo so I never forget her or the importance of remembering my Indian heritage.

In fact, my daughters Dusti Rain and KeeLee Breeze middle names are two elements very important to the Choctaw Indians.” 

Fellow Choctaw, Erin Pinder Spiceland went to work on his genealogy in an attempt to prove or disprove his claim.

Rob "Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle

Since he claimed his Choctaw heritage through his mother’s mother, let’s concentrate on that area of his family tree. Mr. Ice’s maternal grandmother Nina Roth Dickerson was born in Kansas. Nina’s parents are William J. and Ida Eberline Roth (Ice’s greatgrandparents).

William was born in Iowa on February 13th, 1887 to parents Jacob and Edith Howe Roth. Jacob was born in August of 1854 in Pennsylvania in an area flooded with German immigrants. Edith was born in 1868 in Germany. You can see clearly in the 1900 federal census record below that Jacob and Edith both reported all four of their parents were also born in Germany.

Ida Clara Eberline was born in Kansas in 1884 to parents Ferdinand Robert and Nancy C.

Reynolds Eberline. Ferdinand Eberline was born in the city of Meiningen in the state of Thüringen in Germany.

Ida’s mother Nancy was not German, but she also could not have been Choctaw. She was born in Iowa in 1860, and her parents John James and Elizabeth Hatfield Reynolds were both born in Ohio in 1821 and 1836, respectively. This is suspiciously close to the time Choctaw leaders were signing the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek (1830) and Choctaws were enduring the Choctaw removal (1831). Spiceland says, “It’s pretty clear from these records that Nina Roth Dickerson was at the very least 75% German, and the other 25% was probably also Western European.”

We would encourage Rob and others like him to think carefully when using any real or believed.

Native ancestry to justify an action or idea. "There’s a vast difference in self-identifying as a Native American person and being a member of a federally recognized Tribe,” said Alicia Seyler, a Choctaw lawyer from Oklahoma. Even most tribal members and leaders do not feel comfortable speaking for their entire tribe or for all Native Americans, as Rob tried to do in justifying the inexcusable jokes in The Ridiculous Six. Claiming Native ancestry where none exists leads to the dilution of our culture and visibility, and using any connection to Native people to justify such unacceptable use of Native culture is an affront to all indigenous peoples.

It is not difficult to identify these types of untruths with the vast availability of genealogical records on the Internet. We think that Mr. Ice needs to study his family tree a little more, because we didn’t find a "Chactaw Grandma” anywhere in it. For someone whose stage name literally means “white people dance moves,” his family tree was no surprise. However, if he wants to honor his true heritage, we know where he can buy a nice pair of lederhosen.

Vanilla Ice: He’s White, White, Baby

Authors of this are both from the “Choctaw Nation,” and for more information, contact Erin Spiceland at or Rachel Byington at .

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