While Native American protesters were being pepper-sprayed, shot with beanbags and arrested en masse by law enforcement in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Thursday, the Cleveland Indians were wrapping up Game 3 of the World Series; emblazoned on their hats was the franchise’s racist mascot — Chief Wahoo.
Over Halloween weekend, as protesters were recouping and taking stock of their diminished numbers, photos went public of Jason Walsh — the white boyfriend of actress Hillary Duff — wearing a feathered headdress, red face paint and a fringed leather tunic at a costume party in Beverly Hills.
These are just two of the many ways Native Americans and their cultures have been co-opted, caricatured and ridiculed at sports stadiums and Halloween celebrations across the country of late. It’s not a new pattern — but these incidents take on renewed irony amid the largest Native-led protests the United States has seen in decades. READ MORE
On Monday, Facebook was filled with posts from people using
the site’s check-in feature to say that they were at Standing Rock
Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The trend is a result of a viral Facebook post urging people to check
into the site of the protests to
“overwhelm and confuse” police who have been removing Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. But will it work?
this day in 1890, the Native American Lakota Sioux chief,
Sitting Bull, was killed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Formal peaceful relations between the Sioux and
the United States
government began in 1868 upon the signing of the Fort Laramie
Treaty. However, the discovery of gold in the Black Hills - which were in Sioux territory - in the
1870s led to a torrent of white prospectors invading the Sioux lands.
The numerous Sioux tribes united
under Sitting Bull’s leadership, and initially secured some
victories over American forces. The most famous battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876 was the Battle of Little
Bighorn, where Sioux and Cheyenne warriors defeated the famed General
Custer. Sitting Bull then led his people to Canada, only to come back to America in
It was around this time that he joined Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West
Show, but he soon returned to
his people to protect the rights of indigenous Americans. Sitting Bull
was killed on the Standing Rock Indian
Reservation in 1890 by U.S. troops, who were trying to arrest him under fears
would join the Ghost Dance movement.
“I would rather die an Indian than live a white man”
“You want to help Native people? Start by calling out your own people. Don’t post things "in solidarity” if you’re going to be quiet when your racist friends and family members chime in.
And they will. They always will. Every single time.
It isn’t fair to your Native friends when you do this. They’re the ones who are going to see it. They’re the ones who will be hurt. You brought the matter to your page. You know who you’re friends with and what gross shit they’ll say. YOU do something about it.
When you don’t, that tells me you just like to post things for the sake of stirring up drama because “LOL my friend’s gonna trash them!”
Anti-Native racism and the emotional toll it takes on Natives shouldn’t be your source of entertainment. Your friend’s anger at anti-Native racism and the emotional toll it takes on them shouldn’t be this amusing thing to you.
I’m sick to death of people who are not Native patting themselves on the back for STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK!!!!! but staying quiet when their friends and family members comment with their shitty racist comments.
You want to be an ally? You want to help? Shut that shit down.“
At the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, as a Sioux tribe fights the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the months-long standoff has raised a question: How do you feed the encamped masses?
For Navajo chef Brian Yazzie, the answer was clear: in a way that honors indigenous traditions.
Yazzie is the chef du cuisine at The Sioux Chef, a Minneapolis-based catering and food education company whose mission is to revitalize Native American food culture, which was marginalized by centuries of colonization and forced assimilation. (The company’s name is a nod to its Sioux founder, Sean Sherman.)
For months now, Yazzie says, he’s watched the Standing Rock demonstrations unfold from afar and has been wanting to go there.
“Being on the front-lines of revitalizing indigenous foods, my way of contributing to the cause is being in the kitchen and cooking for the people,” he says.
So last weekend, Yazzie traveled to the Standing Rock reservation and showed up to volunteer at the main makeshift kitchen that’s been churning out meals for protesters living at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. It’s the largest of several camps that are housing the demonstrators, who oppose a section of the pipeline that would run under the Missouri River near their reservation.
Today, we are announcing the first three cities of our boycott.
They are Standing Rock, San Francisco, and New York City. We are giving those cities, the businesses and corporations that call those cities home, the states they are in, and the federal government, 43 days, that’s until King Day of 2017, to meet the reasonable and humane demands of local activists in those cities.
The government officials in those cities know full well who the local activists are. The government officials in those cities know full well what the reasonable demands of those local activists are. And today, we are serving notice, that it is time for government officials, businesses, and all interested parties in those cities to actually make serious, substantive, measureable change happen over the next 43 days. If they opt to ignore the requests, pleas, and plans of local organizers, on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, the day after King Day — we will do four things:
We will begin a full tourism boycott of those cities. To protect small businesses, we will also announce a comprehensive plan for ways you can support local entrepreneurs to get them through the boycott.
We will begin a comprehensive divestment plan where we ask people to pull their money out of banks, financial institutions, and investment plans which we have determined either directly support racial injustice and police brutality in those cities or have chosen to remain silent in the midst of this national crisis. We will give some of those financial institutions an opportunity to publicly endorse the reasonable reforms of local activists before we publicly announce our divestment plan.
We will announce a targeted national boycott of large corporations headquartered in those cities that have either directly supported injustice there or have remained painfully silent in the face of it. Willful ignorance is no excuse. We will give those big brands and corporations an honest chance to publicly endorse the reasonable reforms of local activists before we publicly announce a boycott of them.
We will begin creatively disruptive protests in those cities designed to inconvenience and shut down both commerce and government work.
I notice that when you tell people that the picture of the little girl standing up to the soldier is from Chile and not Standing Rock, they want to be like BUT THE SAME THING IS HAPPENING IN STANDING ROCK! THE MESSAGE IS STILL THE SAME! Like hi, that’s cool you think all brown people look the same and you’re too lazy to do any fact checking, but what’s happening in Chile is not what is happening in Standing Rock and they deserve more respect than that.