How Jack Saddleback is reclaiming queer and transgender Indigenous identities
Jack Saddleback remembers growing up on his home reserve of Samson Cree Nation, Alta., as "a time of pure happiness."

“Within Cree culture — within many First Nations cultures — so long as the child is happy the community is happy.”

Saddleback is Cree. He’s two-spirit. And he’s a transgender gay man. Speaking to Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild, he laughed as he acknowledged the many different identities he carries with him.

“My identity has been a constant coming out, I suppose, in more ways than one.”


Because I never see these

Native Girls are beautiful.
Native Boys are beautiful.
First Nations Girls are beautiful.
First Nations Boys are beautiful.
Indigenous Girls are beautiful.
Indigenous Boys are beautiful.
You’re beautiful if you have dark skin.
You’re beautiful if you have light skin.
You’re beautiful if you’re in between.
You’re beautiful.

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

How can indigenous peoples begin to trust the Trudeau government when they continue the business-as-usual approach of the Harper government?

—  Neskonlith Indian Band Chief Kukpi7 Judy Wilson on Justin Trudeau granting permits for the continued construction of the Site C dam which will flood First Nations land.
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The stereotype is dead: Researchers show that Native Americans drink less than whites
The stereotype of the Native American alcoholic dates all the way back to colonialism, but a new study may help to debunk that myth. Most Native Americans actually abstain from alcohol, and those who do drink are on average lighter drinkers than whites, finds the study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Drug Dependence.

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Alcohol use among Native Americans compared to whites: Examining the veracity of the ‘Native American elevated alcohol consumption’ belief  -  

  James K. Cunningham, Teshia A. Solomon , Myra L. Muramoto 


Kill the Indian, Save the Man, new work by Nicholas Galanin! along with a collaborative work, No Pigs In Paradise with Nep Sidhu.

The legacy of human rights violations experienced by First Nations people still reverberate today,” said artist Nicholas Galanin, whose solo exhibition “Kill the Indian, Save the Man,” explores this topic and more when it opens Feb. 5, 2016 at the Anchorage Museum.  

Born in Sitka, Alaska, Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax) has trained in traditional as well as contemporary approaches to art. Adaptation and resistance, exaggeration and lies, dreams and memories are recurring themes in Galanin’s work. He draws upon a wide range of Indigenous technologies and global materials when exploring ideas through his art. “His work challenges the appropriation of Native culture and depiction of Indigenous peoples in popular culture,” wrote Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale in the book Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City.

Galanin’s exhibition at the Anchorage Museum “unites respect, relationship and a homage to our communities, a harmony with land and environment, and a history of survival through sculptural installation, sound, moving image, performance, collaboration and adornment,” said Galanin in an artist statement. “These works dissect, reconnect and map the real history of settler violence as experienced by First Nations peoples.”

“Kill the Indian, Save the Man” includes collaborations with other artists, including Jerrod Galanin under the pseudonym Leonard Getinthecar, and No Pigs In Paradise with Nep Sidhu.

“…No Pigs In Paradise speaks to an understanding of the specific histories of First Nations’ women and a clear understanding of women as essential to the restoration of First Nations’ societies. First Nations women are reaffirmed as the integral component to the reestablishment of balance and harmony. The path exists and the end goal is clear. The right path in this instance starts with protecting the women – leveraging ornament, textile, ceremony, incantation so they can be prepared to lead their families, communities and societies to an exalted, harmonious and prosperous status quo.”

Negarra A. Kudumu

Just a friendly reminder that most of British Columbia is unceded territory (Around 90%).

 What does that mean?
Glad you asked.
The majority of Canada is built on Treatied land, meaning the Government had agreed with the Indigenous people of their respective regions to make use of those lands during the establishment of Canada as a Settler Country (Needless to say, the government has never, and I mean Never, kept up their side of these deals).

 So, since British Columbia is unceded, the government, in municipal to national levels, has never attempted to settle the land and formally take sovereignty of the land from the Indigenous peoples through the signing of treaties. BC provincial government is literally occupying this province. Colonization never ended, it’s happening Right Now. These lands are still being occupied and actively settled without consent of indigenous people.

See how J.K. Rowling can appropriate a culture and make money off of it and yet actual Native women like Joy Harjo and Joanelle Romero aren’t even allowed to embrace theirs in this industry?

Joanelle Romero is told by studio executives that nobody wants to see Native people in a modern narrative and Joy Harjo is told to remove Native people from her stories if she wants her stories to be a success.

But NATIVE PEOPLE are the ones who aren’t being cooperative when it comes to representing ourselves in the media? It almost sounds like the media has a goddamned problem with us. But what else is new?


I don’t know if anyone knows this but Tanaya Beatty (First Nations/Himalayan) will be appearing on the NBC show ‘The Night Shift’ and she’s a main cast member (not a cameo!) Here are some deets about her character: 

“Beatty will play Dr. Shannon Rivera, a recent medical school graduate who volunteered at the reservation clinic where she impressed Dr. Jordan Alexander (Jill Flint), who recruited her to intern at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. Shannon is spunky and outspoken and doesn’t have a problem speaking her mind — some people will love her, others not so much.”

The fact that she’s a main cast member, not a stereotype (so far!), and it’s on a major network. Wow. 

At 12 I grew a beard and had a period - BBC News
Alec Butler was brought up as a girl, but as an adult Alec realised they were intersex - someone whose sex is neither completely male nor female.

I found out about my native heritage in a very painful way. When my mother was dying, I asked her why she left school at 12. She told me she couldn’t take it any more, being called a dirty little Indian. I asked her if that was true. She didn’t really answer because it was just something you couldn’t talk about - you’re taught to be ashamed of your native heritage. But the way she looked at me, I definitely got the message that “Yes, we have native ancestors.” For me, identifying as two-spirit means I can feel good about being a man and a woman in one body. And my whole purpose in going back to school is to reclaim that two-spirit identity - it complements my non-binary, intersex identity. It puts the puzzle together for me as a person in this world: I’m not weird, I’m part of humanity. Other people like me exist and have always existed, despite efforts to wipe us out.

Native American or not please take time out of your day to say a prayer for all the missing & murdered Indigenous women in the United States and Canada. I shed a few tears today and then said my own prayer after reading another article on MMIW. One women got trafficked from Minnesota to North Dakota to the oil mines. She was drugged and kidnapped. When she found herself alone in the car she escaped, went to the police station in ND and they looked up her record and arrested her for an unpaid traffic ticket from 2011 & wouldn’t take her statement. They detained her and sent her to Minot where a female officer knew something was wrong and dropped the charges and let her go. In the same article is said “It’s pretty much ignored when a Native women goes missing.” Well that shouldn’t be the case, what if it was your daughter, sister, cousin, niece, mom, Aunty, Grandma, or best Friend. We need these Native women here to lead us. Pray to bring any Native women home.

I happen to live near several First Nations reservations and know a good number of Native people. Never once have I met one who boasted of being one-eighth Swedish. However, a lot of white people are pretty stoked that their great-great-great-great-grandfather may have had an illicit affair with / raped a Cherokee princess, and that’s why they could probably handle a bow and arrow if a zombie apocalypse ever shows up.

In 2000, about 729,000 Americans identified as Cherokee. By 2010, that number had risen to 820,000. More than any other tribe, Cherokee is the one people are pretty sure they have an ancestor from, despite not being able to name the ancestor or show any proof of such an ancestor, because such an ancestor never existed. It’s not just guys who squint in the sun and look like Steven Seagal who think this way, either. Celebrities like Johnny Deep, Johnny Cash, and Miley Cyrus have all been pretty sure they’re Cherokee as well.

So if your boss isn’t Cherokee, why does he keep telling people he is every Thanksgiving? There’s a long, robust history behind this bullshit that first stems from a hint of reality and then gets shat about by idjits, as is the case with most things.

Bizarre Claims That Annoying People Use To Be ‘Unique’