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Sami people persuade Norway pension fund to divest from Dakota Access
The Sami parliament, representing indigenous people also known as Lapps, has convinced Norway’s second largest pension fund to ditch the oil pipeline project

In an act of international solidarity between indigenous peoples, the Sami parliament in Norway has persuaded the country’s second largest pension fund to withdraw its money from companies linked to a controversial oil project backed by Donald Trump.

The project to build the 1,900km Dakota Access oil pipeline across six US states has prompted massive protests from Native American activists at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

This week, after lobbying by the Sami parliament, Norway’s local authority pension fund KLP announced it would sell of shares worth $58m in companies building the pipeline.

Vibeke Larsen, president of the Sami parliament, said the pension fund announced the move when she arrived at a meeting in Oslo to discuss Dakota Access.

“We feel a strong solidarity with other indigenous people in other parts of the world, so we are doing our part in Norway by putting pressure on the pension funds,” she told the Guardian.

The Sami – sometimes called Lapps in English – are an indigenous people living in the Arctic area of Sápmi in the far north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia’s Kola peninsula.

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This year’s N.O.W. Special Screenings at Tribeca 2017 feature AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock, executive produced by Shailene Woodley.

The film captures the story of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s peaceful resistance against the North Dakota Pipeline that captured the world’s attention and changed the fight for clean water and the future of the planet.

A live discussion with filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione (both Tribeca alums and Oscar nominees), along with their co-director Myron Dewey, follows the screening.

Be there. (And learn more about Tribeca N.O.W.)

The Cherokee Word For Water (2013)
dir.  Tim Kelly & Charlie Soap

1. Is she a main character? YES.

2. Does this character fall in love with a white man? NO.

3. Does this character end up raped or murdered at any point during the story? NO / NO

Wilma Mankiller from The Cherokee Word For Water passes The Aila Test 

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Richard Oakes would have turned 75 today. This is what he did for Native American rights.
Richard Oakes was a Native American activist best known for leading the occupation of the disused Alcatraz prison, which was credited with changing the narrative around indigenous peoples' rights. He was shot and killed in 1972 but would have turned 75 today, and a Google Doodle has been created in his honour. Oakes was a member of the Mohawk tribe, who originated in the north eastern United States and south eastern Canada.

Zitkala-Ša (1876–1938) was a writer and political activist belonging to the Sioux tribe of Native Americans. The many books she wrote on her identity and struggle to reconcile the majority culture with her traditional heritage were among the first works to bring Native American stories to a wide readership in the United States.

As a child, she was taken away from her reservation and educated in a Quaker institution, where the distress caused by the denial of her origins paved the path to a lifetime of activism. She was responsible for translating old legends of her tribe into English, therefore making them accessible to a wide audience. Among other endeavours, in 1926 she founded the National Council of American Indians, which aimed to unite tribes and advance their rights, as well as attempting to secure full citizenship for its members.

On This Day: April 18
  • 1689: A popular uprising known as the Boston Revolt against Sir Edmund Andros, the governor of the Dominion of New England.
  • 1850: American anarchist Joseph Labadie was born in Paw Paw, Michigan.
  • 1857: Clarence Darrow born. He was a lawyer who defended Eugene Debs, IWW members and teacher John Scopes for teaching evolution in schools.
  • 1888: 260 non-unionised women clothing workers of Shotwell, Clerihew and Lothman walk out in protest over pay cut.
  • 1889: Jessie Street born. Australian suffragette and activist for human rights.
  • 1908: IWW poem “We Have Fed You All for a Thousand Years” published in the “Industrial Union Bulletin”.
  • 1912: UMWA miners’ strike, demanding same pay as other West Virginia miners and union recognition. The National Guard is called out, and over 50 are killed.
  • 1925: True Friend’s Alliance (Jin Wu Ryong Mong) group established in Taegu, Korea by anarchists Shin Jae-mo, Bang Han-sang and Choung Myong-kun.
  • 1937: Spain’s Friends of Durruti Group held their first public meeting with a crowd of around 1,000.
  • 1941: NYC bus companies agree to hire African-American workers after 4-week riders boycott led by Rev Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
  • 1959: King speaks for the integration of schools at a rally of 26,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
    November 20 – Alabama passes laws to limit black voter registration.
  • 1970: In Trinidad and Tobago, sugar workers go on a near-general strike.
  • 1977: Native American activist Leonard Peltier found guilty of murder.
  • 1984: French Trotskyist, Pierre Frank, dies in Paris. Author of a history of the movement, “The Long March of the Trotskyists”.
  • 2011: Approximately 100,000 protesters sat in the central Square of Homs, Syria calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad.

December 29th 1890: Wounded Knee Massacre

On this day in 1890, hundreds of Native Americans were killed by United States government forces at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Tensions between the federal government and the indigenous peoples of America had led to frequent bouts of warfare ever since the country was first colonised by Europeans. These wars became particularly intense during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and despite several key victories for Native Americans - most famously at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 - the federal government increasingly pushed native peoples onto reservations. The government were particularly alarmed by the growing Ghost Dance movement, which was a spiritual movement which prophesised the imminent defeat of the white man and the resumption of the traditional Indian way of life. The movement factored into mounting tensions at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which were exacerbated by the murder of Sioux chief Sitting Bull on December 15th 1890. The situation came to a head fourteen days later, when the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry surrounded a group of Ghost Dancers, under the leadership of Lakota Sioux chief Big Foot, near Wounded Knee Creek in the reservation. During this confrontation, a shot was fired, and the fighting descended into a massacre of Native Americans by the well-equipped army. It is estimated that around 200 people died - nearly half of whom were women and children - though some historians place the number much higher. Only 25 U.S. soldiers were killed, and 20 of the survivors were awarded the Medal of Honor. The Wounded Knee massacre was a pivotal moment in the history of indigenous relations in North America, as it marks the last major confrontation of the Indian wars. The incident also provides a poignant symbol around which Native American activist groups have rallied, providing the title for Dee Brown’s famous history Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970), and becoming the focal point of the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973.

Naelyn Pike is an incredible teen activist for indigenous and environmental rights and a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona. She has protested with Apache-Stronghold to defend sacred land and protect her cultural identity. Earlier this year, she won the Youth Ambassador Spotlight and is officially recognized as a Champion for Change by the Center for Native American Youth.

remember how they tackled cultural appropriation in Criminal Minds, S1 “The Tribe”, when this thirty-something, power-hungry white dude used half-assed understandings of Native American cultures (just fucking mixed them all together) to brainwash other white teens into killing people…

“You’re not Apache” says the actual Native American activist involved in the case.

“No, you are not a true Apache! Grandfather said-…” shouts the brainwashed white teenage girl. Who then mentions ‘Grandfather’ tested her using the (Gahey?, I apologise if that is incorrect) in the desert, and she goes on and on about how they were true-… but he is having NONE of it.

He’s offended (rightly so) that she was flippantly referring to the (ga-hey?), and tells her they are not what she believes them to be, and she could not understand. 

Eventually the guy grabs the bloody blanket of her victims and goes, “Look at this, this is not the blood of an enemy, it is the blood of a little girl like you. You have been brainwashed with half-truths of a culture you do not understand!”

And it was like… get her.

And then the Grandfather dude tries to upset the only actual Native American person (Black Wolf) when they finally confront him. Etc.


Not to mention, the show gives a lot of time to having the agents blatantly labelling the bad guys here “American Defense League” or whatever they called themselves… as racists. And state that “450 guns between 200 people isn’t self-defense”.

The plot is real fucked up bc of what the white people did in order to play on the stereotypical rhetoric of the ‘savage indians’, but you can see it happening in real life? 
This was made like… tn years back or whatever, and it’s kind of like… yeah, that could still happen, even now. White people with guns kicking down school doors for some stupid reason… etc.

Dunno, was just rewatching it and it was like… interesting. This sounds like Donglord Trunk’s approach to victim-blaming… 

Katherine Siva Saubel (1920-2011) was a Native American scholar who dedicated her life and career to the effort of preserving the language, culture, and history of the Cahuilla people, to which she belonged. She was one of the most renowned and respected Native American leaders in the state of California.

Worried that the native people were only learning English and forgetting their own language, she made various efforts to maintain it, such as the publication of a reference grammar, a dictionary, and a textbook of Cahuilla. She also opened a reservation museum in Banning, California for the purpose of exhibiting her numerous historical artifacts. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal by the University of California – the highest honour the institution has to offer.

When I google "native films"

The first two films I see are “Dances with Wolves” and “The last of the Mohicans.” And that will not do it for me.

I’ve attended the American Indian film Festival for the past four years now and have enjoyed all those experiences very much. I’ve attended with women I work with, friends and classmates, and have seen familiar faces within the Bay Area. But the most common thing i think all of us that attend share is that we’re looking for a good story.

A story with humor and wit, truth and sadness, history and contemporary, love, romance and sex.

(yes, you can find films about native people without male protagonists that include all those elements if you just look)

I look for a good story that will take me somewhere and share something with me, a contemporary story, a modern one that talk about history and how it affects but also focuses on the now.

Films made by Native Directors and starring Native actors.

Here is a list of films I’ve seen over the years, not just over the past four but with family. Enjoy and please add to the list if you have any recommendations.

(Documentaries, Historical films, feature films)

Running Salmon Home
Rebel Music: Native American
Young Lakota
The Activist
The Cherokee Word for Water
Shouting Secrets
Whale Rider


Rhymes for young Ghouls

Road to Paloma

Smoke Signals

The Lesser Blessed

Winter in the Blood

Dance me Outside

Reel Injun(documentary)


Law enforcement in Morton County, North Dakota — armed in riot gear — began removing protesters who were occupying the Dakota Access Pipeline site on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation Thursday.

Officers removed a roadblock placed by Native American and environmental rights activists. The removal process resulted in a clash between protesters and officers.

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Richard Oakes: an activist for Native American rights

Richard Oakes was a leading Native American activist, best known for leading the ‘Occupation of Alcatraz’.

A Google Doodle has marked what would have been his 75th birthday.

Oakes was born in New York on May 22, 1942. He was a member of the Mohawk tribe, which originated in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada.

He spent much of his childhood fishing and planting crops, but this way of life was destroyed by the construction of the St Lawrence Seaway, a vast system of locks, canals and channels. Oakes found work as a docker and a steelworker.

In 1968 he married and had a son, but he divorced shortly after and moved to San Francisco, enrolling at San Francisco University.

Dissatisfied with the curriculum, Oakes played an integral role in developing the first Native American studies department in the nation. He developed the curriculum and encouraged other Native American people to enrol at the university.

READ MORE: A Native-American nation divided

Oakes became a champion of social justice for Native Americans, and in 1969 he led a series of protests, including leading a group of more than 80 people to occupy the disued Alcatraz Island for almost 19 months.

According to the protesters, abandoned or out-of-use federal land could be returned to the Native people under the Treaty of Fort Laramie.

Since Alcatraz penitentiary was closed, and the island had been declared a surplus federal property, many activists felt the island qualified for reclamation.

The protesters aimed to set up a community, complete with a university, museum and cultural centre, but they also wanted the government to acknowledge the rights to Native Americans to claim the out-of-use federal land as their own.

“We invite the United States to acknowledge the justice of our claim. The choice now lies with the leaders of the American government - to use violence upon us as before to remove us from our Great Spirit’s land, or to institute a real change in its dealing with the American Indian”, said Oakes in a message to the San Francisco office of the Department of the Interior. 

“We do not fear your threat to charge us with crimes on our land. We and all other oppressed peoples would welcome spectacle of proof before the world of your title by genocide. Nevertheless, we seek peace.”

In June 1971, the government removed the remaining 15 occupants from the island. However, the occupation started a national dialogue about the plight of Native Americans, and soon after President Nixon spoke in support of self-determination.

Oakes continued with his activism, and in 1971 he aided the Pit River Tribe to recover nearly three million acres of land that had been seized by Pacific Gas and Electric. Oakes also envisioned a 'mobile university’ aimed at creating opportunities to Native Americans, but the project didn’t materialise.

As a result of his activism, Oakes endured tear gas and brief stints in jail. He was shot and killed after an argument with a Californian YMCA leader in 1972.

“Here’s to Richard Oakes, for his unwavering dedication to his community and social justice,” wrote Google.

So I got to listen and talk to Jane Elliott last Tuesday

and it was completely amazing. I mean, this woman is 81 years old and is still educating people on equal rights. Even though I’m always educating myself on these topics I learned a couple more things from her. (I knew I would considering she’s so experienced and has a lot to offer.) But when it came time to ask her questions I was really nervous. I didn’t want to say anything that was ignorant and make her mad at me. When I finally got the courage to talk to her my first question was, “Why is it easier for people to recognize discrimination against African Americans over Native Americans?” This is something that has always confused me and I never understood why if discriminating against one ethnicity is bad, why is it okay to do towards another ethnicity? Wouldn’t common sense tell you that you shouldn’t discriminate against any ethnicity? 
Her answer shocked me because it was so simple and obvious. She said because whites see Native Americans as conquered. They took their land, their culture, their language, and their lives. Native Americans only make up about 1% of the population in America and whites see that as a success. Of course, they don’t realize that’s how they feel but from the generations upon generations of their ancestors feeling that way, it’s subliminal and sneaky.

Whites don’t teach but a paragraph about Native Americans in history books and you don’t have to learn anything about other cultures in America unless you take an extra writing class that isn’t required to have in order to graduate. And when you do get taught about racial issues in the states, the teachers pass out books that limit the truth by saying these social issues were resolved in the ‘60’s and no longer exist. You learn about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, basically all the black American activists. You’re never taught about Occupy Alcatraz or Wounded Knee. No one ever informs you of Russell Means or Leonard Peltier. 
So, not only are whites uneducated about Native American activists and examples in history where those people have made a difference, but because they are uneducated about these situations it totally deletes those actions in history. To majority of whites, Occupy Alcatraz never happened. 

That’s why whites think the Washington name should have been demanded way earlier in history. I hear so many ignorant people say that if it was such a big deal, why weren’t they fighting for the name to be changed a while ago. But the thing is, Native Americans have been fighting for the name change since the '60’s. And only now has something been done about this team name. And the only thing that has changed is now anyone can use that name and logo! 54 years later and now anyone can use that name/logo. What a fucked up world we live in. 

But since I’m part of this society, it’s my responsibility to change myself for the better and advocate others to do the same. And whoever reads this, it’s your responsibility as well. 


Baseball is back — and so is some truly disgusting behavior 

At Progressive Field in Cleveland, opening day for the Cleveland Indians saw an 8-4 loss to Detroit and a boisterous protest staged by Native American activists and allies against the franchise’s continued use of mascaot Chief Wahoo.

150 activists, advocates and even a City Council member showed up to demonstrate April 10. “We are people, not your mascot!” some chanted. “Change the logo, change the name!”

But the fan response will make you sick to your stomach.