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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.)


Martin Luther King Jr. with Coretta Scott King 

Martin Luther King Jr. with Harry Belafonte

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 

Submitted by  sofriel 

On a Monday morning in June, Simon Tam woke up at his home in Portland, Ore., to 753 notifications blowing up his phone.

“At that point, I knew something had happened,” Tam said. The Supreme Court had finally resolved his nearly eight year fight with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over the name of his band, The Slants.

The justices ruled, unanimously to strike the section of a federal trademark law that prohibited the use of disparaging and offensive terms. The trademark office had cited part of a 71-year-old trademark law, Section 2A of the Lanham Act, when it prohibited Tam from registering The Slants, a slur against Asians, as the name of the band.

The Court’s ruling agreed with Tam and the other band members that the law had infringed on their free speech. But in the process, The Slants case had opened up a whole can of worms involving other offensive or racist terms, most notably the debate over the Washington Redskins. The team’s owner, Dan Snyder, said in a statement that he was “thrilled” with the decision.

And sure enough, the football team has since won its own trademark fight. A group of Native American activists led by Amanda Blackhorse, along with the Department of Justice, gave up their longstanding court efforts to ban the team from using that name.

Which was something Simon Tam and his band mates never anticipated when they formed their Asian-American rock group more than a decade before.

What’s Next For The Founder Of The Slants, And The Fight Over Racial Slurs

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/NPR

On This Day: July 1

Keti Koti

  • 1863: Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marking the abolition of slavery by the colonial Dutch government.
  • 1871: Samuel Joseph May dies in Syracuse, New York. He was a radical reformer on education, women’s rights & abolitionism. He published Liberal Christian.
  • 1876: Mikhail Bakunin dies in Berne, Switzerland.
  • 1894: Oreste Lucchesi assassinates Giuseppe Bandi, Livourne editor of the newspaper Il Telegrafo, whose articles resulted in the repression and arrest of numerous anarchists.
  • 1916: Social dance and benefit for the defense funds of David Caplan and Enrique and Ricardo Flores Magón held in Los Angeles. Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman celebrate their success in raising the $10,000 bail for the Mexican anarchist Magon brothers.
  • 1920: Second Congress of the Unione Anarchica Italiana begins in Bologna.
  • 1921: The Communist Party of China was founded.
  • 1922: Start of the US Great Railroad Strike. Over 400,000 workers go on strike.
  • 1932: Iowa farmers blockade roads, and armed with pitchforks & shotguns refuse to allow farm produce to go to market.
  • 1971: American Postal Workers Union founded by merger of 5 existing postal unions.
  • 1972: First Gay Pride Rally held in London.
  • 1977: Native American activist Leonard Peltier gets two life sentences.
  • 1984: Minister Leon Brittan endorses use of Criminal Law rather than Civil Law against the miners during the British Miners’ Strike.
  • 1993: In Britain, three public sector unions, NALGO, COHSE, NUPE, merge. The new union is called UNISON.
  • 1997: David Thoreau Wieck dies in Albany, New York.
  • 2001: Protests in Salzburg, Austria during the World Economic Forum.
  • 2003: Over 500,000 people protested against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong
  • 2008: Rioting erupted in Mongolia in response to electoral fraud.
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.


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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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… 


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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