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The Shellmound Walk.

Black Friday. Emeryville, Ca. 2015

Is a series of protests held at desecrated burial sites around the greater San Francisco, Ca. Bay area. On Black Friday, 2015. Representatives of many indigenous tribal nations, including Ohlone, Apache, Tongan, and local activists all races, gathered in protest at The Bay Street shopping mall, in Emeryville, Ca. As is done there annually in their continued resistance to the theft of their lands, pollution of theirs waters and environments, and the continued desecration of ancient burial grounds, and monuments. 

More info here: http://ipocshellmoundwalk.homestead.com/shellmound.html

Trailer for a documentary about the site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSpyroEgB3Y

Student’s grades lowered for sitting during Pledge of Allegiance

Leilani Thomas, a Native high school student, has been sitting out of the Pledge of Allegiance and protesting silently since she was in second grade.

“My mom and my dad brought up what it meant to us and our people,” Leilani said. “So I just started sitting down.”

But for the first time a teacher at Lower Lake High School took issue with it and docked her participation grade for not standing.

“She told me I was being disrespectful and I was pretty mad,” Leilani said. “She was being disrespectful to me also, saying I was making bad choices, and I don’t have the choice to sit during the pledge.”

Konocti School District Superintendent Donna Becnel is standing by Leilani and the other student who chose to sit. When asked why, Becnel said because of the first amendment.

“They have the same rights when they walk into the schoolhouse than anybody else does,” Becnel said.

The superintendent said its district policy to respect the students’ free speech. The school switched Leilani and her friend to another teacher after learning about the incident.

Leilani says she will continue to sit and is getting support from many of her classmates.

“I’m understanding it more that it means a lot and to a lot of my people also,” she said.

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NATIVES READ TOO

NATIVES READ TOO

Browsing the internet, found some free PDFs to read:

You have here, writings that detail Indigenous topics covering or in the style of: manifestos, creative writings, political, cultural, “feminist”, environment/ecosystems, and Natural Law. 

Enjoy the readings!

On February 14, 1779 Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy was killed by natives in Kealakekua Bay, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Cook was a true savage, who sailed across the world bringing murder, rape, disease, and colonialism to native peoples all over the Pacific. When he was killed, Cook was trying to kidnap the Hawaiian Aliʻi (tribal chief) Kalaniʻōpuʻu in response to an unknown person stealing a small boat. In the process, he had threatened to open fire on the islanders. 

At this point, the Hawaiians decided they had enough of Cook’s bullshit. Realizing that he had been manipulating them throughout the course of his stay in Hawaii, witnessing the sexual depredations of Cook’s men, seeing how brutish and toxic European culture really was … and now being threatened with mass murder and the kidnapping of one of their tribal leaders, the Hawaiian islanders finally gave this piece of shit what he deserved: a beatdown on the beach, and a knife to the chest. This put an end to a lifetime of predatory behavior and conquest of lands in the service to the British empire.

So how about instead of celebrating a boring consumerist holiday like Valentine’s Day, we celebrate something awesome, like the death of Captain Cook … Happy Killed Captain Cook Day!

It’s Time to Speak Up for Salmon!

Kayla Brown, Hupa, stands with Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu, for Rivers and Water.

The Hupa People are in a crisis situation, with a potential repeat of the 2002 salmon kill on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Because the Bureau of Reclamation is refusing to let enough water out of the dams, the rivers are too low and too warm, and the salmon are beginning to show signs of disease.

Meet the Native American grandmother who just beat the Redskins
June 18, 2014

The woman who was the driving force behind the cases that led the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office to cancel the federal trademarks for the Washington Redskins Wednesday is 69-year-old grandmother and longtime Native American activist, Suzan Harjo. 

“Suzan has been fighting this since 1992. Native American people have been fighting this since 1972. … The reason it has come up recently is because Suzan has worked really hard to bring this in the public eye,” Amanda Blackhorse, one of the five Native American plaintiffs in the case filed before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, told Business Insider.

“She’s just a tremendous woman. She’s a strong Native American woman, and I’m so happy to have met her and to have been a part of all this because this is what we need to do,” Blackhorse added. 

Harjo was born in Oklahoma and is of Cheyenne and Muscogee ancestry. In a conversation with Business Insider shortly after the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office’s decision was announced, Harjo said she became involved with political activism while she was still in school.

“One time when I was in school, I was selected by our Cheyenne leadership to come to Washington with them. And when my family asked, ‘Why do you want her to go?’ They said, 'Because she talks good and she ain’t afraid of nobody.’ So, those became resumé items,” Harjo recounted. 

In high school, Harjo was inspired to fight against what she describes as “racist stereotypes in American sports” because of an Oklahoma Native American activist named Clyde Warrior.

“He made a personal cause of getting rid of the mascot 'Little Red’ at the University of Oklahoma,” Harjo said of Warrior. “Most of the Indians in Oklahoma couldn’t stand 'Little Red’ and we called him the dancing idiot. He was always portrayed by a white guy in Indian costume.”

Little Red was eventually banished by University of Oklahoma President J. Herbert Hollomon in 1970.

According to Harjo, activists involved in the effort to eliminate Native American mascots always viewed the Washington Redskins football team as “the worst” offender.

“No matter where you went or what was the mascot fight of the moment in any locale, everyone would always say, 'And the worst one is right there in the nation’s capital, the Washington team name,’” said Harjo. “It was the worst one, everyone pointed to it.”

Harjo moved to Washington D.C. in 1974. Soon after her arrival, she said someone gave her and her husband tickets to a Redskins game.

“We’re football fans and we can separate the team name from the game, so we went to a game. And we didn’t stay for the game at all, because people started — someone said something, 'Are you this or that?’ So, we started to answer, then people started like pulling our hair,” explained Harjo. “And they would call us that name and it was very weird for us. So, we just left and never went to another game.”

Harjo said her experience at the Redskins game “solidified” her opposition to stereotypical Native American sports mascots.

“That just solidified it for me because it wasn’t just namecalling, it was what the name had promoted,” Harjo said. “That’s the example of what objectification is. You strip the person of humanity and they’re just an object and you can do anything.

You can pull their hair! I wouldn’t even touch someone else!”

Harjo, who eventually became the first president of the Morning Star Institute, a D.C.-based national Native rights organization, began looking for ways to change the Redskins name. She said she settled on the strategy of trying to get the team’s trademark canceled after she was contacted by a Minneapolis lawyer named Stephen Baird in 1992. 

According to Harjo, Baird was working on a law review article about his theory the Redskins’ trademark could be canceled based on a section of the U.S. Trademark Act prohibiting trademarks that “may disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols.” Harjo said Baird heard she had “looked at all sorts of causes of action, and not settled on any of them, and had been talking with various attorneys about ways that we could approach this.” When Baird called her, Harjo said his “first question” was why she rejected using the Patent and Trademark Office as a forum to fight the Redskins name.

“And I said, 'I have no idea what you’re talking about,’” Harjo remembered with a laugh. “Once he explained his theory, I was so intrigued by his theory. It was very different from the kinds of things we’d been looking at. … It didn’t interfere with free speech, it wasn’t even forcing a decision. What it’s saying is, 'Here’s what the federal government will or will not sanction.’ Because, it’s the federal government’s role to grant the exclusive privilege of making money off this name.”

Full article

http://lastrealindians.com/portland-city-council-passes-indigenous-peoples-day-resolution/

Portland City Council Passes Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution

Amazing! Portland, OR joins the ranks of Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Berkeley, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, South Dakota, and Mich and Newstead, NY who have all passed similar resolutions. Now if only the rest of the US could follow suit…

Native American man who attended anti-police brutality rally is killed by police the next day
December 24, 2014

A man who participated in an anti-police brutality march and rally in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Friday was shot and killed by police a day later, according to reports.

Rapid City Police identified the victim as Allen Locke, 30, of Rapid City. At about 6 p.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to a subdivision known as Lakota Community Homes to remove a person from a residence there, the Rapid City Journalreported.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom, who was on sight investigating the shooting, told the Rapid City Journal that Officer Anthony Meirose fired his weapon after Locke allegedly charged him with a knife. Police are saying Locke was shot up to five times by Officer Meirose. Locke was pronounced dead at the scene.

The day before the shooting, Locke’s family said he had attended the #NativeLivesMatterAnti-Police Brutality Rally and Marchin Rapid City.

On Monday, Locke’s family released a statement calling on the community for peace.

“We genuinely appreciate the prayer vigils and ceremony circles that are being organized in Allen’s memory; this is a crucial time for our family as Allen is making his spirit journey,” the statement reads, as posted onLast Real Indians. “We feel the community’s hurt; we know you are angry, we know you are sad and we know everyone is on edge as a result of Allen’s violent death coming off the [sic] heals of his participation in the #NativeLivesMatter Anti-Police Brutality Rally and March a day before this horrific incident. There are many details that we will share in time but we are trying very hard to hold it together and to be strong and peaceful in order to send our loved one off and to give our children an appropriate holiday’s memory.”

The family is asking for privacy during their time of mourning.

On Monday, the victim’s family was scheduled to meet Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker and Police Chief Karl Jegeris at 10 a.m. MST. People were scheduled to gather outside the mayor’s office for a prayer gathering.

Both the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting, according to theAssociated Press.

Captain Dan Rudtold reportersthat tasing Locke was not an option. Officer Meirose is on administrative leave, according to FOX affiliate KEVN Black Hills.

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Tyendinaga Mohawks begin blockade for missing/murdered women

via warriorpublications.wordpress.com

By Krystalline Kraus, Rabble.ca,  March 3, 2014

As of Sunday, roughly 70 members and supporters of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga erected a blockade on Shannonville Road, pushing for the Canadian government to host a genuine inquiry into the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women across Canada — thus stating their dissatisfaction of the Oppal Inquiry.

As of reports from Sunday night, “two large fires are going across the street and vehicles are parked, blocking Shannonville Road.”

The federal government has already insisted that it is willing to commit $25 million to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains. While this is a start, the mandate is not specific to why First Nations women are at a higher risk of violence due to historical and socio-economic factors.

This blockade should not be a surprise to anyone, since Tyendinaga Mohawk resident Shawn Brant had already warned the federal government — and especially Stephen Harper — that the government had until the end of February 2014 to start a campaign of direct action if an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women was not called.

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The Occupation of Alcatraz

“From November 1969 to June 1971 a coalition of American Indian students and urban Indians, calling themselves ‘Indians of All Tribes’, occupied Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco as a call to resistance against US domination of native peoples and land. The coalition publicized the occupation through a widely distributed newsletter and a radio show broadcast in multiple cities. This action sparked years of Native resistance, including the 1972 takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Headquarters in Washington D.C. and the re-occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973.”

From: http://justseeds.org/project/cph/

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Stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which endangers the water supply to Native American reservations. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

“The Dakota Access pipeline is set to be constructed near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, crossing under the Missouri River which is the only source of water to the reservation. The pipeline is planned to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The potential of oil leaks would contaminate the only source of water for the reservation. While Dakota Access claims oil leaks are unlikely, an oil leak from a separate pipeline in North Dakota was discovered (8/15/16) to have leaked over 500 barrels of oil since the leak began on July 19, 2016. You can read the article here: http://bit.ly/2aVm5cv. A leak like this from the Dakota Access pipeline would leave the Standing Rock Sioux without any clean water.”

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