Please read this, and if you’re non native, it is okay to reblog this, in fact I ask - no, beg - you to.
If you want to be an ally to indigenous peoples of the Americas, don’t be just reblogging stuff anti Col*mb*s, and especially don’t be just ignoring today.
Be reblogging stuff of native greatness. Be talking about us. Talking about our accomplishments, our ability to survive over 500 years of people against us. Talk about Charles Curtis, the first Native American (his mother was fully native of the Kaw, Osage, and Potawatomi tribes) vice president (to Herbert Hoover, served 1929-1933). Talk about the Native American Literature Renaissance throughout the 20th century. Talk about our water protectors out in the Dakotas.Talk about Nancy Reagan, a direct descendant of Matoaka (or as you probably know her, Pocahontas), and while her blood wasn’t much, she often volunteered and helped native communities, she was more native in her spirit than some full natives. Talk about the fact we have built our own media networks, both in movies and tv shows. Talk about how we fought in World War I, despite not even being American citizens (we wouldn’t gain citizenship until 1924). Talk about how the Navajo helped the Allies win World War II, with using their language as codes. Talk about all the great things we’ve done to make this country to how it is today.
And during this, don’t forget the modern issues. Kidnapping of native children and putting them legally through the adoption system (and usually ending up with white adopted parents) is today higher than during the residential school years. The United States to this date refuses to acknowledge or apologize for the schools. Many of our reservations are in water crises (including the Navajo’s who’s have been going on since 1942). Talk about the missing and murdered indigenous women that Canada refuses to acknowledge or help. Talk about that native women are the most likely than any other race to end up becoming sex slaves, and to end up facing rape and domestic abuse, usually by non native men too. Talk about that natives make up less than 1% of the United States and Canada, yet make up 1.9% of police brutality cases, making our rate higher than that of any other race.
Talk about resistances against these. Talk about the Oka Crisis. Talk about those water protectors I mentioned above. Talk about Idle No More.
Don’t forget that the alternate title to this day, and the title we are fighting for, is Indigenous Peoples Day.
Is Faith Spotted Eagle the first Native American to earn an electoral vote?
Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice President (under Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933), was one-eighth Native American. He spent some of his early years growing up on a Kaw reservation in Kansas, was a member of the Kaw Nation, and he spoke the Kaw tribe’s language. Vice President Curtis was not only the first Native American to win an Electoral vote, but the first Native American or mixed-race candidate to win a national election – and the only other mixed-race candidate to win a national election is Barack Obama. Curtis was also elected to seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, four terms in the U.S. Senate, and served as Senate Majority Leader (1925-1929) and briefly as President pro Tempore of the Senate in 1911.
Her Majesty with 12 U.S. Presidents: Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. 🇬🇧🇺🇸
Today’s theme is #architecture for #MuseumWeek. The National Archives Building was completed in 1937–but it was a challenging building to design! It was more than an office space for workers; it would store the most valuable records of the government.
This called for installation of specialized air-handling systems and filters, reinforced flooring, and thousands of feet of shelving to meet the building’s archival storage requirements.
New York architect John Russell Pope was chosen to design the new building. He suggested moving the planned location (it had already be relocated twice) to the block it is now built on. This meant demolishing Center Market, which had been erected in 1871 and held approximately 700 vendors. Excavation for the new building began on 1931.
The builders needed to protect the foundation from possible flooding from the Old Tiber Creek bed, which runs under the National Archives Building. Contractors drove 8,575 piles into the unstable soil before constructing a huge concrete bowl as a foundation.
On February 20, 1933, departing President Herbert Hoover laid the cornerstone of the building. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation on June 19, 1934, creating the National Archives as an independent agency, and 120 National Archives staff members moved into the uncompleted building on November 5, 1935,
Almost as soon as Pope’s original design was complete, a project to fill the Archives’ interior courtyard began, doubling storage space from 374,000 square feet to more than 757,000 square feet!
In 1937 the National Archives Building was complete.
Three inscriptions encircle the building. The south side reads: “The ties that bind the lives of our people in one indissoluble union are perpetuated in the archives of our government and to their custody this building is dedicated.”
On this day in 1932 the infant son of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh,
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., was kidnapped. The child was taken from
his family home in East Amwell, New Jersey in what became known as ‘The
Crime of the Century’. A ransom note was left at the scene which
demanded $50,000 from the infant’s wealthy family. The case attracted a huge media following and even
President Herbert Hoover declared he would “move Heaven and Earth” to find the
child. However, in a sad turn of events for which the nation grieved, the child’s body was found on May 12th 1932 not far from
their home. The investigation into the crime lasted until 1936, when
Bruno Richard Hauptmann was found guilty of the murder and executed.
KMart: We need those Leaders of the World toys now, China!
China: We’re all set. We got George Washington, Ben Franklin, and James Madison ready to go.
KMart: We need four to make a set!!
China: Fine, who else do you want?
KMart: It really doesn’t matter, just pick someone.
China: Okay we got this.
A few Earth Scientists who have risen to high office in governments across the globe. The usual career path for such folk seems to start with a background in law, the military or business, but there are some prime examples of rock-bashers who have put away their hammer for other challenges. Thomas Jefferson had a keen interest in Earth Sciences, and took his fossil collection to the White House when elected president, but Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States, was the first card-carrying geologist elected into office in USA. He had graduated from Stanford with a degree in geology and lectured on mining there and at Columbia as well as working as geologist in the Western Australian goldfields.