The first Thanksgiving Day did occur in the year 1637, but it was nothing like our Thanksgiving today. On that day the Massachusetts Colony Governor, John Winthrop, proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians – men, women and children – all murdered.
This day is still remembered today, 373 years later. No, it’s been long forgotten by white people, by European Christians. But it is still fresh in the mind of many Indians. A group calling themselves the United American Indians of New England meet each year at Plymouth Rock on Cole’s Hill for what they say is a Day of Mourning. They gather at the feet of a stature of Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag to remember the long gone Pequot. They do not call it Thanksgiving
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It seems peoples perverted perception of Native peoples never ceases to let up. From Halloween costumes, to mascot props for athletic games to scenes of “Pilgrims & Indians”, who we are as a peoples is always being twisted by the “Indian” of the white imagination.
LRI refuses to allow this “Indian” of the white imagination to go unchecked. Shame on these people and their display of racism against Native peoples.
“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” – Jon Stewart #annualpost #thanksgiving
How whites see and Mock Native Americans ?
About time to Rewrite your History Lessons!
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Native Headdress ? this turkey day in 2013
Family Stands Against School’s Racist Thanksgiving Curriculum
The school was planning Thanksgiving classroom activities encouraging students to dance around teepees, dress up as Indians with headbands of multi-colored feathers and give each other “Indian names.”
Family Stands Against School’s Racist Thanksgiving Curriculum
The Oxendine family have long valued how Montessori schools educated their four children, especially with Montessori’s stated principles of inclusiveness and compassion.
They were, thus, thrilled when their youngest children Jada, 7, and Jase, 5, received scholarships in 2012 to the Maria Montessori School in San Diego due to their family’s Native American and military backgrounds. But now the Oxendines say an ongoing conflict over the school’s problematic, now cancelled Thanksgiving curriculum has led to the revoking of Jada’s scholarship, something school officials deny.
Red flags were raised in early November 2012 when they learned the school was planning Thanksgiving classroom activities encouraging students to dance around teepees, dress up as Indians with headbands of multi-colored feathers and give each other “Indian names.”
“Whenever we go back to [the Pine Ridge Reservation] where my wife is from, [the children] are surrounded by ceremonies and dances. They’re taught feathers are sacred and only for ceremony,” said James Oxendine, Lumbee, an information systems officer in the U.S. Navy. “And it was confusing for them to see the school doing it differently and perpetuating stereotypes in this way.”
After receiving a newsletter describing the week of potentially offensive activities, his wife, Jeanne Eagle Bull-Oxendine, Oglala Sioux, decided to try to engage the school in creating a culturally appropriate curriculum.
What followed is in dispute. School officials say they immediately ended the curriculum and have tried to cooperate with the Oxendines.
But the Oxendines say the school resisted ending their Thanksgiving tradition, and told them to keep their kids at home rather than change the curriculum and eventually revoked their daughter’s scholarship to be rid of their complaints.
“They said they were doing these activities to honor us [Native Americans], but then they wanted us to stay home while they were honoring us,” said Eagle Bull-Oxendine.
The family has posted a Change.org petition demanding the school issue an apology, reinstate their daughter’s scholarship and implement the National Museum of the American Indian’s holiday curriculum.
Dena Stoneman, co-director of the school, said the petition is misleading for many reasons, including that it makes readers think the school is still conducting the same Thanksgiving curriculum this year.
“It saddens us [that] they’re using this platform for personal gain when they should be using it to promote Native American rights and how to correctly teach about Native Americans,” Stoneman said.
She described the “rich curriculum” as being developed to teach students about how many different Native American tribes have lived in the past and now live in the present day. Once they learned the use of the feathers was offensive, they dropped the curriculum, and invited Eagle Bull-Oxendine to do a presentation and even start a diversity committee, Stoneman said.
Stoneman also said that the Oxendines dis-enrolled their daughter when she couldn’t guarantee them that no children would wear their headbands with feathers to school. The scholarship money had already been allocated to another student when the Oxendines tried to re-enroll her, she said.
This year, Stoneman said they are asking students and families to celebrate at home because they have the week off.
The Oxendines, however, say the school continued with the curriculum last year, and only announced its cancellation this year. Eagle Bull-Oxendine said when she tried to raise the issue with the directors of the school, she was told students would be too disappointed if they weren’t allowed to have their Thanksgiving traditions. Then when she tried to approach the parent liaison about the issue, she was told her children would be dis-enrolled if she continued to raise the issue.
The Oxendines said they made a quick decision to try to enroll Jada in public school, fearing she would miss the rest of the term if she was kicked out of Maria Montessori. They changed their mind a couple days later, and were shocked to learn their daughter’s scholarship had so quickly been given to another student.
“You go through a lot of emotions,” Eagle Bull-Oxendine said. “Rosa Parks didn’t stop riding the bus because she didn’t have the front seat. Our daughter has every right to attend on that scholarship.”
Currently, Jada is being homeschooled, her parents said, and she has suffered some psychological effects from what happened. Their son is still at Maria Montessori, and the Oxendines say they have been impressed with his teacher. Their main issue is with the school’s administration, they say.
“We want to raise awareness that no classroom activity should make a mockery of our culture,” Eagle Bull-Oxendine said. “We’re doing this for Jada, but we’re also doing it for all Native children.”
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“Trail Of Tears” http://www.richheape.com – Rich-Heape Films, Inc. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee Nation froze or starved to death on the trail to Oklahoma Indian Territory. This video explores America’s darkest period: President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838. Nearly a quarter of the Cherokee National died during the Trail of Tears, arriving in Indian Territory with few elders and even fewer children. Presented by Wes Studi and narrated by James Earl Jones, “Trail of Tears Cherokee Legacy” has already captured an impressive array of awards including a Nammy for best long video. Known worldwide as “The Nammys” – Nama (Native American Music Awards) is an ultimate celebration of music & video honoring the outstanding achievements of today’s leading Native American artists.
It is About the racist behavior that stems from mascot use 😦
Donna residents proud of Redskins team mascot, motif
By David Hinojosa, Staff Writer
November 17, 2013
DONNA — The Donna Redskins take the field at Bennie La Prade Stadium, known locally as “The Reservation,” by running through a canvas banner that resembles a teepee.
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The battle over “Indian” mascots has always been more than just a fight over names and logos, but also about the racist behavior that stems from mascot use.
Below comes from McAdory High School. We certainly think the forced removal and death of thousands of Cherokee peoples is not anything to make light of.
Honor treaty rights not mascots
Cherokee Nation Responds to Offensive ‘Trail of Tears’ Banner
Cherokee Nation Responds to Offensive ‘Trail of Tears’ Banner
The Cherokee Nation has responded to an offensive banner displayed at an Alabama high school football game that has drawn national attention.
Natives on ?:
…….being bullied at school because she was viewed as being “different,” a young “mixed-race Indian woman…………. At these public schools!
The vast majority of American Indian and Alaska Native students attend K-12 public schools. Educators are committed to the proposition that every student has the right to learn, grow and develop his or her full potential, regardless of one’s personal, sexual and social orientation, it is critical that we address the bullying issue. My daughter explains, “Coulda drowned, but I grabbed the rope.” She sought adult help before it was too late. She was one of the lucky ones, others may not be that fortunate.
Student-to-student bullying is not acceptable; and is a human rights issue. It violates a student’s basic human right to a quality education, and its impact on the bullied student can be severe, including increased absenteeism, lowered academic achievement, increased anxiety, loss of self-esteem and confidence, depression, deterioration of physical health, and suicidal thinking.
What can be done? School employees and school districts have a moral and legal obligation to put a stop to such harassment or bullying based on race (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964). Moreover, school administrators must not only discipline the perpetrators, but they and the other school employees also have a responsibility to take steps to create a school environment in which such discriminatory harassment and bullying does not recur. The Office for Civil Rights, United State Department of Education offers technical assistance to help schools achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws and works with schools to develop creative approaches to preventing discrimination by bullying or harassment. Let’s stop bullying now.
Julianne Jennings (Nottoway) is an anthropologist.
Appropriation is a weapon of assimilation and is born of a conqueror’s mentality. Colonial empires express dominion over people by conversion. First they defeat the people militarily. Their lands and resources are taken. The people are made to assimilate or face termination. Then they try to break the spirit of the people by re-educating them, and forcing their religion upon them. Eventually, they come for what the people consider most sacred, and try to destroy it by making it illegal or making a mockery of it. Ultimately, whether consciously or unconsciously, they attempt to exercise control over the very identity of that group and cry foul when a member of that group dares to protest the offense. Only the voice of privilege has the arrogance to assume ownership over all things, even the spirit of a people.
The voice of privilege?
A fluoride/ Roundup poisoned dying group of adults, who act like zombies, doing the 1% dirty bully work ? How sad…..
Second ‘Trail of Tears’ Banner Displayed at Tennessee High School Football Game
On This Day: In 1831 over 500 Choctaws arrived at Arkansas Post in present-day Arkansas on their way to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). They joined 2,000 other Choctaws at the post. The move was part of the Choctaw Trail of Tears, which was the forced relocation of the Choctaw Nation from their traditional lands in the southern United States, to Indian Territory, west of the Mississippi River. Over the course of two years, nearly 15,000 Choctaws were forced to move; over 2,500 died along the way. Prior to their forced removal, the Choctaw are quoted as saying “Our tribe has been woefully imposed upon of late. We have had our habitations torn down and burned; our fences destroyed, cattled turned into our fields and we ourselves have been scourged, manacled, fettered and otherwise personally abused, until by such treatment some of our best men have died. These are the acts of those persons who profess to be the agents of the Government to procure our removal to Arkansas and who cheat us out of all they can, by the use of fraud, duplicity, and even violence.” The removal of the Choctaws continued well into the early 20th century. In 1903, three hundred Mississippi Choctaws were persuaded to move to the Nation in Oklahoma.
The Trail of Tears is a name given to the ethnic cleansing and forced relocation of Native American nations from southeastern parts of the United States following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The removal included many members of the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations, among others in the United States, from their homelands to Indian Territory in eastern sections of the present-day state of Oklahoma. The phrase originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831.
Many Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease and starvation on the route to their destinations. Many died, including 2,000-6,000 of 16,542 relocated Cherokee. European Americans and African American freedmen and slaves also participated in the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek and Seminole forced relocations.
In 1831, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole (sometimes collectively referred to as the Five Civilized Tribes) were living as autonomous nations in what would be called the American Deep South. The process of cultural transformation (proposed by George Washington and Henry Knox) was gaining momentum, especially among the Cherokee and Choctaw. Andrew Jackson continued and renewed the political and military effort for the removal of the Native Americans from these lands with the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
This act further added to the misconceptions of Native Indigenous peoples and created a sort of hatred movement against Native Americans. An intense hatred came upon the Apache people by the U.S. government, invading miners, and Anglo immigrants. Shown are Apache prisoners captured at Tres Castillos.
Moving peoples off their land away from their homes, is murder 😦
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(M) True story, unless you’re a Native American.
8 Tasteless Native American Sports References Not Relating to the ‘Redskins’
Despite the recent, and not so recent, media attention on the “Redskins” name-change debate, there are other incidents of tasteless sports references that are worth noting. Some of these references are long standing, while others flashed in and out the spotlight.
Regardless of the length of their exposure, the underlying meaning is that Native stereotypes still exist.
Here are eight tasteless sports references that are not related to the Washington NFL team. Some of them may be new to our readers, while the others, of course, are oldies but not-so-good goodies.
The Cleveland Indians Mascot — Chief Wahoo
The fight against the baseball team’s Chief Wahoo by Cleveland protestors has been on going.
Though the Redskins name has a history in relation to Indians skins collected for a bounty, the grotesque and cartoonish image of Chief Wahoo is what Cleveland AIM protestors call “bigoted, racist and shameful.”
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Chief Illiniwek
Beginning in 1926, the University of Urbana-Champaign’s Chief Illiniwek stood as the symbol of the University. During sport events, a student was selected to perform a “Native dance” for the crowd, complete with crossed arms, stoic postures and jumping air splits.
In 2007, the Chief Illiniwek mascot was eliminated because the NCAA deemed it “hostile or abusive” to Native Americans. The student body revolted, and though the mascot was additionally banned by the school, Illiniwek still made unofficial appearances at games.
The Atlanta Braves and FSU’s Tomahawk Chop
The Florida State Seminoles stopped using “Seminole Sammy” (a former FSU mascot in which a student paraded around in fake Native regalia) back in 1972, but the school retained its Tomahawk chop, which was adopted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1990s.
The Brooklin Redmen
The jury is out on this one, but the name is certainly questionable.
The Brooklin Redmen are a box lacrosse team based in Whitby, Ontario, that play in the Major Series Lacrosse league and compete each September for the coveted Mann Cup. The Redmen are pretty well known, but one is hard-pressed to find any criticism of the team’s name.
The Now Infamous Trail Of Tears Banner
During a football game at McAdory High School in Alabama, a group of unsupervised cheerleaders made a 20 foot tall banner with the following slogan: “Hey Indians, Get Ready to Leave in a Trail of Tears, Round 2.”
After the image was posted on Tumblr, the incident went viral sparking outrage in Indian Country and worldwide. McAdory’s principal, Tom Humphries, issued an apology on the schools website, “Please accept our sincere apologies to the Native American people and to anyone who was offended by the reference to an event that is a stain on our nation’s past forever,” he said.
Tennessee Headline: ‘Trojans Scalp Indians’ — Town Mayor Tweets Story
At a Dyersburg, Tennessee, football game, the Dyersburg High School Trojans played the Northside Indians. The State Gazette reported on the story with this headline: “Trojans Scalp Indians, coast to 37-14 second round win.”
The headline was changed to “Trojans Blast Indians…” on the same day it was published, November 17, 2013, and the incident fell on the same weekend as the Trail of Tears banner that was displayed during a McAdory High School game in Alabama.
Despite several calls and emails to the mayor’s office for comment, no phone calls were returned. At press time, however, the tweet had been deleted.
Not to be outdone, Bucks Local News in NJ also embraced the term ‘scalped’ with their September headline Sluggish Neshaminy Redskins scalp Souderton Indians.
The Trail of Tears Classic
Since September 1959, the Arkansas State Red Wolves and Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks football teams have battled it out on the playing field as long standing rivals. Since both teams were once known as the Indians, the annual matchup is called the Trail of Tears Classic.
The Port Neches-Groves Indians High School Football Team
When surfing the Port Neches-Groves Indians website, you will find a team that has managed to cover all its bases in terms of Native stereotypes.
The site is complete with cheerleaders in purple headdress called the “Indianettes,” a flamboyant Indian “spirit dancer,” a team seal that’s styled after the Cherokee Nation emblymn, a “scalp ‘em” fight song and a stadium named “The Reservation.”
This is team’s fight song:
Here come the Indians
Down the trails of victory.
Winning our conquests
(YELL) I-N-D-I-A-N-S, scalp ’em Indians, scalp ’em!
(YELL) I-N-D-I-A-N-S, scalp ’em Indians, scalp ’em!
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Glen Beck ???????? WOW !
The Lost Civilizations of North America
The people of the Six Nations, also known by the French term, Iroquois Confederacy, call themselves the Hau de no sau nee (ho dee noe sho nee) meaning People Building a Long House. Located in the northeastern region of North America, originally the Six Nations was five and included the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas. The sixth nation, the Tuscaroras, migrated into Iroquois country in the early eighteenth century. Together these peoples comprise the oldest living participatory democracy on earth. Their story, and governance truly based on the consent of the governed, contains a great deal of life-promoting intelligence for those of us not familiar with this area of American history. The original United States representative democracy, fashioned by such central authors as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, drew much inspiration from this confederacy of nations. In our present day, we can benefit immensely, in our quest to establish anew a government truly dedicated to all life’s liberty and happiness much as has been practiced by the Six Nations for over 800 hundred years.
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For indigenous people in California, the most basic hurdle in self-determination – federal recognition – is blocked.
North America Before the ships arrived.
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On This Day: In 1867 Crow Chief Bear Tooth gave a speech in which he condemned all of the newly arriving settlers for their reckless destruction of wildlife and the natural environment at Fort Laramie, Wyoming: “Fathers, fathers, fathers, hear me well. Call back your young men from the mountains of the bighorn sheep. They have run over our country; they have destroyed the growing wood and the green grass; they have set fire to our lands. Fathers, your young men have devastated the country and killed my animals, the elk, the deer, the antelope, my buffalo. They do not kill them to eat them; they leave them to rot where they fall. Fathers, if I went into your country to kill your animals, what would you say? Should I not be wrong, and would you not make war on me?”
Our Fires Still Burn
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Father J. Vincent Fitzgerald Allegedly Sexually Abused Children on White Earth, Leech Lake & Lake Traverse Indian Reservations in Minnesota & South Dakota CROOKSTON, MINNESOTA –
Natives experienced the American Holocaust by Gray Wolf A white man and an elderly Native man became pretty good friends, so the white guy decided to ask him: “What do you think about Indian mascots?” The Native elder responded, “Here’s what you’ve got to understand. When you look at black people, you see ghosts of all the slavery and the rapes and the hangings and the chains. When you look at Jews, you see ghosts of all those bodies piled up in death camps. And those ghosts keep you trying to do the right thing. “But when you look at us you don’t see the ghosts of the little babies with their heads smashed in by rifle butts at the Big Hole, or the old folks dying by the side of the trail on the way to Oklahoma while their families cried and tried to make them comfortable, or the dead mothers at Wounded Knee or the little kids at Sand Creek who were shot for target practice. You don’t see any ghosts at all. “Instead you see casinos and drunks and junk cars and shacks. “Well, we see those ghosts. And they make our hearts sad and they hurt our little children. And when we try to say something, you tell us, ‘Get over it. This is America. Look at the American dream.’ But as long as you’re calling us Redskins and doing tomahawk chops, we can’t look at the American dream, because those things remind us that we are not real human beings to you. And when people aren’t humans, you can turn them into slaves or kill six million of them or shoot them down with Hotchkiss guns and throw them into mass graves at Wounded Knee. “No, we’re not looking at the American dream. And why should we? We still haven’t woken up from the American nightmare… Check us out! http://iloveancestry.com >>—->
Now it is starting to be other cultures from other lands that are living here turn! Welcome to the REZ !
Assault on Wall Street Final Scene
Everything goes down in radiation poison, after all this Murdering greed power control?
Even The Sea Life Is Trying To escape!
Nov 25, 2013 – The “biggie” of the bunch is the endangered North Pacific right whale, spotted twice … mass die-off of starfish in areas along Canada’s Pacific coast — “They’ve …. It could be radiation..or it cold be chemical spills in the ocean from the tsunami too. … and running like hell all over the west coast beaches soon.
4 days ago – They have been dying in record numbers on the West Coast. […] … to Southern California causing millions of starfish to fall apart and melt away. [. … and Oceans] noted returns for the Skeena River sockeye run were dire. …. Just a few weeks ago similar sightings were reported along Canada’s Pacific coast:.
The Church of Europe’s control over the people there, to the point that their European Tribes are now lost and forgotten / so they are no longer human! So by the time Columbus arrived he was not a human being.
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Spoken word by John Trudell – Track 18 of Descendants Now Ancestors CD – DNA
Once they were tribal.
How were they transformed?
How do we protect ourselves and our children from the Predator?
How do we decontaminate, decolonize, deprogram?