Posts Tagged ‘Native Americans’

Standing Rock

November 22, 2016

“Mni Wiconi: The Standing at Standing Rock,” a short film by Lucian Read about the Native American people of the Standing Rock  community who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline project. “Mni Wiconi” means “Water is Life” in the Sioux language.

This week, some people are choosing to join them for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Updates:

“Medics Describe How Police Sprayed Standing Rock Demonstrators With Tear Gas and Water Cannons,” Alleen Brown, The Intercept

“Police defend use of water cannons on Dakota Access protesters in freezing weather,” Derek Hawkins, Washington Post

“Trump owns stock in Dakota Access parent company,” Harper Neidig, The Hill
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Happy Native Americans’ Day

October 10, 2016

Happy Native Americans' Day

On October 10, 2016, the Federal Office of Management and Budget observes the invasion of the Americas by Christophorus Columbus (aka Christoffa Corombo, Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóvão Colombo, Christovam Colom, and Cristóbal Colón), a Genoese private contractor working for the government of Castile. Federal employees (and the mailman) have Monday off. Even at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Of course, senators and congressmen have every Monday off. Every Friday, too.

God Bless America.

Note: Monday, October 10, 2016 is Native American Day in South Dakota. That’s when Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.

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Happy Native Americans’ Day

October 12, 2015

Happy Native Americans' Day

On October 12, 2015, the Federal Office of Management and Budget observes the invasion of the Americas by Christophorus Columbus (aka Christoffa Corombo, Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóvão Colombo, Christovam Colom, and Cristóbal Colón), a Genoese private contractor working for the government of Castile. Federal employees have Monday off. Even at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Of course, senators and congressmen have every Monday off. Every Friday, too.

God Bless America.

Note: Monday, October 12, 2015 is Native American Day in South Dakota. That’s when Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.

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Witchi Tia To

July 26, 2015

“Witchi Tia To,”  written by Jim Pepper (1941– 1992), inspired by a Native American Church peyote song he learned from his grandfather. Performed here by Jim Pepper (lead vocals, chant, tenor saxophone), Kenny Werner (piano), John Scofield (guitar), Hamid Drake (drums), Lester McFarland (electric bass), Naná Vasconcelos (chant, percussion). Recorded in 1983.

Jim Pepper also recorded versions of this song in 1969 and 1971.It has been recorded by many rock, pop, and jazz artists.

Related:

Jim Pepper Native Arts Festival @ Facebook

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October Holiday

October 13, 2014

October Holiday
Today, October 13, 2014, the Federal Office of Management and Budget observes the invasion of the Americas by Christophorus Columbus (aka Christoffa Corombo, Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóvão Colombo, Christovam Colom, and Cristóbal Colón), a Genoese private contractor working for the government of Castille.  Federal employees have Monday off. Even at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Of course, senators and congressmen have every Monday off. Every Friday, too.

God Bless America.

Note: Monday, October 13, 2014 is Indigenous Peoples Day in cities from Seattle to Skowhegan. In Minneapolis, too. It’s Native American Day in South Dakota and Explorers Day in Hawaii.

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What’s In a Name? Plenty.

September 27, 2014

More:

“‘Daily Show’ airs segment pitting Redskins fans against Native Americans,” Ian Shapira, Washington Post

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TV: Will the DC NFL Team Name Be Benched?

September 12, 2014

TV: Will the DC NFL Team Name Be Benched?

Sportscasters Tony Dungy, Phil Simms, Tom Jackson, and Lisa Salters won’t use the racist, derogatory name of DC’s NFL team. Neither will ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak, who comes from the DC area. But what if the FCC rules that name cannot be uttered over the public airwaves?

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he finds the name “offensive and derogatory” and believes it should be changed. He hopes DC team owner Dan Snyder will come to his senses and change the name voluntarily.

But former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and former Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Nicholas Johnson are urging the FCC to make an indecency case against broadcasters who use the name on the air.

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Message to the NFL

February 1, 2014

A message to the NFL from the National Congress of American Indians, oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native organization.

More:

“Over 200 Civil Rights Organizations Call For Washington, DC Football Team to Change Its Name,” NCAI.org

“The Epic Battle To Save The Most Offensive Team Name In Professional Sports,” Travis Waldron, Think Progress

“The Washington R*dskins’ Wily Mascot: Coach William ‘Lone Star” Dietz,'” Linda M. Waggoner, Montana: the Magazine of Western History

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NFL R-Word Rally in Green Bay On Sunday

September 14, 2013

NFL R-Word Rally in Green Bay on Sunday
There will be a protest this Sunday at Lambeau Field when the Packers host a team from the Nation’s Capital, the NFL team with a Native American slur for a name. That game will be played in an Oneida neighborhood, Green Bay Wisconsin. New York’s Oneida Nation will air local radio spots protesting that racist team name, so even the Menominee community 45 miles away will get the message. But will DC team owner Dan Snyder?

Mr. Snyder has thus far avoided hearing the voice of reason calling for a team name change, but the Washington Post editorial board heard it loud and clear. So have many sportswriters, most recently Christine Brennan of USA Today. Mark Murphy, CEO of the Green Bay Packers, a former DC player who wore that racist name on his jersey in two Superbowls, says Mr. Snyder should think about changing it. So does NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

As Keith Olbermann observes, the Washington team’s moniker has been “the last racist name you can say at the office without being fired” thanks to Dan Snyder and the NFL.

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D.C.’s R-Word

February 8, 2013

D.C.'s R-Word

“OF COURSE the team should change the name. Duh. It’s the worst racial slur used as a team name in American sports.” –Robert McCartney, “Drop ‘Redskins’ name? Time to take a stand.” Washington Post

‘It is the worst name we can be called in the English language…. And it’s in the nation’s capital.’” –“Redskins name change demanded at Smithsonian forum,” Annys Shin, Washington Post

“Discussion at the American Indian Museum: Time to Put Racist Mascots to Bed,” [Storified] Smithsonian Magazine blog

 “… 90,000 people screaming a racial slur.” “Time for the Washington Football Team to Change Its Name?” Benjamin R. Freed, DCist

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