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post #441 of 598
thanks for sharing that link!
heres something i found funny!

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w...discovered.jpg
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thanks for sharing that link!
heres something i found funny!

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w...discovered.jpg
post #443 of 598
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Video from the Denver Columbus Day Parade:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwK6meERA_k
Next year. Next year I am flying out there! What ever happened to the RIGHT TO PEACEFUL PROTEST!!!!!!

watch this - Russell Means - speaking at the parade protest:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8Lri1-6aoY
post #444 of 598
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What is amazing is that my mother, not NA, was very interested in NA culture and somewhat instilled that in me on the side.
This is me I am not of NA (that I know of) but it has been my consuming interest since I felt the pulse of Mother Earth when I first walked in the Rockie Mountains as a kid. DH is NA, but has no cultural connection. Just raised 'american' with no culture, just consumerism... I hope I can be like your mother and 'instill' some NDN interest and culture in them. We go to Pau Pau's and DS picked 'backpacks for Pine Ridge' for his annual gift giving - instead of birthday presents we ask guests to bring something that the birthday person picked to donate. Most, if not all, people I know have never been to or on a Reservation. And someone mad the stupidest comment the other day, that the NDNs are getting their land back?!?!??! really?!?!? are you kidding!?!??! I had to leave. What uneducated people we are in the midst of sometimes...

cute short story - my son is blond, but has tons of black and red and brown stands throughout his lovely head of hair. An aunt of his noticed this and started pulling out his black strands!!! ouch! : He pulled away and asked what she was doing (DS is 3) she said, "you have black hair ruining your blond, so I'm pulling them out"...DS pulled back and calmly but sternly stated, "that black hair is my NDN. Leave my NDN alone!"
post #445 of 598
hello my fellow native indians hugs to u all

i know next yr iam sooo their at the parade dressed up in my native dress holding a sign and my war drums hahaha

i was thinking about protesting the thanksgiving parade since that has to do with the last dinner the indians would ever eat
post #446 of 598
hey mama's! what do you all think about AIM and Leonard Peltier? are you at all politically active in native rights movements?
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hey mama's! what do you all think about AIM and Leonard Peltier? are you at all politically active in native rights movements?

I work in Indian Law and am very concerned with Native Rights, but not involved with AIM or Peltier or anything like that. There are a lot more contemporary issues facing tribes today that, IMO, we need to be concerned with.

Some of the work I have done is helping inmates with religious freedom issues, eg. keeping their hair long, getting to have sweats, keeping prayer bags, etc. I have also worked with courts creating and maintaining internal tradition-based laws and alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanor offenders. I havent worked much with land-based issues, but water rights and other land rights are a big deal in maintaining sovereignty. There are also huge issues around health care, education, poverty in general, and federal and state government encroachment on tribal sovereignty.

For those that might be interested in what is going on now for tribes, check out Native American Rights Fund (NARF), http://www.narf.org/, and their current cases.
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I work in Indian Law and am very concerned with Native Rights, but not involved with AIM or Peltier or anything like that. There are a lot more contemporary issues facing tribes today that, IMO, we need to be concerned with.

Some of the work I have done is helping inmates with religious freedom issues, eg. keeping their hair long, getting to have sweats, keeping prayer bags, etc. I have also worked with courts creating and maintaining internal tradition-based laws and alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanor offenders. I havent worked much with land-based issues, but water rights and other land rights are a big deal in maintaining sovereignty. There are also huge issues around health care, education, poverty in general, and federal and state government encroachment on tribal sovereignty.

For those that might be interested in what is going on now for tribes, check out Native American Rights Fund (NARF), http://www.narf.org/, and their current cases.
thanks! that is really awesome, what you are doing. i'll definitely check out the link.
i asked because i just happened upon an article mentioning leonard and was curious what people here thought of that, and if anyone was involved with AIM.
post #449 of 598
hey mamas...lately i have noticed a couple of businesses in my town with silly indian "mascots" on their signs...
Chiefs Laundromat is one, and another carpet store near my house has Mohawk Color Center on their window
http://www.thefloorauthority.com/Moh...lor-Center.htm (small pic of what they have on this link).
when you guys see stuff like that, does it piss you off? have you ever thought of saying something, or do you just let it roll off your backs?
i take a walk by the Mohawk Color place every day and it just makes me cringe a little every time.
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when you guys see stuff like that, does it piss you off? have you ever thought of saying something, or do you just let it roll off your backs?
I live near DC...'Redsk*n Country' for their NFL team and I say something about how it's a racial word. It's DH's favorite team but I won't let the DC wear anything that has the word on it. I find it offensive. The NFL doesn't have a "Cracker" team or a team with a black-face as a mascot...why should it be ok JUST because 'only some people' have a problem with it. One of my NDN friend doesn't see it as anything problematic but I just do no allow racism in my house. And if you aren't a racist but find it ok to have something racist 'just because' for WHATEVER reason, that, in my book, makes you a bigot. I do not want my children raised thinking it's ok because it's big money, big business, big sports, big whatever. I say something and have tried to do a protest, but the NDNs in my area say that there are bigger fish to fry. I guess I'm just too activist for most. I say make a comment, get a petition going... If you don't say something, then you have something to regret. If you do say something, than that is the warrior in you and you have respected that side of you in doing something...even if it's just piping up in a casual conversation about how it is offensive.
post #451 of 598
I'm Cherokee and Osage, member of the NAC, checking in!!
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I live near DC...'Redsk*n Country' for their NFL team and I say something about how it's a racial word. It's DH's favorite team but I won't let the DC wear anything that has the word on it. I find it offensive. The NFL doesn't have a "Cracker" team or a team with a black-face as a mascot...why should it be ok JUST because 'only some people' have a problem with it. One of my NDN friend doesn't see it as anything problematic but I just do no allow racism in my house. And if you aren't a racist but find it ok to have something racist 'just because' for WHATEVER reason, that, in my book, makes you a bigot. I do not want my children raised thinking it's ok because it's big money, big business, big sports, big whatever. I say something and have tried to do a protest, but the NDNs in my area say that there are bigger fish to fry. I guess I'm just too activist for most. I say make a comment, get a petition going... If you don't say something, then you have something to regret. If you do say something, than that is the warrior in you and you have respected that side of you in doing something...even if it's just piping up in a casual conversation about how it is offensive.

see, it bugs me because i always try and picture it as another racial group, and how it would soooooo not be okay. so there is a "cute" little indian brave on the billboard, ok...so if it was a little black boy with a minstrel face, or a asian boy with the exaggerated features like from old cartoons would it be okay? i don'tt think so. i think people would be all over that. i think it bothers me more that no one cares, and i think its because people think natives are a thing of the past,yk? like they are more of a romantic concept than an actual group that is still alive and striving to survive in this world.
it just irks me...
as for the Braves, Redskins, Indians and Redskins here is a cool article i found when the Indians were still in the running for the World Series. i think the article is a few years old, but i still like it, and i shared it with a few people i know who like the Indians.

http://www.aimovement.org/ncrsm/index.html
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I'm Cherokee and Osage, member of the NAC, checking in!!
Welcome!
post #454 of 598
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see, it bugs me because i always try and picture it as another racial group, and how it would soooooo not be okay. so there is a "cute" little indian brave on the billboard, ok...so if it was a little black boy with a minstrel face, or a asian boy with the exaggerated features like from old cartoons would it be okay? i don'tt think so. i think people would be all over that. i think it bothers me more that no one cares, and i think its because people think natives are a thing of the past,yk? like they are more of a romantic concept than an actual group that is still alive and striving to survive in this world.
it just irks me...

I think it prolly irks a lot of people. Myself included.

For the most part, I just let it roll off my back. There are so many larger issues out there, and I know I can't fight all the battles. But, I'm glad there there are others that are out there fighting for us all.
post #455 of 598
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I think it prolly irks a lot of people. Myself included.

For the most part, I just let it roll off my back. There are so many larger issues out there, and I know I can't fight all the battles. But, I'm glad there there are others that are out there fighting for us all.
yeah, i agree...it can be overwhelming when you think of all the things in the world that need to be fought for.
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yeah, i agree...it can be overwhelming when you think of all the things in the world that need to be fought for.
it can be overwhelming! just the other day my brother and I were discussing how we have the 'save the earth' heart, but what can one person do?!?! so you get heart heavy and sad and frustrated. You just have to focus on a few things that you really care about and go all out!

however, I'm adding this to my signature for all outgoing emails!
"AMERICAN INDIANS ARE PEOPLE, NOT MASCOTS"
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it can be overwhelming! just the other day my brother and I were discussing how we have the 'save the earth' heart, but what can one person do?!?! so you get heart heavy and sad and frustrated. You just have to focus on a few things that you really care about and go all out!

however, I'm adding this to my signature for all outgoing emails!
"AMERICAN INDIANS ARE PEOPLE, NOT MASCOTS"
oooooh, can i use that too! i love that.
and i hear you about the save the earth thing.
this year we have changed a lot of our lifestyle to be more sustainable, and i still feel overwhelmed by how much needs to be done. and then no matter what YOU do, there are still so many people who don't do anything...but i guess that is why the saying goes "be the change you want to see in the world"...cause otherwise you would go crazy.
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oooooh, can i use that too! i love that.
and i hear you about the save the earth thing.
this year we have changed a lot of our lifestyle to be more sustainable, and i still feel overwhelmed by how much needs to be done. and then no matter what YOU do, there are still so many people who don't do anything...but i guess that is why the saying goes "be the change you want to see in the world"...cause otherwise you would go crazy.
I know! My BIL was over the other day and I mentioned something that I didn't know how to reuse and if DH had any ideas and BIL said, "just throw it away"...like I was dumb for thinking to reuse such an inconsequential item that could just sit in the Earth for 500 years!...what was I thinking! and when I take the DC outside for a hike or walk, it's all trash...even in remote areas. Just carelessness and it hurts my heart. We often pick it up, but we can't pick it all up...we'll never get going on our hike and make it to our destination...or have any fun either!...But I think to save myself from a heart attack it's nice A) to see others feeling the same as I do and doing something about it, and B) seeing my DC pick up, so effortlessly and without apology, my Mother Earth conscientiousness. I just wish people weren't so stupid/lazy...it can just make your head spin : Sometimes I think that is why Gandhi did what he did in the end, IMO..
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Hi there I'm just now starting to post, although I've been lurking forever . I'm Marjolaine, mama to Ziigwan and Bnajaaenhs. My DH is Cree/Irish, and I'm Algonquin/Mi'kmaq/Acadian. I teach Anishnaabe language at a school here in Ontario, and I find it difficult, since I don't think my students retain a whole lot, because english is the language at home and out in the world, as well as all other subjects at school....it's sort of paying lip service to cultural preservation, aye? My boys are 5 and 1, and my eldest speaks french, english and Anishnaabe : :

I had a pretty funny moment today at the store . My big boy was asked what his name was, and when he replied "Ziigwan", the lady sort of looked a bit odd, and then said to me "what's his real name?" I replied "Ziigwan", and she says "oh, that's... different...". Ziigwan piped up "it means springtime, when the waters are flowing on the ground and in the trees, and the geese come back. What does your name mean?" : I snickered to myself... :rofl: that lady looked even more uncomfortable. I think this new generation of little ones is pretty powerful, and is for sure coming out with guns blazing.
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Hi there I'm just now starting to post, although I've been lurking forever . I'm Marjolaine, mama to Ziigwan and Bnajaaenhs. My DH is Cree/Irish, and I'm Algonquin/Mi'kmaq/Acadian. I teach Anishnaabe language at a school here in Ontario, and I find it difficult, since I don't think my students retain a whole lot, because english is the language at home and out in the world, as well as all other subjects at school....it's sort of paying lip service to cultural preservation, aye? My boys are 5 and 1, and my eldest speaks french, english and Anishnaabe : :

I had a pretty funny moment today at the store . My big boy was asked what his name was, and when he replied "Ziigwan", the lady sort of looked a bit odd, and then said to me "what's his real name?" I replied "Ziigwan", and she says "oh, that's... different...". Ziigwan piped up "it means springtime, when the waters are flowing on the ground and in the trees, and the geese come back. What does your name mean?" : I snickered to myself... :rofl: that lady looked even more uncomfortable. I think this new generation of little ones is pretty powerful, and is for sure coming out with guns blazing.
Welcome!!! well, welcome to posting in lieu of lurking

My DH is Algonkin and although we live in near DC I still would like my DC to learn some Anishnaabe. What learning materials do you recommend? My DC are 4 and 1.
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