Archives For Opinions


1. Don’t Wait for the White World to Catch Up

2. Revenant Actor Forrest Goodluck On Playing Leonardo DiCaprio’s Son

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Forrest Goodluck and Leonardo DiCaprio at the New York Premiere of “The Revenant”

3. Juneau Kicks Off Campaign Breaking Fundraising Record

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Denise Juneau is a candidate for Congress in Montana.

4. Native Cooking: All About Herbs

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Farmers are seen here harvesting Saffron in Iran. Because the herb has to be hand-harvested it is one of the most expensive.

5. Scared and Spied On Under Harper, Why Child Advocate Didn’t Give Up

via The Tyee
Cindy Blackstock, Gitksan First Nation, fought tenaciously for nine years to get equal funding for indigenous children on reserves as executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

6. After 2015 Performance, Artist Frank Waln Mocked by CT High School’s ‘The Rez’ Twitter Account

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Frank Waln was criticized this week on Twitter by students of a West Hartford High school cheering section who call themselves ‘The Rez’

7. After Mascot Ban at CT High School – Parent Designs ‘F*ck You’ Finger Headdress T-Shirt

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After a mascot ban, an angry parent and Conard Chieftain high school alumni created a t-shirt with an image of a Native American man in a headdress with an emblem of a ‘f*ck you’ middle finger hidden in the medallion

8. Nine First Nations Unite With Declaration Against LNG Tankers in B.C. Salmon Waters

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The nine allied tribes of Lax Kw’alaams supported by several other First Nations, pose for a photo after the signing of the Lelu Island Declaration, Saturday January 23. Chief Yahaan (Don Wesley) holds up the declaration for all to see.

9. Burns Paiute Tribe Responds to Oregon Militia Video

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10. Supreme Court Rules Against Menominee Tribe, Denies Cert on NAGPRA Claim

The Supreme Court recently ruled against the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin and declined to hear arguments in a NAGPRA case involving 12 Kumeyaay tribes.

 


What should have happened…by Felina Silver Robinson

Bethenny Frankel is a single mom. Time is not something she has a lot of. She like many of us wear multiple hats and Bethenny is no exception. Bethenny is a mom, a reality tv personality, and a business owner. When she finally has the time to go shopping, I’m sure much like me, she has everything thought out and timed.

In an article published in Eonline entitled “Bethenny Frankel Rants About Kmart Workers Who “Speak No English,” Is Dubbed a “Racist””. Bethenny was called a racist. This truly got my blood boiling. Bethenny meant no harm and certainly wasn’t being malicious in her ranting. Bethenny’s only hope at the time was to find someone, anyone that spoke English that could help her with something as simple as shoes. I’m sure we have all been in the very same place.  I know that I certainly have.

I know that we live in a free country which is the reason that so many people choose to come to the United States.  There have been many occasions  where I couldn’t get the help I needed due to language barriers.  It’s always been my feeling that if you work in an area where helping customers is key, then you definitely need to be able to speak the language of the majority.

To be compared to Donald Trump is outrageous and an outright insult to Bethenny.  She truly did not deserve that. People say a lot of nasty things when they don’t think they will have to answer for it and of course it is a lot easier to do over social media.

People should tread lightly when talking about race. It’s not so easy to take things back once said. Situations such as these can cause irreparable damage. Bethenny deserves better treatment than this.

There are definitely more serious matters that people should be spending their time on.


1. David Bowie: The Day the Music Died (Again)

2. Dennis Banks Declares War on Drugs with Longest Walk 5


This image is from the Longest Walk 3, when the walkers stopped at Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego, California.

3. Isleta Pueblo Score Largest Parcel of Trust Land in Single Application


Mary Annette Pember – Department of Interior Sec. Sally Jewell and Isleta Pueblo Gov. E. Paul Torres complete signing documents placing land into trust for the Isleta Pueblo at a ceremony Friday Jan. 15 at the Pueblo in New Mexico

4. Zas (“Snow” in Navajo) – A Winter Poem


iStock – Thanks to Mikayla J. McRoye (Navajo/Hopi), who submitted her poem ‘Zas’ to ICTMN.

5. Kinder Morgan Pipeline Opponents Call on Trudeau to Overhaul Regulatory Board


Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson (holding “Climate Justice” sign), Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (with “Stop Kinder Morgan” sign) and Carleen Thomas (in red shirt) of Tsleil-Waututh First Nation were among dozens of protesters outside hearings before Canada’s National Energy Board in British Columbia. Regulators are receiving testimony over Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline expansion.

6. Not for the Faint-Hearted: ‘The Revenant’

7. Betrayal by Labels: The Feebleminded, ADHD Native Chi


Diagnosing Native children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and treating them with stimulants does nothing to improve their educational or intellectual growth.

8. Tulalip School Shooter Father Gets Two Years in Prison


Ted S. Warren/AP – Raymond Lee Fryberg Jr. walks out of the Federal Courthouse in Seattle, in April 2015 after pleading not guilty to illegally possessing the gun his son used in a deadly high school shooting.

9. Miss Native American Plays Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy Smile Drive

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Miss Native American USA 2015-16 Kristina Hyatt is teaming up with America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation to reach out to Native children across the country through the America’s Tooth Fairy Smile Drive.

10. Ontario Highway Closed After Train Derailment on Magnetawan First Nation

11. 4 Dead, 2 Critically Injured in Saskatchewan School Shooting Near First Nation

Canadian Press
Five people died and several injured, two critically, at a school shooting in Saskatchewan near Clearwater River Dene Nation.
Way North Foods via YouTube
A $26.48 price tag for this Christmas turkey quickly flips to copy 99.99 in this ad parodying Nunavut’s high food prices. The public service ads use humor to draw attention to a serious nutritional issue.

 

 

When We Let Race Get In The Way©

By Felina Silver Robinson

Right before the holiday break BHS (aka Brookline High School) put out its latest edition of the Sagamore. As both a parent of two separate generations of children at BHS and being a former graduate, I am always interested in hearing about what’s going on at BHS. I was excited to see what was going on.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past one of the cover page articles entitled: “Back to School Night altercation follow-up leads to show of solidarity.

I’ve lived in the town of Brookline for all but the first three years of my life. Brookline is more than important to me.  I have always urged my children to both trust in and believe in the Police Department as well as all of its municipalities. I have friends and neighbors who are a part of the police force and they have been there when I’ve needed them. This is why I am now perplexed by the current events that have taken place.

Police officer when on duty or off duty must always retain composure and present themselves in the appropriate manner as their actions reflect the entire police department. Any driver must always observe their surroundings and safely operate a motor vehicle. Motor vehicles are deadly weapons. Driving in a school area is supposed to be in a reduced speed. Looking for parking spaces are supposed to be done airing on the side of caution assuming that students or other pedestrians are most likely walking around the area. The off-duty officer in question and not named in the article was driving with his ex-wife and teenage daughter also not named in the article came upon Juliette Estime, Gabriela Torres and two other students not named in the article. The Officer unsafely approached the students with his car. The students were standing in a space that the officer wanted. A verbal altercation ensued and it wasn’t pretty. Race language was thrown into the mix.  The students were left feeling unsafe about the entire situation and just wanted to get away from it all.

The meeting was meant to bring some level of closure to the students but instead, it brought them questions as to why there was no reprimand for the officer nor was there an apology for the students involved.

How can Chief O’Leary say that while what the officer did was wrong, they don’t find him at fault for what took place. This in itself is a total contradiction. If the students continue to see that there is no reprimand  or recourse at all for the actions of those in power, they will find it harder and harder to both respect and trust those in power.

Unrelated to the aforementioned incident, I’ve recently learned of other incidents involving officers of color being treated badly by their peers and the use of racial slurs putting the officers of color in uncomfortable enough standing that they don’t feel comfortable coming to work or working for the Brookline Police Department any further. Why does it feel like we are slipping backwards?

Please note, that I know that there are many officers that conduct themselves properly and have nothing but the utmost respect for their peers and I value each of those individuals.

I want what everyone else wants and that is to feel safe in my surroundings and to always be able to respect and trust in those  in positions of power. We need to be sure that all of our police officers also feel safe in their work environment while at the same time all officers conduct themselves appropriately whether on-duty or off.

Acknowledging wrongdoings still comes with some sort of reprimand. An apology goes a long way, but only when the sentiment is truly meant by the deliverer.

Brookline is a wonderful place to live. I would hate for anyone to get the wrong idea about what goes on here. There is certainly more good than bad. But when and if bad occurs, we must deal with it and NOT brush it under the rug. We must care about the messages we send to both the children and the adults of our diverse community.

With that being said, I’m pleased that at least BHS is now offering a Racial Awareness class. I think it should be mandatory for at least Freshman and Seniors. It would be great if it was required each year, but I’m not sure if that would work staff wise. This course is key for the proper understanding for all party involved as to how key race is in our relationships and understanding one another.

It’s my hope that all of the current issues can and will have the appropriate outcome for all involved. May everyone choose to stay strong, stand proud, and conduct themselves with pride


1. 12 Awesome Rock Your Mocs Photos From Around the World

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Rock Your Mocs took place all over the world in 2015.

2. USDA Seeds Grassroots Economic Development in New Mexico

3. Little Mortgage Lending in Any of SD Reservation-Only Counties
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4. Akwesasne Man Who Alleged Mishandling by Canadian Border Agents Walks On

via Cornwall Seaway News
Antoine Delormier and his wife, Donna Delormier, in September after he alleged being dragged from his vehicle and pinned face-down on the pavement by Canadian border guards while trying to get himself to the hospital. Antoine Delormier died on November 24 at age 67.

5. Red Nation TV

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6. The Hub – Native American Indian TV Show

7. Where are the mainstream TV shows about American Indians?

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8. ‘Saints & Strangers’: The Real Story of That First Thanksgiving?

Saints and Strangers Trujillo Queypo
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Raoul Trujillo as Massasoit, center and Kalani Queypo as Squanto, right, in National Geographic Channel’s two-night movie event “Saints & Strangers.”

9. Epic Native American Music – Cherokee Tribe

10. Native American Indians Spiritual Vocal Shamanic Music

 

 


I was 100% proud to be a resident of the town I grew up in.  That was until I came across a book that detailed the town’s bylaws in the late 1800s and early 1900s and realized that slavery was a key part of the town’s makeup. No person that was Native American or African American was permitted in the town unless they were a slave. This book depicted slaves as property and were thought to be less than human and without rights. For months, I was just so angry about what I had read and determined to change what I had read in black and white. Then I realized that, that was then and this is now. I realized that we can’t change what’s occurred but can make sure that history changes in the years ahead.

I am proud to say that I am somewhat of a mutt when it comes to my race. I will say though that I’m primarily Native American, some African American and a few other things I won’t mention. Whatever I’m made up of, I’m certain of and that is that I’m fully human with just as many rights as any other American.  Coming from a mixed family allows me to see people as people and not a race or define them by the color of their skin.

The “perception” that people are speaking about is the perception that has been handed down from one generation to another. Try as we may to pull people out of their ignorance by educating them it seems pointless if they’re not willing to open up their hearts to honestly accepting the differences that are presence and then just simply ignoring them and seeing each person as just that, another person.

The reality is, no one race is responsible for their presence here on this earth, that is due to a higher power or evolution or whatever or however you want to label it.  Therefore as has been over and over and time and time again, let’s just learn to live together for all of our sakes.

Most people on this earth have been educated in one way or another and can certainly understand that working together without conflict is obviously much easier to do than being on opposite ends of things and always finding a reason to be at battle with one another. If we all respect one another than there is no reason for discontent.

By Felina Silver Robinson 

 

 


1. Native Hip Hop Artists Abroad! Frank Waln and Nataanii Means in Paris

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Native hip hop artists Frank Waln and Nataanii Means in Paris – Also with dancers Lumhe Sampson and Samsoche Sampson and filmmakers Sydney Freeland and Steven Paul Judd

2. Native Recipes

3. How to Steal a Nation—Twice

4. Rare, Traditional Arts Making a Comeback at Tribal Colleges

Sherri LaChapelle Basket Strips College of Menominee Nation
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Sherri LaChapelle, an instructor in the Black Ash Basket Making Workshop at the College of Menominee Nation, demonstrates the hard work involved in creating strips for baskets.

5. Video: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Role in Defeat of Keystone XL

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The Keystone XL pipeline, known as the Black Snake among indigenous and grassroots activists, is no more.

6. End-Run on Native Rights—Will It Work?

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Tuned in: During a KILI radio program on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Beverly Pipe On Head and Cornell Conroy used Lakota and English to call on fellow tribal members to participate in the 2014 election.

7. Turning Over a Few New Leaves: Salads By Season—Focus on Northern Plains

Wild Rice Pumpkin Parsnip Toss
Photo by RoseMary Diaz
There are so many possibilities for fall ingredients. This wild rice, pumpkin and parsnip toss is just one option.

8. 30 Years of NIGA: Tribal Gaming’s Unique History and Purpose

Sharon House has practiced law since 1983 specializing in Indian law.
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Sharon House (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin) has practiced law since 1983 specializing in Indian law.

9. Meditation & Healing Music

10. Tibetan Healing Sounds