Archives For Racism


My Poem of the Day

(10/10/14)

What Am I? Who Am I©

The reflection in the mirror doesn’t answer the question “What Am I? Who Am I?

My mother turned away each time I raised the subject of where I came from

What is there to be proud of?

Why do I feel shame?

Being native is something to be proud of

There is no shame in who and what you are

I need answers

I want answers

I deserve answers

I just want to know who and what I am

Outside of this shell I call my own

The one that tells you about who I am

And where I came from

But you can’t know of me

Before I know of me

I’m determined to find the answers

Before life’s end

of

What Am I? Who Am I

Copyright 2014

What Am I? Who Am I©

Felina Silver Robinson


1. Indigenous Students Among the Disappeared in Mexican Tragedy, Mayor on Run

Alejandrino Gonzalez/AP Photo
Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, meet with Guerrero state officials in Chilpancingo, Mexico, in May. He is wanted for questioning in the student disappearances.

2. Video: Watch 38 Bison Set Foot on Cherokee Nation Land

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
Pleased to meet you: One of 38 female bison that were brought to the Cherokee Nation on Thursday October 9, 2014, the first bison to set foot on the tribe’s land in more than 40 years.

3. Projectile Thrown at Omaha Nation School Bus

Omaha Nation High School

4. Mother Earth in Perspective: Humbling Photos of the Vastness of the Universe Hit Home

NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI)
A multiplicity of galaxies that were revealed over the course of multiple exposures by the Hubble Telescope.

5. Kirkpatrick announces $2.9 million TIGER grant for Hopi Tribe

6. Stamping Out Ugly Stereotypes: How the Postal Service Perpetuates Racism


1. Grab a Can of Diet Racism, the Drink for Racists who Think They’re Not

2. Bringing Back the Bison: Tribes and First Nations Sign Historic Treaty

3. The 11 Best Moments From South Park’s Anti-Redskins Season Premiere

CEO Cartman says that “pissing on public opinion is what the Washington Redskins are all about!”

4. Video: Designing for People and Place

NASHI
A new way of life through sustainable housing is coming to Pine Ridge.

5. From Tipis to 21st Century Lakota Architecture

Thunder Valley Development Corporation
A local college student works from architectural plans for the new community at Thunder Valley.

6. Longtime Native Voice for Women’s Rights, Deer, Speechless With Recent Honor

Sarah Deer: “Victims are not empowered through the judicial system.”

7. Oglala VP: ‘Our Civil Rights Are Being Violated’

Joseph Zummo
Tom Poor Bear, Oglala Sioux Nation vice president, is lead plaintiff in a new voting rights lawsuit.

8. Have We Seen the Last of Longmire’s Officer Mathias? A Chat With Zahn McClarnon

Zahn McClarnon as Tribal police officer Mathias on the abruptly-canceled series ‘Longmire’

9. How to Recognize the Six Main Dance Styles at a Pow Wow, Part 2: Grass Dance

Smithsonian Institution, Kristine Brumley
Grass Dancer, National Pow Wow 2005

10. What Did Indigenous Peoples Get Out of the World Conference?

Theresa Braine

11. Indians, the IRS & Congress: Unlikely Partners Making Progress


My Poem of the Day

(09/03/14) #2

Can You Feel My Pain©

Do people whisper when you walk into a room

Do people choose not to serve you if you want to eat in their establishment

Do clerks stick to you like glue when you go shopping

Do people make fun of your hair

Do people ask you if your blood is the same color as theirs

Sometimes the pain I feel is so overwhelming

I’m shocked and don’t know what to do or say

Have you ever been told to “go home, you’re not wanted here”

But you are already home

And

This is the only home you’ve ever known

How about having someone ask you

If you think you’re better than they are because

Your English is actually better than their own

There’s always something said

There’s always a shooting glance

There’s always the waiting in line even though there’s no one in front of you

I let it all roll off my back

I tell myself it doesn’t matter

I know it’s just their ignorance

I know they must feel shame

I wonder if they will ever apologize

Then suddenly I no longer care

Because I both realize and remember

That no matter whatever anyone thinks

I know I was made this way for a reason

I must hold my head high

I must hold on to who and what I am

And

Make pride my partner in crime

It should no longer matter

If they can feel my pain

Copyright 2014

Can You Feel My Pain©

Felina Silver Robinson


My Poem of the Day

(09/02/14)

This world is “Ours”©

The world I was born into

Is clean, yet dirty

Where

Some are wealthy, some are poor

Some are starving, others eat plenty

Some are homeless, some have beds for many

Some are grateful, some are entitled

Some are charitable and would give their last dollar

Others will beat you and send you packing

The person I am is

Tolerant and forgiving

Believing that everyone can change

I hope for the day

That we wipe out the threat or even the idea of

War

Racism

Hate

Selfishness

Poverty

and

Have more

Selflessness

Understanding

Patience

And

Love for one another

This world is “Ours”

It was made for each and every one of us

Life is happier when people work together

And

Not against each other

Copyright 2014

This world is “Ours”©

Felina Silver Robinson


1. NOAA Grants $400,000 for Penobscot River Habitat Restoration

Penobscot River salmon can soon come home to a restored habitat with help
from a $400,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

2. Sport-Hunting Moratorium on Brown Bears in Kenai National Wildlife

Refuge Declared

Wikimedia Commons
An Alaska brown bear in Hallo Bay, Katmai National Park. Brown-bear sport
hunting has been banned in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge because of their
declining numbers.

3. New York Times Profiles Tribal Preservation of Native Species

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Black-footed ferret, reintroduced by tribes, is one of the animals noted in a recent
story in The New York Times.

4. Team International Wins NB3 Challenge, But Native Youth True Winners

5. Paiute Tribe of Las Vegas Allegedly Approached by Dan Snyder’s OAF

Associated Press

6. Should the Redskins Change Their Name? Let’s Ask This Guy

You’re offending American Indians before you even open your mouth. Your
argument is invalid.

7. The Oklahoma State Incident: Reforming the Racism Cycle

8. Vanderbilt University to Host First Powwow

9. Teenagers Charged in ABQ Homeless Murders to Be Tried As Adults by Law

Courtesy Albuquerque Police Department
A grand jury in August indicted Alex Rios, 18; Nathaniel Carrillo, 16; and
Gilbert Tafoya,15; on first-degree murder charges, plus lesser charges including
tampering with evidence, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery.
If convicted of murder, they could face life in prison.

10. Legalized Pot Is a Mess of Trouble for Tribes

11. Treaty Council’s 40th Conference Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Rights

The first indigenous delegation to go to the UN in Geneva demanding their treaty rights.

12. It’s Long Past Time When Tribal Leaders Should Help Govern the Country

Byron Mallott is the Alaska Democratic Party nominee for governor.

13. 2011 Native American Film + Video Festival

14. Native American Indian: Actors, Models & Entertainers


1. Joint Affinity Groups Stand Against Redskins, Address Racism in Philanthropy

Associated Press

2. Native Hip-Hop and the Wisdom of Chuck D

3. The Third Time Is Not the Charm

4. Border Town, USA: An Ugly Reality Many Natives Call Home

Nick Estes
Maxine Helaney spent decades on the streets. She’s now sober and living in
transitional housing at C.A.R.E. 66 in Gallup, New Mexico.

5. MTV Reality Show Takes Native Girl on Inspirational Trip to Italy

‘The Buried Life’
Brianna Olguin joined the cast of ‘The Buried Life’ for a trip to Italy.

6. Short and Sweet: Must-See Trailers From the Montreal First Peoples Festival’s

Top Choices

Gale Courey Toensing
Of the 47 films that screened at the Montreal First Peoples Festival from July 30
through August 5, these trailers showcase the standouts that won awards.

7. Social Enterprise Café Builds Life Skills of Reservation Youth

Suzette Brewer
Seating at the newly opened Keya Cafe. Over the Christmas holidays, staff
created the stars hanging from the ceiling.

8. Photo: Winning Art from Santa Fe Indian Market

9. Redskins Appeal Trademark Revocation; Indians Ready for Court

Associated Press

10. Native Woman Seeks to Shed the Pounds on ‘Biggest Loser’

courtesy NBC
Jackie Pierson says she put on a lot of weight after her father was diagnosed
with cancer in 2004.

11. Coyote Thoughts: Are You Robbing Your Emotional Bank Account?

Courtesy Beau Washington

12. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reintegration Program Receives National Award

13. EPA Climate Justice Blog: Psst! Health Impact Assessments Offer New

Pathways to Healthier Environments

Health impact assessments for environmental health are being done around the
U.S., according to the EPA.

14. Cherokee Nation to Deliver Tribal IDs to Citizens in Oregon, Washington

15. Former Tribal College President Appointed to Cobell Panel

United Tribes Technical College
David M. Gipp has been appointed by the American Indian College Fund to serve
as the Fund’s representative on the Cobell Board of Trustees.

16. What Are the Common Issues Among Indigenous People?

CCTV News

17. The Hot List, Part III: More Handsome Dudes and Manly Men