The Christian Right vs. Tribal Sovereignty

An important though frightening article on the Adoption Industrial Complex. It’s hardly the first time Christianity has been used to justify attacks on Indians but this one is particularly egregious. Having stolen all the land, these people are now going after the only thing Indians have left, their children, aided and abetted by a hostile Supreme Court majority.

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More Tales from the Oligarchy

Rich asshole in Shawnee, Oklahoma uses his petty authority to abuse and brutalize the homeless. Film at eleven!

This story encapsulates two disturbing trends: the power of the oligarchy to use political power to pursue personal wealth and the ongoing rise in demonization of the poor. It’s particularly poignant that most of the homeless in Shawnee are Indians…homeless in their own country, their land stolen out from under them.

Meanwhile, the United States as a whole continues to fall in standard-of-living rankings with other industrialized nations. Welcome to Galt’s Gulch!

Mortal Remains

There’s a museum in Germany that displays Indian scalps. And before you get too self-righteous about the Germans, keep in mind that it wasn’t that long ago that Indian remains were on display in American museums.

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Return the Land

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Evidently, the Great Plains of Kansas are hemorrhaging white people and the state government has been reduced to offering  bribes incentives to get them to stay. I have a better idea: why not, in the spirit of the Fort Laramie Treaty, return the land to the Osage, Kiowa, Pawnee, Arapaho, Iowa, Kaw, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Sac and Fox and Comanche?

Aboriginal Olympians

 

I find this story bizarre.  How could it be possibly interpreted as a “political statement” for an athlete to display a flag that is considered an “official flag” of the nation he is representing?  If an American Indian athlete displayed a tribal flag, would that be considered a “political statement”?

There Is Power In the Blood

A good concise article about “Indian blood”.

Elizabeth Warren receives the US Senate nomination at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention.

This is a golden opportunity for Warren to address this issue, apologize for offending Indians (and not just Cherokee), and get on with the important business of cleaning Scott Brown’s clock.  Ms. Warren, I really REALLY want you to win this race but you are playing right into the hands of your opponents, not to mention coming off as untrustworthy and insensitive.

UPDATE:  Esquire has a decent run-down on this self-inflicted political wound.

UPDATE 2:  Another viewpoint, this time from Crooks & Liars

In a bizarre twist, there are now Warren supporters accusing her Cherokee accusers of being Republican operatives, affiliated with Breitbart.com.  That’s insane, for a number of reasons.  First, I know several of those Cherokee and they are either liberal or non-political.  Second, I know for a fact that Polly’s Granddaughter hadn’t even heard of the late and unlamented Breitbart until I mentioned to her that he was a Right Wing hack and notorious liar.  She didn’t have anything whatsoever to do with Breitbart.com until they started running stories of Warren’s fake Cherokee heritage.  As bad as the racist attacks have been from the Right Wing, it’s even more discouraging to see liberals stoop to this level.

Published in: on June 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Free Speech Writing for Elizabeth Warren

“When I was a little girl growing up in Oklahoma, I heard family stories about Cherokee ancestors, just like a lot of families. I loved the stories; my cousin even wrote a cookbook of what he and I thought were authentic Cherokee recipes. Later, when I came to Harvard, an article in the Crimson described me as a ‘Native American professor.’  I never bothered to consider how insensitive and hurtful it was to citizens of the Cherokee Nation and other Native Americans for people like me, with no documented Indian ancestors, to make such claims. Even though I never sought any professional advantage based on my family history, I should’ve known better. Harvard should’ve known better. Listing me as a Native American was an insult to the many authentic Indian lawyers, law professors and law school deans. I apologize for my insensitivity to all Native Americans and to the Cherokee in particular, who are plagued by fake tribes and fake claimants who steal and dilute their heritage and culture. But I am also offended by my political opponents who made hay of this issue by using racist terms like ‘squaw’ and ‘Pocahantas’. Such language is hateful and I call upon Senator Brown to join me in condemning it. What’s more, I call on Senator Brown and all Republicans to drop their obstruction of the Violence Against Women Act and in particular their efforts to prevent tribal courts from regaining jurisdiction over non-Indians who abuse Indian women. Native American women are two-and-a-half times more likely than any other group to be the victims of domestic violence, mostly at the hands of non-Indians.  Because tribal courts were stripped of jurisdiction over violent crimes and crimes committed by non-Indians on Indian land, these horrible attacks on women and children often go unpunished. The Justice Department has utterly failed Indian Country with its pitiful record of prosecution.  In fact, the Justice Department can’t even be bothered to keep statistics on crimes reported, investigated or prosecuted.  I may not be Indian myself, but as your senator I will work tirelessly to protect Indian women and children from abuse. We owe the first Americans no less.”

Suffer the Little Children

An excellent NPR piece on child abduction by CPS in South Dakota.  THIS is why tribal sovereignty matters.  The yoneg government will continue to commit cultural genocide as long as it is allowed to do so with impunity.

Good News & Good News

First, Indian farmers get their settlement with the Agriculture Department for decades of theft and racism approved.  Second, the smarmy John Stossel and loathsome Andrew Breitbart get schooled by one of the attorneys representing African-American farmers who suffered the same sort of official racism.  A glorious day.

Published in: on May 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bryan Fischer: Chickenhawk?

Blogfriend Rob Schmidt has more on Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s repulsive, cowardly, racist, genocide-apologist.  SPOILER:  It ain’t good.

Published in: on February 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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