This Is Interesting

A recent poll shows strong public support for appointing a Native American to the Supreme Court.  So who would it be?  Larry Echohawk would seem to be the obvious choice (assuming I turned it down, of course).  Seriously, though, why not Stacy Leeds?  She’s already been a Justice on the Cherokee Supreme Court, she’s a law professor, she’s politically savvy.  Granted, I’m a little biased in her favor, having worked on her (unfortunately unsuccessful) campaign for principal chief, but still.

Grave Robbing

Rob at Newspaper Rock has a good round-up of the predictable “outrage” of rural white Utah residents who are infuriated that the Federal government is prosecuting some of them for looting Indian artifacts.  Evidently, if you steal from someone long enough, it becomes a “hobby” and is therefore perfectly alright.  The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, on the other hand, views stealing as stealing.

Published in: on June 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm  Comments (2)  
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Ten Little Teabaggers

While I don’t necessarily agree with all the conclusions of my Right Honourable Colleague Rob Schmidt, I do agree that the use of “redface” costumes during anti-Obama rallies (disguised as tax protests) was repellent.  It is even worse that some parents allowed their kids to play “dress up Indian” and display signs with faux-pidgin “Injun talk” on them.

Published in: on April 20, 2009 at 3:33 pm  Comments (1)  
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The Great Debate

The Cornsilks, Judge Steve Russell and I (along with many others) ride into cyber-battle in defense of the truth, history and Cherokee culture as it relates to the Freedmen.

Indians Screwed by Supreme Court

Also, sun rises.  Under this truly mind-boggling decision, the government is rewarded for its steadfast dedication to racism by refusing to recognize certain tribes until 1934.  And the tribes are punished because they were unable to force the government to recognize them, even though no such mechanism existed until 1934.  Once again, the courts have demonstrated that any right possessed by Indian Tribes that inconveniences white people in the least will be overturned or watered-down, no matter how convuluted the construction of the law.  The decision is here.

Sad, But Not Surprising

Ron Rides At The Door (Blackfeet) ,a Glacier County Montana Commissioner, is attacked and beaten up in his own home by three white men who shout racial epithets at him and his wife.  The County Attorney refuses to classify this as a hate crime, and initially only charges them with misdemeanors, though after an outcry the charges are upgraded to felonies.  My own feelings about hate crime laws notwithstanding (I’m against them), is there any doubt that if this same incident involved an African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Jewish elected official, not only would it be considered a hate crime, it would make the national news?

Elder Court

The Tulalip Tribe has instituted a remarkable program where tribal elders intervene to help young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 with pending criminal cases.  Every tribe should be experimenting with such a plan, as it directly addresses the serious problem of young Indians ending up permanently on the wrong side of the law and without hope.

Published in: on December 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm  Comments (1)  
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Today In History

The Sand Creek MassacreNever forget.

Published in: on November 29, 2008 at 8:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Standing Up for History

David Cornsilk provides an excellent concise overview of Cherokee history as it relates to the Freedmen and debunks several of the most common lies and slanders against them being put out by the anti-Freedmen forces.  Well worth the read.

Published in: on October 21, 2008 at 12:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Crack-Up in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s determined attempts to screw over it’s Indian citizens has taken a bizarre turn as lawyers for the State have turned on each other in an ugly public turf war.  This would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.  No, actually it’s still funny.

Published in: on October 9, 2008 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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