I was excited watching the women’s NCAA tournament the past couple of days.
I don’t think that I was alone—in fact, I think that every single Native in North America was equally as excited as me. Here we had two beautiful young Native sisters, Shoni and Jude Schimmel, playing a key role in a HUGE upset victory over the seemingly unbeatable Baylor and the powerful, 6’8” giant Brittney Griner. If that wasn’t enough, last night, they clinched a spot in the Final Four with the sisters playing incredibly.
It was a beautiful sight. Native people seemed to be singing in unison, like those old Coke commercials, “I’d like to teach the world to sing…in perfect harmony…”
A few months ago—right up until Election Day—many of our people messaged and pontificated like crazy to point out that there are serious and profound differences between the two political parties. This past election was presented as the ultimate Pepsi Challenge©; in a blind-folded taste test, Native people chose Barack Obama and Democrats 2 to 1!!
A few years ago, I was one of those people—I worked on the President’s campaign and honestly thought that we were entering a new generation of progressive politics, where Democrats moved back to respecting our people and the Earth. But at that time, I didn’t get the punchline of the Pepsi Challenge, the fine print that we never hear on the commercials:
“Whichever you choose will still kill you.”
INCREDIBLE NEWS: On Thursday, February 28th, 2013, the House of Representatives finally decided that Native women, LGBT women, and immigrant women were worthy of protections from rape, stalking and sexual assaults via Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. This was a huge deal for Tribes, ironically as it was a substantial step toward the end of “tribes” and the beginning of “nations” for Native people—being able to regulate all people within their territories. President Obama stood strong for tribal sovereignty in this very important matter for Native people.
What The Heck Are All These Indians Acting All Indian About, Eh?
Lately, Native people have taken to the streets malls in demonstrations of Public Indian-ness (or “PI”) that surpasses the sheer volume of activism of even Alcatraz and the Longest Walk. There’s a heapum big amount of PI going on right now! Many people, non-Native and Native alike, are wondering what the heck is going with their local Native population and how this so-called #IdleNoMore movement managed to get the usually muffled Natives restless enough to be Indian in public. I mean, like Chris Rock said, he hasn’t ever even met two Indians at the same time. He’s seen “polar bears riding a tricycle” but he’s “never seen an Indian family just chillin’ out at Red Lobster.” Read More
Ok, now the election’s done. Good. Thank God—it went on about six months too long. There went a billion dollars that could’ve been used to help educate children or wipeout poverty or pay 1/16000th of our national debt.
But at the end of the day, our guy (Obama) won, the best President ever for Tribes; a great champion for Native people, Tester, won; and Heitkamp also won. Good job everybody—thank you to all of the organizers, all the volunteers, all the Natives who fundraised, who spoke, who kept Native people as a relevant topic to the campaign. Heck, there was even a couple of Skins in Chicago in the headquarters on election night representing.
ALL OF YOU did a great job. Still, now is not the time for celebrating. Now is the time for working—in fact, the hard work only begins now. Read More
I think airport conversations, the ones that happen while you’re waiting for your flight, are the most interesting conversations you can have.
Why? Who knows? Could it be that the possibility of dying within the next few hours, the fault of a drunken pilot steering while wearing beer goggles, causes people to intimate information they otherwise wouldn’t? Or is it perhaps the realization that you’ll probably never see the person you’re rambling to again, so you can burden him/her with your darkest secrets? Then again, maybe there’s something about flying the friendly skies that makes everybody, y’know, friendlier.
It remains a mystery. Read More
ENTRY PERIOD IS CLOSED. JUDGES’ DECISIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL.
One scholarship will be awarded for each argument – the best argument in favor of language preservation and the best argument against making language preservation a priority.
Scholarship encourages Native youth to showcase their speaking skills
Cut Bank Creek Press, a Native-owned book publisher, will award two $1500 college scholarships to the winners of its first speech contest, Speakin’ in Indian.
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