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#IdleNoMore Wisconsin Sovereign Nations! for Mashkiziibii (Medicine Water) PROTECT & SERVE MOTHER EARTH - CLEAN LAND+AIR+WATER = LIFE ... STOP THE MINES ...
MISSION The, "Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water." The movement wants to "stop the government from passing more laws and legislation that will further erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all Indigenous people globally." - We are in Solidarity with Canada, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to Idle No More, Protect our Lands and Water.

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#IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN - A Peaceful Movement of Integrity and Honor with a concrete focus to protect our lands, water and the trust and agreement inclusions of sovereignty rights for a quality of life for our future generations. - "It's been said that "The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history" and the current mining bills before the Wisconsin state legislature would perpetuate a long, tragic, and shameful history of U.S. treaty violations with Indigenous Peoples. -- The 7th Generation has begun."

#IDLE NO MORE WISCONSIN - Grateful for the support and dedication of the Overpass Light Brigade illuminating #IdleNoMore with beautiful messages bringing the community together as ONE FIRE.

Sisters and Brothers leading Idle No More Wisconsin is:
* Rachel Byington, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
* Arvina Marin, Ho Chunk Nation Diana Miller, Menominee Nation
* Sarah LittlerRedfeather, decent of the Anishinaabe, MN Chippewa Band - White Earth
* Sanford LittleEagle, Ho Chunk Nation
* Chuck Davis, Sr.
* We are in FULL Solidarity and active with IdleNoMore Milwaukee.

* One Tribe One Nation One Fire Honoring Chief Theresa Spence, and the women who started the IdleNoMore Movement.

* VAWA Indigenous Women Issues Our congress refuses to sign the VAWA Law that has the protections and rights to prosecute non-natives who abuse our Women on Tribal Lands and more, this is important. Global awareness, to Stop the Violence Against Women, Sexual Assault, lack of support for justice departments from leaders of disappearing indigenous women, and children murdered and / or sold into human trafficking.

* NO MINE IN THE PENOKEE HILLS Bad River is under attack under Mining Special Interests in Legislature, the Treaties that Protects and Preserves our Cultural Environment, Lands and the Water, honor them.

* Stop the ma'iingan (Wolf) Hunt - Wolf Hunt Desecrates Anishinaabe Creation

* Colonialism changing to Cultural Awareness and Pride - Educate and collaborate to end stereotyping, and racism in our communities; creating a support system to create confidence and positive living in our communities.
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Douglas Miles is an artist living and working on the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. Here he recounts his experience at the recent “Change the Name” protest in Phoenix, and shares his photographs of the event.

On Sunday October 12th the Phoenix Cardinals were to play the Washington Redskins in Phoenix Arizona. My friend Monica and I were invited personally via facebook by Amanda Blackhorse to attend an anti-mascot protest rally. This meant I would not only be there but I would photograph this radical event. For those that don’t know, Amanda Blackhorse was the lead plaintiff in Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc. which sought to revoke trademark protection of the term “Washington Redskins” because it is disparaging and racist to Native Americans. She won. The Redskins team is now suing her in a “payback” move. Amanda, a single mother from the Navajo tribe, currently works as a social worker on the Navajo Nation.

In 2013 I curated “What Tribe” at Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights to be exact. This show featured numerous artists asked to discuss “stereotype” in media. The issue of Native American mascots and stereotypes (of other “tribes”) overlap stemming from the same root cause: deep seated institutional racism in America. On the day of the protest as I watched the rally occur I came to the horrific realization that racism against Native Americans is not only accepted in America, it is big business. Often I use my art to discuss socio-historical and current issues facing Native Americans. Because Native people are viewed in romanticized, noble, one-dimensional shallow ways, I utilize photography as a medium to show the hidden, forgotten everyday “real” lives of Native people, not the trend that hipsters, charities or cultural exploiters look for. My photographs are new forms of street photography. Some of the street photographers that inspire me are Mike Miller, Estevan Oriol, Ricky Powell, Gordon Parks and especially Eriberto Oriol, a master of the macrocosmic Los Angeles downtown photogravure groove.

Having grown up in an era of radicalism, I saw my own brothers and sisters take stands marching against oppression of American Indians during the “Red Power” Movement during the 70’s. Growing up in South Phoenix I also witnessed the Brown Berets cruising dutifully to protect barrio dwellers. My hopes are that my paintings, art, writings, photography and even the skate films of my company, Apache Skateboards, create a new iconography for Native people by Native people, not a pitiful, stereotypical angle frequently used in pop culture. The photographs of the anti-Redskins protest are the documents of a time in the streets where Native people must now go to reclaim indigenous territory and respect. You can see families, single Mothers, teachers, artists, elders, leaders, children and allies come together for a unified cause, to smash racism in various forms. In American history, a ” Long Walk” occurred when Natives were forced from ancestral homelands. Creating a movement takes hard work, dedication and a brave few. The new Long Walk must now take place figuratively and literally in the hearts and minds of the people first.

All photographs © Douglas Miles.


From protesters near Tyendinaga.

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Tears of Protest at Redskins Game and How Dan Snyder Caused Them

As protesters marched on Maryland, a street north of the UOP stadium, game attendees were walking towards the stadium.  The group chanted sound bites such as “Humans are not mascots,” “What do we want? Respect. When do we want it? Now,” “Hey-hey-ho-ho, redface has got to go,” “Game over for racism,” and “R-word is a dictionary defined racial slur.” This is because cognitive dissonance can shake up a person’s preconceived notion with new information that they may not have considered before, making a person rethink and potentially challenge their own position and way of thinking.

During the rally, the speakers – including Blackhorse and renowned Acoma poet and writer Simon J. Ortiz – touched on different aspects of the mascot issue, including the current legal environment surrounding the team’s trademark, and the history behind the 40-year fight and national efforts to educate the public.

Dennis Welsh, a councilman from the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona and California, and treasurer of the National Congress of American Indians, explained how the issue is deeper than the team’s name.

He drew the links to racism, colonialism and the structure of oppression, and emphasized the negative impacts on the self-esteem of Native youth, and protecting Native culture and identity.

Our goal was to raise awareness, and we did, on national television to millions of viewers as reporters took note of the protest and controversial name.There were fans from the Cardinals and Washington teams who gave fist bumps, thumbs up, and spoke words of encouragement. One particular Washington fan engaged in a civil, educational exchange with advocates and later said he supported the cause, but that he wasn’t aware of the controversy until recently.  

(l to r) Elsa Johnson from the Navajo Nation, Souta Calling Last of the Blackfoot Nation and Laura Medina of the Ojibwe Nation were determined to show show support for the name change as Elsa quoted "Fighting for racism to end." (Ron jackson)
#Redface Disgrace at the @Redskins game on #IndigenousPeoplesDay “…At what point is this alright? Supporting the name of the Washington R*dskins is contributing the continuation of racism…”

Aye with my racists people 😁

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At what point is this alright? Supporting the name of the Washington redskins is contributing the continuation of racism. What if the team was the Washington blackskins? The Washington brownskins? Or just any other race? and someone who is seen as someone great who stood for something powerful in your culture was used and made fun of like in this picture for there mascot and entertainment purposes. Before I took this picture the dude told me to get a job, that I’m a racist for wanting the named changed, get over it, and that he didn’t think he was gunna get talked to about wearing his “head dress.” #BRUH #instagramaz #columbusday

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Knight Hall panel discusses controversy surrounding Redskins’ namepanelist Tara Houska, a member of the Couchiching tribe and founder of Not Your Mascots

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Only one person in the crowd of about 100 gathered in Knight Hall’s Eaton Theater yesterday night said that the Washington Redskins should not change their name.

He is former Redskins player Ray Schoenke, one of six panelists who shared their opinions on the issue at the “Controversy Over a Name: Washington’s NFL Team” event presented by the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism.

“I do not look upon the name as a racial slur,” he said during the panel, adding that he was a history major in college. “I studied that word. I know what it meant. It was descriptive … I’ve always been in support of the name.”

But panelist Tara Houska, a member of the Couchiching tribe and founder of Not Your Mascot, said the name has a negative effect on the self-esteem of Native American children.

“You dress up as us,” she said. “That is so offensive. How do you not understand that?”

Houska and Schoenke went head to head throughout the panel. At one point Houska asked the former offensive lineman whether he would call her a “redskin” to her face.

“Yes,” he responded. “It’s a descriptive word.”  

Schoenke said Native Americans should take advantage of being part of an industry as economically powerful as the NFL and try to get Redskins owner Dan Snyder to invest money into combating some of the problems prevalent on Native American reservations, such as alcoholism, poverty and suicide.

Other panelists said they do not see Snyder helping the Native Americans economically as a feasible possibility because he has not shown any interest before.

If the name were changed, Schoenke said, it would not fix any of the problems facing the Native American population.

Houska and several Native American audience members disagreed.

Joe Horse Capture, who belongs to the A’aninin tribe, said the poor economic conditions on reservations exist because businesses in the surrounding communities aren’t investing in them.

“The Redskins [name] is one symptom of what has happened to Native Americans over the past 30, 40 years. What has happened is ‘White America’ has been brainwashed to look at Native Americans as ‘un-people.’ They’ve ‘un-peopled’ them,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons why nobody is investing into Native Americans because it doesn’t really matter.”

Horse Capture said changing the name, which he called disrespectful, would be one step in the process of Native Americans gaining respect from people of other races.

Panelist Dave Owens, a WUSA-TV sports commentator, said the name should be changed because there are enough people out there who want it to be.

Owens said resistance to change comes down to power.

“Powerful people — in this case, Dan Snyder, and other owners and the commissioner — don’t want to see it happen because if a small group can do that, holy s—-, what else can they possibly do?” he said.

Washington Post columnist Mike Wise said Snyder’s cooperation could help solve the conflict more quickly.

“I just wish Dan Snyder and others would put themselves in the shoes of Native Americans who say they are harmed by this,” he said. “If that happens, I think we can really have change. The fact that he is unwilling to meet with the offended and just have a conversation … bothers me to no end.”

Panelist and USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, who used to cover the team for The Washington Post, predicted the team’s name will change in the next five years.

“It’s an important cultural marker. I see it in a bigger historical view,” she said. “It will change; there is no doubt about that. This is the way history marches, and then our society moves forward.” | @sarahdeanjourn

Tara Zhaabowekwe Houska
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Last night’s debate, hosted by the Povich cCenter for sports journalism. panelists: Andy Pollin (ESPN), Dave Owens (WUSA), Ray Schoenke (former redsk*ns player), Christine Brennan (USA today), mike wise (wash post), and yours truly. 
top moments: 
1. Older gent approaches me after “i’ve been a fan for 45 yrs, after hearing you speak, the name needs to change. i don’t care if only 5 natives are offended, it’s not right.”

2. Getting former redsk*ns player Ray Schoenke to say that he would call me a redsk*n to my face. (he didn’t)

special thanks to mike wise for the invite!
i think this was right around the time mr. schoenke said he would call me the slur in question.
miigwech to the folks in the back for lending their support.
Tara Zhaabowekwe Houska's photo.

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#NotYourMascot Rally Nov. 2nd

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EONMassoc - Not Your Mascots members are attending#NotYourMascot #GamerOver Snyder Rally on November 2nd, in Minneapolis. 

MEETING PLACE IS AT American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center Aioic (1845 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404) at 10AM. Then Rally over to the Stadium at 420 SE 23rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN. 

Indigenous leaders, and communities across the nation are traveling to this event. 

Event pages for information can be found at 
Idle No More Twin-Cities, Minnesota
IdleNoMore Wisconsin
Indian Mascot and Logo Taskforce
Protect Our Manoomin

Special Guests:
Robert DesJarlait - Eagle Staff, Protect Our Manoomin
Tara Houska - Not Your Mascots
Tall Paul - Hip Hop Artist
Mic Jordan - Hip Hop Artist
SOUP JUICE - Comedian 
Jase Roe - Two-Spirit Society of MN
Gretchen Morris - Hoop Dancer

Organized by Robert DesJarlait (Elder – Eagle Staff Carrier) with Protect Our Manoomin; Shannon Edberg and J.R Bobick from Idle No More Twin-Cities MN and United Urban Warrior Society Twin-Cities; Mike Forcia and Jason Elias from American Indian Movement Twin-Cities; Osha Karow from March Against Corruption MN and Occupy, MN; Dr. Anthony Nocella and Raeese Romero from Twin-Cities Save The Kids; and Sarah LittleRedFeather from Idle No More Wisconsin; And Jase Roe from The Two-Spirit Society of Minnesota.

“A Combined group of grassroots efforts will be rallying to TCF Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday Nov.2, in a collaborative effort to speak out against the use of the culturally offensive mascot and name of The Washington Football team when they play the Minnesota Vikings.


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This post has to do with the picture I posted a while back of my girlfriend and I dressed as Native American Indians. Out of nowhere, the picture started to get reblogged left and right, and more and more people saw it.

Let me give you the backstory first. Every year my family, friends, and neighbors, a group of around 25 men, women, and children, take a canoeing trip in northern Michigan, and every year we decide to do a themed trip for when we go down the river. One year we did a “Hawaiian Luau” theme, another we did a “Crazy Hat” theme, and next year there is talk of a “Pirate” theme. This year we decided to do a Ole’ Western theme (Cowboys, Indians, ect). Being myself, I like to go above and beyond when it comes to things I am interested in. While most of the people in our group wore cowboy hats and bandanas or face paint and some feathers, I wanted to really feel the part and have fun doing it. With that in mind, I spent time deciding what I would do to dress the part. Being an upcoming college freshman at the time, and a full-time entry level mechanical engineer I knew money was precious as tuition takes a toll on students. I knew I needed to spend my money wisely and and my time efficiently. I found a $10 headdress and paint at Party City, some fabric at Joann Fabrics, a dream catcher from the dollar store, and a speedo from Dunhams. I spent time making the outfit the best I could. I was proud with my results as they were the best I could do given the circumstances. On the river, my girlfriend and I were a hit. People loved the passion we had and our creativity. Word spread throughout the river that “There is a guy dressed as a Native American on the river” and people waited for us to pass by. I was able to make adults awe and the kids smile. We went through the whole trip making people nothing but happy and we ended with smiles on our faces.

Shortly after the trip, I posted this picture of my girlfriend and I with the caption “The love of my life!” on tumblr. I’m not a very active person on tumblr, but my girlfriend and her friends are, so I posted it in hopes that they would all see it. I posted the picture just as a normal boyfriend would.

After a couple months of no activity on said post I received emails, all saying that people have followed me; an unusual amount. I decided to check why and I saw that over 150 people reposted and/or favorited my picture. At first I thought “Cool!”. That was until I read some of the comments on the picture and was shocked as to the reason it was spreading so much.

Almost all the comments left on the picture showed negativity toward myself and my girlfriend. Some comments saying that we were a bunch of racists making fun of other peoples cultures. Calling us “assholes”, “faggots”, “stupid fucks” all for dressing up as Indians, some even sending death threats.

When I was reading these comments I was beyond confused. I began looking at the picture and the caption to see if I did something wrong that I did not mean to do. I began to look at the tumblr pages of some of the people who were expressing their anger toward me and I noticed that almost all people who were angry were of Native American decent or follow Native American culture. Most of those who commented on the post automatically thought the worst, slamming me and acting as if I did this on purpose just to make fun of the culture. They acted as if I had purposefully done it to offend people. However, there were some nice people who, even though they were offended, they were understanding about it, and instead of insulting me, decided to calmly explain why what I did offended so many people including them self. User ruthhopkins was one of those users who explained to me why it was offensive. I did not know that the headdresses are sacred and that wearing one was an insult or a way of calling Native Americans “not human”. I read through their whole comment and felt like shit when I finished for I had no idea what I was doing could’ve offended anyone.

I realized that the way I dressed came off as offensive to the Native American culture as if I was slamming it and making fun of it. Please know, if you were offended by that post, that I apologize from the bottom of my heart as I had no idea that it would offend anyone. I didn’t not mean for it to come of as an insult to Native Americans or their culture. When I posted it, I thought I was just posting a simple, harmless picture of a fun time my girlfriend and I had together. I in no way meant any disrespect, and I apologize, for I thought I was posting something harmless.

As of today, I have taken down the original post with the picture, not because of the many insults, death threats, or negativity displayed toward my girlfriend and I, but to prevent anyone else from seeing it and possibly being offended by it. That is the only reason I took the post down. If I knew that the post was going to be offensive to people, I would have never posted it in the first place. The insults do not bother me, this is the internet, I learned a long time ago to brush it off. It’s the fact that so many people found it offensive that bothered me. Found what I did offensive. That is the reason it was taken down.

I realize that not all the 150+ people who seen the picture will see this post but I ask that if you were one of the people who reposted the original, if you would please repost this so that anyone who may have taken offense can see that I am truly sorry for what I did and I mean no disrespect to anyone for I did not know that what I was doing was wrong. I am truly sorry.

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Wow. Read this, guys. It’s a really thorough explanation from the guy who posted the original offending photo, and a sincere apology.

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#abolishcolumbusday design by @ntvsclothing #nocolumbusday #columbusday #columbus #indigenouspeoplesday . Congratulations! Seattle removed columbus day replacing it by Indigenous people’s day. A big shoutout to @mcremle and other activists who made this resolution come to reality. #nomorecolumbusday #iloveancestry #indigenous #native #indiancountry #decolonize #colonialisn #genocide #firstnations #turtleisland


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Nibi Walk: Mississippi River

Sharon Day is Awaanakwe (Water Woman). Nibi Walk chronicles her 1,754 mile walk of the Mississippi River, just one of the walks she and others have undertaken to pray for the water.