IdleNoMore Wisconsin

#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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" … I never expected to find a story like this in the documentary, titled “Honor Totem,” produced for the government access Seattle Channel and recently released on YouTube. As an Alaska Native who has also been homeless and incarcerated, I found it easy to seethe at the cops after the murder. But my outrage masked something else, something I had been hiding—something Deanna’s story brought out into the open...”

"I sit near the totem pole and my stomach starts to settle. My Aunt Judy passed away just two years before John’s murder. My political outrage about his assassination masked the guilt I felt about my aunt’s death. I feel just as guilty as Officer Birk, but until now I buried those feelings deep inside. John’s Honor Totem and the healing it represents help me face my guilt. I look at the master carver depicted in the middle of the pole. I shot you, John. It might as well have been me. I killed my Aunt Judy by abandoning her."

"The wind makes the trees behind John’s Honor Totem rustle. The master carver listens. Kids play on the lawn and a breeze kisses my cheek. Part of healing is forgiveness. Part of healing is remembrance. My stomach settles and I suddenly feel hungry. Thank you, John. May we always remember what you taught us about acceptance, forgiveness and the healing power of our traditions."




Albuquerque, NM, July 10, 2014 — Native American organizations and communities from across the country are calling on the Washington NFL team’s corporate sponsors to do what is right for America’s children, and cancel their sponsorship of the Washington football team, starting with Federal Express (Fed-Ex). This week, the Native Voice Network, a virtual community of Native American families and organizations, will launch a national public awareness campaign aimed at NFL sponsoring corporations, urging them to end their affiliation with a mascot and nickname that harms children.
The American Psychological Association (APA)* officially called for the immediate end to American Indian mascots based on research showing that mascots establish an unwelcome and often hostile learning environment for Native youth, and increases negative attitudes about Native youth by non-Native youth. But the hurt doesn’t stop there. The APA also found that mascots undermine the educational experience of non-Native students as well. “The findings are clear. Racist mascots hurt Native youth who can’t afford for corporate sponsors to sit on the sidelines in this debate,” says Jennifer Varenchik, a Native American working with youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,** suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth in the 15-24 age group—two and half times the national rate. “Our communities are dealing with this crisis founded in the low self-esteem of our children. When young people hear words like the “R-word” and see dehumanizing images about our culture, they are directly impacted and often internalize these negative stereotypes, having detrimental effects on their school work and life choices.”
“The bottom line is that no community-minded corporation should sponsor a mascot that hurts American youth. The mascot debate has been missing the point. The issue is not about who is offending or ‘honoring’ who. The Native Voice Network is making clear that harm is being inflicted on America’s youth –Native and non-Native alike. This can no longer be denied nor tolerated. We hope Federal Express and other NFL sponsors are listening,” comments Laura Harris, Executive Director of Americans for Indian Opportunity, the organizational host of the NVN.
The campaign will begin with a focus on the Washington team’s primary sponsor – Fed-Ex –though the network calls on all the NFL corporate sponsors to do what is right for American youth. “Sprint and Anheuser-Busch immediately pulled their sponsorships of the L.A. Clippers during the Donald Sterling debate, yet they continue to sponsor the Washington team name, adds Varenchik. “Their actions scream hypocrisy. You can’t pick and choose when to stand up against racism.”
The Native Voice Network (NVN) seeks to amplify the voice of Native American families, which has been largely absent until now, in the Washington Team name-change debate. The first of many calls to action, the campaign will be the launching issue for the NVN. The NVN plans to grow the network and continue with a multi-issue platform that impacts Native families and communities far into the future. The Native Voice Network is a collaborative network of Native American families and organizations that mobilize through Indigenous cultural values to inspire positive change in Native communities. The Native Voice Network was established in September of 2012, and is currently comprised of twenty-six (26) Native American organizations representing families and communities across the UnitedStates. For a complete list of NVN member organizations please go to

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In Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods, a big battle over iron-ore extraction is pitting environmentalists and Native Americans against mining companies and their political allies.

Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's insight:

“There’s the upper watershed, the Penokee Mountains, where the proposed mine would be situated. Then there is the lower watershed, which is like the bottom of a bowl,” says Bad River Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins, Jr. “That lower bowl is essentially our tribal nation.” The reservation is home to the Ramsar-designated Bad River and Kakagon sloughs that harbor 40 percent of Lake Superior’s wetlands and wild rice beds, which tribal members harvest using traditional methods. “We are in the crosshairs,” Wiggins says, “set to endure the bulk of the environmental impacts in terms of groundwater pollution, surface water degradation, and air pollution.” —

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MINNEAPOLIS — Inside the cavernous Base Camp facility at Fort Snelling, a long line of cancer survivors made a slow procession around the perimeter of the former cavalry drill hall where a century ago Army troops trained their horses. Their presence at a gathering of American Indians is solemn, supportive…

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'Drunktown's Finest' To Premiere At Sundance Institute's Native American Program

Posted: 07/09/2014 11:05 am EDT Updated: 07/09/2014 11:59 am EDT
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Drunktown’s Finest Trailer (Official) from Legend Group on Vimeo.

Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program will be taking place at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art from July 10 - July 21.

As part of the series, Native American and transgender director Sydney Freeland will premiere her film “Drunktown’s Finest.” The film invites audiences to follow three young Native Americans, including a “promiscuous transsexual,” as they strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program. According to a press release sent to The Huffington Post, “the Program has sustained a unique circle of support for indigenous film by scouting for and identifying artists, bringing them through lab and grant programs to get their projects made and shown, and taking the filmmakers and their work back to native lands to inspire new generations of storytellers.”

We caught up with Freeland to discuss “Drunktown’s Finest,” how she found transgender actress Carmen Moore to star in the film and more.

The Huffington Post: What inspired you to make the film?
Sydney Freeland: Growing up I never really felt like I saw the people and places I knew represented on film. Most films about Native Americans didn’t have characters I could relate to. On a really basic level I wanted to tell a story that was true to the people and experiences I knew.

What you hope audiences take away from “Drunktown’s Finest”?
My biggest hope is that audiences are able to relate to the characters in the film. I feel like Native Americans and transgender people tend to be misrepresented in film but hopefully people come away with a new perspective.

What was the most surprising thing you learned while making it?
We only had 15 days to shoot so we were constantly pressed for time. However, I was constantly impressed by what our actors (some of which had no experience) were able bring to the table despite the circumstances.

How did you go about casting the character of Flexia (the transgender, Native American actress) in your film?
Well, I’m transgender myself so it was very important for me that we had a transgender actress to play the role of Felixia. I came across a YouTube video of Carmen early in the writing process and managed to get in touch with her. She read the script and responded well, and even came out to the Sundance Institute Director’s Lab where we got to workshop some scenes from the film. It was during that time that I realized she was a great fit for this character. I feel like she brought a depth and authenticity to the role that very few people could have.

How has Sundance supported your creative journey?
Sundance Institute has been absolutely crucial in my growth as a filmmaker. The way the labs work (Native American and Indigenous, Screenwriters and Directors) is that they target your comfort zone as an artist and then push you to work outside of that. Before the labs my writing approach was very plot-driven and my directing approach was very shot-oriented. I left the labs with a writing approach that was more character driven and a directing approach that was more performance driven. I feel like the film is so much better because of this.

Carte Blanche: Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program takes place July 10 - 21 at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street in New York City. “Drunktown’s Finest” premieres on July 10. For more information, head here.

America’s child migrant crisis, explained in 2 minutes ~ 1491

Watch the video: http://NO.JAVASCRIPT#ooid=s4ZWpybjqzRE7szoVb2luOQVQrKsy3jC

Time-lapse of American seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887

Rodney writes, “Between 1776 and 1887, the U.S. seized over 1.5 billion acres, an eighth of the world, from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. This 1:27 video maps it year by year.”

This shows us that this country was built on illegals, and immigration. Is it fair to ask, is the big diabolical rage is because its white vs. brown acceptance, even though the current crisis is “indigenous” peoples refugee humanitarian issues of children? Do we need to remind folks the description of “indigenous” people?

But let’s talk about the Guatemala: Genocide, and why children are being sent to flee asking for protection and asslyum.  -

Now … who are the immigrants?

SAME Ancestors being brought here … 

Again, how did you become to be in the USA?

I care about these indigenous children, and mothers and families …  I have asked several Christians. “What would Jesus do with these children and families,” and we know the answer to that.

Who are the immigrants?

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission collected 1000s of statements from Indian Residential School survivors. The national journey wrapped-up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a concert headlining Buffy Sainte-Marie. Lisa Risom spoke with the internationally renowned artist about healing through music and art.

Residential Schools

Residential schools for Aboriginal people in Canada date back to the 1870s. Over 130 residential schools were located across the country, and the last school closed in 1996. These government-funded, church-run schools were set up to eliminate parental involvement in the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of Aboriginal children. 

During this era, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools often against their parents’ wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. While there is an estimated 80,000 former students living today, the ongoing impact of residential schools has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that continue to exist. 

On June 11, 2008, the Prime Minister, on behalf of the Government of Canada, delivered a formal apology in the House of Commons to former students, their families, and communities for Canada’s role in the operation of the residential schools. (Source)

A proposed pipeline in the Lakes region could have catastrophic consequences.

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Burke Says If Elected, She’ll Try To Stop GTAC Mine

Democrat Vying To Unseat Incumbent Scott WalkerUPDATED: Friday, June 27, 2014, 6:08pmBy Mike SimonsonSHARE:Share on emailShare on printShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on google_plusone_shareMore Sharing Services28 ListenDownload 

While Gov.  Scott Walker is full speed ahead on the proposed iron ore mine in the Penokee Range of northern Wisconsin, his Democratic challenger Mary Burke wants to put on the brakes. 

Officials with Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) said the $1.5-billion project will create 600 jobs at what would be the largest open pit iron ore mine in North America. Although opponents dispute the numbers, Walker said that GTAC’s investment will become an economic engine in an area that has some of the highest unemployment numbers in Wisconsin.

Burke, however, said she is aware of Iron County’s double-digits jobless rates and Ashland County’s figures at 8.5 percent in May.  But, she said this mine, with newly-passed legislation backed by Walker, would threaten public health and destroy the environment. So, she will try to stop the GTAC mine.

“I will certainly look at every tool that I have and to make sure that we are protecting our natural resources.  Our air, our water are so important not only to the people who live in the community, but to the tourism industry as well,” said Burke.

The Democrat’s position has evolved since last year when she endorsed environmentally responsible mining.

Burke also said she thinks GTAC should pay impact fees to surrounding towns that incur costs because of the 4½-mile-long mine.

“They need to be fairer, particularly in the communities that they’re operating in and that those communities should see the benefits,” she said.

Bruke said an economic development fund should be started to create other jobs.

“We have to look at the assets and the opportunities across the northern part of the state and understand how we can have a more vibrant economy because I take very seriously the loss of jobs there,” she said.

Burke said she might tour the mine area and meet with tribal officials when she visits there during the Fourth of July weekend.  

Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's insight:

GTAC would threaten public health and destroy the environment. So, she will try to stop the GTAC mine. “I will certainly look at every tool that I have and to make sure that we are protecting our natural resources. Our air, our water are so important not only to the people who live in the community, but to the tourism industry as well,” said Burke. —

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Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin before the plan is reviewed by state regulators and another federal agency.

The request is similar to one made before a decision by the EPA in February to review a proposed mining project in Alaska that opponents, including Indian tribes, say would harm nearby fishing stocks.

The tribes told the EPA they believe the open pit mine, which would be located in Ashland and Iron counties, would harm local water resources and pollute waters downstream extending to Lake Superior.

In their petition, the Chippewa tribes asked the EPA to intercede and evaluate the effects of the mine before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviews a mining application.

That review could include an EPA veto of a decision by the Corps or the state over the effects of dredging and digging in or near waterways.

In their May 27 letter, the tribes argued that new state iron mining regulations have been weakened in many ways, for example, by allowing iron mine developers to fill in wetlands and by altering standards for protecting groundwater. The legislative changes had been pushed by the mining company, Gogebic Taconite, as a condition to come to Wisconsin to develop the mine.

The company is proposing to build two open-pit mines up to 1,000 feet deep that would span about four miles.

The tribes include the Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa, whose reservation is nearest the project. Tribal Chairman Mike Wiggins Jr. said in a letter to the EPA that sulfide waste rock could make waters acidic, harm fish populations and devastate the largest beds of wild rice on the Great Lakes.

Gogebic has not filed a formal application for a mining permit, and is not expected to in 2014. Once it applies for a permit, the state Department of Natural Resources and Army Corps of Engineers must conduct an environmental review of the project.

The EPA rarely steps in to review under the Clean Water Act. It has decided to evaluate potential projects 29 times over the past 40 years of the law. In 13 of those cases, the agency decided to limit or stop activity that posed an environmental threat.

The latest such case took place in February in Alaska, when the EPA said it would take steps to restrict or stop a large gold and copper mine, the Pebble Mine, that could harm nearby Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska because it posed risks to salmon stocks used by Indian tribes and commercial fishermen.

In Alaska, opponents petitioned the EPA to review the environmental effect of the mine in 2010.

George Meyer, a former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said that the request by Wisconsin tribes is significant because they are expressing similar concerns as those that were raised in Alaska.

Meyer is executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

Gogebic’s spokesman was not immediately available.

An EPA spokeswoman said the agency is reviewing the letter.

Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's insight:

#Ojibwe Tribes ask #EPA to intervene in GTAC iron mine proposal #WildRice #ProtectTheSacred - In their May 27 letter, the tribes argued that new state iron mining regulations have been weakened in many ways, for example, by allowing iron mine developers to fill in wetlands and by altering standards for protecting groundwater. The legislative changes had been pushed by the mining company, Gogebic Taconite, as a condition to come to Wisconsin to develop the mine. -

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The legacy of colonialism is as sturdy as the bronze statue of Queen Victoria on the legislature lawn

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I am white. My husband is First Nations. I am not sure how ashamed I should be – of me, of my badly behaving ancestors. Frankly, when it comes to how white folks treated people of other races and cultures there is an overflowing cornucopia of embarrassment.


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White European culture is still dominant, so in my mixed-race household we try to emphasize First Nations culture. We have taught our children some Hul’qumi’num words. We point out the carvings and totem poles that decorate Victoria. We proudly wear the Coast Salish knitting of our kids’ grandmother.

But the legacy of colonialism is as sturdy as the bronze statue of the 19th-century queen who graces the lawn of the B.C. Legislature. People still take English high tea on Saturday afternoons at a hotel called the Empress. The local newspaper is called the Times Colonist.

When it comes to recounting the outrages committed against First Nations people, you don’t have to resort to leafing through the dusty pages of history. This year, on the West Coast, a developer gained a permit to build on a Penelakut burial site holding ancestors of my children. How do I explain that one over Cheerios?

My ancestors are a mix of Mennonites from Ukraine and Puritans who travelled on the Mayflower, so I am whiter than typewriter Wite-Out. I’m proud that, on one side, my grandparents made a dangerous escape from the Russian revolution to carve out a hard life in Saskatchewan. I also respect the sacrifices of my English forebears, who put themselves in peril for the freedom to practise their religion. These are the choices of idealists. I frequently indulge in idealism as a sort of hobby. I occasionally even buy free-range chicken.

In my childhood home, European culture was celebrated: Visits to the Louvre, John Donne’s poems, and piano lessons were as much a part of my upbringing as hot bowls of Cream of Wheat. But I have reservations about signing up my children, members of the Penelakut nation, to learn how to bang out bagatelles by Bela Bartok. Do I take them to art museums where the paintings celebrate kings and queens who took the land and devastated the culture of aboriginal peoples around the world? Hardly seems like a suitable Saturday-afternoon outing.

My five-year-old has started asking difficult questions. She has demanded to know exactly which members of our family are First Nations. Her brother has paler skin than she does, so she was concerned he was out of the club.

As my children get older, I am regaining the freedom for activities I enjoyed before pregnancy, breastfeeding and co-sleeping through sleepless nights. So when I saw an ad for The Marriage of Figaro at the Victoria Opera, I was tempted by a musical event that didn’t involve puppets or songs about seals named Sappy. I wondered if I could reclaim my love for opera.

When I was 28 I lived in Prague, where opera tickets were a bargain even for the wages of an ESL teacher. I’d sit a few feet from the stage, where the passion, tears and occasionally spit of the singers were tangible. But as the mother of two First Nations children, I wasn’t sure about celebrating an art form traditionally reserved for European monarchs and aristocrats.

Eventually, my desire to put on a dress that wasn’t stained with carrots and orange juice won out. Days after getting tickets for my sister and me, I caught myself humming the initial duet featuring the hero measuring out his wedding bed while his fiancée warns about the bad intentions of the lecherous count.

The day of the performance was the usual frenzy of cooking, tracking down sunscreen and reading a story called I Love You, Stinky Face. I didn’t have time to contemplate my decision until the curtain rose and the music poured out.

It was like recovering a treasure I hadn’t realized was lost. I’d seen Figaro before, but I didn’t remember laughing so much. Laughing as if I was at a backyard barbecue and someone was doing an impression of Vladimir Putin falling in love with his own reflection.

At any opera I am prepared for the mid-performance blues – the slow point in the show when they are plowing through the boring songs before getting to the big aria everyone is waiting for. But like a pot of water kept at a high boil, the hours of the performance evaporated as the drama unfolded. Tight corsets, loose morals and superb singing created an utterly captivating spectacle. The physical humour of the singers rivalled Mr. Bean.

When the final notes of the gorgeous harmony filled the theatre, and the audience rose to its feet, I clapped till my hands hurt. I thought: “This is something I can be proud to share with my children.”

Opera may have been the indulgence of wealthy Europeans who saw their society as superior to ones where it was impossible to “own” land.

But I suppose that opera and I don’t have to be prisoners of our past. My husband is a survivor of residential school; yet, he married a white woman. I should follow his example and let my children give my culture a chance – after all, some days they eat their grandma’s salmon for breakfast, and other days my Cream of Wheat.

Jean Paetkau lives in Victoria.

THUNDER BAY, ON ——- June 25, 2014 —— The Walking With Our Sisters - Thunder Bay planning committee is inviting the Thunder Bay community to join us for our 2nd Community Conversation. In preparation for Walking With Our Sisters, this is an opportunity for our community to hear about what Walking With Our Sisters is and how to get involved. Because WWOS is all volunteer-run and community-based we need the help from our community in varying capacities such as: volunteers for installation, greeters, bead team, community outreach coordinator, expanded programming coordinator, tea sale coordinator, youth coordinator, coffeehouse/art auction coordinator, and more people to join the volunteer coordinator position.

Most importantly, Walking With Our Sisters is a journeying bundle that is considered sacred. We need our Elders, traditional people, and knowledge keepers to help guide us in how to honour this sacred bundle with ceremonies and practices of this area. We have a lead Elder, Wanda Baxter who has been on the committee gently guiding us over the last 7 months. She now needs help and support from other Elders to make decisions regarding this sacred bundle.

Another aspect that we would like to ensure that the community is aware of is what we are calling the “Journey Month.”. We are inviting individuals, groups, and/or organizations to host events in relation and conjunction with Walking With Our Sisters. For example: the Children’s Centre Thunder Bay will be hosting a 9-hour self-defence course which will be open to the community. Events can be simple such as a candlelight vigil or a panel discussion around Violence Against Indigenous Women, etc. We believe that having Walking With Our Sisters in our community is going to help start conversations, instigate healing, and allow us, as a community build stronger and genuine partnerships with one another.

What is Walking with our Sisters? (this was taken from the website:

Over 1,181+ native women and girls in Canada have been reported missing or have been murdered in the last 30 years. Many vanished without a trace with inadequate inquiry into their disappearance or murders paid by the media, the general public, politicians and even law enforcement. This is a travesty of justice.

Walking With Our Sisters is by all accounts a massive commemorative art installation comprised of 1,763+ pairs of moccasin vamps (tops) plus 108 pairs of children’s vamps created and donated by hundreds of caring and concerned individuals to draw attention to this injustice. The large collaborative art piece will be made available to the public through selected galleries and locations. The work exists as a floor installation made up of beaded vamps arranged in a winding path formation on fabric and includes cedar boughs. Viewers remove their shoes to walk on a path of cloth alongside the vamps.

Each pair of vamps (or “uppers” as they are also called) represents one missing or murdered Indigenous woman. The unfinished moccasins represent the unfinished lives of the women whose lives were cut short. The children’s vamps are dedicated to children who never returned home from residential schools. Together the installation represents all these women; paying respect to their lives and existence on this earth. They are not forgotten. They are sisters, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins, grandmothers, wives and partners. They have been cared for, they have been loved, they are missing and they are not forgotten.

Photos by Jamie Bananish for LSN

Natives Message to Mascot & Logos in Sports Teams #HTTR Rebuke from Sarah LittleRedfeather on Vimeo.

#NotYourMascot Stadium Message

Joe Brusky Photography of the Overpass Light Brigade writes Indigenous Groups in Wisconsin Respond to Washington’s Team Trademark Cancelation  

#NotYourMascot Stadium Message 
#NotYourMascot Overpass Light Brigade IdleNoMore Wisconsin

In response to Trademark Ruling Canceling the R*DSKINS patent being deemed as “disparaging to native americans,” our Wisconsinite native community with allies’ message was a milestone celebration recognition … Its TIME and we came out to express this clear message that our culture matters. 

We are #ProudToBe Menominee, Ojibwe, Anishinaabe, Stockbridge-Munsee-Mohican, Oneida, Potawatomi, Bad River, Ho-Chunk, mother, father, sister, brother, veterans, Wisconsinites, Lacrosse players, and Supporter’s of #NotYourMascot

IdleNoMore Wisconsin | #NFL #NotYourMascot

My mind goes immediately to the historical, LITERAL meaning of the word “redskin” and I find it so shameful, so ugly, so dehumanizing. I can’t believe that anyone who calls themselves a human being, could feel good about that word, let alone lionize a team around it” - Siobhan Marks, Ojibwe

The importance about the movement in getting race based mascots and logos out of the American public representation is growing. If it was just American Indians protesting, that would be a small minority voice that is hardly heard. That is why the small and large movements like the Overpass Light Brigade taking a stance on this is huge. It reflects the multi-cultural commitment and brings the conversation to a far wider audience, than First Nations population could on their own. Thanks to all those who came out!” - Marin Webster Denningm Oneida Nation

Living as your mascot is not an honor, it is a dishonor.  If you feel you want to honor us so much, then do your homework and read the origin of the term “redskin”.  Think before you speak and you shall learn something new.  You disrespect our ancestors, our elders, and our children when you mock us.” - Kelly Murphy, Menominee Nation  

The U.S. Paton Trademark Office’s decision based upon the message of what our native communities have expressed for generations, gives us another voice which has been silenced over deep pockets of powerful organizations that drown out the communities that they are supposedly meant honor. Well, its no honor.  The U.S. Patent Office decision is a momentum milestone … our nations deserve the respect, and dignity to our cultural identity. Washington will always have their team, but our Cultural Identity should not be painted as #redface in mascots. If Blackface isn’t tolerated then why is Redface? Its the same thing. Its extremely detrimental to our native youth and its stereotyping causing pain and confusion.” 

Like the ruling states, it does, disparage to, which is an understatement, Native Americans. We are a people, not a mascot. Our Cultural Identity is Sacred, and it belongs to our communities not a NFL, MLB or NHL franchise branding. My mother, Minnesota Chippewa Band of White Earth Tribal enrolled, back in the 70’s was protesting Washington, and other mascots so its not new.”

Of course we are told to get over it, and we are being too sensitive about it. I repeat over and over, our cultural identity is sacred, and its ours to have and not meant to be painted as redface in a mascot. We were denied that for decades and in 1978, we finally were able legally to have the religious freedom which includes our cultural identity.” And, last note … Boozhoo Cleveland Indian Chief Wahoo, and Kansas Chiefs, we haven’t forgotten about you and your disgraceful stereotyping racist mascots, logos, and painted in costume fans who continue to mock our culture. - Sarah LittleRedfeather - Mother, Veteran’s Daughter, and an Ogichidaa Anishinaabekwe

CELEBRATE Our Navajo Women who took on the Washington R*dskins from Sarah LittleRedfeather on Vimeo.

When the status of a Native American is demoted to that of a caricature, we are objectified and diminished as a people. We become entertainment, not fellow citizens. How are you supposed to take me seriously if all you see is the stereotypical image of the Hollywood or sports mascot Indian? - Simon Moya-Smith 

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Columnist & Reporter.  & contributor. alumnus. Former  &. Oglala Lakota/Chicano commentator.

 Brooklyn, NY

Seek out the national campaign of native nations on the social media, and see their responses with their use of hastags #ProudToBe #NotYourMascot #Not4Sale #Dechief #PeopleNOTMascots You also view for more information of other native nations and allies taking action here:


Sarah LilRedfeather


I Stand with Bad River!! Graphic Designer & Passionate Innovator to inspire generations of honor and traditions for all generations.   is Life


Change The Mascot


National campaign to remove the racial epithet redskins from the name and mascot of the NFL team in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Adrienne K.


Writer behind Native Appropriations. ᏣᎳᎩ (Cherokee Nation), HGSE EdD 2014, studying Native higher Ed, passionate about representations of Natives.

 Phoenix, AZ

Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff


Rebroadcasts this week! And screenings, too

In case you missed it, our documentary Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff will be rebroadcast this week on Al Jazeera America’s investigative series, FAULT LINES and will screen in venues around Wisconsin. (Click this link to find Al Jazeera America on your TV. See our trailer.)


Mon 6/23 on Al Jazeera America 5:30 pm ET, 4:30 pm CT
Wed 6/25 on Al Jazeera America 1:30 pm ET, 12:30 pm CT
Thurs 6/26 on Al Jazeera America 5:30 pm ET, 4:30 pm CT


Sun 6/29 7pm – UW Madison’s Marquee Theater at Union South (2nd floor)
(filmmakers will be there)

Sat 7/19 11am – Milwaukee Plymouth Church

Ashland, WI – Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, date TBD
Beloit College, WI – TBD
Eau Claire, WI – TBD
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, MI – TBD
La Crosse, WI – TBD
Madeleine Island, WI – TBD
Menominee County, WI – TBD
Milwaukee, WI – TBD
Stevens Point, WI – TBD
UW-Milwaukee – TBD
West Bend, WI – TBD

More screenings to come in Milwaukee, northern Wisconsin and more – stay tuned!
To organize a screening in your community, contact devon [at]


If you care about democracy or the environment or simply love good drama, you won’t want to miss this deep dive into the controversial proposal to dig what could be one of America’s largest open pit iron mines — right here in Wisconsin.

On March 11, 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation that rewrote the state’s iron mining laws, paving the way for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to dig what could be one of North America’s largest open-pit iron mines in the pristine woods of the Penokee mountain range.

This half-hour investigative piece for Al Jazeera’s series “Fault Lines” tells the story of how GTAC and its allies wielded money and power to influence the law, and goes behind the scenes with the burgeoning movement to resist the mine.

Our Fault Lines correspondent Josh Rushing, at the ice caves along the coast of Lake Superior.

Fault Lines correspondent Josh Rushing.

The mine, which could eventually reach 22 miles in length, provoked a standoff between GTAC and its supporters seeking mining jobs, and the residents, Native American tribes and political leaders intent on protecting their communities and water from contamination.


The Capitol TimesFilm on Gogebic Taconite mine to air on Al Jazeera America, June 13, 2014

89.7 WUWM Milwaukee Public RadioDocumentary Explores Volatile Issues Around Proposed Iron Mine in Northern Wisconsin, June 13, 2014

Express MilwaukeeNorthern Wisconsin Iron Mine Documentary Will Air Saturday, June 13, 2014

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TAPBattle over Wisconsin mining focus of Al Jazeera documentary, June 13, 2014

Milwaukee RecordInvestigative piece on Wisconsin iron mine to air on Al Jazeera America, June 12, 2013

WXPR Public RadioAl Jazeera America To Air Film on Penokee Mine, June 8, 2014


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Credits for 371 Productions:
DIRECTOR: Brad Lichtenstein @bradleylbar SENIOR PRODUCER: Brad Lichtenstein PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Jason Longo, Brad Lichtenstein, Margaret Byrne PRODUCERS: Devon Cupery @dcupery, Colin Sytsma @ColinSytsma ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Spencer Chumbley, Robb Fischer, Colin Sytsma SOUND: Colin Sytsma, Jacob Fatke EDITOR: Joe Winston WRITTEN BY: Brad Lichtenstein RESEARCH: Devon Cupery, Colin Sytsma PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Gregory Bishop, Paul Kjelland, Antonio Vargas ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE: Arthur Kohl-Riggs, Leslie Kolesar, Patty Loew, Dick and Wendy Thiede, Dean Vogtman, Wisconsin Historical Society

Credits for Fault Lines: 
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mathieu Skene CORRESPONDENT: Josh Rushing @joshrushing COMMISSIONING PRODUCER: Lucy Kennedy @lucymkennedy SENIOR PRODUCER: Carrie Lozano @carrielozano SENIOR DIGITAL PRODUCER: Kristen Taylor @kthread DIGITAL PRODUCER: Nikhil Swaminathan @sw4mi