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Current Issue. Black in Middle America I spent five years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula—a place I didn’t even know existed until I moved there to attend graduate school. I lived in a town of four thousand people. The next town over, over the portage bridge, had seven thousand people. In my town, the street signs were in both English and Finnish... \’in-glish\ I learned to speak English in preschool, at two and a half years old, still young enough to do away with any lingering Chinese accent. A Pop Quiz for White Women Who Think Black Women Should Be Nicer to Them in Conversations about Race True or False: Gender oppression is way worse than racial oppression. Blood; Quantum Danielle Geller is the winner of our Race, Racism, and Racialization student writing contest: A few days before I turned three years old, my mother and my father packed my younger sister, my cat, and me into a car to drive from Florida to Window Rock, Arizona, to visit my mother’s family on the reservation, and...

What You Are 1. 1. Indian Magna Carta Writ In Wampum Belts - THE TWO ROW WAMPUM TREATY OF ALLIANCETHE TWO ROW WAMPUM TREATY OF ALLIANCE. Six Nations Shows Treaty Granting Them Independent Sovereignty as Long as Sun Shines By Howard McLellan, reprinted from The New York Times, June 7, 1925. Some priceless wampum belts of the Six Nations of the Iroquois, hidden from white men’s eyes since George Washington saw them at a treaty-making powwow, have been brought out of the “Long House” of Iroquois Council Fires on the Onondaga Indian reservation near Syracuse, N.Y., in an effort to ward off efforts to include the Indians in American citizenship. A group of eight belts on which are woven the hieroglyphic record of various treaties made by the Iroquois comprises the collection. One belt, made in 1550, is the only documentary evidence of the existence of the creation of the League of Iroquois Nations, a crude forerunner of the present League of Nations at Geneva.

Carried to Washington The Belt of Law The next oldest belt is the Belt of Law. Longest Belt of All. Flanneryogonner.tumblr. Native American Graphic Novel Selected As Among Year’s Best - Rural America. The stereotype-smashing graphic novel Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection (AH Comics, 2015) has been anointed, taking its place on the School Library Journal’s prestigious Best Books list for 2015. It was chosen for its ability not just to entertain, but also enlighten. “Moonshot is a wonderful teaching tool,” said Pamela Vanderberg, Métis, Native Studies teacher at East Northumberland Secondary School, in Brighton, Ontario. “We need more up-to-date resources like this.”

School Library Journal is the world’s largest reviewer of children’s and young adult books, and when it speaks, schools and libraries pay attention. The publication has been eager to include books with indigenous authors and subject matter in its reviews and lists, according to editor Shelley Diaz. As such, the journal features articles on Native books by Nambe Pueblo scholar and critic Debbie Reese, among others. “The book is so refreshing,” she said. (Image: Courtesy of AH Comics) Native American Graphic Novel Selected As Among Year’s Best - Rural America. Why Should We Keep Tribal Languages Alive? I can't stress enough the importance of retaining our tribal languages, when it comes to the core relevance or existence of our people.

Our languages can teach us many things through daily use. Language can teach us respect, for ourselves and each other, our elders, women and most importantly, the things that allowed us to exist. Our children deserve nothing less than to have inherited their own language. You could argue that when a tribe loses its language, it loses a piece of its inner-most being, a part of its soul or spirit.

Historically, our ancestors relied on our language to communicate with each other and sister tribes, and when we met other tribes, we utilized sign as an alternative language to communicate. The truth is, it is our own fault and no one else's. We have no choice; we have to assume it is not too late, but it is an ongoing struggle to keep our languages alive. When it comes to native languages, the situation is simple: Use it or lose it.

Aho. Afrika Bambataa & Mark Ronson Remember Early NYC Club Scene. October 27, 2015|Published By Bonita Considered to be the Godfather of the culture, Afrika Bambaataa blazed a trail through the New York city club scene during a time when the city’s youth culture was experimenting with what would become Hip-Hop (a term credited to Bambaataa). His contributions to that landscape are being recognized by the Global Spin Awards next month, where the Bronx icon and Universal Zulu Nation founding member will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for helping to birth not only Hip-Hop, but also the bridging of several different musical cultures, something embodied perfectly by his seminal 1982 song “Planet Rock,” which fused the sounds emanating from Electronica and Funk before “Electro-Funk” became a discernible genre of its own.

The two DJs go on to describe New York’s ever-evolving club scene, when the ’90s golden era was flowering and the years after, when artists like Jay Z could be seen rubbing shoulders with Grunge fans and skateboarders. §. The Colonial Origins of Conservation: The Disturbing History Behind US National Parks. Yosemite National Park. Beginning with the 1864 Yosemite Grant Act, Native Americans were evicted from almost all US park lands.

(Photo: Tamara Evans/Flickr) The support of readers like you got this story published - and helps Truthout stay free from corporate advertising. Can you sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation today? Iconoclasm - questioning heroes and ideals, and even tearing them down - can be the most difficult thing. Many people root their attitudes and lives in narratives that they hold to be self-evidently true. However, change it must. These notions are archaic; they damage people and the environment. Some conservationists, usually those lower in the pecking order, have the morality to face reality. This iconoclastic revolution is urgently needed, and there's no better time: 2015 is the 125th anniversary of Yosemite National Park, and 2016 completes a century for the United States National Park Service. The Eviction of the Ahwahneechee People From Yosemite. Dear Pedants: Your Fave Grammar Rule is Probably Fake.

Chi Luu is a peripatetic linguist who speaks Australian English and studies dead languages. Every two weeks, she’ll uncover curious stories about language from around the globe for Lingua Obscura. This isn’t a new story but it is one that refuses to die. The thorny question of what constitutes ‘correct’ grammar in English seems to have a cyclical life, aided and abetted by new generations of enthusiastic grammarians. It’s great that so many people are engaged with their own language, but we sure can be judgmental about it.

No other subject seems to make us feel quite so insecure (or on the flip side, overly superior) about something which really belongs to us all—the way we naturally speak our native language. What’s going on here? How is it that so many people, innocently speaking their own native tongue from birth, are accused of using it incorrectly? One hundred years later, a fairly remote period I’d say, it seems little has changed. “You really have to watch him. By: Christopher Gould. Hiding in Plain Sight — Scalawag. Leading Patriots, like Fielding, not only accumulated wealth during the period of Jim Crow segregation, they also carried on political influence that resonates today. I wouldn’t argue that there is a straight line connecting the Patriots with today’s conservative establishment.

But there are fewer than six degrees of separation between the two. Tom Ellis, who helped to staff the Pearsall Committee, was in touch with leading Patriots, Fielding included, and the successor to the Patriots, the Defenders of States’ Rights of North Carolina. When the Defenders of States’ Rights proposed putting together a newspaper, they wanted Jesse Helms to be their editor. Ellis went on to spearhead Jesse Helms’ successful run for U.S. Senate as a Republican, who mastered the art of “dog whistle” politics, appealing to White racial resentment without resort to overtly racist rhetoric. But when I read their writing, I realized how similar to real Klan the Patriots were. The Black Experience Isn't Just About Men. How to be an interrupter.

"The battle is and always has been a battle for the hearts and minds of white people in this country. The fight against racism is our issue. It's not something that we're called on to help people of color with. We need to become involved with it as if our lives depended on it because really, in truth, they do. " — Anne Braden Dead is final. And Sandra Bland is dead. The 28-year-old black activist was driving to her new job in Texas on July 10 when she was stopped by police for changing lanes without indicating.

If you haven't watched the video of her arrest, you should (and don't miss the vids of her alive and vibrant, speaking out against police brutality, remembering while you watch that she's dead because of it). Such videos are calamitous but crucial in helping deniers, dismissers and apologists acknowledge as real the experiences of black people. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Whatever you do, don't do nothing. Be an up-stander, not a bystander. How brand-new words are spreading across America. To most people, Indian food means buttery naans from Punjab, south Indian dosas or Bengali fish curries. But there is a whole world of foods from the country’s past that is now less ubiquitous but no less delicious than these more common dishes. Over the years, the Indian diet has undergone a transformation because of changing lifestyles and the easy availability of packaged foods.

The result: many dishes that were once prepared regularly at home have been forgotten, replaced by meals that are quick to the table. Quartz spoke to a few chefs and experts to give you a taste of some of India’s forgotten recipes. These ones need time Shab deg (Kashmir) According to Chef Parvinder Singh Bali of the Oberoi hotel group, Shab deg is a traditional Kashmiri dish cooked overnight. “People have long forgotten the art of making shab deg as it is time consuming,” Chef Bali told Quartz in an email, adding that the process usually takes between 12 to 14 hours. Ingredients Mutton – 1 kg Mince meat – 500g Method. 30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism. Originally published on Citizenship and Social Justice and republished here with the author’s permission. When teaching about race and racism, I invite participants to consider the following analogy: Think of racism as a gigantic societal-sized boot. “Which groups do you think are fighting the hardest against this boot of racism?”

I ask them. Invariably, participants of diverse races answer that those fighting hardest to avoid getting squashed by the boot are People of Color. (Keep in mind that I don’t ask this question on day one of our study of race. “If that’s true,” I continue, “then who do you think is wearing the boot?” “If that’s true, then whose responsibility is it to stop the boot from squashing them? Everyone has a role in ending racism, but the analogy shows how little sense it makes for only those facing the heel-end of oppression to do all the work.

It’s time for White America to take on a far bigger role in taking off the boot. But so much work remains. What Is Whiteness? Man Spends 16 Years Turning An Old Plantation Into A Memorial To Honor The Once Enslaved. January 5, 2015 John Cummings spent 16 years turning an old plantation in Louisiana into a slavery memorial. This year, the Whitney Plantation opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 262 year history, as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery. Credit: Whitney Plantation Through museum exhibits, memorial artwork and restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana's enslaved people. The wall of honor. Commemorating the slaves that lived and worked on the Whitney Plantation. The Antioch Church. The Whitney Plantation, originally known as Habitation Haydel, is located less than an hour from New Orleans.

Ambroise Heidel (1702-ca.1770), the founder of this plantation, emigrated from Germany to Louisiana with his mother and siblings in 1721. Historian Dr. Here is John Cummings with Dr. For more information, visit Share40.7K Tweet594. In America, only the rich can afford to write about poverty | Barbara Ehrenreich. Back in the fat years – two or three decades ago, when the “mainstream” media were booming – I was able to earn a living as a freelance writer. My income was meager and I had to hustle to get it, turning out about four articles – essays, reported pieces, reviews – a month at $1 or $2 a word. What I wanted to write about, in part for obvious personal reasons, was poverty and inequality, but I’d do just about anything – like, I cringe to say, “The Heartbreak Diet” for a major fashion magazine – to pay the rent.

It wasn’t easy to interest glossy magazines in poverty in the 1980s and 90s. I once spent two hours over an expensive lunch – paid for, of course, by a major publication – trying to pitch to a clearly indifferent editor who finally conceded, over decaf espresso and crème brulee, “OK, do your thing on poverty. Meanwhile, though I didn’t see it at first, the world of journalism as I had known it was beginning to crumble around me.