I Deserve Justice: Native Women From Alaska – 5 Part Series


In 1978, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indan Tribe, declaring that American Indian Nations could no longer exercise jurisdiction over non-native offenders who commit crimes on tribal lands. Although the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) in March 2013 restores a portion of the jurisdiction that Oliphant stripped away to American Indian Nations, VAWAspecifically excludes 228 federally recognized tribes in Alaska. Consequently, as a result of Section 910 of VAWA 2013, Alaska Native women remain the only group of Native women whose tribal governments cannot protect them. To learn more, read: www.sliverofafullmoon.org

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Oil companies dumping radioactive waste in ND

Don Morrison, of the Dakota Resource Council, talks with Rachel Maddow about the challenge of holding oil companies responsible for pollution in North Dakota.


Community Village‘s insight:


Europeans invade Native land then dump radio active waste all over it.

See on www.msnbc.com

First Nations teen told not to smudge before school


“The 17-year-old Manitoba teen lost a younger brother to suicide last year and he says smudging — the practice of burning traditional medicines — is one way that helps him cope with his grief.”



Community Village‘s insight:


“it’s not that you did wrong, but that you’ll be perceived to have done wrong…” -Father of Jordan Davis


See on www.cbc.ca

Why I’m Thankful for 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance & Why You Should Be To


“There is resistance: in Canada it’s coming from First Nations. But it’s worth remembering that that’s a world-wide phenomenon. Throughout the world, the indigenous populations are in the lead. They are actually taking the lead in trying to protect the earth….It’s pretty ironic that the so-called ‘least advanced’ people are the ones taking the lead in trying to protect all of us, while the richest and most powerful among us are the ones who are trying to drive the society to destruction.” ~ Noam Chomsky


“The goals of settler colonial state have always been the same, remove Indigenous populations whether through extermination, relocation or assimilation, appropriate lands and resources and expand the reaches of the settler state.” ~ Matt Remle, Last Real Indians


See on unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com

Native American Student Denied Diploma and Fined $1000 for Feather

An Escambia Academy High School student, in Atmore Alabama, said she was denied her diploma and fined $1,000 for wearing a traditional eagle feather at her graduation. It has been …


Community Village‘s insight:


Click through for video.

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Confronting Violence Against Indian Americans


Building Brides is our response to the persistence of violence in our society and against members of our ethnic communities, the most recent instance being that of the killings at the Sikh Gurdwara (temple) in Wisconsin.


The primary objective of this event is to create, promote and render a thought-provoking civil discourse among members of our communities.”



Community Village‘s insight:


This talk was given at San Jose State University, CA


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Cut Your Hair – or Else

“It was 1902.  The government was unhappy that Indians were acting like, well, Indians, with their own customs and ways of life.  The government wanted to make the Indians white, or what they called “civilized,” so they would stop causing trouble with all of those “unacceptable ways.”


So on January 11, 1902, the Department of the Interior, Department of Indian Affairs, issued a letter instructing that Native people should cut their hair (males), stop painting themselves, start wearing white people’s clothes, stop wearing Indian clothes and blankets, and stop having dances and feasts.”


Community Village‘s insight:


Eliminate your culture – or else.


My son has long hair and people give me grief about it.

No one gave me grief about my daughter’s long hair.



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Aaron Huey: America’s native prisoners of war | Video on TED.com

Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus.


Community Village‘s insight:

In Clear Lake county California there were Native Americans in a row of old run down houses. As a kid I would look at those houses from the back seat as my parents drove by them. They never explained who those people were and I never thought to ask :/

This video is a sort of condensed version of the documentary movie 500 Nations – but with modern photographs.

See on www.ted.com