Category Archives: Tribal Sovereignty & Native Issues

An Open Letter to the Heartland: Let’s Protect the Sacred Together

A few weeks ago, a Gathering to Protect the Sacred from the Keystone XL Pipeline took place between Natives and non-Natives from across the continent on the Ihanktonwan (Yankton) homelands near Wagner, SD. Our friend Phyllis Cole-Dai from Fast for … Continue reading

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Selling History at Wounded Knee (or, the Ironies of History, Pt. II)

[As always when writing about Native affairs, I welcome comment and correction from my Native readers. You know your own business and your own history better than I do.] Noted horror and science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft once said, “From … Continue reading

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Why Fast for the Earth?

Idle No More has not been idle. Today, Monday 28 January, 2013,  they have called for a global day of action “to peacefully protest attacks on Democracy, Indigenous Sovereignty, Human Rights and Environmental Protections when Canadian MPs return to the … Continue reading

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Heineman for KXL, Gathering to Protect the Sacred against; now for Mister Obama…

A big (although far from final) hurdle to the Keystone XL Pipeline was removed a few days ago when Nebraska’s Governor Dave Heineman gave the green light to TransCanada’s pipeline plans through his state: Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska approved … Continue reading

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Idle No More for Dummies

What’s with all the Public Indian-ness around the country lately? That’s the question Blackfoot writer and musician Gyasi Ross hopes to answer in his essay “The Idle No More Movement for Dummies” (subtitled “What the Heck Are All These Indians … Continue reading

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Brother Ali: “Letter to My Countrymen” (#IdleNoMore version)

It’s been a busy few days here at the SD Peace & Justice Center, leaving little time for blogging. We’ll back later this weekend with updates on the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Idle No More movement that’s looking to … Continue reading

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Let’s be Idle No More

Canada’s First Nations are idle no more. On December 10, 2012, four Native women called for a national day of action to oppose Bill C-45, which granted the Canadian government increased control over natural resources on Canada’s reservations. In the … Continue reading

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