“Reel Injun” kicks off Native American Heritage Month

It’s November and that means “official” Native American Heritage Month in the US of A.   Folks it’s time to get down with the genocidal history of the United States of America. Before the Japanese were sent to camps for being Japanese in America, the Indigenous people were forced onto reservations which I consider prisons without walls. Genocide in America is ongoing to the present for Traditional Indigenous people who have endured the theft of their land and children and destruction of their culture for several hundred years. Columbus Day does not engender warm fuzzy memories for everyone now living in the Americas north, south and in between.

To kick off my observance of Native American Heritage month here are two trailers and clip from a new film, “Reel Injun” by Cree filmmaker  Neil Diamond.  Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/11/native-american-film-festival-highlights-history/

We all love movies, don’t we? Think about how films have formed your view of Native Americans and history. Consider how those often called “the losers” view the same events–and the portrayal in films.  For those of you who adore the movie “Dances With Wolves” ask yourself why you like the film?   And please think about why “the Only Good Indian” never got on the national movie theatre circuit in the United States of America. Yes, you can find it in parts on the tube of you.  Time to get beyond stereotypes and into reality.

Show time…..

 

Elouise Cobell’s adventure ends. Her legal war continues: Non-payment of $3.4 Billion = US Government’s Shame.

Elouise Cobell, photo by Karen Kuehn/ Mother Jones
Surf the photograph to read Mother Jones’ profile of Elouise Cobell.
 
 
1946-2011
 
She walks in beauty.
 
 
 
The United States Goverment took the land, took the children, took the culture, took the natural resources of Indigenous people.
Every ethical “business” pays its debts.
Payment is long overdue.
Stop the appeals.
PAY
 
 
 
 

Indigenous Peoples Know the Stakes for Survival. Do you?

Latin American Herald: Brazilian Indians Release Five Remaining Hostages At Damn Site.    http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=361190&CategoryId=14090

The Achuar have been fighthing big oil in Peru for 14 years –now that’s an ATTENTION span to envy–http://www.amazonwatch.org/amazon/PE/

Navajos Protest Uranium Mines  http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/05/navajos-protest-uranium-mining-plans.html

Amazon Indian Leaders meet Houma Nation in Louisiana    http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0727-kozloff_oil_indigenous.html

What’s happening? It’s the struggle to survive. And it’s coming to your home whether you believe it or not. This isn’t an “if”, it’s a “when”. Think the issues in Avatar were just a figment of a scriptwriter’s active imagination? LOL.  Indigenous people are not big and blue. They’re red, black, and brown people and they’ve got more than a few clues based on direct experience.  

Indian Country Today’s Headline: Venezuelan Indigenous Newspaper Wins Journalism Award http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/Venezuelan-history-first-99100324.html

Yes, there’s more news in the world than CNN, Fox, ABC and the BBC might lead one to think. Discover our world.

THE story in Indian Country Today–Cobell settles?

This is a must read headliner that deserves attention from anyone interested in Native American issues in the United States.

There is apparently a settlement at hand in the huge Cobell versus Salazar class action lawsuit that has been going on forever.  Elouise Cobell has been fighting for what is rightly due over 300,000 Native Americans.  I’m not sure this is exactly the ‘desired outcome’ of years of litigation; because, let’s face it, how much is a check for one thousand dollars really worth today? After a legacy of perpetual mismangement, outright theft, and corruption  concerning land and resource leases –many unpaid for decades–the United States Government could get off  ‘cheap’ in this settlement.  Considering recent economic events in the USA–well, who am I to say when enough is enough concerning this shameful legal mess.

  http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/79058262.html

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