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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
6:44 pm
[quasilover]
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
1:28 am
[quasilover]
I like being called white :)
I like it when people other than white call me that. It is true Europeans and white Americans talk about racial differences more than members of other ethnic groups, but my Native American or African American pals do use the word "white".

Whenever meeting Indians or black people I am very aware of being white, particularly when we are talking about cultural differences or history. Last year, I participated in a Lakota language course by a native speaker living in my country, and even there, I asked the teacher if it was correct for a white person to say certain things. Not to mention that about 10 years ago when my Native American penpal joked to me in an erotic way, I sometimes thought he was eroticising me because I was white! :D

I'm sure I'm not the only white woman interested in Indian history and modern day life who is or would be delighted and flattered if Native Americans referred to her as "the (little) white friend of ours". Please, don't start explaining to me this is politically incorrect or racist. No, it isn't, for I am talking mainly about myself, and I can and have to be called white when discussing with people of African or Native American descent. :)
Monday, December 8th, 2008
12:44 am
[main_framer]
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
9:56 pm
[il_mio_gufo]
Upcoming California Event



December 31 - January 1 2009

19th Annual Red Road New Years Eve Pow-Wow


Fresno convention center 848 M street, exhibit hall 1, all dancers and drums encouraged to attend, traditional dance of all ages, food and snack booths, arts and craft booths, aa. meeting, sobriety count down, plan on having fun bring your family your good spirits and your chairs.




Current Mood: content
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
9:23 pm
[callisto24]
Blizzard
One place to send donations for heat for Pine Ridge is

www.linkcenterfoundation.org.

Republic of Lakotah
help@republicoflakotah.com
605-867-1111

RE: Twelfth Day of Snow Emergency

Many hundreds of American Indians still snowbound and without electrical power or water on Pine Ridge Reservation.


Lakota Indepency

Republic of Lakotah

Peace and Justice for all!


National Day of MourningCollapse )
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
10:25 am
[callisto24]
Monday, February 18th, 2008
6:17 pm
[il_mio_gufo]
Taking Money from the Casinos


This has been on my mind for quite some time now. So this is my attempt to get it out already :)

On Super Tuesday (02/05/08/) Californians lined up at their poll stations to cast their vote for the presidential candidate of their choice. That same day, they were called to cast a 'yes' or a 'no' for or against Propositions 94, 95, 96, and 97. Here, why don't I type them out so you all can see what I am referring to. Good idea.

94: REFERENDUM ON AMENDMENT TO INDIAN GAMING COMPACT

"Yes" Vote approves, and "No" Vote rejects, a law that ratifies an amendment to existing gaming compact between the state and Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians. Fiscal Impact: Net increase in annual state revenues probably in the tens of millions of dollars, growing over time through 2030.

95: REFERENDUM ON AMENDMENT TO INDIAN GAMING COMPACT

"Yes" Vote approves, and "No" Vote rejects, a law that ratifies an amendment to existing gaming compact between the state and Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Fiscal Impact: Net increase in annual state revenues probably in the tens of millions of dollars, growing over time through 2030.

96: REFERENDUM ON AMENDMENT TO INDIAN GAMING COMPACT

"Yes" Vote approves, and "No" Vote rejects, a law that ratifies an amendment to existing gaming compact between the state and Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. Fiscal Impact: Net increase in annual state revenues probably in the tens of millions of dollars, growing over time through 2030.

97: REFERENDUM ON AMENDMENT TO INDIAN GAMING COMPACT

"Yes" Vote approves, and "No" Vote rejects, a law that ratifies an amendment to existing gaming compact between the state and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Fiscal Impact: Net increase in annual state revenues probably in the tens of millions of dollars, growing over time through 2030.


Alright . . . that is exactly how the ballots read. In a brief summary, a 'yes' vote for any of these measures allows that a portion of the revenues generated by the casinos be paid to the State of California. All this in attempt to clean up our budget deficit.

My question is this:

Should it be legal and Is it legal to tax any type of activity occurring on tribal lands?? If any given tribe would like to make a donation to the State of California then by all means go ahead....but should the state be allowed to mandate a payment????

I am soooooooo confused. What are the legal premises for these measures being able to make it to the ballot? Any clues?? I am so dang curious to understand this. Even some law student colleagues of mine are puzzled on this. What are your thoughts? Should this be legal? If so, on what grounds?



Current Mood: curious
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
10:05 am
[wind_veter]
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
7:54 pm
[wind_veter]
russian "red indians"



Take a good look...
Thursday, December 20th, 2007
10:30 pm
[quasilover]
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
3:18 pm
[lauradelatour]
I am hated
I realize that Native Americans must hate whites. I am white and I feel hated, but I do understand why and I have no problem with that. Native Americans tend to have a high respect for their ancestors and ours being the murdurers of theirs, it makes sense to me. I posted a topic in a live journal recently that I wished I had not posted about me being white and if I was still allowed there. I think from having no welcome responses, the answer must have been "no". I don't know what to say, but there are white people that respect Indians and there are those who still treat them really bad and do not care for their culture. I am not one of those that disrespect them and never intend to do something like that to them. I do not romanticize Indians either, but I merely respect them for their way of life and wish to help promote their culture. I am constantly hated so it makes no difference to me among Muslims, Indians, Native Americans, El Salvadorians and other Hispanic people that continue to develop a hatred for white people. I wish I could take away the hatred, but I cannot because I understand. Then, when I look at El Salvadorian people who like American white people yet we supported the destruction of their country, I always tell them. You should definitely hate us, but they say that they do not hate the individuals but they hate the government and the government everywhere is ALWAYS corrupt and unfortunately, they influence the people, but I am not influenced by the corruption of my government rather I am indifferent about the system ever benefiting the people or any culture in this country. Please, if anyone has anything to say about what I said or they want to protest against what I am saying. Please, speak up!!!

~Laura~
Monday, June 26th, 2006
10:26 pm
[quasilover]
Opinions?
I know this may be a questionable topic. Have you ever talked to your friends or in classes about the so-called "Indian novels" settled in the Frontier Era, especially about the "fact" that in those novels, Native American warriors and chiefs usually aspire after white women who are described as young and innocent? In your opinion, what could be the reason for the stereotype about such attraction?

As a teenager, I read such books, and although I was even fascinated by the thought Indian men proposed to white women, I didn't like the attitudes the white characters took in the suggestions. I still often think about if those details of the stories had anything to do with reality. Of course I know Quanah Parker was half-white...
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
10:02 pm
[groovinupslowly]
Hello there everyone. : )

My name's Alexandra, and I've just joined this community.

This Summer and for part of the next school year I'm doing an internship at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, near where I live. My parents, who are filmmakers, made a documentary about it that aired on PBS (or something) in the early '90s.
I've been there three times before, and after doing an independent study on curating and native american anthropology I've been able to land a spot.

I'm really excited. Has anyone here ever been there? http://www.nmai.si.edu/index.cfm

-love

PS- haha, I just read this over and I sound like I'm selling it. :p
Sunday, April 16th, 2006
1:13 pm
[pennyspen]
Arrogant Columnist on Teaching Native Language
Hello, I am posting this article sent to me by my neice.
Article against teaching native languages to children.

The Critical Importance of Learning a Useless Language

I guess whomever wrote the article does not think that Native children cannot learn more than one language. He states he doesn't speak his ancestral tongue. I don't expect him to write any articles dealing with languages if he can't even learn some of his own.

I believe it is important to respect the elders that continue to use the language and speak to them in their tongue if you can. Learning your family history & culture shows respect also. The native tongue will make a comeback & eventually they will need more teachers skilled in this.

xposted in lostvoices

nativeamerican

nativeamericans

nativeindians
Monday, September 26th, 2005
9:39 am
[lauradelatour]
Romanticizing
Has anybody ever seen the front cover of those romance novels with the paintings of usually a man and a woman on the front of it caressing eachother? I am sure you have, but I have seen tons of them with Native American men and white women holding and kissing. The idealism of native of americans being romanticized is something that I have spoken about in a class I had in college called american culture. People seem to agree that romanticizing native americans is wrong and creating novels like these is also wrong. What do you all think?

~Laura~
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
4:41 pm
[obsidiansaturn]
introductions
hi there all ust thought i'd drop in and say hullo :)
Monday, August 15th, 2005
8:54 pm
[dorianeldritch]
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
6:43 pm
[punkasrockgod]
hi
Hi, I found this community through one of my key words "Indigenous people"

I'm arika, I'm 21 and I am an Indigenous Australian from the Wakka Wakka people of queensland. My great grandmother is also cree.

I've always understood my Aboriginal culture and have grown up with my mother practising traditional medicine and culture as well as her 'white mans world job' I didn't grow up on a mission, neither did my mother or her mother. I went to all the right (white) schools but i was always singled out as the "black girl who isn't dark so she can't really be black but she's not white either" I was always the one teachers asked to speak about my culture when they had to teach a section in history class, I was the one other students would call 'nigger' and 'coon' sometimes 'abc' and 'boog' behind my back and laugh. You would think at a school deemed "australia's my prestigious school" they would be a little more refined...dignified...I was the only Indigenous person in my class, and also the school, my cousin was the first Indigenous person ever a few years before. I've grown up in a world where I wouldn't normally belong, but my grandmother scrubbed bank floors and cooked and cleaned every day, day and night for 30 years in redneck central queensland to send her 7 children through some fancy boarding schools so they could get good jobs... my mother became what she wanted to be because she was given the chance, but she still held her culture and she believed sending me to a fancy school would benefit me, it did... just not in the way she thought it would, it opened my eyes to hidden racism, phony little rich girls, and materialistic things that i realised i didn't really want. So I'm here to add to my growing interest in finding out about my great grandmother and her culture.

My grandmothers mother came from canada many years ago and met my grandmothers father who was a full blood (medicine man) from the Goreng Goreng/Wakka Wakka tribe.

My family has always lived with their Aboriginal culture, but never really their cree culture, my mother has been finding out more and more over the years for her own knowledge but as a kid i was never really that keen, I just wanted to do the normal kid type things.

But as I've grown older and travelled to where she comes from (thunder bay) and stayed with some friends on a reserve in south dakota I'm learning that now that I know my identity and my Aboriginal Culture, i feel i should start to find out where my great grandmother's culture and life began.

some of you may think i'm a wannabe or a poser... I'm not sure, all i know is that i'm a part of my great grandmother, and I want to understand that part of me more.

so here I am..

Current Mood: content
Friday, April 8th, 2005
10:37 pm
[nullie]
yahoo am new to this community! thought you guys would like to see what i posted on my blog earlier.

i as a deaf person know what is it like to have hearies barge into our world without being invited. especially when ones want to learn to sign for wrong reasons. to be specific, in order to help us. what the heck? we need their help? not that we need their pity! however, some certain deafies like me do accept hearies who are motivated to learn our culture and language. with the understanding that their intentions are not harmful enough to destroy our world as many have in the past. without hesitation, we all know why some of us resist those who aren't part of us and some welcome with open arms. dont get me wrong, i have nuthin against hearies. for chrissakes, my boyfriend's a coda! a sneak peek: this is to compare with how i am learnin about the native americans as hearies with us.

to acquire our american sign language and culture, some go to classes. some gather as much info as they could from the books, internet and such resources. some befriend with the deafies. i cant really mention all the methods they do to acquire our language and culture for i did not grow up being a hearie.

okay, you may be thinkin’ ‘why is she blabbin’ all this and that we all have already whined about?’ hold onto your pants. I haven’t gotten to my point yet.

so how do they know if the information they gather are rightful and appropriate? or even better, any of them are written by us? we are aware of many many many books on the deaf world are written by hearies. not that we could always rely on their books.

now to get to my point of this is that right now i am walkin a mile in a hearie’s shoes. i wonder, will not the first nations peoples welcome me for i am white even though my great aunt dora is cherokee? am i acquiring the right information on the first nations peoples? not that i want to help the first nations peoples by converting them to the white's culture but to actually understand where they came from. and for me to fulfill my spiritually interest. i believe in their beliefs, morals, practices and cultures.

just as so much alike in the deaf world, i indeed first need to set a network with the first nations peoples. that way, i will be on a right path.

in both worlds, we are definitely on the same par. don’t you see?

we cant always believe everything we read. the bottom line, that is.

Current Mood: content
Saturday, March 26th, 2005
10:56 pm
[brucy]
So I was just reading an article about the Native American boy who shot his grandpa, class mates, and himself. It said in the article that something like 80% of all Native American kids have thought about suicide. I was wondering have anyone of you thought about suicide? I have and I was wondering if you have.
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