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Don’t do a damn thing that’s going to impact us in any way without our free, prior, and informed consent, Mike Myers writes on Indian Country Media Network.
First Peoples were always told that everything they needed for a good life was here and to be mindful and grateful; the Creator’s abundance was enough.
'As Canada’s 150th anniversary nears it’s disturbing how some indigenous can celebrate it.'
For at least the next two years he and his Republican allies will have a virtually unfettered opportunity to attack our sovereignty, our rights, our resources, and our lands.
'As privately held Indigenous nation chartered companies we sit in a unique position.'
It was something that had become part of our genetic or blood memory.
I have been asked to give a deeper account of the history of this relationship as I’ve been told by Sioux and Haudenosaunee elders, so this is my humble effort to do that.
Every time we go before a settler court we are dealing with an entity quite incapable of seeing us as national entities possessing the same rights as any country in the world.
The major roadblocks to restoring our original forms of governing and governance are our own internalized racism and inability to de-colonize ourselves.
It bothers me that I know that somewhere there are purportedly Indigenous folks collaborating with the Indian Health Service to develop this 'traditional healer' position.
The very foundation of all of these issues lies within the relentless racism now inherent in Western systems of governance and power.
The one thing we can absolutely count on is that this battle is not over. It will continue to be waged far into the foreseeable future.
Don’t be surprised at what you see because this is an accurate rendering of the type of person required to advance the destructive agenda of the West.
You know how as we all go through life we have those a-ha moments, or epiphanies or revelations, whatever you want to call it.
I started referring to the I.H.S. as the Indian Homicide Service a number of years back because there wasn’t, and still isn’t, a month or so that goes by that we don’t hear about another atrocity, a mis-diagnosis, a death or other example of gross malpractice occurring at the hospitals or clinics.
Real Indigenous laws – not settler laws for Indians as taught in the universities – are enshrined in four realms: The Laws of Creation, The Laws of the Land; The Laws of the Peoples; and the Ceremonies and Protocols that accompany these laws.
The really good news is that this is a legally binding decision, one that cannot be easily avoided or brushed off by the federal or provincial governments.
What’s being said here is that the Indigenous nation and/or people have no claim or right just cuz we’re here and our presence automatically precludes any rights, interests or claims.
You would think the steep decline in oil prices and the steep rise in oil reserves would have slowed all of this down. But it hasn’t.
The good news is that we have become more visible in the consciousness, media and forums where we are making our arguments and asserting our presence.
An interesting case has landed in the U.S. Supreme Court: Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
We do not come from ways-of-life that are violent and hateful. We come from legacies of excellence and genius that developed amazing civilizations.
Sandpiper hasn’t gotten near as much attention as Keystone because it is wholly within the U.S.
Suicide is not a spontaneous event it is the last act in a scenario that has progressed to this moment.
I’ve heard all of the rationales that Indigenous folks come up with for working in the settler governments as well as getting involved in their politics and political parties.
We don’t trust our own governments and we don’t trust Sam but either one seems more interested in our welfare than state governments.
I just finished a road trip through Indian Country and had the chance to meet with a number of folks from five different Indigenous nations/tribes and they all had the same issue – how to reform their constitutions and get better government.
Someone does need to be held accountable for the planning and execution of these pogroms against Indigenous families and children.
We need a lot of de-colonizing of our thinking, our perceptions, our relations and our actions leading to the re-assertion of Indigenous nations and civilizations.
Both Canada and the U.S. have made moves to diminish the international concept of self-determination in its application to Indigenous nations and peoples.
As many Indigenous territories throughout North America once again enter the settler imposed election cycles it might be a good time to revisit the meaning of democracy as we understand it.
Over the past 30 years there has been the emergence of Indigenous economies being developed by Indigenous nations and entrepreneurs.
Our challenge is to build a model of indigenous nationhood founded on our original principles and teachings that will endure seven generations into the future.
Discussing the ongoing struggle for the rights of indigenous people.