More: colonization

How Wet'suwet'en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance
How Wet'suwet'en butterflies offer lessons in resilience and resistance (March 3, 2020)

The world is beginning to better understand that the core of extractive industries are tied to deep political and economic conflicts related to the settler-colonial present and a shared colonial history.


Doug George-Kanentiio: The myth of band councils as First Nations
Doug George-Kanentiio: The myth of band councils as First Nations (February 24, 2020)

Let us begin by acknowledging the fact that band councils are not First Nations while beginning the process of restoring our peoples to true national status.


Strength from perpetual grief: how Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis
Strength from perpetual grief: how Aboriginal people experience the bushfire crisis (January 29, 2020)

How do you support people forever attached to a landscape after an inferno tears through their homelands: decimating native food sources, burning through ancient scarred trees and destroying ancestral and totemic plants and animals?


The State of South Dakota and the Sioux Tribes
The State of South Dakota and the Sioux Tribes (January 27, 2020)

We are not 'tribes' but are people of a nation, the Sioux Nation, and we have an international treaty with the United States.


Native people did not use fire to shape New England's landscape
Native people did not use fire to shape New England's landscape (January 21, 2020)

According to scientists, Native peoples in New England cleared forests and used fire to improve habitat for the plants and animals they relied upon. It turns out that may be wrong.


Indigenous song keepers reveal traditional ecological knowledge in music
Indigenous song keepers reveal traditional ecological knowledge in music (January 7, 2020)

For Indigenous Peoples who have lived within their traditional territories for generations, music is a repository of ecological knowledge, with songs embedding ancestors’ knowledge, teachings and wisdom.


Mark Charles: America's history rooted in colonialism, enslavement and terror
Mark Charles: America's history rooted in colonialism, enslavement and terror (January 6, 2020)

The United States of America needs an honest national dialogue regarding our own history.


Winston Churchill’s feelings toward people of India revealed
Winston Churchill’s feelings toward people of India revealed (December 3, 2019)

As a member of the country’s minority group, I can swear on the fact that racial intolerance is everywhere.


A National Day of Mourning for U.S. Indigenous
A National Day of Mourning for U.S. Indigenous (December 2, 2019)

The official proclamation of Thanksgiving, 16 years later, has its origins in slaughter, gore and carnage.


United American Indians of New England host 50th National Day of Mourning
United American Indians of New England host 50th National Day of Mourning (November 26, 2019)

This year's event focuses on the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people.


Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty
Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty (November 25, 2019)

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.


Kurly Tlapoyawa: Erasing the Indigenous roots of the Chicano Movement
Kurly Tlapoyawa: Erasing the Indigenous roots of the Chicano Movement (November 25, 2019)

Gender inclusivity is important, but so is acknowledging our Indigenous origins.


Tim Giago: The two faces of America
Tim Giago: The two faces of America (November 25, 2019)

Native Americans were slaughtered and starved on their own lands in an effort to subdue them and steal their lands.


What western states can learn from Native American wildfire management strategies
What western states can learn from Native American wildfire management strategies (November 12, 2019)

Tribes across the West are working with an increased sense of urgency to manage fire-adapted landscapes in the face of climate change.


We are good people and we are still here
We are good people and we are still here (October 23, 2019)

Our ancestors once breathed and lived natural laws throughout their entire lives.


Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day
Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day (October 15, 2019)

While Columbus Day affirms the story of a nation created by Europeans for Europeans, Indigenous Peoples Day emphasizes Native histories and Native people.


Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams
Yakama Nation calls for removal of Columbia River dams (October 14, 2019)

'The false religious doctrine of Christian discovery was used by the United States to perpetuate crimes of genocide and forced displacement against Native Peoples.'


Mark Charles: Getting rid of Donald Trump won't solve America's deep-seated problems
Mark Charles: Getting rid of Donald Trump won't solve America's deep-seated problems (October 7, 2019)

President Trump is simply just another example of the fruit produced by our white supremacist, racist, sexist and colonial foundations.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Why Americans celebrate the 'Founders'
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Why Americans celebrate the 'Founders' (September 30, 2019)

Indian-White History of America isn’t unique but the truth is, our history is not behind us and it is not forgiven.


Siku Allooloo: Canada is built on racism, genocide, violence, and theft
Siku Allooloo: Canada is built on racism, genocide, violence, and theft (September 27, 2019)

Two generations saw our Inuit and Dine homelands in Northern Canada nearly destroyed. Now my way of life is one of cultural repair.


Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin?
Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin? (September 20, 2019)

In effect, reservation life begins with the Laws of Burgos, issued by the Kingdom of Spain more than 500 years ago.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery
Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery (August 7, 2019)

If we are to break the chains of 'federal trust' and colonial 'paternalism' we must know our opponents and have a strong command of our collective histories.


Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land
Chip Colwell: Acknowledge the Indigenous caretakers of the land (July 17, 2019)

Land acknowledgment is a recognition of a truth, a kind of verbal memorial that we erect in honor of indigenous peoples.


Native Sun News Today: The Indigenous 'immigrants' to America
Native Sun News Today: The Indigenous 'immigrants' to America (July 12, 2019)

It can be argued that thousands of 'Native' peoples are being detained but there are no exact figures on the number of people being detained in the U.S.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death
Ivan Star Comes Out: Our people are being micromanaged to death (July 11, 2019)

The descendants of Lakota people no longer have control over their lives.


UW News: Heritage marker recognizes Ho-Chunk Nation history and sovereignty
UW News: Heritage marker recognizes Ho-Chunk Nation history and sovereignty (June 24, 2019)

A new marker recognizes the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, acknowledges the circumstances that led to their forced removal, and honors the tribe's history of resistance and resilience.


The Conversation: Grassroots efforts bring #MMIW crisis to light
The Conversation: Grassroots efforts bring #MMIW crisis to light (June 13, 2019)

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls final report concludes that the long-term and ongoing murders and disappearances is an ongoing genocide.


Margaret Moss: The ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and girls
Margaret Moss: The ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and girls (June 5, 2019)

The murder and disappearance of Indigenous women and girls are occurring at stunning rates at both sides of the Medicine Line, with shared historical reasons.


Anthony Guy Lopez: Colonial depictions of Native people must come down
Anthony Guy Lopez: Colonial depictions of Native people must come down (June 3, 2019)

Two statues in Charlottesville, Virginia, depict Native people in an unfavorable light, argues scholar Anthony Guy Lopez.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: How the 'rule of law' harms indigenous peoples
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: How the 'rule of law' harms indigenous peoples (May 20, 2019)

Many tribes are still in the process of trying to make colonial systems work for them.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Togiyapi ki le ihangunyanpi ktelo
Ivan Star Comes Out: Togiyapi ki le ihangunyanpi ktelo (May 16, 2019)

We have to keep in mind the fact that our Lakota language was targeted for obliteration.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian
Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian (May 1, 2019)

I dropped out of school while so many went on to become 'educated,' or is it appropriate to say assimilated.


Mallory Black: Sexual assault and sexual abuse go against our traditional ways
Mallory Black: Sexual assault and sexual abuse go against our traditional ways (April 4, 2019)

There is a strong connection between colonialism and sexual violence.


Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down
Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down (April 4, 2019)

The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.


Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization
Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization (March 8, 2019)

Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.


Darren Reid: America was built on violence against Native peoples
Darren Reid: America was built on violence against Native peoples (February 26, 2019)

Kentucky, home to the #MAGA youth at the center of a viral video, was founded on a legacy of anti-Native violence.


The Conversation: Colonization wiped out indigenous population of Americas
The Conversation: Colonization wiped out indigenous population of Americas (February 25, 2019)

European colonization had devastating consequences for indigenous populations.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy
Ivan Star Comes Out: The real truths about White racial supremacy (February 22, 2019)

Racists wearing 'MAGA' hats and waving Nazi and confederate battle flags are capable of killing just because it is the law.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Colonialism robbed Indian people of our land and culture
Ivan Star Comes Out: Colonialism robbed Indian people of our land and culture (February 6, 2019)

Why do we, as members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, continue to endure needless suffering on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation?


Mark Trahant: Genocide turned out to be good business for Europeans
Mark Trahant: Genocide turned out to be good business for Europeans (February 4, 2019)

In less than a hundred years, the Indigenous population in the Americas was reduced by 90 percent.


Native Sun News Today: Group documents racism against the Indian community
Native Sun News Today: Group documents racism against the Indian community (January 29, 2019)

Advocates are hosting meetings as part of an effort to 'de-colonize' Rapid City in South Dakota.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism and colonialism continue to affect our people today
Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism and colonialism continue to affect our people today (January 25, 2019)

The federal government's purpose is to subjugate and control us Natives on our own treaty lands.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit
Ivan Star Comes Out: The Vietnam war helped kill my holiday spirit (January 18, 2019)

Looking back at my life, it is as if my life was predestined by the unknown.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Fry bread is just another legacy of colonization
Ivan Star Comes Out: Fry bread is just another legacy of colonization (January 15, 2019)

The only way to fight colonialism is to regain what has been obliterated, like our language, customs history, belief system or world view.


Debbie Martin: Addressing the health care crisis in  Indigenous communities
Debbie Martin: Addressing the health care crisis in Indigenous communities (December 5, 2018)

There are stark differences between the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada and their non-Indigenous counterparts.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Assimilation has taken our Native identity away
Ivan Star Comes Out: Assimilation has taken our Native identity away (December 5, 2018)

It is imperative that we revive our indigenous world view and spiritual beliefs.


Louise Dunlap: My colonizer ancestors set us up for catastrophic failure
Louise Dunlap: My colonizer ancestors set us up for catastrophic failure (November 29, 2018)

I want us to go humbly to the very people our culture tried to exterminate to listen to what they can teach us.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The colonizers have turned Native words against us
Ivan Star Comes Out: The colonizers have turned Native words against us (November 1, 2018)

I believe it is imperative that we free ourselves of this long-standing, unmerited tyranny.


New event replaces one that celebrated 'conquest' of Pueblo peoples
New event replaces one that celebrated 'conquest' of Pueblo peoples (August 30, 2018)

A movement toward reconciliation is taking place after decades of divisiveness in New Mexico's capital city.


Chelsey Luger: Colonization destroyed Native food systems
Chelsey Luger: Colonization destroyed Native food systems (August 27, 2018)

A new book digs into the paradoxes of American Indian diets most people don’t know.


Event that celebrated 'conquest' of Pueblo peoples is no more
Event that celebrated 'conquest' of Pueblo peoples is no more (July 27, 2018)

A long-running event that celebrated the Spanish 'conquest' of New Mexico is finally ending following years of opposition from Pueblo tribes and activists.


Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: I am not afraid to be radical
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: I am not afraid to be radical (July 17, 2018)

The epic nature of settler colonialism requires radical responses.


Steven Newcomb: Decolonization starts with our minds and our words
Steven Newcomb: Decolonization starts with our minds and our words (April 13, 2018)

Where is the clear image of a decolonized society we are to emulate? There isn’t one.


Taiaiake Alfred: Reclaim the sacred spaces of our traditional territories
Taiaiake Alfred: Reclaim the sacred spaces of our traditional territories (April 10, 2018)

Let’s re-experience our homelands the way our ancestors did and regenerate that culture


Kyle Powys Whyte: Let's be honest about decolonization with our allies
Kyle Powys Whyte: Let's be honest about decolonization with our allies (April 4, 2018)

I want to experience the solidarity of allied actions that refuse fantastical narratives of commonality and hope.


Event focuses on symbols of White supremacy in mascots and monuments
Event focuses on symbols of White supremacy in mascots and monuments (March 1, 2018)

American Indians and African Americans have long dealt with the use of racist and stereotypical symbols.


Mark Trahant: Freeing ourselves from the legacy of White supremacy
Mark Trahant: Freeing ourselves from the legacy of White supremacy (March 1, 2018)

The white male-centric colonial system is incapable of the leadership we need, and Indigenous knowledge is essential for the innovation that will follow this disruption


Matika Wilbur: A modern world doesn't erase indigenous intelligence
Matika Wilbur: A modern world doesn't erase indigenous intelligence (February 20, 2018)

In over 80 nations, oppressive domination has been dismantled.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Education must emphasize our cultural identity
Ivan Star Comes Out: Education must emphasize our cultural identity (February 1, 2018)

Colonialism explains the endless adversity under which we have struggled, even as we enter the 21st century.


The Conversation: What the 'California Dream' means to indigenous peoples
The Conversation: What the 'California Dream' means to indigenous peoples (January 11, 2018)

The California Dream is a myth for many California Indian peoples and tribes.