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reasonsforhope · 1 day
“Out in the Klamath Mountains of northern California, fires are rushing through the underbrush, lighting everything they touch between the trees ablaze.
However these aren’t a danger to the rich hardwood forests, they are deliberately set by the Yurok and Karuk tribal nations—as a wildfire prevention strategy of all things.
As strange as it might sound to literally fight fire with fire, it’s something the tribes of these mountains have done for at least 1,000 years according to oral tradition.
Low-level and controlled burnings are in fact an ancient and successful forest-management practice. A cleared forest floor and less fine fuels such as leaves and ferns, makes it more difficult for wildfires to ignite and spread.
Wildfires have raged across California over the last half-decade, and out of these ashes sprouted a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the tribal nations of the Klamath Mountains.
In 2018 they began collaborating on the Somes Bar Restoration Project to use traditional fire techniques to safeguard 5,570 acres (2,254 hectares) of land covered in white, black, and tan oaks, Douglas fir, red fir, and madrones on steep slopes...
Mongabay reports that some forest managers have seen wildfires reach the edges of the forests managed by the Karuk and Yurok and simply go out on their own due to a combination of fuel-shortage and bigger, healthier trees.” -via Good News Network, 11/23/22
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onceuponatown · 1 day
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November is National American Indian Heritage Month and we at OUAT have chosen to celebrate the Dakota Sioux with a series of portraits and sceneries from ca 1899 -1910. 
From top to bottom:
Iron White Man.
William Frog.
Susie Shot in the Eye.
Crow Dog.
Julia American Horse.
Red Elk Woman.
Turning Bear.
[Unknown] Sioux child. 
Chief Yellow Hair.
See more from our Native American collection here.
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only-tiktoks · 2 days
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usnatarchives · 3 hours
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Native American Heritage Month
We honor Native American Heritage Month by highlighting our vast holdings that document the history and recognize the many achievements and contributions of Native Americans from as early as 1774. These include every treaty signed with Native Americans, available online through the National Archives Catalog, records from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Schools, and Indian Census Rolls. 
Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe Join us in person or online on December 1, 2022, at 7 PM ET. National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Register online; View on YouTube
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Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, was an All American football player at the Carlisle Indian School, the star of the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and played in the MLB for the New York Giants. David Maraniss’s book, Path Lit by Lightning, tells Thorpe’s story. Anita Thorpe, Jim Thorpe's granddaughter, will attend the program.
Related NARA exhibit: All American: The Power of Sports  National Archives Museum, Washington DC, through January 7, 2024.
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Anita Thorpe, left, granddaughter of 1912 Olympic champion Jim Thorpe, poses with National Archives curator Alice Kamps in front of a display honoring Thorpe’s grandfather in the “All American: The Power of Sports," 9/12/2022. Photo for the National Archives by John Valceanu.
Related Smithsonian exhibit: Why We Serve: Native Americans in the U.S. Armed ForcesThe National Museum of the American Indian through November 30, 2023 Why We Serve honors the generations of Native Americans who have served in the armed forces of the United States—often in extraordinary numbers—since the American Revolution.  Online Resources:
Native American History special topics page of NARA’s related online resources.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Photos (more than 18,000) Now Online.
The Story of the 1950 Census P8 Indian Reservation Schedule - learn about Native Americans in the 1950 Census.
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Been thinking abt Wendigoon for a bit and unfortunately the only post criticizing him that I could find had reblogs/replies turned off (I can imagine ppl were getting annoying in the notes), so I'm making my own post.
Please unfollow if you continue to support Wendigoon in any way while knowing where his name stems from and the controversy around using it in such a way. It's literally based off Native American folklore, a creature whose name is not supposed to be said out loud, and this guy just. took it and turned it into a gimmick. he's made literal plushies out of it. I've seen some people under his YouTube videos criticizing him, and to my knowledge, he's never acknowledged any of it.
he's also made some really weird "having a big platform doesn't mean I have to use it for good" statements and I remember a few really... off or straight up transphobic stuff he said on Tiktok, but that's just the cherry on top.
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ducklooney · 2 days
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Duckvember - Rural, Holiday and Shy Duck (Ducks)
First off, Happy Thanksgiving and sorry for the delay!
I made three drawings for Duckvember and Thanksgiving. The first drawing is about Thanksgiving, which I will talk about later. The second drawing is about the Rural Duck and I drew Abner Whitewater Duck who is Donald's cousin and Fethry's brother but in a modern way as he would look now. He works as a logger, but he is also a truck driver, farmer, cattle breeder and forester, and behind him are the backgrounds that characterize all his professions and that he usually lives in the forest, but sometimes on a farm.
The third drawing is both Rural and Shy and refers to Donald's grandfather Grandpa Duck (in some cases it's Humperdink Duck, although he doesn't look like it) from the classic 1955 short "No hunting" directed by Jack Hannah where Donald embodies Grandpa's spirit and he goes hunting, but the hunt has turned into a real war. And one scene where they get away from the gun and the grandfather says to him: "Just a hair's breadth, son! And that was close!" at least when I listened in my mother tongue when I was a little boy. Definitely one of Donald's favorite classic shorts that I loved watching.
And of course Thanksgiving, that is, the first drawing for the Holiday. I drew a meeting of two cultures, one the Pilgrims, and the other native American Indians, i.e. Donald, Daisy and Donald's nephews from one side and the other. Well, after 1620, the Indians helped the settlers survive the winter by giving them food, and the settlers in return gave them the same and thus the holiday of Thanksgiving was born. Certainly drawn in the clothes they wore at the time, in the 17th century. Unfortunately, relations between the Indians and the settlers would deteriorate, but not during this period, but much later, in the 19th century. Certainly, many American states were formed by the fusion of native Indian culture with the settler European peoples. Yes, Donald and his family also have Native American ancestry. And what I drew, don't take it seriously. Sorry.
Happy Thanksgiving again (in America it's the fourth Thursday in November and in Canada it's the second Monday in October) and sorry for the delay! And I hope you like these drawings.
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britomartis · 2 months
For Indigenous People’s Day I’d also like to throw out my own tribe’s water project - it’s becoming increasingly vital as protections surrounding Navajo land get stripped away & reservations are stripped of sovereignty, as the US government has poisoned our water before and will likely do so again without a second thought. Please consider donating to the Navajo Water Project, or giving this a reblog if you’d like. A’he’ee, thank you!
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mysharona1987 · 2 months
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evilpepsiman · 9 months
hey please for the love of god when youre hearing news about gas prices and increasing oil production:
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remember that there are people still fighting against pipelines poisoning indigenous land and water. do NOT forget about us in the midst of all this.
qadashdinesh, zisan! chin'an shida!
listen to me, stand up! thank you, friend!
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bootlegdemon · 5 months
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MLM indigenous love for pride month. 
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dragonladdie · 1 year
Hey remember when they found over 200 bodies of native children buried behind a residential school and the world cared for... what, a week?
They've counted about 6,000-7,000 now, for those of you who do still care
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reasonsforhope · 3 days
“Congress held its first hearing about establishing a non-voting delegate seat for the Cherokee Nation on Wednesday. The historic move is the closest the federal government has gotten toward satisfying a promise it made to the Cherokee Nation nearly 200 years ago.
The federal government never fulfilled a provision made in the Treaty of New Echota in 1835, signed by then-president Andrew Jackson, promising the Cherokee Nation a seat in Congress after forcibly moving them off their ancestral land, an exodus known as the Trail of Tears.
Wednesday's congressional hearing is the result of recently renewed efforts from Cherokee Nation principal chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. to have Congress finally act on the provision. In 2019, Hoskin appointed Kimberly Teehee as its first delegate to Congress, in anticipation of the federal government's acknowledgement of the promised seat.
"It's time for this body to honor this promise and seat our delegate in the House of Representatives," Hoskin said at the hearing. "No barrier — constitutional or otherwise — prevents this...”
While the committee meeting ended without a decision, the meeting did bode well for the prospect of an eventual vote in the near future.
"Very good questions raised today, but I think the conclusion is inescapable," Hoskin said toward the end of the hearing. "And I think that that conclusion can be reached in this calendar year.” -via NPR, 11/18/22
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onceuponatown · 1 day
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In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month here follows a series of Dakota Sioux portraits and sceneries from ca 1899 -1910.
See more from our Native American collection here.
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writingwithcolor · 5 days
Thanksgiving/Day of Mourning
Last year, I made a very quick, basic post about thanksgiving: Indigenous Day of Mourning aka Thanksgiving. if you want the sources for what I’m about to say, check there.
This post will be about why you cannot just go “fuck the pilgrims, we deserve a harvest festival no matter the origin” or anything else that tries to sanitize the holiday.
You Are Still On Stolen Land
As a result, you are still actively profiting off the genocide the pilgrims committed.
I don’t care how educated about racial issues you profess you are. I don’t care how you behave the other 364 days of the year. If you try to distance yourself from the origins of Thanksgiving simply because it makes you uncomfortable to see the blood under the tablecloth, you’re not practised in sitting with actually being anti-racist. You know what to say, but you don’t practice what you preach.
You Are Eating Our Food
Pumpkins/squash, beans, turkey, cranberries, potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, pecans, maple syrup?
Those are all Native American foods that we taught you how to grow and harvest.
You wouldn’t have any of your traditional Thanksgiving foods without us. The ideal meal of Thanksgiving is ripped right from Indigenous practices and cannot be separated from it.
The fact that these foods have been taken out of Indigenous hands and appropriated by colonizers as the bounties they somehow deserve for landing here is a tragedy, and people need to remember where their food comes from and who had been growing it for thousands of years.
You Had So Much Because Of Massacre
Thanksgiving became an annual tradition after 700 Pequot men, women, children, and elders were killed, freeing up acres of land that colonizers promptly took over. The sheer amount of extra acreage that colonizers had because of their genocide contributed to the excess of food experienced during Thanksgiving. That land had been structured to support more people originally.
Colonizers had never, ever, deserved that much food. They were taking more than they needed, not leaving much behind for the animals that depended on a balance to be held with humans. They took far more than was needed, throwing the balance off in nature.
Maybe I’m reaching. But I think that if you suddenly had 700 less people in the area, after all of the growing and planting for the total population had been done, you’d have excess food? Or even before the growing, you’d have land set up to support 700, that I’d assume you’d still use, when you were a much smaller population?
Sit With Your Own Grief
If this makes you feel bad and that you shouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving? Sit with that.
I’m not telling you that you have to give up Thanksgiving traditions. I’m telling you that you cannot divorce them from Indigenous people.
You are giving thanks for our massacre. You are giving thanks for stealing so much from us that you had this excess.
Yes, you can need a break; yes, you can need time with family and friends. None of this is inherently bad.
It’s not even bad to eat local food from Turtle Island! Part of having a sustainable diet is eating locally, in time with the seasons.
But remember, it is Indigenous people who first gave this to you—and then you stole far more than you ever needed from us, killing us to get what you felt you deserved.
Do not divorce Thanksgiving from Indigenous people for your own comfort.
We are still here. We must live with the aftermath of colonizers stealing from us every single day.
If you feel this way hearing about our history, imagine what we feel like living it.
Donate to a local org/Indigenous person this Thanksgiving
I (again) don’t have the spoons to compile a list of vetted charities, but look for local tribe language revival programs, COVID relief funds, and activism around the Indian Child Welfare Act currently in front of the Supreme Court.
Pay reparations for what you have taken, and remember. It is also Indigenous Day of Mourning.
Indigenous people, drop your links below.
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fuck-spock · 6 days
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five things white folks can do instead of celebrating a genocidal, settler holiday.
1. pay your settler taxes to indigenous land trusts.
2. Relearn your own ancestral holidays, pre whiteness, that center community, gratitude, wellness, and sustainability.
3. Honor the people and the land by committing to a no waste holiday season. Boycott black friday and only spend money at small black and native owned businesses.
4. support native food sovereignty and seed saving movements with time and money.
5. Pay bail for indigenous and black people held captive by the state during the holidays.
you can help us! you can make a difference. it doesn't have to take up much time. please, help spread the word.
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the-trees-are-gods · 6 days
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Today, many may be getting ready to sit down to a feast with their families in celebration of what’s commonly called “Thanksgiving”. Before you do so, take some time to think about the real significance behind this day and the histories that have been buried deep from view. Learn about National Day of Mourning and why this day is treated much differently among First Nations peoples. For many, this day marked the beginning of a long, horrific, still-ongoing history of violence. Talk to your family members about what truly occurred this day and what it means to the Native people of these lands. Find out what Indigenous lands you’re currently on and the ways you can help to support, uplift, and amplify the First Nations people in your area. Wishing everyone a meaningful National Day of Mourning. 
Note: while the term “Indian” is used by Wamsutta James in his quoted speech, and some Nations use it to refer to themselves, it’s best to refer to Native people as Indigenous, Native, or First Nations out of respect (especially if you’re not Indigenous yourself).
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